Graduate College | School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences

Library and Information Science

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 in St. Paul, MN 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) on our St. Paul campus 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 a library master's degree and wish to update or add to their current skills and knowledge.

Program Details

  • Format: Primarily evening/weekend, with some fully online options
  • Location: St. Paul campus
  • Credits: 36
  • Completion time: 2 years

What can I do with a Master's 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.

How will I study?

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. Most courses meet in an evening/weekend schedule on our St. Paul, MN campus, with online learning occurring between class meetings. Some courses are available in a fully online format.

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 within the profession.

Why St. Kate’s?

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 offered within the Graduate College through the School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences.

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.

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Tuition and Financial Aid

For the 2019–20 academic year, the tuition rate for the 36-credit MLIS program is $960 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.

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. The MLIS department also offers graduate assistantship funding to qualified students after they begin the program.

Scholarship Opportunities

St. Catherine offers scholarship support for new students entering the MLIS program. Apply to start in F’19 or Sp’20 to be considered for up to $5,000 in scholarship funding:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Alumni
  • Diversity
  • Leadership/Service

Scholarship funding is limited – priority consideration is given to individuals who complete the application process by the Fall/Spring application deadlines.

In addition, St. Catherine’s MLIS students employed by one of our corporate partners may be eligible to receive a special corporate partner scholarship, reducing tuition costs by 10%.

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MLIS Degree Requirements

MLIS Degree Requirements

The MLIS degree includes courses and experiences to build your professional competencies.

How to Apply

How to Apply

The MLIS program has specific prerequisite and admission requirements. Learn more and get started.



The St. Catherine MLIS faculty and highly qualified staff have expertise in multiple areas of librarianship.

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