The Catholic University of America

About LIS

Our Master's of Science in Library and Information Science (M.S.L.I.S.) program at Catholic University of America offers a unique approach that blends excellent grounding in the theory of librarianship with practical experience. Our exceptional full-time faculty are complemented by instructors who bring their real-world knowledge into the classroom. Practicums and field projects give our students the opportunity to explore the practical side of whatever branch of librarianship they want to pursue.

Our M.S.L.I.S. program has been continuously accredited by the American Library Association since 1946. With eleven courses of study under the M.S.L.I.S. degree option, our students can find their own place in the information profession through our program.

Located in and serving the nation's capital for 100 years has given us unmatched professional connections with riches of institutions such as the Library of Congress, Government Publishing Office, Smithsonian Institution, and many other federal and nonprofit organizations.


The Department of Library and Information Science aspires to be a center of excellence that transforms the roles of libraries and information professionals for the betterment of human society.


Through teaching, research, and service, the Department contributes to the creation and management of knowledge and information, preserves heritage and scholarship, and demonstrates our commitment to the common good. The Department of Library and Information Science produces information professionals imbued with the values of the library and information science profession, and the Department’s values of collaboration, community, innovation, and excellence. In accord with the mission of The Catholic University of America, the Department advances the dialogue between faith and reason and cultivates a commitment to service in the field of library and information science. 

Stakeholders - We Serve:

  • Students, by providing excellent education in the theory and practice of LIS, instilling the LIS and Catholic University core values of reason, faith and service, collaboration, community, innovation and excellence while preparing them for lifelong learning.
  • The university, by collaborating with other academic units to educate students in all disciplines about information literacy, IT competency and research skills.
  • The profession and the discipline, through interdisciplinary research and collaboration with practitioners in teaching and research.
  • Employers and society, by producing innovative leaders who have high professional ethics, excellent knowledge of the theory and practice of LIS and technical expertise.

Goals - We Achieve Our Mission By:

  • Educating highly competent, ethical librarians and other information professionals.
  • Exploring and integrating innovative technology to enrich teaching, foster scholarship and advance professional practice.
  • Strengthening the program by engaging in ongoing dialog to anticipate the changing needs of individuals, the community and global society.
  • Advancing the frontiers of knowledge and practice in LIS.
  • Serving the field, the community, the region and the world.

LIS Program Objectives

The LIS MSLIS program develops graduates who:

  1. Are skilled in organizing, disseminating, managing and preserving information;
  2. Are skilled in the use of information technologies and articulate the role of information technology in facilitating information management;
  3. Demonstrate a commitment to the philosophy, principles and legal and ethical responsibilities of the field;
  4. Are capable of serving information seekers in a global society;
  5. Appreciate education and service as integral to the role of the information professional in society;
  6. Interpret and apply research results from library and information science and related fields;
  7. Articulate the economic, political, cultural and social importance of the information profession;
  8. Are dedicated to professional growth, continuous learning and applying new knowledge to improve information systems and services to meet the needs of information users in society.

The LIS Faculty have adopted a statement of Professional Competencies for Graduates of the Master in Library Science Degree Program.


LIS at a Glance

Mailing address:

Department of Library & Information Science
The Catholic University of America
620 Michigan Ave NE
Washington, DC 20064


Visit us on campus:
Suite 314, LAW Building
3600 John McCormack Dr NE
Washington, DC  20017

Tel: 202-319-5085