MLIS Accreditation

ALA Accreditation Seal


The MLIS program is accredited by the American Library Association.

ALA Contact Information:
American Library Association
50 E. Huron St.
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2795
Phone: 312-280-2432
Fax: 312-280-2433

MLIS Program Facts

One Year Retention Rate of Degree-Seeking MLIS Students

2013 76.3% 38
2014 83.3% 24
2015 93.1% 29
2016 80% 20
2017 71.4% 28
2018 91.3% 23
2019 78.1% 32
2020 94.7% 19
2021 forthcoming 27

Note: Only new degree-seeking graduate students (both full and part-time) are included above; non-degree and certificate/licensure students are excluded.

Source: 2021 Fall Census


Average Time to Degree

Full-time 2.70
Part-time 3.26
Overall 2.89


Placements and Salaries

The MLIS program has taken part in the annual Library Journal Placements & Salaries report since 2012. View a summary report for 2012–2019 graduates.


St. Catherine University requires each program to assess student learning outcomes and conduct Program evaluation.

MLIS Program Student Learning Outcomes

MLIS Student ePortfolios

An electronic portfolio has been a non-credit degree requirement since fall 2011. The ePortfolio provides MLIS students with the opportunity to integrate learning across the entire MLIS program and to present their reflections on their achievements in the program. Learning artifacts included in the ePortfolio are completed as part of coursework, and co-curricular or professional activities.

Developing an ePortfolio encourages the student to take a systematic look at learning experiences through self-reflection, self-evaluation, and synthesis and integration of knowledge with real world applications. The ePortfolio process also nurtures lifelong learning skills to prepare students for future challenges facing information professionals.

Three MLIS faculty members serve as reviewers in the fall and spring semesters. The MLIS ePortfolios are graded as pass/fail.

SLMS Student ePortfolios

School Library Media Specialist (SLMS) students also are required to complete an electronic portfolio during their student teaching course LIS 7283/6 Clinical Experience/Student Teaching. The instructor for the clinical experience course reviews the SLMS ePortfolios and determines if they meet the criteria.

Program Self Study for ALA-COA Accreditation

The 2017 Self-Study for the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation (ALA-COA) is available upon request. Email: