Online Master of Science in Library and Information Science

Deliver Access to Information

Program time to completion:

2 Years

The online M.S. in Library and Information Science from St. John’s University 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 the skills most valued by employers in the field.

Why St. John’s M.S. in Library and Information Science?

  • Prepare for a specialty. You have the opportunity to personalize your learning to your specific career goals by choosing from one of six specializations. Upon graduation, you are ready for a variety of information roles.
  • Build ALA competencies. This ALA-accredited program gives you practical, current knowledge and an e-portfolio aligned with ALA core competencies, which you can showcase to employers.
  • Become a trusted resource. Reflecting St. John’s Vincentian values, the program also prepares students for opportunities to become an information resource for underserved communities.
  • Learn new approaches. Our faculty are current practitioners in the field who share their real-world experiences in order to teach you to the most up-to-date models of information access and delivery.
  • Master comprehensive skills. You gain real-world training through an internship at a library or information center thanks to the program’s combination of experiential and academic learning.

Program Learning Outcomes

St. John’s is one of only seven institutions on the East Coast offering a 100 percent online master’s in library science accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). Upon completion, students will have proven their proficiency of these eight program goals based on the ALA’s Core Competencies of Librarianship:

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

Choose Your Path

You realize the additional benefit of choosing a specialization in one of the following areas to tailor your learning to your chosen career path:

  • Academic Librarianship: This specialization prepares you for a career as an information specialist in academic environments, including community and junior colleges as well as undergraduate and graduate colleges and universities.
  • Archival Studies: You train to select, arrange, and preserve records of enduring value to researchers. The program familiarizes you with management principles vital to the long-term preservation of collections.
  • Management for Information Professionals: Enhance your skills and expertise in developing and managing strategic partnerships, collaborations, projects, knowledge bases, and new initiatives for a changing work environment. You’ll also examine and apply the strategies, processes, and practices used by information organizations and managers to leverage human resources effectively and efficiently. Once you have completed all required specialization courses, you also have the opportunity to receive your advanced Certificate in Management for Information Professionals upon completion of the degree.
  • Public Librarianship: Provide highly specialized assistance to users in large or small populations. The program prepares you to serve all ages and patrons while managing relationships with community organizations and schools. Gain the knowledge and skills to run a public library, including reference, programming, collection development, administration, technical services, outreach/advocacy, and user services for young people and adults.
  • Special Librarianship: Become an information resource expert, putting your knowledge on behalf of f your organization. Today’s special librarians do far more than locate and collect data for clients. Using the latest technologies, they evaluate, analyze, organize, package, and present information in a way that maximizes its value.
  • Youth Services: Prepare to contribute as a children’s or young adult librarian, a public library coordinator, a youth specialist on the regional or state level, or a collection development librarian specializing in youth materials.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this master’s degree in library science gain leadership skills to facilitate the information needs of a variety of patrons and clients in career roles:

  • Reference librarian
  • Instructional librarian
  • Information analyst
  • Web developer
  • Information architect
  • School librarian
  • Systems analyst
  • Research analyst

The program also prepares graduates for positions with these and other employers:

  • Government agencies
  • Public libraries
  • Higher education/corporate training
  • Financial services
  • Hospital/medical/pharmaceutical libraries
  • Publishing and broadcast management

Learn More

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!