Online Master of Science in Library and Information Science

Connect others to the information they seek.

  • 100% online
  • 24 months to complete
  • Two certificate options
  • Five career-focused specializations
  • Accredited by the American Library Association (ALA)

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.

Choose From Five Specializations

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

Explore Our Online Library and Information Science Certificates

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 Librarian

Information Analyst

Information Architect

Systems Analyst

Instructional Librarian

Web Developer

School Librarian

Research 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

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.

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.

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