MLIS Degree



MLIS Degree

St. Kate’s MLIS program educates students for careers and leadership roles in the library and information professions. Our recent graduates are currently employed with such job titles as:

  • Library director of Gaylord Public Library
  • Library media specialist at Park Center Senior High School
  • Cataloging intern at the National Air and Space Museum
  • Law librarian for the Prisoner's Program at MN Law Library
  • Business information specialist at Cargill, Inc.

Students who enroll in our program can expect a broad overview of library and information science as they progress through the core courses. Opportunities for specialization and emphasis are also available. For example, you can focus on international librarianship or digital media.

Classes meet on our St. Paul campus. Full-time students (six or more credits per semester) should be able to complete the program in two academic years, including the summer session. Part-time enrollment (three credits per semester) is also available. The average course load is one to two per semester; students must be enrolled at least part-time to maintain financial aid eligibility.

Degree requirements

A full description of MLIS degree requirements is located in the Graduate Catalog. Degree requirements include:

Satisfactory completion of the core courses:

  • Introduction to Library and Information Science (prerequisite for all other LIS courses)
  • Organization of Knowledge
  • Reference and Online Services
  • Research Methods for Library and Information Science
  • Management of Libraries and Information Centers (for MLIS students) or School Libraries (for students seeking MN School Library Media licensure)
  • Touchstone course 
  • Capstone course
  • Online portfolio
  • Attainment of a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.

Students have up to five years from initial term of enrollment to complete all program requirements for the graduate degree.
36 semester credits are to be completed in the St. Catherine University MLIS program. Credits earned at another institution may apply. Learn more about transferring credits.


The St. Catherine MLIS faculty and highly qualified staff have expertise in multiple areas of librarianship. Students may choose a specific area or areas in which to specialize, under the guidance of designated faculty and staff members. These areas are:

  • Academic libraries
  • Archives and special collections
  • Organization of information
  • Digital libraries
  • Information policy
  • Literacy
  • Management
  • Public libraries
  • Reference and information services
  • School media
  • Scholarly communications
  • Special libraries
  • Technical services
  • User instruction
  • Youth services