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Kristina Sande Kristina Sande
Director of Graduate Admission

Master of Library and Information Science

St. Kate’s MLIS program educates students for careers and leadership roles in the library and information professions. Our recent graduates are currently employed with such job titles as:

  • Library director of Gaylord Public Library
  • Library media specialist at Park Center Senior High School
  • Cataloging intern at the National Air and Space Museum
  • Law librarian for the Prisoner's Program at MN Law Library
  • Business information specialist Cargill, Inc.

Students who enroll in our program can expect a broad overview of library and information science as they progress through the core courses. Opportunities for specialization and emphasis are also available. For example, you can focus on international librarianship or digital media. (See “Advising” below.)

Full-time students (six or more credits per semester) should be able to complete the program in two academic years, including the summer session. Part-time enrollment (three credits per semester) is also available. The average course load is one to two per semester; students must be enrolled at least part-time to maintain financial aid eligibility.

Degree requirements

A full description of MLIS degree requirements is located in the Graduate Catalog, under the program description. Degree requirements include:

  • Completion of a minimum of 36 semester credits
  • Satisfactory completion of the core courses:
    • LIS 7010: Introduction to Library and Information Science (prerequisite for all other LIS courses)
    • LIS 7030: Organization of Knowledge
    • LIS 7040: Reference and Online Services
    • LIS 7050: Research Methods for Library and Information Science
    • LIS 7700: Management of Libraries and Information Centers (for MLIS students) or LIS 7730: School Libraries (for students seeking MN School Library Media licensure)
    • Touchstone course (1 credit)
    • Capstone course (2 credits)
    • Online portfolio
  • Attainment of a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Students have up to five years from initial term of enrollment to complete all program requirements for the graduate degree.
  • 36 semester credits are to be completed in the St. Catherine University MLIS program. Credits earned at another institution may apply. Learn more about transferring credits »

Advising

The St. Catherine MLIS faculty and highly qualified staff have expertise in multiple areas of librarianship. Students may choose a specific area or areas in which to specialize, under the guidance of designated faculty and staff members. These areas are:

Sample syllabi