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Library and Information Science

St. Kate’s Master of Library and Information Science program works to empower people through information and technology for a more just, equitable, and compassionate world. Our library and information science master's degree students make real-world career connections, examine the root causes of social injustice both in and beyond our profession, advocate for change, and advance access to information for all.

MLIS Program Highlights

Format: Primarily evenings and weekends on our St. Paul, Minnesota campus, with some fully online courses

Completion time: 24 months

Credits: 36

Cost per credit (2021–2022): $1,020

Start: Fall, spring, or summer

Scholarship Opportunities

A St. Catherine University education is one of the most worthwhile investments you’ll ever make, and we are committed to helping you find ways to make that investment affordable.

New MLIS students are considered for up to $5,000 in funding from the following scholarship programs: leadership, diversity, alumni, and academic achievement.

The MLIS department offers graduate assistantship funding to qualified students after they begin the library and information science program.

MLIS students employed by a St. Kate’s corporate or community partner may be eligible for a 10% tuition reduction.

Graduate students may also be eligible for loan and grant programs.

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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.


MLIS Program Career Outcomes

St. Kate’s MLIS and SLMS graduates are library and information science leaders at local, regional, and national organizations such as

  • 3M
  • Ecolab
  • Hennepin County Library
  • IBM
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Minneapolis Institute of Art
  • Minnesota State Law Library
  • St. Paul Public Schools
  • Target
  • University of Minnesota
  • Walker Art Center

You'll join a network of alumni excelling in their positions as archivists, library directors, public librarians, school library media specialists, reference and instruction librarians, catalogers, research specialists, data analysts, information architects, metadata specialists, digital asset managers, web services librarians, and more.

Learn more about MN State and national job markets for library and information science professionals.


Library and Information Science Master's Degree Program Overview

Students in the MLIS program gain a broad overview of library and information science as they progress through the core courses and have opportunities to specialize through taking advanced electives.

Explore the courses

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Program Accreditation

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

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