The Catholic University of America

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Ranked Top 10 for Job Placement and Average Salaries

The Catholic University of America Library and Information Science community connects emerging information professionals with innovative leaders in the information field. Our students apply classroom concepts in real-world applications and are equipped with the skills needed to succeed as professional leaders. Through our strong ethical training and work with local Catholic organizations, our students graduate committed to service and the philosophy, principles and legal and ethical responsibilities of the field.

Our Mission, Vision, and Values

Information professionals need a strong set of ethical principles to guide their practice. The students, faculty, staff, and alumni of LIS are committed to service for the betterment of individuals, communities and society. Our programs reflect the relationship between the foundational principles of the library and information science field and Catholic social teachings.

Abundant Opportunities to Build Your Career

Our location in D.C., the world’s information capital, provides unmatched opportunities. We have strong partnerships with local institutions, including the Library of Congress and National Institutes of Health. Our students learn and gain practical experience in leading information centers throughout the D.C. metropolitan area.

Specialized Skills to Meet Your Future Employer Needs

We offer specialized courses of study in emerging fields, including Cultural Heritage Information Management and Information Architecture. Our Law Librarianship program is ranked one of the top three in the country by U.S. News & World Report, and our School Library Media program works extensively with public and Catholic schools in the area.

ALA Accredited for Over 60 Years

We take pride in our accreditation. The Catholic University of America is the only university in Washington, DC with a Library and Information Science Master’s degree fully accredited by the American Library Association (ALA). Our School Library Media program is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

 MS: Library and Information Science 


Contact the Department of Library & Information Science

Phone: 202-319-5085
Fax: 202-319-5574


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 Announcing New Graduate Tuition Discount

Graduate tuition for all Library & Information Science classes for 2016-2017 is $1,035* per credit.

*Full-time Catholic school educators receive an additional discount and pay $855 per credit.


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Jack Dale

Alumni Profile

Jack Dale, CUA LIS 2015

Senior Spanish Linguist, Leidos

Graduate Library Assistant, Brooks Library, Central Washington University

"I was impressed by the University’s and the LIS Department’s tradition of service. This imperative to serve came through in all my classes and in my interactions with the faculty and my fellow students. It’s a belief and an attitude I hope to take with me wherever I may go in my professional life."  

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