Online Master of Science in Library and Information Science

Provide Seamless Access to Information Worldwide

Where Flexible Education Creates Opportunities

Gain the advanced expertise that information specialist positions require with the online M.S. in Library and Information Science program from St. John’s University.

Our expert, field-tested faculty will teach you to analyze, evaluate, and organize information using research tools poised to revolutionize librarianship and information professions. You can focus on achieving your specific career goals with specializations in:

  • Academic Leadership: Connect students and researchers with information in higher education settings.
  • Archival Studies: Learn to select, arrange, and preserve valuable records used by researchers.
  • Public Librarianship: Learn to manage all aspects of a public library, including programming, outreach, and services for patrons of all ages.
  • Records Management: Help organizations manage and protect records by increasing business efficiency.
  • Youth Services: Prepare to engage young learners during courses that align with standards set by leading information.

St. John’s University brings you the convenience of online learning bolstered by a rich heritage of academic excellence that began in 1870. Gain a personal and professional edge by engaging in an outstanding, practical online education that focuses on your future success.

100% Online Courses

ALA Accreditation

Duration: 24 Months

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Prepare to Thrive in Courses That Align with ALA Competencies

Accredited by the American Library Association (ALA), St. John’s University’s M.S. in Library and Information Science program enables you to expand your knowledge and build the technical skills required for information specialist roles. We developed the coursework around ALA’s core competencies, instilling expertise in research methods, information sources, user services, and more.

This program includes five specializations and the following core courses:

Delve into theories, systems, and practices of organizing information with an emphasis on library catalogs and search engines.

Explore historical trends and developments, types of computer-based information systems, and concerns regarding data collection.

Learn how to organize and evaluate reference sources and services, including how to harness information in virtual environments.

Learn social science research methods that apply to library and information science research, such as literature reviews, data analysis, and reporting.

Online Flexibility Backed by Solid Support

The online programs from St. John’s combine the high-quality education found on our campus with the flexibility to study where you choose. Learn from our widely respected faculty in classes you can access through your computer, tablet, or smartphone. St. John’s also provides support through an extensive range of student services, including online registration, advising, library resources, campus ministry, and career services.

Thrive in Careers Where Information Fosters Learning and Discovery

Projections show that employers will seek 920,000 library and education professionals from 2020 to 2030,1 making now an excellent time to gain skills for careers in these fields. Join our online program to build competencies and technical expertise in classes taught by practicing professionals while developing an e-portfolio to stand out to employers seeking information science leaders.

8 Types of Library and Information Science Employers

  1. Academic and public libraries
  2. Archives
  3. Colleges and universities
  4. Government agencies
  5. Market research companies
  6. Museums
  7. Nonprofit organizations
  8. Research institutions
I couldn’t ask for better professors and mentors. I have felt so cared for by the MSLIS faculty. I have been able to call and email them and get very quick responses. I have developed a real sense of urgency for digital literacy. The MSLIS program has helped me understand how underserved so many people and communities are, and it has really made me think about where I want to give my future talents.
Stephanie Hilfiker, High School English Teacher, Youth Services specialization

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  1. U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Education, Training, and Library Occupations. Retrieved June 3, 2022, from