Media, Culture, and Communication and Library Science, Dual Master's

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The Department of Media, Culture, and Communication has partnered with Long Island University’s (LIU) Palmer School to offer a dual degree program in media and library science. In addition to an MA in Media, Culture, and Communication, students earn an ALA-accredited Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS).

The program combines a rigorous engagement in media 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 MA/MSLIS prepares students for sought after positions as subject specialists scholar-librarians in academic institutions or as archivists in libraries, media companies, museums, and other cultural institutions. Dual degree students take 17 fewer credits than would be required if they pursued each master’s separately.

New York University serves as a hub for wide-ranging research and activity in the digital humanities, much of it hosted through the NYU Center for the Humanities and NYU Digital Scholarship

How to Apply

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

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

Contact Alice Flynn with questions about Library and Information Science, contact MCC graduate advising with questions about Media, Culture, and Communication. Visit the LIU website and the Steinhardt website for scholarship information.

Courses and Location

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. MCC’s current course list is available on the MCC website. MCC/MSLIS courses are taught at the NYU Washington Square Campus. All MSLIS courses meet at NYU’s Bobst Library

Program of Study‚Ä®

Dual degree students can track their progress using the Program Checklist. Students transfer nine NYU credits to Palmer LIU and eight Palmer credits to NYU to complete the required credits for the two degrees.

Required Courses

MCC Courses:

  • MCC-GE 2001 Media, Culture, and Communication Core Seminar (4 credits)
  • Research Methods course (4 credits)

Palmer Courses:

  • LIS 510 Introduction to Library & Information Science (3 credits)
  • LIS 511 Information Sources & Services (3 credits)
  • LIS 512 Introduction to Knowledge Organizations (3 credits)
  • LIS 514 Introduction to Research in LIS (3 credits)
  • LIS 785 Internship (4 credits)

Elective Courses

MCC Electives:

  • 16-19 credits of MCC courses with a minimum of 12 credits from one area of study

Palmer Electives:

  • 12 credits of Palmer elective courses (4 courses)

MCC Culminating Experience
Students must complete one of the the following:

  • MCC-GE 2900 MA Thesis (0 - 4 credits) 
  • MCC-GE 2174 Professional Writing and Research Applications (1-4 credits) or
  • Comprehensive Exam (0 credits)
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.

Program Benefits for International Students

If you’re an international student, you may be able to work in the United States after graduation for an extended period of time. Most students studying on F-1 visas will be eligible for 12 months of Optional Practical Training (OPT) off-campus work authorization. F-1 students in our program may also be eligible for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics) OPT extension, allowing you to extend your time in the United States to pursue degree-related work experience for a total of 36 months or 3 years. For more information on who can apply for this extension and how, see NYU’s Office of Global Services: STEM OPT.