The Department of Library and Information Science produces information professionals imbued with the values of the library and information science profession, and the Department’s values of collaboration, community, innovation, and excellence. In accord with the mission of The Catholic University of America, the Department advances the dialogue between faith and reason and cultivates a commitment to service in the field of library and information science.

The MSLIS degree is highly relevant in the 21st Century

In today's information intensive society, the demand for professionals with the ability to manage information and data and help people navigate the dynamic and changing information environment is very high. Our graduates assist users and organizations in finding information, making sense of information, and using information to support decision making. The roles of information professionals are expanding and becoming more stimulating and rewarding than ever.

Graduates of the MSLIS program might find themselves employed in library settings such as academic or K-12 school libraries. They may work for special libraries serving government agencies, businesses, non-profits, or organizations that make intensive use of information, such as think-tanks. They may work as reference librarians, information architects, managers of information systems, and digital librarians who manage data and information on the internet.


A total of 36 semester hours of graduate credit is required for receipt of the Master's of Science in Library and Information Science (MSLIS) degree, of which 30 semester hours must be taken in Library and Information Science at The Catholic University of America and completed with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 (B). Candidates for the MSLIS degree must also pass a comprehensive examination.

The university normally expects that requirements for master's degrees will be completed within three years. Students who do not complete their coursework within four years of enrolling in the program must petition the faculty in writing for an extension of time. Extending the completion of coursework beyond this point requires the approval of both the school's faculty and the dean.