Application Instructions For

master of library and information science

Our graduate programs are open to women and men. Please review the program eligibility requirements and application instructions prior to starting the graduate application process.

eligibility and prerequisite requirements

Before beginning the application process, review the pre-application requirements for this program.

To be considered for admission, applicants must meet the following requirements:

Baccalaureate degree
A completed bachelor's or graduate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations (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.


APPLICATION FORM
Please read the application instructions below before completing the online application at the bottom of this page.

DEADLINES
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 no longer accepting applications for Fall 2017 enrollment.


PERSONAL STATEMENT
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? Provide evidence that supports your discussion by citing relevant sources (library journals, scholarly articles, books, interviews with LIS professionals, etc.).
  • What are the implications of this issue for questions of social justice and inclusion? 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.

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 graduateadmission@stkate.edu with “MLIS Personal Statement” in the subject line.

RESUME
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 graduateadmission@stkate.edu with “MLIS Résumé” in the subject line.

RECOMMENDATION FORMS
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.

APPLICATION TRANSCRIPTS
Official 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.

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 (graduateadmission@stkate.edu); electronic transcripts forwarded by the applicant will not be accepted.

GRE/MAT SCORES
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.

TOEFL / IELTS SCORES
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.

CREDENTIAL EVALUATION
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.

SUBMITTING MATERIALS
Electronic documents may be directed to:
graduateadmission@stkate.edu

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.


INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

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.

DEADLINES
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.

ADDITIONAL DOCUMENTATION
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.

SUBMITTING MATERIALS
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
Email: graduateadmission@stkate.edu
Telephone: 651.690.6933


begin online application

The online application form may be completed prior to submitting the required materials listed above.

questions about the application process?

Email your admission counselor at any time, or call us during office hours (8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.).

Contact your admission counselor

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