Music Librarianship, MS/MA Collaborative Agreement

Through a collaboration agreement between the Department of Information Science and the Music Department, you can earn two master's degrees: a master of science (MS) degree in information and library science, and a master of arts (MA) degree in music with a concentration in either music history or music theory. You will gain first-hand experience of practical and theoretical matters to help you in the real-world setting of a functioning music library.

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Why Music Librarianship at UB?

The features of our collaboration agreement include:

  • accelerated course of study, allowing for the completion of both degrees in four years, rather than the four and a half to five years traditionally required to earn both degrees individually
  • accreditation by the American Library Association, which makes your degree more valuable
  • flexibility with course delivery options (on campus, online or hybrid); enrollment status (full-time or part-time); and varied course times (evening classes available) 
  • practica, special projects and directed study courses to gain real-world experience
  • student-centered learning experiences including student groups and chapter activities, departmental seminars and opportunities to serve on committees to enrich learning and networking

Program Overview

Academic credentials granted Master of Science/Master of Arts (MS/MA)
Credits required for completion 36
Time to completion 4 full-time semesters
Course delivery options On campus, online or hybrid
Careers Examples include:
  • information-intensive organizations
  • traditional libraries
Application deadline Rolling admissions

Program Coursework

Required Core Courses (9 credits)

LIS 507  Information Life Cycle
LIS 508  Information Users and Uses
LIS 575  Introduction to Research Methods

Concentrations are available within this collaboration. You can prepare to be generalists or choose courses with concentrations in one or more areas:

  • Information management
  • Information organization
  • Information services
  • Information storage and retrieval
  • Law librarianship, with a concurrent MS in information and library science and JD degrees
  • Music librarianship, which combines MS in information and library science and master's of music
  • Public or academic libraries
  • Special libraries including those serving business, museums and law firms

Application Requirements

Apply to Both Schools

Separate applications must be submitted and you must be admitted to the Music Department (MA degree) as well as the Graduate School of Education Department of Information Science (MS degree). Follow the normal admission procedure for each unit.

You can apply to both schools at the same time; if you are already admitted to the MA or the MS program, you can apply for the dual major during your first year and seek admission to the other school.

Applying to the Department of Information Science

You must have received an undergraduate bachelor degree with a GPA of 3.0 or better by the intended beginning semester. Applications with lower GPA’s may still be considered and granted a “conditional admission” (see below for more information). 

Submit your completed online application, which includes:

  • Application fee: A $50 non-refundable application fee, submitted electronically through UB's ePayment system.
  • Graduate Record Exam or MAT scores, including verbal, quantitative and writing sections.

    You may be exempt from the GRE/MAT requirement if one of the following is true:
    1. You already have a master’s degree and a GPA in that degree of 3.5 or greater
    2. You already have a PhD or equivalent (e.g., EdD, JD)
  • Contact information for at least three individuals who will each be asked to provide an electronic recommendation letter.
  • Unofficial transcripts from all colleges attended. (UB transcripts are automatically submitted for current UB students and alumni.)
  • Statement of Education and Career Goals: A detailed statement describing your reasons for pursuing a graduate degree in the information science field. Include your professional goals and objectives and indicate any area of special interest within the field.

Conditional Admission Status: You may be admitted conditionally to this MS program when you do not meet all admission requirements (most often because of an undergraduate GPA below 3.0) but your personal statements, transcripts, entrance examination scores, employment history and letters of reference demonstrate potential for success. At the end of the semester in which you have attempted 9 credit hours in the program — including two core courses (e.g., LIS 507, LIS 508, LIS 575) (courses with a grade of R/resigned do not count as attempted, but I and U do) — your academic standing will be reviewed by IS staff. At the time of the review, if you meet all the conditions of good academic standing and have no incomplete or unsatisfactory grades, conditional status is automatically lifted and you are considered to be in good academic standing.

Former/Maiden Name: Please provide us with your former/maiden name if you have one. When requesting transcripts, please ask the sending institution to indicate your current name and former/maiden name.

Admission Decision: The admission decision will be communicated to you as soon as review is complete. The decision is based on a number of factors and is the result of a thorough and deliberate process. All decisions are final and cannot be appealed.

International Applicant Additional Requirements
  • Official original proof of your degree
  • A copy of your passport biographical page
  • Official test scores for either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic. Test scores must be dated within two years of submitting your application.
    • TOEFL minimum score is a 250 for a computer based test, 600 for a paper based test and 79 for the Internet based test
    • IELTS minimum score is 6.5 overall
    • PTE minimum score is 55 overall
  • Financial documentation — International graduate applicants must document their ability to pay for all costs incurred while studying in the U.S.
  • An official bank statement

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.

Are you an international student and unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL?

If you are currently unable to take the IELTS, PTE or TOEFL tests because they are canceled due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19), the University at Buffalo will accept the Duolingo English Test (DET) for proof of English proficiency. This test can be taken online, in your own home. More information can be found on the Graduate School’s website.

The TOEFL iBT® Special Home Edition is a safe and convenient option for students who are unable to take the TOEFL iBT test at a test center due to public health concerns.

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University Computing Standards

You are required to have daily access to a reliable broadband connection and a computer that meets university computing standards. You are also expected to have basic computer competency before beginning your coursework.