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Library and Information Science and History, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #1072 (BCR) Washington, D. C., DC, United States
The Department of Library and Information Science and the Department of History in the School of Arts and Sciences offer a joint-degree program requiring a total of 51 semester hours of graduate credit, 21 in history and 30 in library and information science.



For the Department of Library and Information Science:

  • Completed online application for admission to graduate studies
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the regionally accredited college or university that awarded the applicant's B.A. or B.S. degree.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores if applicant earned less than a 3.0 in undergraduate work.
  • A 500-700 word personal statement about how your current and/or past academic and work experiences, including volunteer work, have influenced your ability to become a leader in your field.
  • Three letters of reference from persons who can attest to your ability to perform graduate level studies.

For the Department of History:

  • Standard graduate application form
  • Official transcript of undergraduate grades. It is not necessary for an applicant to have been a history major at the undergraduate level, but ordinarily the department would expect a minimum of 18 undergraduate semester credits in history and 12 in other areas of the social sciences or humanities.
  • The general portion of the Graduate Record Examination (the department does not require the history examination)
  • At least three letters of recommendation — preferably by professors from the applicant's previous academic program — attesting to the applicant's ability to perform graduate-level work.
  • A sample of writing, which should be a research paper on an academic subject, preferably history.

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Actionable Intelligence
  • Organization of Information
  • The Rise and Fall of Emperors: Julius Caesar, Charles V, and Napoleon
  • London: From Imperial Metropolis to Global City

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3
Recommended 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 3 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

  • Every International applicant needs to return a completed application.
  • Submit a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Payment must be in the form of a check or money order payable in U.S. currency to The Catholic University of America.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency
  • Submit confirmation of financial support
  • Submit secondary school report with translated transcripts
  • Receive your admission packet with visa information

Tuition Fee

  • International

    44400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22200 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    44400 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22200 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Washington, D. C.

  • 1705 - 2980 USD/month
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