The Sixth Year Diploma Program is a post-Master of Library Science degree program that provides a specialization in Information Studies.

Yan Quan Liu, Program Coordinator
Tel. (203) 392-5763

NOTE: The Department of Information and Library Science does not offer School Media Certification or Cross-Endorsement in its Sixth Year Certificate Programs. Students seeking School Media Certification should apply to the MLS w/School Media Program. Applicants already holding a Masters in Library Science may apply to the "Certification Only" program for School Library Media Certification.   

Sixth Year Diploma: Specialization in Information Studies

Yan Quan Liu, Program Coordinator
Tel. (203) 392-5763.

The mission of the specialization in Information Studies is to provide an advanced educational program leading to a sixth year professional diploma which meets the formal continuing education and specialization needs of library and information professionals. A master's degree in library science or information science is required for admission to the Information Studies specialization.

A program will be individually planned with consideration of the student's educational background, experience, and career objectives. Programs also will encourage interdisciplinary course work, action research, and problem solving. The sixth year is a 30-credit program in which a minimum of 15 graduate credits must be 600 level courses.

Required Courses (6 credits)

Two library science courses are required of all students in this specialization:

ILS 685 - Field Project - An action research project in which the student investigates a significant problem in an institution and develops a strategy for change.

ILS 600 - Independent Study - For the advanced student with a background in library science who wishes to explore in-depth a related topic outside the current courses in the ILS curriculum.

Electives (9-15 credits in ILS 600-level courses) in an area of specialization of the Sixth Year Library Information Studies

Students select an area of specialization from among several available, including: management, technical services, and user services.

Cognate Area (9-15 credits)

A concentration of courses related to the area of specialization and to student career goals is an integral part of a planned program. Areas of study include the sciences, humanities, social sciences, curriculum and foundations, research, special librarianship, and urban library studies. Up to 15 credits of 500 level courses may also be elected when appropriate.

Program of Study 

Before an accepted student can be matriculated into the Sixth Year Profession Diploma program, a Planned Program of Study must be completed and approved (signed) by the advisor, department chairperson, and Graduate School. Once the Planned Program is approved, any changed must be approved through the Change in Planned Program form.

Independent Studies and Field Projects

Academic work in the Sixth Year program includes an Independent Study and a Field Project. Each of these require advance planning with formal documentation and approval of the plan.

Independent Study and Field Project applications must be submitted in advance of registration. Check with the department office for latest deadlines.

See pages 160-165 of the 2013-2014 Graduate Catalog for a listing of 500 and 600 level ILS courses.

Graduate Student Affairs Committee (GSAC)

The Graduate Student Affairs Committee (GSAC) "is a student organization that is committed to "advancing our agenda for excellence" set by Southern Connecticut State University's School of Graduate Studies. It supports activities that enhance the academic, social and cultural experience of Southern's students through the distribution of the activity fees collected from full-time graduate students. The funds support a variety of graduate student activities including student research and conference attendance as well as university and departmental efforts such as guest lecturers, club events, and special events. GSAC also functions as an advocacy group, representing the needs of Southern's graduate student body."

"The Graduate Student Affairs Committee meets on the first Monday of every month of the academic year with the exceptions of January and September. Meetings are held from 3:00 to 4:30 PM in the Adanti Student Center. All graduate students and faculty are welcome to attend. For more information please contact the GSAC Coordinator, Arlene Lucibello at (203) 392-6165."

Sixth Year Diploma ADMISSIONS

NOTICE: Effective July 1, 2011, the School of Graduate Studies (GS) will become the central location for nearly all graduate admissions materials. On that date, the Graduate School office will receive all admissions materials for all non-certification graduate programs in ILS.

Admissions materials include, but are not limited to, transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay/personal statement, resume.


Sixth Year Diploma program: rolling admissions


Acceptance to the Sixth Year Diploma program requires review by two offices: School of Graduate Studies and Department of Information and Library Science. Students, however, submit all materials to the School of Graduate Studies; Complete applications will then be forwarded to the department for review.

Submit the following to the School of Graduate Studies:

Application materials should be mailed to the School of Graduate Studies, Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven CT 06515. After all application materials are received, the Graduate School will forward complete application files to the Department Graduate Admissions Committee for review. Following review of all application materials, the Department Graduate Admissions Committee will forward its recommendations to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Letters of final decision will be mailed to applicants from the Office of the School of Graduate Studies. 


Updated from the 2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 


Last updated: January 3, 2014