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Syracuse University

Contact Information:
General Information:
School of Information Studies
Syracuse University
4-206 Center for Science and Technology
Syracuse, NY 13244-4100

Phone: 315-443-2911
Fax: 315-443-5673
email: ist@syr.edu
URL: http://www.ist.syr.edu

Syracuse University Information:
Syracuse University General Information
Phone: 315-443-1870
URL: http://www.syr.edu

Graduate Degree Requirement Questions:
Roberta Segreti
School of Information Studies
Phone: 315-443-2911
email: rasegret@syr.edu

Application Questions:
Bridget Crary
Senior Student Records Coordinator
School of Information Studies
Phone: 315-443-2911
email: bmcrary@syr.edu

Questions about Academic Program Content:
Program Director
Master of Science in Information Management

Robert Heckman, Ph.D.
Phone: 315-443-2911
email: mim@syr.edu

Program Director
Master of Science in Library and Information Science

Jana Bradley, Ph.D.
Phone: 315-443-2911
email: mls@syr.edu

Program Director
Master of Science in Telecommunications and Network Management

Milton Mueller, Ph.D.
Phone: 315-443-2911
email: tnm@syr.edu

School Media Specialization, MSLIS
Ruth Small, Ph.D.
Phone: 315-443-2911
email: mlssm@syr.edu

Program Director
Washington DC Programs
School of Information Studies

Scott Bernard, Ph.D.
2301 Calvert Street, NW
Washington DC 20008

Phone: 202-265-1944
Fax: 202-265-1945
email: imwdc@syr.edu
URL: http://www.ist.syr.edu

Online Degree Programs:
Master of Science Degrees
Master of Science in Information Management
Master of Science in Library and Information Science
Master of Science in Telecommunications and Network Management

Certificates of Advanced Study
Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Systems and Telecommunications Management
Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Security Management
Certificate of Advanced Study in School Media
Certificate of Advanced Study in Digital Libraries

Summer Institute
Summer Institute of Leadership and Change in an Information Society

Syracuse University holds the following regional and program specific, or professional, accreditations:
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
American Library Association

Admissions Requirements:
All applicants to graduate programs at Syracuse University must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university. The School of Information Studies recommends that applicants have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better. However, in reviewing applications, all elements are weighed: references, educational record, test scores, honors, work experience, and statement on academic plans.

The School of Information Studies requires an application and supporting materials to be submitted in order to be considered a candidate for admission to the school. The application requirements (pdf file: 231k) for the School of Information Studies are available online at: http://ist.syr.edu/prospective/graduate/IST_app_requirements.pdf

There are two application methods: Online and paper.
We encourage the use of the online application. Please review the instructions for the online application before beginning. You may also go directly to the online application at:

You may submit your application via paper application (pdf file: 96k). To obtain a paper application, please link to: http://ist.syr.edu/prospective/graduate/grad_app_2004.pdf
Deadlines for paper application submittal are the same as online application deadlines.

Tuition Costs:
Tuition 2003 - 2004
Per Credit = $742

Financial Aid:
International Students
The School of Information Studies is unable to provide financial support to new international master's students. After students complete a semester of study in the United States, they are eligible to apply for awards. Students who perform well academically and are active in the school stand the best chance of receiving financial aid.

Merit-Based Financial Aid
A candidate's complete admission application package of transcripts, admission test scores, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and supplementary items serve as the application for merit-based aid.

The Graduate School and the School of Information Studies grant merit-based graduate awards and appointments to the most outstanding students. These awards including fellowships, scholarships, and assistantships, and are highly competitive. These awards should not be confused with financial aid awards, which are made in cases of demonstrated financial need, not on academic merit (Need-based Financial Aid).

Students are encouraged to apply for the numerous scholarships and fellowships available from foundations and other privately endowed sources. State and federal awards are also available to students in various fields of graduate study. Sources frequently consulted can be found in most libraries and college placement offices and include the following:
  • Annual Register of Grant Support
  • Peterson's Grants for Graduate Study
  • The Grants Register
  • American Library Association
  • SU Financial Aid
Deadline for Applications:

Types of Awards and Appointments:
University Graduate Fellowship
These awards, only a few of which are available each year, support graduate training for those presenting truly outstanding qualifications and the potential to make significant contributions to their future professions.

The dean of the Graduate School, upon recommendation of a faculty advisory committee, selects the University Fellows.

Graduate students in all fields at the University who possess the necessary qualifications are eligible to hold Syracuse University Graduate Fellowships. They consist of an academic stipend and full-tuition scholarship of up to 30 credits for the academic year. Where appropriate, fellowships are awarded for more than one year and typically include a year of fellowship, followed by a year of teaching or research appointment, followed by a third year of fellowship support. University Fellows must pursue graduate study and research full-time. They are not required to work or teach on campus, nor are they permitted to do any work for pay.

Further information about these awards is available from the Graduate Awards Coordinator, Graduate School, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244 or call 315-443-4492.

University African American Graduate Fellowship
The Graduate School annually awards up to six University African American Graduate Fellowships upon the recommendation of the faculty of the African American Studies program. These awards support graduate training for full-time matriculated African Americans who demonstrate outstanding qualifications. It consists of an academic stipend and full tuition of up to 30 credits for the academic year. Fellows must pursue graduate study and research full-time. They are not required to work or teach on campus, nor are they permitted to do any work for pay. Each fellow is required to enroll in one three-credit African American Studies graduate course. To apply for a University African American Graduate Fellowship, students should submit applications for admission to the University and the required credentials in the usual manner, indicating interest in this award by checking the appropriate box on the application form.

Graduate Scholarships
These awards support graduate training for students with superior qualifications. Recipients are selected upon the recommendation of the academic units. In most cases, the award provides full tuition for the academic year. Because the scholars are studying full-time, they may hold no other appointment except, in some cases, an assistantship, associateship, or internship related to the program of study. Awards are granted for one academic year.

School of Information Studies Awards
The School of Information Studies considers students for the following awards based on academic merit.
  • Manville Scholarship (all students)
  • Rossman Scholarship (LIS student)
  • Kasowitz Scholarship (LIS student)
  • Katzer Scholarship (PhD student)
  • Gaylord Scholarship (all students)
  • Herbert Brinberg Award (IM student)
  • MSLIS Scholarships
Scholarships for Service in Information Security Management
Syracuse University has received a Federal CyberService: Scholarship for Service (SFS) grant from the National Service Foundation to educate graduate students in the fields of information security and systems assurance. This scholarship program provides a multidisciplinary focus on the technology, policy and management aspects of computer security and systems assurance. Scholarships include tuition and a stipend for students in one of the Masters programs and the Certificate of Advanced Study in Information Security Management. To be eligible for this scholarship you must be a US citizen.

21st Century Library Partnership Program
The School of Information Studies offers libraries in any part of the country the opportunity to partner with us whereby a member of the library staff can earn an MSLIS, with partial tuition benefits. The School of Information Studies pays one-third of the employees tuition, the library partner pays one-third and the student pays one-third. For more information on this program, contact the Associate Dean at brkingma@syr.edu.

Preparing Librarians for Urban Schools (PLUS) Scholarships
The PLUS Upstate program is a partnership between the Syracuse University School of Information Studies, the Center for Digital Literacy, the Binghamton City School District, the Rochester City School District, and the Syracuse City School District to provide online graduate education in urban school librarianship. The PLUS Upstate program is made possible by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information, contact: plus@syr.edu

Graduate Assistantships
Graduate assistants are appointed to assist in instruction or research. Their responsibilities to the University require an average of up to 20 hours a week, and they devote the remainder of their time to their course of study. This combination of service, study, and research is a full-time assignment. The assistant is expected to do no other work for pay and may hold no awards other than a scholarship. Graduate assistantships carry a stipend, which may vary. They may also receive a Graduate School tuition scholarship of up to 24 credits.

Need-based Financial Aid
Many graduate students nationwide rely on one or more forms of need-based financial aid to help meet the costs of their studies. Need-based aid at Syracuse University is primarily in the form of loan programs and college work-study. Those in professional master's degree programs, in particular, may find the investment made in their education is returned in greater opportunities upon entering or returning to the job market.

Syracuse University encourages all graduate students to apply for any types of aid for which they may be eligible. Students sometimes find that although they were not eligible for need-based aid as undergraduates or previous graduate students, they qualify in subsequent years.

Descriptions and guidelines for all financial aid programs are subject to change at any time as a result of new or amended state or federal legislation or changes in Syracuse University policies. Graduate students who are U.S. citizens may inquire about need-based financial aid through the Office of Financial Aid, 200 Archbold North, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244-1140 or call 315-443-1513.

Distance learning students inquire through the Continuing Education Office at 315-443-3261 or finaid@uc.syr.edu.

Applying for Aid
To apply for need-based financial aid, applicants must first fill out a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Syracuse University does not accept the Graduate and Professional Student Financial Aid Service (GAPSFAS) form. The FAFSA is available from the financial aid offices of most colleges and universities, as well as most high school guidance offices.

The FAFSA should be filed as soon as possible after January 1 for summer or fall applicants. Applicants should not wait for an admission decision before filing.
After the financial information from the FAFSA has been received by the Office of Financial Aid, further instructions will be sent to the applicant's permanent address. Also in this packet will be special instructions for applying for summer aid.

Additional Information
For additional information regarding financial aid visit Syracuse University's Financial Aid Office web site: http://financialaid.syr.edu/

Please note: This information was obtained from Syracuse University's Graduate Study Guide and is subject to change at any time.

Learning Environment for Students:
The Original School for the Information Age. The School of Information Studies is a leading center for innovative programs in information policy, information behavior, information management, information systems, information technology and information services. The school has professional degree programs at the undergraduate and master's levels and a research degree at the doctoral level. The school offers its master's programs in campus and distance learning formats.

Our approach stands out from other institutions that offer computer science, management, information science, and related programs in that our focus is on users and user information needs as a starting point for integrating information and information technology into organizations. The faculty combines expertise in information systems, linguistics, computer science, library science, business management, management information systems, telecommunications and communication. The faculty are very active in research topics that reflect their diverse intellectual backgrounds and interests.

The Central Themes of the School of Information Studies
Five basic themes express the school's research and teaching mission. These themes define our vision of the information field and provide a focus for both the design of our curriculum and our sponsored research.

The Interrelationship Among the Five Central Themes of the School of Information Studies
  1. Information and Telecommunications Management considers information and technologies within organizational contexts.
  2. Information in the Marketplace relates how organizations interact with each other and exchanging information and products.
  3. Information Representation and Retrieval forms the building blocks of information systems as well as the processes necessary to enable humans to access and use information.
  4. Human-Information Interaction focuses on people and how the individual or group seeks and uses the products of information representation and retrieval.
  5. Information and Society considers the implications and issues for culture and society of the broad scope of information systems and technologies.
Relevant Information on Faculty:
To provide insight as to the philosophy of our faculty and staff, our vision, values, goals and points of distinction set the tone for how we conduct our activities on a daily basis.

Our Vision
To expand human capabilities through information.

What matters is that we make a difference in everything we do, and that this difference is a positive one affecting individuals, organization, and ultimately society. We intend to add value to society through education and through the information, systems, and services we help to create. We pledge to do this ethically, competently, professionally, with respect for the individual, and with passion.

Our Values
  • Unity. We are a faculty of one. The faculty sits as a whole, not as individuals or groups who represent one specific program in which they teach or ascribe affiliation. Students and faculty are challenged to benefit from the paradox of a single information field manifested in many professional expressions. Students and faculty learn from each other by shared intellectual experiences and by appropriate curriculum integration across the degree programs.

  • Diversity. We are intellectually diverse. Complex problems require multidimensional and interdisciplinary analysis and solutions. The school fosters a multiplicity of "voices" addressing the important areas of teaching and research in the information field. The school seeks faculty from many related disciplines who respect a diversity of opinion and perspective, and thrive on the tension of discussion and debate.

  • Inquiry. We are dedicated to exploration. Exploration and innovation are critically important to the information field and a vital part of our school. We share the university's vision of being a leading student-centered research university by dedication to being a student-centered research college. We promote this aim through discovery, development, application, integration, and active learning.

  • Individuality. We are committed to the individual. High-performance organizations are composed of high-performance individuals. Our faculty, staff, students, and partners are risk takers who have a high tolerance for ambiguity. While we value our work together in a highly spirited team atmosphere, we value the individual, and respect individuality as such. Our organizational norms dictate that we are relentless in attacking problems, but supportive in valuing individual differences.

  • Adaptability. We are adaptive and able to evolve. Today's competitive, complex, and ever-changing environment requires innovation, flexibility, and rapid responses. Our initiatives and developmental processes are driven by a Do-Learn-Revise model. This model encourages entrepreneurship and risk-taking, celebrating success as a community achievement and embracing challenge as a learning opportunity.

  • Continuity. We are an enduring organization. With over a century of innovation and leadership behind us, the school makes an enduring contribution to our field. In building our school we concentrate on building an enduring organization that goes beyond the influence of any particular dean or member of the faculty.
Our Goal
To transform the information field through leadership in research, development, and education.

Our Points of Distinction
  • Whatever we do, we do through information and for people.
  • Through information we transform individuals, organizations, and society.
  • We recognize that information technology and management processes are means and not ends
The School of Information Studies has been repeatedly recognized for a consistently high level of excellence offered in its degree programs and student-led research endeavors. One of the most prestigious honors to be bestowed on the school is the ranking as one of the best graduate schools in America by U.S. News & World Report. The School of Information Studies is listed as #2 in information systems; #2 in information technology management policy; the Master of Library and Information Science is listed as #3 and the School Library Media program is ranked #10.

Accomplishments by our students, graduates, faculty, and staff are countless as we strive for unparalleled excellence in all we do. For an up-to-date listing of our accomplishments and ongoing recognition, please go to our News & Events board at: http://www.ist.syr.edu