Our combined degree program will provide English students the ability to complement undergraduate studies with focused graduate coursework in Information and Library Science (ILS). The program provides the necessary coursework and preparation for new professionals entering the Information and Library Science profession. Graduates will be competitive for jobs in places like academic libraries, archives, and other public institutions where a master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program, along with domain knowledge in English, would be desirable or even required for many positions.
The features of our program include:
|Academic credential granted
|Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Master of Science (MS)
|Credits required for completion
|Time to completion
|5 years or 10 full-time semesters
|On campus, online
|Early action deadline: Nov. 15
Scholarship consideration: Dec. 8
Regular decision: Feb. 1
Students can continue to submit an application for fall consideration until capacity is reached.
You must apply using the common application to, meet all requirements for, and be accepted to the University at Buffalo' undergraduate program in English offered through the College of Arts and Sciences Department of English.
Students can progress to the graduate portion of the program offered through the Graduate School of Education so long as they maintained good academic standing and carried a minimum GPA of 3.0 (B average). No graduate application is required.
Students also must indicate their desire to matriculate into the MS in Information and Library Science portion of the program by March 1 of their junior year. This intention will trigger a review by the Department of Information Science (GSE) program faculty to ensure the student has maintained a sufficient GPA and has completed appropriate coursework. At this time, students in this program are also expected to take the GRE (Graduate Record Examination), and complete an interview with the department.
In order to qualify for the in-state residency tuition rate, you are required to provide residency documentation indicating you have lived in New York State (NYS) 12 months prior to your semester start date.
If accepted, you will need to upload 3 documents to qualify for the in-state tuition rate. See Required Documents for Residency Application for more information.
All financial forms and supporting documentation with required signatures must be uploaded with your application, and must be dated within one year of your intended enrollment date.