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. St. Catherine's graduate students make real-world career connections, advocate for change, and advance access to information for all.
St. Catherine's Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program educates students for careers and leadership roles in the library and information professions. 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 an MLIS degree and wish to update or add to their current skills and knowledge.
With St. Catherine's MLIS degree, you'll have a wide variety of employment opportunities to look forward to, including:
St. Catherine’s 36-credit MLIS degree can be completed in two years of year-round, full-time enrollment. Many students choose a part-time plan of study and complete the degree in three years. Courses meet on an evening/weekend schedule, and combine online and face-to-face instruction in a hybrid learning format. Classes meet on our St. Paul campus.
The Certificate of Special Study requires 15 credits beyond the MLIS degree, chosen in consultation with a faculty advisor.
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 to the profession.
At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning.
The MLIS program is accredited by the American Library Association.
In the 2016-17 academic year, the tuition rate for the 36-credit MLIS program is $886 per credit. Tuition rates are subject to change each June 1. Additional costs for the program will include fees for student services and technology, books, etc.
All students accepted into the graduate program will be considered for a limited number of MLIS scholarships from St. Catherine University. The MLIS department also offers graduate assistantship funding to qualified students after they begin the program.
Many graduate students are eligible for financial aid, usually in the form of student loans. Another potential source of funding is tuition benefits from current employers. In addition, St. Kate’s MLIS students employed by one of our corporate partners (Allina, Children's Hospitals and Clinics, Ecumen, Fairview Health, Gillette Children's, HealthEast, HealthPartners, Hennepin County Medical Center, North Memorial Medical Center, Park Nicollet Health, Regions Hospital) may be eligible to receive a special corporate partner scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%.
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The St. Catherine MLIS faculty and highly qualified staff have expertise in multiple areas of librarianship.