English/Information and Library Science, BA/MS

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.

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Why Information and Library Science at UB?

The features of our program include:

  • accreditation by the American Library Association, which makes your degree more valuable
  • complete a bachelor's and master's degree in five years rather than the traditional six and save valuable time and money
  • a BA in English and MS in ILS combined degree forms an ideal and innovative partnership that makes graduates very marketable across a variety of professions

Program Overview

Academic credential granted Bachelor of Science (BS) and a Master of Science (MS)
Credits required for completion 135
Time to completion 5 years or 10 full-time semesters
Course delivery On campus, online
Careers Examples include:
  • academic librarian
  • public librarian
  • archives librarian
  • digital humanities specialist
  • digital communications specialist
  • private industries/businesses
Application deadline 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.
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