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mlis at st. kate's

St. Kate's excels in preparing library and information specialists with skills to lead and influence the profession.

Master of Library and Information
Science at St. Kate's

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) at St. Kate’s excels in preparing library and informational specialists with skills to lead and influence in the rapidly changing information society. The innovative program is a cornerstone of the newly created Graduate College at St. Catherine University.

As a student in the MLIS program, you will benefit from the University’s investment in graduate-level research, ongoing planning and assessment, and collaboration across its four schools and three colleges.

Join an accredited program

St. Kate’s MLIS program is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). It is the only library and information science program in Minnesota, and one of only 57 in North America, to achieve the coveted recognition.

The accreditation, received in January 2011, will open doors to new curricular offerings, including possible partnerships with law schools and healthcare institutions to add more focused tracks of library study. The University also plans to launch a chapter of Beta Phi Mu, the national library science honor society founded at the University of Illinois in 1948.

Receive scholarships

St. Kate’s students are eligible for national scholarships — such as the ALA Spectrum Scholarship, which promotes ethnic diversity in library science — and St. Kate's MLIS Program Scholarship ($2,000) for academic excellence and leadership potential.

Experience the curriculum

At St. Kate’s, you’ll get the theoretical knowledge and practical skills you’ll need to succeed in library and information positions across the world. You will also have the chance for independent studies, directed fieldworks, culminating experience projects, and many other opportunities to work closely with faculty members and area professionals.

Learn from faculty who put you first

The MLIS faculty and staff devote themselves to preparing students for success in the academia and in their careers as information professionals. Many of our full-time professors and adjunct instructors are themselves leaders in consulting, entrepreneurial ventures and higher education.

Stay on top of the profession

Monday MLIS Community Night has featured panel discussions, workshops, student gatherings and presentations by award-winning faculty, major employers and leaders in the regional LIS community. We also regularly host the MLIS Student Research Night for our graduates to share their current projects with the campus community and general public.

Progress at your own pace

The MLIS program is available in an evening and weekend format — every other weekend on Friday evenings, Saturdays and Sundays — for the busy adult.