The Admission Committee of Library and Information Science reviews each applicant's entire record. The committee considers numeric scores, background, talent, and other attributes that are needed by the information professions. Readiness to engage in academic work, analytic and conceptual thinking ability, strong writing skills, a commitment to the application of new techniques and concepts to the information professions are also considered. 

All materials should be addressed to the following:

The Catholic University of America
Graduate Admissions
620 Michigan Ave. N.E.
McMahan Hall, 3rd Floor Suite
Washington, DC 20064


Phone: 202-319-5057

Once materials are submitted, please send a confirmation email to

Master of Science in Library and Information Science Application Process

Start your online M.S.L.I.S. application here, and be prepared to submit the following materials:

  • Completed online application for admission to graduate studies, accompanied by a $60 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the regionally accredited college or university that awarded the applicant's B.A. or B.S. degree. (You may upload scans of your transcripts, as long as you also order them to be sent directly from the institution.)
  • Official transcripts of any graduate coursework. Note that an accepted student who holds a graduate degree from an accredited institution at the time of admittance to the program will be automatically exempt from six semester credit hours. The 30 remaining credits must be earned within the Department of Library and Information Science. An official transcript of the graduate degree must be received. Review our transfer/waiver of credit policy
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is recommended if you have a cumulative GPA under 3.0.  Scores must be sent directly by the Educational Testing Service. The ETS code for Catholic University is 5104. GRE is also recommended if you wish to be considered for University Scholarships.
  • A 500-700 word personal statement (Statement of Purpose) 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 sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office by the author.

Other Application Options

  • Post-Master's Certificates

    Any applicant who wishes to study as a post-master's student must apply as a non-degree student:

    -Complete the online Application Form, accompanied by a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Upload your transcripts and send us your résumé .

    -Request that official transcripts be sent directly from the regionally accredited college or university that awarded your B.A., B.S., along with any transcripts from graduate work.

  • Non-Degree Students 

    A non-degree seeking student may take up to nine credits, which may be counted toward degree requirements if full acceptance to a degree program is later granted.

    An applicant who does not wish to pursue the degree but wishes to follow courses independently must  apply for admission as a non-degree student.

    Admission as a non-degree student is limited to a single semester or summer session, unless renewed by the dean of the school for registration in subsequent consecutive semesters or summer sessions. Registration for consecutive semesters will be approved for students completing a certificate program. No fee is charged for such renewal. Non-degree students who subsequently wish to apply for degree study must file additional application documents and be accepted officially for degree study. Since the mere accumulation of courses will not satisfy degree requirements, one should consult the appropriate dean or department chair before enrolling.

    To apply as a non-degree student:

    -Complete the online Application Form, accompanied by a $60 nonrefundable application fee.

    -Request that official transcripts be sent directly from all accredited colleges or universities that awarded your undergraduate degree, along with any transcripts from graduate work.

  • International Students 

    Library and Information Science requires that applicants from non-English-speaking nations whose previous education has not been at institutions of higher education in the United States certify their proficiency in English by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum score on the TOEFL of 580 (paper-based test) or 237 (computer-based test) or 92 (Internet-based test) is expected. On the IELTS, an Overall Band score of 6.5 or higher is required.

    A certified, translated copy of your transcript is needed if it is not in the English language.

    For more information, including deadlines for international applicants, see the International Students Admission page.

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