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Library and Information Science, M.Sc.

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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. 


The 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. 

Career Outcomes

The rapid transformation fueled by technological innovation and ever-evolving societal expectations for information is creating new opportunities for information professionals. The M.S. in Library and Information Science at St. John’s prepares you for emerging job opportunities in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings:

  • Archives, museums, and record centers
  • Corporate, business, and legal organizations
  • Government and non-governmental (NGO) institutions
  • Health, medical, pharmaceutical, and scientific institutions
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Post-secondary institutions
  • Public libraries

In the commitment to preparing you for the evolving workforce, the program will help you develop and hone your expertise and abilities in some of the most sought-after job skills involving communication, knowledge management, collaboration, advocacy, research, and project management.

Some examples of positions include:

  • Archivist
  • Business Librarian
  • Communications Specialist
  • Conflicts Analyst
  • Digital Initiatives Program Manager
  • Information Technology Specialist
  • Innovation Librarian
  • Instructional and Training Librarian
  • Knowledge Consultant
  • Linked Data Strategist
  • Medical Librarian
  • Project Manager
  • Research Analyst
  • Research Librarian
  • Special Collections Librarian
  • Workflow Analyst

While enrolled in the program, you’ll be able to gain real-world experience 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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Information Organization
  • Introduction to Library and Information Science
  • Information Sources and Services
  • Research and Evaluation Methods
  • Management of Libraries and Information Centers
  • Law Library Administration
  • Planning and Delivering Information Literacy Programs
  • College and University Libraries
  • Web Design for Libraries and Information Centers
  • Information Use and Users

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Part-time
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

Admission requirements:

  • 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 non-refundable application fee.
  • An interview with the program director may be required. 

Getting a Student Visa

This is an online programme. You can attend from the comfort of your chair! So you don't need a student visa!

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1265 USD/credit
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  • National

    1265 USD/credit
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