Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science

Graduate College | School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences

In an age of information overload, many organizations — libraries, businesses, government agencies, nonprofits, and universities — need trained professionals to help them determine what's useful, accurate, and relevant. Master's degree students at St. Catherine University make real-world career connections, advocate for change, and advance access to information for all.

Program Details

Format: Primarily evenings and weekends, with some fully online courses

Completion time: 24 months

Credits: 36

Cost per credit (2020–2021): $998

Start, Fall, spring, or summer

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Each new MLIS student will be considered for up to $5,000 in funding from these scholarship programs: leadership, diversity, alumni, and academic achievement. The MLIS department also offers graduate assistantship funding to qualified students after they begin the program.

MLIS students employed by St. Kate’s corporate partners also receive a scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%. Students are also eligible to apply for loan and grant programs.

Promoting Information Access and Literacy

Our curriculum 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. 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.

The School Library Media Specialist (SLMS) license prepares students to manage and deliver school library media programs in K–12 settings, working directly with children and young adults to teach them the skills necessary to become effective users of ideas and information.

A post-master’s Certificate of Special Study is available for professionals who have a library master's degree and wish to update or add to their current skills and knowledge.

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Careers in Library and Information Science

With St. Kate's MLIS degree, you can pursue a wide variety of business, nonprofit, government, and other employment opportunities, including:

  • public or academic libraries
  • library media specialist
  • archives and special collections
  • literacy coordinator
  • law librarian
  • information architect
  • online documentation management
  • reference and information services
  • technical services
  • business information specialist

Explore the library profession and visit the ALA's employment resources pages.

ALA Accreditation Seal

The MLIS program is accredited by the American Library Association. The Program received continued accreditation in February 2018. The next comprehensive review is scheduled for November 2024.

Learn more about accreditation for this program