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Bring People, Technology, and Information Together with an MLIS Degree

St. Catherine University helps you gain the credentials needed to become a professional in library and information science either through a degree or a license with the only American Library Association (ALA) accredited program in Minnesota.

Master of Library and Information Science Program Options

Earn your MLIS without the SLMS license, for students that do not wish to pursue a career in education.

Master of Library and Information Science Program

  • 36 Credits
  • 100% Online
  • Can be completed in 28 months (full time)
  • No thesis requirement

Invest in Your Future with a Degree from St. Catherine University

St. Kate’s graduates are recognized leaders in the library science profession who are actively recruited by employers. They hold positions such as library director and national library association staff.

Curriculum Specializations

  • School Library Media Specialist
  • School Librarian
  • K-12 School Librarian
  • Library Science Teachers, Post-Secondary
  • Library Systems & Applications Developer 
  • Library & Media Collections Specialists
  • Information System Manager  
  • Information Systems Analyst
  • Data Asset Manager
  • Social Media Curator
  • Catalog Librarian
  • Collection Development Librarian 
  • School Library Media Coordinator 
  • Social Sciences Librarian 
  • Electronic Resource Librarian 
  • Researcher 
  • Archivists 
  • Assistant Professor 
  • Digital Archivist 
  • Government Records Analyst 
  • Information Architect 
  • Competitive Intelligence Analyst 
  • Digital Asset Specialist

MLIS Graduates Work For:

  • K-12 Schools 
  • Universities & Colleges 
  • Law & Medical Libraries 
  • Public Libraries
  • Government 
  • Publishing / News Media 
  • Advertising Agencies 
  • Museums / cultural facilities

Online coursework is open to students of all genders through St. Kate’s College for Adults. The flexible program allows you to transfer 6 graduate credits and complete your degree either full or part time.


ALA Accreditation

The MLIS program at St. Catherine University is accredited by the American Library Association. We are the only accredited MLIS program in Minnesota. Graduating from an ALA-accredited program enhances career mobility, with many employers requiring an ALA-accredited master's degree for professional level positions, and some states requiring an ALA-accredited degree to work as a professional librarian in public or school libraries.

Gain a solid generalist foundation in library and information science through core courses and then specialize through taking advanced electives. You’ll have the option to earn a School Library Media Specialist License (SLMS) on its own, earn a master’s degree with the SLMS license or just earn the MLIS degree.

To obtain a license to be a K-12 school librarian in MN, you must complete a graduate-level program of study. St. Catherine University is one of three universities that offer this. 

Write Your Story at St. Kate’s University

“We're a close-knit community passionately focused on social justice and community engagement. Whether you want a career in a traditional library setting or nontraditional settings such as corporations, nonprofits, or independent consulting, we’re committed to helping you learn, lead, and create change.”

Joyce Yukawa, Ph.D
Associate Professor/Program Director
Master of Library and Information Science Program

The 36-credit curriculum includes 15 core credits and 21 elective credits. Students can choose between 8 specializations that will help you create a custom career path.

Earn your MLIS with license, for students who wish to pursue a career in school library science.

Master of Library and Information Science with School Library Media Specialist (SLMS) License

  • 36-39 Credits
  • 100% Online
  • Hands-on experiences
  • Become an educational leader

Earn your SLMS license if you have Minnesota state teaching credentials.

School Library Media Specialist License (SLMS)

  • 33 + Credits
  • 100% online
  • Complete in 2 years
  • Hands-on learning

All students pursuing school media professional careers benefit from hands-on, applied experiences that help you prepare for success. Students without previous education licenses also need to complete a student teaching requirement.  

All of the following experiences are offered on site in real-world school settings. St. Catherine University collaborates with you to schedule all experiences at sites close to where you work and live, within the State of Minnesota.  

All SLMS students complete 80 hours of clinical observations.  

  • Students without previous K-12 teaching licenses also complete student teaching above and beyond the clinical observations. 
  • Students with previous K-12 teaching licenses also complete a supervised practicum above and beyond the clinical observations. 

Hands-on Experience

$6,000 scholarship available for qualified students