Simmons College School of Library and Information Science

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Master of Science, Library and Information Science (MS LIS)

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Why a Simmons’s Library and Information Science Degree?
• Nationally accredited MS in Library and Information Science program and top ranked by U.S. News & World Report
• A commitment to helping students build exceptional careers in library and information science since 1902
• SLIS faculty and alumni who are distinguished experts in their fields and have held top leadership positions in professional associations
• A variety of options for experiential learning, ranging from in-class projects to semester-long internships and practicums to pre-professional opportunities
• Flexibility, including full- and part-time options, evening and weekend classes, blended and online courses, and post-master’s LIS opportunities
• One of the largest alumni networks in the field, providing lifelong professional collaboration and support
• Three Massachusetts locations: the Simmons campus in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood, the SLIS West program
at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts

Why Simmons Children’s Literature Programs?
MA in Children’s Literature, MFA in Writing for Children
• Innovative programs that balance theory and practice
• Flexible course schedules, including evening, weekend, and weeklong formats
• Career success for graduates
• Full- and part-time study options, as well as professional development, workshops, and biennial summer institutes
• Faculty who are distinguished scholars and authors
• Low student-faculty ratio to promote mentoring and learning
• Personalized, high-quality faculty advising
• High-profile guest lecturers from all areas of children’s literature, including publishing
• Strong, engaged alumni network
• Applications accepted three times a year
• Two Massachusetts locations: the Simmons campus in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood and the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst
• Non-degree options

Master of Science, Library and Information Science (MS LIS)

Taught by our award-winning faculty, the MS LIS program focuses on the competencies needed in the marketplace to lead librarians, information specialists, and archivists intothe future. Our locations in Boston and on the Mount Holyoke College campus, as well as our online programs, provide students with hands-on learning opportunities in some of the nation’s finest libraries, information organizations, and cultural heritage institutions. We are committed to our students’ ongoing success as leaders in the library, information science, and archives fields.

Building on 100-year-old traditions, SLIS has earned an internationally renowned reputation and consistent national ranking as a top Library and Information program. Simmons SLIS alumni work in a variety of settings, including a range of academic libraries, Fortune 500 enterprises, cultural heritage institutions, public libraries, school libraries,start-ups, and information organizations and are leaders in professional organizations. Employers actively recruit our graduates.

We prepare 21st-century librarians, information specialists, and archivists by:
• Aligning education with the professional competencies needed for a variety of roles today and in the future;
• Offering special dual degrees, accelerated graduate programs, and unique offerings to create distinctive learning opportunities;
• Promoting leadership, innovation, and community engagement;
Raising public awareness about the contributions of librarians, information specialists, and archivists to increase cooperation in communities, enhance education, and provide services essential to sustaining our democracy; and
• Providing a continuing education program that offers career development support beyond the receipt of formal degrees.

Stay informed about upcoming developments by connecting with us on the Student Experience Blog, Facebook, and Twitter @simmonsslis.

A critical look at children’s books
Simmons launched the first Master of Arts degree in Children’s Literature in 1977 in order to provide a rigorous, disciplined study of children’s and young adult books forthose who are—or who intend to be—involved in teaching, library services, publishing, writing, or related fields. To develop the criticalvocabulary essential for appraising text and illustration, students apply high-level scholarly analysis tochildren’s literature ranging fromfolklore and fantasy to contemporary, realistic fiction, nonfiction, and picture books.

We also offer a Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children as well asmultiple dual-degree programs that extend robust and theoretical engagement in literature for childrenand young adults with professional certifications. With an emphasis on historical and critical analysis—including gender studies, ideology, and multicultural perspectives—our interdisciplinary curriculum draws upon literature, art, history, education, sociology, psychology, and media studies. Course work addresses topics such as book publishing, folklore, orality, poetry, nonfiction, writing fiction for children and young adults, and the multiple ways children’s literature constructs and reacts to constructions of childhood.

Our programs and degrees
The Children’s Literature programs lead to either a Master of Arts (MA)in Children’s Literature (36 credits) or a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Writing for Children (32 credits). Students pursuing the MA have the option to do a thesis or complete an independent study project in their area of specialty. Students in the MFA program take writingcourses and complete two independent mentorships in which they work closely with a professional mentor to produce a manuscript from conception to submission. Students who wish to pursue both degrees (MA/MFA) may combine the master’s programs into a 56-credit course of study. Simmons also offers dual degrees in Children’s Literature and Library Science (MA/MS) and Children’s Literature and Education (MA/MAT).

Leaders in the field
Since our founding, faculty have shaped the scholarly study of literature for children and young adults. Today they are among the most accomplished and sought-after experts in the field. Through their long-standing leadership in the Boston-area children’s book community and beyond, Children’s Literature professors bring in high-profile guest lecturers and connect students to opportunities in education and publishing.

The Simmons College Center for the Study of Children’s Literature
In 1977, with funding from the National Endowment for the Humanities, Simmons opened the Center for the Study of Children’s Literature (CSCL). Today the CSCL continues its mission to support and advance the study of children’s and young adult literature through nationally recognized programs and partnerships. In addition to its biennial Summer Institute in Children’s Literature, the Center hosts the Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards ceremony and a related colloquium that examines the winners and honor books in the contexts of publishing, education, library services,and popular culture. Recently, the CSCL hosted a Children’s Book Council seminar for publishers on socioeconomic class in young adult and children’s literature and became a founding member of Children’s BooksBoston, an organization dedicated to fostering interaction and discussion among the Greater Boston children’s book community.

For more information about our Children’s Literature programs, please visit our website.



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17 Graduate Programs Offered

Program Certificate Master's Doctorate
Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online Campus Hybrid Online
Children's Literature                
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