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 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 fee

Submit a $35 non-refundable application fee. Make check or money order payable to St. Catherine University. This fee is waived for students who previously:

  • Enrolled at the University (completed at least one course at either the undergraduate or graduate level)
  • Attended a graduate information session within the past five years
  • Completed an individual appointment with graduate faculty/staff within the past five years

If one or more of the above statements applies to you:

  • If submitting an online application: choose the waiver option when asked for a form of payment.

Please note that your application fee will not be refunded if you submit the payment but are eligible for a fee waiver.

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 2017 and Spring 2018 enrollment.

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?

Statements should be mailed to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address at the bottom of this page, or submitted via e-mail to Please type your full name at the top of your statement and include "MLIS Personal Statement" in the subject line.

Applicants for the Certificate of Special Study should submit an essay (1-2 typewritten pages) addressing their reasons for pursuing a graduate certificate.

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.

Résumés may be submitted via e-mail to Please include “MLIS Résumé” in the subject line.

Two MLIS recommendation forms must be completed by professional and/or academic references who can attest to the intellectual ability, leadership potential and judgment of the applicant; personal references are not acceptable. References must submit both a form and an accompanying statement in order for the recommendation to be considered complete. Applicants for the Certificate of Special Study are required to submit only one recommendation.

These are confidential recommendations and must be sent directly from the references to the Office of Graduate Admission at the address listed below. Original documents must be sent to our office. Applicants who wish to view a copy of the completed recommendations are responsible for making the appropriate arrangements with their references.

To access this form as an interactive pdf, please use Internet Explorer or Google Chrome:

MLIS recommendation form

Official transcripts are required from each post-secondary institution attended, 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 (; 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.

Submit all application materials to:

St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission, Mail 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.

Non-degree enrollment is available in the MLIS program on a space-available basis, with approval from the Office of Graduate Admission and the MLIS Program Director. Non-degree seeking students are limited to two MLIS courses (no more than six semester credits) and are not eligible for financial aid.

Students who are eligible to apply as non-degree must submit the following materials:

  • Application form. Contact the Office of Graduate Admission to receive a copy of the non-degree application form.
  • Application fee. Submit a $10 nonrefundable application fee; make check or money order payable to St. Catherine University. This fee is waived for St. Catherine current students and alumni.
  • Transcripts. One official transcript from the institution that granted your baccalaureate degree. Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the Registrar's Office of that institution to the Office of Graduate Admission at St. Catherine University.


Applicants who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents must submit an International Student Supplement and Certification of Finances, in addition to the graduate program application. There is no additional application fee required.

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.

All international applicants for graduate study must complete the International Student Supplement in addition to applying directly to the graduate program.

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, with the exception of the following programs:

  • Education: For Licensed Teachers (MAED in Curriculum & Instruction, Technology Integration, STEM)
  • Health Informatics (MHI)
  • Interpreting Studies (MAISCE)
  • Montessori: AM2 (MAED)
  • Occupational Therapy: Post-professional (OTD)

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 the International Student Supplement and Certification of Finances forms 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
Telephone: 651.690.6933

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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.).

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