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Online Master of Science in Library and Information Science

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Connect others to the information they seek.

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24 months to complete

2 certificate options

5 career-focused specializations

St. John’s University’s online Master of Science in Library and Information Science (M.S.L.I.S.) empowers you to provide others with access to information—where, when, and how they need it.

You learn to use innovative research tools that are revolutionizing librarianship and the information professions while building skills that are in demand by employers. We also provide a mentorship program to match you with alumni working as information professionals to guide and support you in your educational and professional development. You graduate ready to pursue careers in settings ranging from academic institutions and government agencies to public libraries and non-profit organizations.

St. John’s is one of only seven institutions on the East Coast offering a 100-percent-online master’s degree in library science accredited by the ALA.

“I couldn’t ask for better professors and mentors. I have felt so cared for by the MSLIS faculty. I have been able to call and email them and get very quick responses. I have developed a real sense of urgency for digital literacy. The MSLIS program has helped me understand how underserved so many people and communities are and it has really made me think about where I want to give my future talents. I have wanted to be a librarian since I was a little girl. I want to advocate for those who need access, and I look forward to a lifetime of giving back as a librarian.”
Stephanie Hilfiker, High School English Teacher
Youth Services specialization

Choose From Five Specializations

Take your career in a new direction by choosing one of five M.S.L.I.S. specializations:

M.S in Library and Information Science: Youth Services

Through a curriculum aligned with the nation’s leading information organizations, you learn to reach young readers and thrive as a children’s or young adult librarian, a youth specialist, and more.

M.S in Library and Information Science: Academic Librarianship

Become a qualified information specialist, helping students and researchers access the information they need, whether they attend a community college or conduct research in a university.

M.S in Library and Information Science: Archival Studies

Learn to select, arrange, and preserve records of value to researchers. You prepare to work in archives, special collections, historical societies, museums, and various other curatorial environments.

M.S in Library and Information Science: Public Librarianship

Serve patrons while managing relationships throughout your community. You learn to run a public library, including programming, collection development, outreach and advocacy, and user services for all ages.

M.S in Library and Information Science: Records Management

Work in Information Governance and help organizations manage and protect records and increase business efficiency.

Explore Our Online Library and Information Science Certificates

Learn to analyze, problem-solve and exercise creativity while using complex information to fight for social justice. You’ll also learn to assess and plan for the information needs of diverse users and support social action and advocacy. This 12-credit certificate may be completed as part of the online Master of Science in Library and Information Science program with no additional coursework.

Courses include:

  • Materials & Services to Diverse Populations
  • Cultural Competence for Information Professionals
  • Social Justice in the Information Professions
  • Fake News and Misinformation

Gain the skills to prepare strategic plans, advocacy campaign proposals, and more, in addition to learning management and leadership competencies. This 12-credit certificate may be completed as part of the online Master of Science in Library and Information Science program with no additional coursework.

Courses Include:

  • Management of Information Organizations
  • Project Management in Information Organizations
  • Marketing and Advocacy in Information Organizations
  • Knowledge Management in Information Organizations
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Steady 9% Growth for Career Opportunities

Employment opportunities for librarians are projected to grow nine percent from 2016 to 2026, with up to 12,400 new jobs available. Librarians earn a median annual salary of $58,520 and can earn even more by specializing in a specific information science discipline.1

As an M.S.L.I.S. graduate, you gain the leadership skills to help a variety of patrons and clients fulfill their information needs. Depending on your specialization, you can prepare for career roles like these:

Reference LibrarianInformation AnalystInformation ArchitectSystems Analyst
Instructional LibrarianWeb DeveloperSchool LibrarianResearch Analyst

Top employers for graduates with a master’s degree in library and information science include:

  • Government Agencies
  • Public Libraries
  • Higher Education/Corporate Training
  • Financial Services
  • Hospital, Medical, or Pharmaceutical Libraries
  • Public and Broadcast Management Companies
Learn more about your career outlook

Curriculum Aligned to Eight ALA Competencies

In this 36-credit, ALA-accredited curriculum, you not only expand your knowledge and gain comprehensive skills, but you get the chance to demonstrate them with an optional real-world internship in a library or other information center.

You complete your M.S.L.I.S. with a professional e-portfolio you can showcase to employers, built around these eight ALA core competencies:

  1. Develop an understanding of the foundations of the profession
  2. Gain familiarity with the range of information resources
  3. Demonstrate the ability to organize recorded knowledge and information
  4. Apply technological knowledge and skills to practice
  5. Utilize reference and user services
  6. Achieve expertise in research methods
  7. Experience continuing education and lifelong learning
  8. Employ key concepts of administration and management

This program also reflects St. John’s Vincentian values of compassion and zeal for service and prepares you to become a trusted source of information for under-served communities.

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Learn From Expert, Field-Tested Faculty

You learn directly from faculty who are practicing professionals in the field. With their guidance, you explore the most up-to-date models of information access and delivery. You draw from their instruction and expertise to gain essential competencies, technology experience and training, and insights as you build your e-portfolio.

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Learn More About the M.S.L.I.S.

For more information on scholarships, internships, and career opportunities, visit the St. John’s Division of Library and Information Science blog.

Advance your information science career with an online M.S.L.I.S. from St. John’s University. Contact us at 844-393-1677 or request more information today!


  1. Librarians. (2018, July 02). Retrieved January 4, 2019, from