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Master of Library and Information Science

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Master of Library and Information Science

Empower people through information and technology.

Bridge the gap between people, information, and technology with an online master's degree in library and information science. St. Kate's has the only accredited program in Minnesota.

Help communities access, understand, and use information and resources.

The curriculum for the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree at St. Catherine University integrates the principles, practices, and ethics of library and information science with an in-depth understanding of the people who use information systems in their work and communities. Through our librarianship pathways, you can learn how to apply your skills to different roles as a librarian and information professional. In this online program, you will:

  • Navigate the social issues and technological risks that come with digital data management
  • Understand the ethics behind intellectual freedom, privacy, intellectual property, and equitable access for all
  • Help patrons and colleagues overcome obstacles to accessing information, such as information overload and disinformation

You may choose a specific area or areas in which to specialize, under the guidance of designated faculty advisors. You’ll analyze the field and plan experiences that prepare you for employment, and work with faculty members who have deep connections within the profession.  

Students of all genders are welcome in this program.

Accreditation

The MLIS program at St. Catherine University  is accredited by the American Library Association. We are the only accredited MLIS program in Minnesota. Graduating from an ALA-accredited program provides flexibility in the types of libraries and jobs you can apply for and enhances career mobility. Many employers require an ALA-accredited master's degree for professional level positions, and some states require an ALA-accredited degree to work as a professional librarian in public or school libraries. The program received continued accreditation in February 2018. The next comprehensive review is scheduled for November 2024. Learn more about accreditation and outcomes here.

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