Library and Information Science

Library and Information Science

Graduate College | School of Humanities, Arts, and Sciences

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.

Program Details

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 (2020–2021): $998

Start, Fall, spring, or summer

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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.

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.

St. Catherine University College for Adults students on Fontbonne steps.
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