Library and Information Science, Master of Science

36 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus, Oakdale Campus, Online


Online or On Campus: Now Is The Time To Earn Your MS!

Whether you’re a recent graduate or changing careers, earning a Masters of Science Degree at St. John’s is the right choice for a great future.  Our program is accredited by the American Library Association; our professors are among the most dedicated; and our graduates have excelled in the field, holding coveted positions in some of the most prestigious institutions in the tri-state area. If you are committed to serving those in need, and willing to take on the challenge of becoming a leader among library and information professionals, you have not only chosen the right path; you have come to the right place!

Offered on-campus or online, this student-centered program is fully accredited by the American Library Association and affords you the opportunity to earn your MS on a schedule that works for you. New York on-campus locations include Queens and Oakdale, which is located in Long Island.

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. The ALA-Accredited Master of Library and Information Science program is no different.  Our 1300 plus alumni can attest to this.  Our curriculum integrates the principles, practices and ethics of library and information science with an in-depth understanding of the people who use information systems in their work and communities. This course of study is suitable for students interested in a wide variety of employment, research and publication options.  Students who enroll in our program can expect a broad overview of library and information science as they progress through the core courses.

Opportunities for specialization and emphasis are also available:

  • Academic Librarianship
  • Archives
  • Information Analyst
  • Law Librarianship
  • Public Librarianship
  • Special Librarianship
  • Youth Services
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The successful applicant to the MS program will have:

  • Earned a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university achieving at least a B (3.0) grade point average (GPA).
    • Applicants with less than a 3.0 grade point average will be considered if they hold an advanced degree with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0.
    • Applicants failing to meet the GPA requirement, and who do not hold an advanced degree, should contact the DLIS office at 718-990-6200 or e-mail for guidance.
  • Applicants are also required to submit the following in addition to the application:
    • A statement of professional purpose, which should include a meaningful discussion of what you hope to accomplish with an MLS 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.  If you attended St. John’s as an undergraduate and/or a graduate student, you are NOT required to submit these transcripts.
  • There are other requirements for admission:
    • Applicants must also demonstrate, either by their studies or by their professional experience, a general understanding of computers and computer technology.
  • A $70 application fee, which must be paid when the application is submitted.  We strongly encourage you to pay online at the time you submit your application. This application fee is non-refundable.
  • An interview with the director may be required. 

Applicants with Degrees from Foreign Academic Institutions
Applicants with degrees from foreign academic institutions may be admitted into the Master of Library and Information Science program provided they meet the University and Division admission requirements.  In addition, the Division requires a combined score of at least 500 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) from applicants whose native language is not English.

Applicants, who do not meet one or more of the criteria above, may apply for consideration as a non-matriculated student.

Reapplying for Admission
You must resubmit your application. You will also have to pay the $70 application fee.

Transcripts are held for one year. If you are reapplying within a one-year period, you NOT need to resubmit transcripts again.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the deadlines for applying to DLIS at St. John’s?
DLIS reviews and accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the year, so you may begin your studies in the Fall, Spring, or Summer.

If you are thinking of applying , but and have questions, please contact us at 718-990-6200 and we will assist you in expediting your application.

How do I apply?
Apply online - it’s fast, easy! Begin Now! Click here to complete the St. John's University graduate application.

Note: On the graduate application, you will be asked to select the “College and Campus” to which you are applying; choose “St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - and the appropriate campus (Queens, Manhattan or Oakdale). Then, from the drop down menu that pops up, select your Major as “MLS, Library and Information Science.”

Do I have to submit any additional documents?
Yes. You are required to submit 2 letters of recommendation and academic transcripts. These must be submitted by mail. Your application will not be submitted to DLIS for review until all required documents are received by the processing center.

All supporting documents, including the application fee if paying by check, must be mailed to:

Graduate Admission Processing Service Center
St. John’s University
PO Box 811
Randolph, MA 02368-0811

If you have questions, contact the Office of Graduate Admission at 718-990-1601 or

Click here to learn more about the admissions requirements.

How long will it take St. John's to make a decision on my application?
The reviewing process generally takes 6 to 8 weeks.

How will I be notified?
If accepted to MLS program at the DLIS, you will receive a notice of admission from the Office of Graduate Admissions and a welcome from the Director.

IMPORTANT: Be sure to set your spam filter to accept all correspondences from the domain, so that you will receive the email notice of admission from the Division of Library and Information Science.

Can I defer my enrollment?
Applicants admitted into DLIS may defer class enrollment for one semester without reapplying. To defer enrollment, contact the DLIS Administrative Assistant for Admissions and Student Services. If you need to defer enrollment more than one semester you must reapply.

Click here to learn more about the admissions requirements.

Need Help?

We are here to help you! Contact the DLIS office at 718-990-6200 or email   

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Career Outcomes

A Profession in Demand

Librarianship is a rapidly changing field that prepares you to serve new kinds of library and information users with new expectations.  Technology has changed the way librarians retrieve information for their users, and yet traditional services remain the same – whether in person or online. Librarians must be information experts in the information age, and our program helps prepare you to become just that.  As more people attempt to navigate digital information, libraries and librarians will be needed more than ever to provide relevant and meaningful services to library users.  In 2007, U.S. News & World Report named librarianship among the top professions in the country based on potential for growth, earnings, opportunity for meaningful work, and quality of life.

St. John’s MLS program prepares graduates 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.

The Division of Library and Information Science hosts career-focused events for our students.   Resume and Cover Letter Workshops, and interviewing workshops are designed to help students develop a wealth of practical skills needed to secure good, professional positions. The school also works closely with University Career Services and draws from its abundant placement resources.

DLIS maintains a listing of positions in libraries and information centers that become available. Job postings are available for viewing electronically on the intranet (MySJU).

Be Prepared – Before beginning your job search, it’s important to be prepared. Students who take the time to identify their goals, put together a resume, practice interviews, and seek out potential mentors will find the process is much easier. Below are some suggestions for job sites and career advice.

Visit the Career Center – Before applying for any position, you should consider consulting St. John’s Career Center  for tips on resume building and cover-letter writing. For more library-focused guidance, please consult ALA’s Get a Job Toolkit . These tools will help get the students on the right track toward a successful career.

If you are looking to pursue a library-track position, there are a number of job sites to explore. Below is a list of career sites which you may find useful:

Because of the diverse nature of the field, there are fewer job-specific sites for careers in information science. If you are looking for positions in information science it is important to be creative in your job search.  A few sites that might prove helpful include:

There is no one path to degree completion in the program of library and information science at St. John’s.  We provide you with the opportunity to move into the world of information profession careers. What are these professions?  What follows is a sampling of career choices that you might pursue:

  • Law Librarian
  • Information Analyst
  • Public Librarian
  • Web Master
  • Archivist
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Additional Information

Outside the Classroom

Learning and personal development occurs as a result of students engaging in both academic and non-academic activities, inside and outside the classroom. To enhance student learning, DLIS strives to make classroom experiences more productive and also encourage students to devote more of their time outside the classroom to educationally and professionally purposeful activities.  The following are some of the activities available to students outside the classroom:

  • Internships
    Gain valuable real-world experience by interning at one of the many New York-area libraries and information organizations that partner with St. John’s.  \
  • Bi-Annual Symposium
    Bi-Current issues and trends in library and information science as well as other topics of current interest are presented by 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 professional opportunities and learning experiences afforded by membership. 
  • Beta Phi Nu chapter of the Library and Information Studies Honor Society
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Success Story

Graduate Student Awarded Distinguished Library Sciences Fellowship