Drexel University in Philadelphia houses another excellent graduate program for students wishing to pursue a master in library and information science. The information school, founded in 1892, is ranked 9th in the country for overall best program. The program is ranked 3rd in information systems specialties, 5th in medical librarianship, and 6th in digital librarianship specialties. Students have the option of completing their degree online or on campus. Drexel’s MS curriculum involves attaining 45 credits (15 courses) for a degree. 6 of the courses are set requirements (5 are taken at the outset of the program), and the other 27 credits come from nine elective courses. Students who qualify to receive credit for work experience may be exempt from some elective courses.
There are seven optional concentrations, including:
-archival studies: theory and practice of managing collections of papers and records
-competitive intelligence and knowledge management: knowledge and information in special libraries, organizational, and corporate environments
-digital libraries: a variety of topics involved in digital collections, services, and resources
-library and information services: professional skills and experience in a work setting
-school library media: k-12 library programs wishing to be certified in education
-youth services: public library careers, specific interest in becoming a children’s librarian
-healthcare informatics: library and information science applied to legal, medical, scientific and business settings
Completed applications should be mailed to:
College of Information Science and Technology
3141 Chestnut St.
-a 4 year bachelor’s degree
-average must be at least a 3.0 from the last 2 years of undergraduate work
-Two letters of recommendation
-GRE scores (applicants who have at least a 3.2 cumulative GPA may be eligible to gain admission without taking the GRE)
-completed credit for work form
-500 word essay with short and long term career goals (explain why your unique background will help you to pursue this plan successfully)
-$75 application fee (will be waived if you apply online or bring the application during a visit to campus)
The fall deadline for US students is September 1st and the Spring deadline is March 1st. The terms begin September 20th and the Spring Term begins March 28th. Drexel functions of trimesters, which makes the program dates a bit unusual when compared with most Universities.
For more information, please visit: http://www.ischool.drexel.edu/PS/GraduatePrograms