MLIS Eligibility and Prerequisite Requirements
To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:
A completed bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting organizations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).
Grade Point Average
A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or higher on a 4.0 scale. If the applicant's GPA is less than 3.0, official scores from the Graduate record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are required.
How do I apply?
Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.
The MLIS application priority deadlines are March 1 (summer or fall) and October 1 (spring). Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. First priority for admission and for scholarship awards will be given to candidates who apply by the deadline.
We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.
Prepare a statement* (between 1,000-1,500 words in length, typed and double-spaced, 12 pt. font, standard margins) as a coherent and analytical essay form addressing the elements below. The admission committee considers both the quality of content and written communication skills.
- Discuss your professional goals in relation to the field of library and information science and the MLIS program at St. Catherine University. Provide specific examples.
- Identify an emerging critical issue in the field today. How does it affect professional practice now and in the next decade? What are the implications of this issue for questions of social justice and inclusion? Provide evidence that supports your discussion by citing relevant sources (library journals, scholarly articles, books, interviews with LIS professionals, etc.).
- How has your background, skills and/or experiences prepared you to interact effectively with individuals of diverse communities and perspectives?
*Applicants for the Certificate of Special Study should submit an essay (1-2 pages) addressing their reasons for pursuing a post-master's certificate.
MLIS Information Equity and Inclusion Scholarship
This is an optional topic — it is not required as part of the application process for admission into the graduate program. Only individuals who wish to be considered for this scholarship should address the topic below (one page, titled "Scholarship Statement" at the end of the personal statement).
The St. Catherine University MLIS is a social justice oriented graduate program, preparing students to be critical thinkers and leading information professionals who promote equity through the access, use, evaluation, sharing, and creation of information. St. Kate’s seeks to awards scholarships to new MLIS students who will play a leading role in ensuring information access for all, providing inclusive services, promoting digital literacy, and meeting other community needs. Tell us about yourself -- your past experiences, future career goals, community activities, and so on -- and describe how you will demonstrate your commitment to information equity and inclusive services for individuals and communities.
COVID-19 Impact Statement
This is an optional topic — if you feel as though your pathway to a graduate education was educationally, personally, or professionally impacted by the global COVID-19 pandemic, please describe the impact you experienced (one page titled “COVID Impact Statement” at the end of the personal statement).
Some impacts you may want to consider when responding include:
Educational: Moving to online or distance coursework; effective interaction with your professors; moving to a Pass/Fail grading system;
Personal: Changes in your living situation; caring for yourself or a loved one who was directly impacted; seeking out new volunteer opportunities that arose from the crisis
Professional: Loss of a job or needing to seek new opportunities; other professional or financial barriers.
If you have already submitted the MLIS application form, you may upload your personal statement via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application). Please include your full name at the top of the statement.
If you wish to submit the personal statement prior to the MLIS application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the statement as an attachment via email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “MLIS Personal Statement” in the subject line.
Submit a current résumé. Please differentiate between paid work experience and volunteer activities. Indicate whether the experience/activity was part-time or full-time in nature, specify the dates of employment/volunteering and list the responsibilities involved.
While field-related experience is not a prerequisite for admission, we encourage all prospective students to pursue relevant work or volunteer opportunities prior to applying to the MLIS program. Engaging in such experiences broadens the candidate's understanding of library and information science, helps them determine whether or not they want to pursue a career in the field, and potentially strengthens their application for graduate study.
If you have already submitted the MLIS application form, you may upload your résumé via your Application Status page (instructions for accessing the status page were provided at the time you submitted the application).
If you wish to submit the résumé prior to the MLIS application, or if you are unable to upload the document to your Application Status page, you may send the résumé as an attachment via email to email@example.com with “MLIS Résumé” in the subject line.
Two recommendations are required for MLIS and SLMS applicants; one recommendation is required for certificate-seeking applicants.
MLIS recommendation forms must be completed by individuals who can attest to the intellectual ability, professional competence and leadership ability of the applicant. Only professional or academic references will be considered; personal references are not acceptable. References must complete both the checklist and the accompanying statement sections of the form.
A link to the recommendation form will be sent when the Recommendations section of the MLIS application form has been completed. Please alert your references in advance to expect an email from St. Catherine University. These are confidential recommendations submitted directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission; applicants who wish to view the recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.
Transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended (including PSEO coursework), even if courses are recorded on another transcript and regardless of the number of credits earned. For the initial review of your application, we will accept official transcripts sent directly from the institution or scanned copies of official or unofficial transcripts. All documents must be up-to-date and include your name, institution name, all courses taken with grades and degrees received (if applicable). Screenshots from your institution’s website or degree evaluations from your student portal will not be accepted. Unofficial transcripts may be uploaded using your applicant status page (a link is sent once you’ve started an application) or sent as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon an offer of acceptance, applicants are required to submit official transcripts from baccalaureate and graduate (if applicable) degree granting institutions before registration for courses is allowed. Paper transcripts must be mailed in a sealed envelope directly from the registrar of each institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University. Transcripts that do not meet these criteria will be considered unofficial and will not be used to complete the applicant’s file. Electronic transcripts must be sent directly from the institution to St. Catherine (email@example.com); electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.
Applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 must submit official scores from the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT). Either exam may be completed to satisfy the application requirements. The test date must be within five calendar years prior to the term of intended enrollment. To have official scores submitted to St. Catherine University, applicants should use the institution code of 6105 (GRE) or 1315 (MAT).
Test scores are not required for applicants who have a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, or who have completed a graduate degree with a minimum GPA of 3.0.
Applicants whose native language is not English are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the iBT, or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) with a minimum score of 6.5. This requirement is waived for applicants who have completed a baccalaureate or graduate degree in the United States.
Applicants with a college or university degree completed outside of the United States must submit an official course-by-course evaluation from World Education Services (WES), as well as original transcripts and official translations of all documents not in English. All costs related to document translation and evaluation are the applicant’s responsibility.
Electronic documents may be directed to:
Paper documents may be mailed to:
St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission #4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105
It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that her or his application is completed by the deadline. Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.
The following information pertains to applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.
Please review the information below regarding other application materials that may be required for international applicants.
Earlier deadlines may apply for international applicants to ensure that all immigration requirements can be met in time for you to enroll in the desired term. Contact your admission counselor with questions.
International Student Forms
International applicants for graduate study must complete the International Information section of the MLIS application form.
The U.S. government requires international applicants to provide proof of ability to pay tuition and living expenses before the University can issue forms necessary to obtain a visa. International applicants must submit a Certification of Finances form.
Some international applicants may be required to submit additional documentation, such as a credential evaluation, language test scores, etc. Please review the application instructions for your graduate program for more information.
Please submit application materials to the Office of Graduate Admission; review your graduate program application instructions for submitting educational documentation and test scores. The Admission Committee will not review your application until we have received all required documents.
St. Catherine University
Office of Graduate Admission 4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
Saint Paul, MN 55105