All applicants to the program must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a 3.0 grade point average or above. The Division of Library and Information Science reviews applications on a rolling basis throughout the year.
Additional application requirements include:
- A statement of professional purpose, which should include a meaningful discussion of what you hope to accomplish with an M.S. in Library and Information Science from St. John's.
- Two letters of recommendation from professors, instructors, or persons with whom you have worked in a professional capacity.
- Official transcripts from each institution you have attended.
- A $70 non-refundable application fee.
- An interview with the program director may be required.
Months of entry
The Master of Science program in Library and Information Science at St. John’s University will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to succeed in today’s information-rich workplace. Our graduates demonstrate leadership in facilitating the information needs of a variety of patrons and clients, and are prepared for such diverse settings as public libraries, government and corporate information centers, archives, law firms, museums, and more.
Our program is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA), and guided by the Vincentian Mission of St. John’s, which emphasizes service and social justice. All academic programs at St. John’s emphasize the integration of the liberal arts and focus on ethical decision-making based in Catholic social teaching.
To ensure student success and accommodate full-time professionals pursuing the M.S. degree, we offer a fully online program, as well as a blended option for core courses. Blended courses meet every other week with online coursework as a supplement. The program requires 36 credits, four core courses, a management course, and seven elective courses. You’ll also submit an electronic portfolio as an end of program assessment, which will allow you to showcase your graduate work to potential employers in the future.
Fees and funding
Rev. Brian J. O’Connell, C.M. Scholarship
The Division of Library and Information Science offers the Rev. Brian J. O’Connell, C.M. Scholarship, named after the late Dean of St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, to high-achieving applicants who earn GPAs of 3.4 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for their most recent degrees. Incoming students do not need to apply separately for this scholarship, but are automatically granted partial tuition reprieve based on academic merit.
Other scholarship opportunities include the Mildred Lowe Memorial Scholarship Fund and the H.W. Wilson Foundation Scholarship. For more information about scholarships and tuition, please visit Tuition and Financial Aid.
Qualification and course duration
Course contact details
- Robert Medrano