Master of Arts in Costume Studies

Costume Studies and Library Science, Dual Master's

The Department of Art and Art Professions has partnered with Long Island University’s (LIU) Palmer School of Library and Information Science to offer a dual degree program in Costume Studies and Library Science. In addition to an MA in Costume Studies (ARCS), students can earn a MS in Library and Information Science (MSLIS), which is accredited by the American Library Association. The program combines the rigorous study of costume studies with professional qualification to give graduates a competitive edge in the evolving fields of information science, digital humanities, curatorial studies, and data archiving.

The new 61-point MA in Costume Studies /MS in Library Science prepares students for highly sought after positions as subject specialists/scholar-librarians in academic and research institutions or as archivists in libraries, museums, publishing houses, fashion companies and other institutions. Dual degree students take 17 fewer points than would be required if they pursued each master’s degree separately.

Courses and Location

All Costume Studies and Library Science courses are taught at the NYU Washington Square Campus. All MSLIS courses meet at NYU’s Bobst Library. All MSLIS weekday courses are offered after 4:30 p.m. ARCS courses are offered during the day as well as after 4:30 p.m.

Students can access Palmer’s online course system to view MSLIS courses. Simply select the term, the department (Library and Information Science), and course level (graduate) to view a list of current course offerings.

Program of Study‚Ä®

Students transfer nine NYU credits to Palmer LIU and eight Palmer credits to NYU to complete the required credits for the two degrees. See curriculum details.

The dual degree program provides unique opportunities for orientation, mentorship, and professional training. The program structure includes:

  • Boot Camp: Four half days of introduction to research library functions and discussions with librarians or information professionals in various special libraries including museums, archives, and media
  • Internships: A minimum of two (maximum of four) internships of 35 hours per semester in relevant institutions
  • Assessment meetings: One group meeting each semester to collectively discuss student’s current internship experiences and one individual meeting each semester with the Dual Degree Program Coordinator
  • Professional Development: A module to prepare students in the areas of job search, cover letter and resume writing, and interviewing
Program Tracks

The Dual Degree Mentorship Track
The Mentorship Track includes a 160-hour mentoring arrangement in which subject specialists from NYU libraries work with candidates to introduce them to the requirements of the field, offering the opportunity for hands-on experience within a theoretical framework. The program’s core is a series of required modules, which include reference/instruction, collection development, digital scholarship and professional development.

The Dual Degree Internship Track
The Internship Track is designed for those students who are not focused on careers as subject librarians in research libraries. Their interests may lie in activities connected to archives, media entities, museums, or similar institutions. This track includes a series of internships totaling 160 hours in which students work with trained library professionals in libraries or institutions in the New York metropolitan area that reflect their future career goals.

How to Apply

Prospective students interested in the dual degree program at NYU and LIU must apply separately for admission to each school. See application instructions.

Additional Resources

Join the Palmer student listserv or view their blog for more information about library and information science at LIU. Join the Costume Studies Facebook page for updates about media, culture, and communication at NYU.

Need More Help?
  • Contact Alice Flynn, LIU Graduate Advisor, with questions about Library and Information Science.
  • Contact Professor Nancy Deihl, Program Director, with questions about Costume Studies.
  • Visit the LIU website and the Steinhardt website for financial aid and scholarship information.