Graduate Application Guide

Costume Studies and Library and Information Science - Dual Degree: Master of Art/Master of Science (CSLS-MA)

Work as a scholar-librarian in academia, museums, libraries, or fashion companies. An innovative partnership between NYU Steinhardt and Long Island University’s Palmer School, this dual-degree program combines a master of arts curriculum in costume studies with an accredited master of science in library and information science, giving you a competitive edge in the fields of digital humanities, curatorial studies, and data archiving. As a student in this dual-degree program, you will take 17 fewer credits than you would if you pursued both degrees separately.

A degree option in only Costume Studies is also available.

Academic Plan Code: CSLS

Degree: MA/MSLIS

Credits: 61 (33 credits in Costume Studies at NYU Steinhardt and 28 credits in Library and Information Science at Long Island University)

Academic Load: Full-time or part-time. Students have up to six years to complete the program.

Application Deadlines
Spring: N/A 
Summer: N/A
Fall: February 1

Program Information
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Admissions Requirements

Prospective students interested in this dual-degree program must apply separately for admission to both schools. To apply:

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Students already enrolled in the Costume Studies MA program who are interested in enrolling in this dual-degree program must declare their intention to enroll in the dual degree before completing 12 credits. Students already enrolled in the MSLIS program at Palmer may apply for the dual degree as long as they have completed no more than 6 credits by the time they enter the Costume Studies program. Students already enrolled in either the Palmer School or NYU Costume Studies program should consult with their adviser before submitting an application for the dual degree. 

How to Apply

These instructions and requirements are for all applicants. If you are not a citizen or a permanent resident of the United States, please read the special instructions for international applicants.

1. Prepare Your Application

Your application will require the following items. The following are acceptable document types for uploads: .pdf, .jpeg, .jpg, .gif, .tiff, .png, .doc, .docx, and bitmap.


You are required to upload a copy of your most recent résumé or curriculum vitae as part of your application. 

Statement of Purpose

You are required to upload a typed, double-spaced, two- to three-page statement explaining your purpose in undertaking graduate study in Costume Studies. This is your opportunity to introduce yourself and to inform the Admissions Committee about your goals, interests, and career plans as they relate to your intended academic pursuits.

Letters of Recommendation

Submit three letters of recommendation. Be sure to request them well in advance of the deadline. Read detailed instructions.


Upload one official copy of transcripts from every postsecondary school you have attended. Make sure to request them in advance of the deadline. See detailed instructions.


Not required.

Proficiency in English


Not required.

Personal Interview

A personal interview is required for qualifying students living in or close to New York City. For qualifying students living outside the metropolitan area, a telephone interview is required. The program office will notify you if you are a qualifying student and an interview is required


2. Apply


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After you fill in and upload the required information, you can submit your completed application. Your application must be completed, dated, electronically signed and submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST of the stated deadline.

Application Fee

You will be prompted to pay a $75 application fee, payable by major credit card only. After submitting your payment, you will see your application status change from “saved” to “submitted.” Please print this screen for your records, as it confirms that your application has been successfully sent to our school. If you have problems submitting your payment, please contact the Office of Graduate Admissions. Learn more about our fee waiver policy.

Mailing Additional Items 

If any remaining application materials need to be mailed to our office, mail the materials together in a single mailing using this document cover sheet. Items received without the cover sheet take longer to process and match to your application. Please do not mail your materials in binders or folders. Any mailed materials must be received by, not postmarked by, the stated deadline. Only completed applications will be considered and reviewed by the Admissions Committee. Due to high volume, we are unable to confirm receipt of mailed materials.

Application Policies

Application deadlines are "in-office" deadlines, not postmark deadlines. It is your responsibility to ensure that all materials are in the Office of Graduate Admissions by the appropriate deadline, and we reserve the right to return any application that arrives after the deadline. Only completed applications will be considered. Should a deadline fall on a weekend, the in-office deadline will be the next business day. We advise you to apply early.

Please check the online system to confirm that you have successfully submitted your application. Due to the volume of applications and related materials received, the Office of Graduate Admissions will only contact you if your application was successfully submitted and is deemed incomplete because of missing required materials. Otherwise, you will hear from us when the admissions committee has made its decision.

Deferral policy: NYU Steinhardt does not allow deferrals. Applicants who wish to be considered for a future semester must reapply by submitting a new application with all supporting materials, including letters of recommendations, by the application deadline.


3. Receive Your Admission Decision

You will be notified about your decision by email. Typically, decisions will start going out in late November for Spring semester enrollment and in late March or early April for Summer or Fall enrollment. You may learn of your decision before or after this timeline.

After admission is granted, you will meet with representatives of the Dual Degree Committee (composed of NYU librarians) and will be assigned to the Mentorship or Internship Track. This assignment is based on your preference, the committee’s assessment of your professional goals, and space availability.