Library and Information Science, Master of Science
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) Committee on Accreditation with the status of Continued Accreditation. Our next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for 2018. The program is also 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.
Please see a list of our Library and Information Science faculty.
James Vorbach, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director, Library and Information Science
St. Augustine Hall, Room 408A
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.
Director of Graduate Admissions
Tuition and Financial Aid
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.
The M.S. in Library and Information Science at St. John’s will prepare you for careers within a traditional library setting as well as in new and emerging positions in various areas such as communications, marketing, business, technology services, and research. When you graduate, you’ll be ready to move into one of the following exciting fields, where information professionals are in demand:
- Archives, museums, and record centers
- Public libraries
- Government agencies
- Higher education/corporate training
- Financial services
- Hospital/medical/pharmaceutical libraries
- Law libraries
- Market research
- Publishing and broadcast management
- Risk management
While enrolled in the program, you’ll be able to gain real-world experience in these fields through an internship, which most employers look for on an applicant’s resume. St. John’s maintains relationships with host sites throughout New York City and beyond to help you find an internship placement that suits your unique interests and career goals.
To help you start your career and succeed, we offer resume, cover letter, and interview workshops through University Career Services. Our department also notifies current students and alumni regularly of internship and job opportunities in the field through our Division blog.
Earn Your Degree Online
Pursue your St. John’s degree entirely on your computer. Our fully accredited Online Learning programs allow you to take courses electronically. Log in at your convenience to enter our virtual classrooms, learn from our accomplished faculty, and engage with classmates.
Our online courses offer the same high academic quality that students experience on campus. Professors deliver lectures and post assignments via Blackboard, our electronic course management system. Students use it to attend virtual classes, share documents, take exams, and exchange ideas with faculty and classmates.
A Fully Academic Experience
You also enjoy the outstanding services available to all St. John’s students, for example:
- Eligibility for scholarships and financial aid
- Tuition and fees identical to those for on-campus courses
- Access to library collections, career services, mentoring, and other academic resources.
Contact us for more information about online learning at St. John’s.
At St. John’s, we encourage you to pursue professional and academic development opportunities that enrich your degree. The following Library and Information Science resources will enhance both your resume and your experience of the program:
Gain valuable real-world experience with an internship at one of the many libraries and information centers in New York City and beyond that partner with St. John’s.
- Semi-Annual Symposia
Our division’s symposia explore current issues and trends in library and information science as well as other topics of interest. They feature presentations from current students, alumni, members of the faculty, and prominent outside speakers.
- Student Chapter of SLA
The Special Libraries Association (SLA) of St. John's University exists to support the needs of our library science students, promote the study of alternative information occupations, and encourage active membership in the SLA.
- Student Chapter of ALA
The American Library Association/New York Library Association Student Chapter at St. John’s University provides networking opportunities and learning experiences afforded by membership to these professional organizations.
- Academic Service-Learning
Academic Service-Learning allows students to combine program learning goals and community service through opportunities at libraries, archives, museums, and related non-profits.