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University at Buffalo Libraries

Music Library

Music Librarianship

The University at Buffalo has a strong tradition of providing excellent preparation for careers in music librarianship through a dual MA-MLS degree program. Although the Music Library's role in the program is changing, students currently have the opportunity to apply for simultaneous enrollment in graduate programs in the Music Department and Department of Library and Information Studies.

Admissions and Requirements

  • Students apply separately for admission to the Music Department and the Department of Library and Information Studies. Students should indicate their intent to pursue both degrees during the application process.
  • Students will receive advisement from each department.
  • Students considering a career in an academic library are encouraged to complete a MA thesis.
  • All students are encouraged to gain practical experience through a practicum, special project, or employment. The Music Library frequently employs graduate students enrolled in the MLS/MA degree programs.


For information about the MA in Music History or Theory, please contact:

Karen Sausner
Director of Student Programs
Music Department
University at Buffalo
226 Baird Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-4700
Tel: (716) 645-2759

For information about the MLS program, please contact:

Department of Library and Information Studies
Graduate School of Education
University at Buffalo
534 Baldy Hall
Buffalo NY 14260-1020
(716) 645-2412

Admissions contact: Ms. Pat Glinski
Phone: (716) 645-2110

Music librarianship advisement: Dr. Brenda Battleson
Phone: (716) 645-1486

The Music Library Association provides an excellent source of information on preparing for careers in music librarianship.