The Catholic University of America

Continuing Your Education after a Master's Degree

 The continuing education program is designed to offer librarians, archivists, and information specialists the opportunity to update and expand their professional competencies and skills. Specifically, it provides participants with opportunities to:

  • Engage in educational activities beyond those considered necessary for entrance into the field.
  • Reinforce previously acquired knowledge and skills for present-day applications.
  • Explore a new area within the field.
  • Engage in lifelong learning and prevent obsolescence of skills.

Taking courses post-masters

Students may enroll as a post-master's student to take selected courses. Whether you need to take a course for employment reasons, or you just want to stay current, LIS courses can help. Take a look at the Course Catalog, and see what catches your eye.

Post-Masters Certificate

Students may enroll in the post-master's certificate program which culminates in an advanced certificate in library and information science. This program consists of 24 graduate semester credit hours, six of which may be taken in related disciplines. Course selection is at the discretion of the student, so you can customize the program in any way you choose.

In this program, the student also may choose to register for an independent study to investigate a particular problem under the direction of a full-time faculty member. Arrangements for independent studies must be made with the instructor well in advance of registration.

Advanced Certificate Program in Cultural Heritage Information Management (CHIM)

The certificate is designed for those individuals possessing a Master’s degree in related fields who work in libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, government, and other cultural memory institutions. The certificate program offers working professionals an opportunity to acquire and renew relevant skills for their career adjustment in the field of cultural heritage information management. 

Certificate candidates must complete five 3-credit classes:

  • LSC 615 Metadata 
  • LSC 635 Use and Users of Libraries and Information
  • LSC 648 Digital Curation 
  • LSC652 Foundations of Digital Libraries 
  • LSC677 History and Theory of Cultural Heritage Institutions 
NOTE: Candidates are encouraged to consult with an advisor (Dr. Choi) about the certificate and courses.  
Certificate Admission Requirements 
  • Applicants for the advanced Certificate program are required to have a Master’s degree in a relevant field and professional working experience of at least 2 years in the field (employer letter or proof of employment required); applicants are not required to take the GRE. 
  • Graduate Non-degree Application Form, accompanied by a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Applicants should list Advanced Certificate in Cultural Heritage Information Management under “Specify course(s) you plan to take.” 
  • Transcript showing award of Master’s degree. 

Requirements for Completion 

  • Completion of the five courses (15 credit hours) of the certificate program. 
  • A maximum period of course completion is 24 months. 
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0. 

Advanced Certificate Program in Library Leadership and Management

A joint program of the Metropolitan School of Professional Studies and Library and Information Science, the Advanced Certificate Program in Library Leadership and Management offers evening and blended course scheduling that fits the needs of working professionals. It is intended for librarians have completed their Masters, but have found themselves in management positions or feel they need competency in management to advance in their careers.

It offers the management education librarians may have missed in Library School, and it is specifically designed with the needs of working librarians in mind. It is flexible and customizable to meet the needs of Librarian-Managers in all sectors of the profession: higher education, public librarianship, school library media programs, specialized information and knowledge services, and those working in nontraditional information services roles.

The Advanced Certificate requires 18 credit hours, consisting of the following 6 courses:
MBU 505: Project Management
MBU 652: Managerial Decision-Making: Tools and Techniques
LSC 672: Management
LSC 635: Use and Users of Libraries and Information
LSC 675: Research Methods in Library and Information Science
LSC 695: Practicum