Apply for Admission



Apply for Admission

All students applying for graduate study in MLIS or SLMS at St. Catherine University must have the following:

  • A completed baccalaureate degree from an institution that is accredited by one of the regional accrediting associations (e.g. Higher Learning Commission).
  • Undergraduate cumulative grade-point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better 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.


The MLIS application priority deadlines are March 1 (for Summer or Fall) and October 1 (for Spring). Applications received after the deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Application form

Complete all sections of the online application form.

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 a paper application: do not include payment with your application form.
  • 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.

Personal statement

Prepare a statement (between 1,000-1,500 words in length, typed and double-spaced, 12 pt. font, standard margins) addressing the questions below. The admission committee considers both the quality of content and written communication skills.

  • The ability to identify and respond to emerging issues affecting the dynamic, changing field of library and information science is essential. Critically assess a major issue in the field today. How does it affect current professionals, now and in the next decade? Include evidence (such as references to readings in library journals and/or an interview with a library professional) to support your discussion.
  • Identify your professional goals and discuss how the MLIS program at St. Catherine University will help you achieve those goals. Provide specific examples.
  • How has your background and experience prepared you to interact effectively with individuals of diverse communities and perspectives?

Personal statements should be submitted as one document that contains the responses for all three questions. 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.

Recommendation forms

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

Application transcripts

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.

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). 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.

To have official scores submitted to St. Catherine University, applicants completing the GRE should use the institution code 6105, and applicants completing the MAT should use the institution code 1315.

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 evaluation from World Education Services 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.

International Applicants

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

Submitting materials

Submit all application materials to:

St. Catherine University
Graduate Admission, Mail 4027
2004 Randolph Avenue
St. Paul, MN 55105

Fulfillment of the admission requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.

Non-degree applicants

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.

Graduate Admission Counselor

Contact your admission counselor for assistance with the admission process, or for questions about the MLIS program:

Kristina Sande

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