Simmons GSLIS is the common name for Simmons College's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, which instructs graduate students wishing to work in a library or archive.
History and Characteristics
Simmons College founded a library school in 1902,(1) just three years after the founding of the main college (2). While the undergraduate section of Simmons College is still a women's-only college, the GSLIS program allows both men and women to attend.
At Simmons GSLIS, students may obtain one or more of several degrees. The most common of these is an MLS. Students may also enroll in the Dual Degree Program, where they may either earn a Master's in Archives Management and a Master's in History, or a Master's in Library Science and a Master's in Children's Literature. The dual programs take a longer time to complete: While someone studying for an MLS with an archives concentration must complete 36 credit hours,(3) a student wishing to earn the Archives Management/History dual degree must complete at least 57 credit hours.(4)
While most students enrolled in the GSLIS Program at Simmons live off-campus, they may live on the Simmons Residence Campus, either on the fifth floor of South Hall (women only) or in North Hall (co-ed). Students who live on-campus will receive a meal plan.(5)
As of April 2010, courses in the GSLIS program at Simmons cost $1,069 per credit hour. This means that the usual weekly three-hour semester class will cost $3,288. Those who wish to live on campus must pay $6,985 per semester, as well as a $355 Health Center fee.(6)
The Simmons Campus is located along the Fenway in Boston, Massachusetts. The Residence Campus is located two blocks northwest. Being in close proximity to both Emmanuel College and Wheelock College, it is a member of Colleges of the Fenway. The campus is near the Fenway, Longwood and Longwood Medical Area stations on the Green Line of the MBTA, colloquially known as "the T." The campus is also within walking distance of the famed Fenway Park.
There is an additional campus in South Hadley, Massachusetts.(7)
1) Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, "Career Development, 2010 (http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/careers/index.php),
2) Simmons College, "History of Simmons," 2010 (http://www.simmons.edu/overview/about/history/)
3) Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, "Archives Concentration," 2010 (http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/academics/programs/archives.php)
4) Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, "Archives/History" (M.S./M.A.), 2010 (http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/academics/programs/archives-history.php)
5) Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, "Housing," 2010 (http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/resources/new/housing.php>
6) Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, "Tuition and Financial Aid," 2010, (http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/admission/tuition/index.php)
7) Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science, "Locations," 2010 (http://www.simmons.edu/gslis/about/locations.php)