The Catholic University of America

JOINT-DEGREE PROGRAMS

Joint-degree programs provide students with opportunities to combine work in two disciplines in order to acquire competence in specialized areas of library and information science. In general, such programs allow students to obtain two graduate degrees sooner than they could acquire each independently. Applicants for joint degrees must submit complete and separate applications (including the application fee and all required supporting documents) to both degree-granting units of the university. Joint degrees are conferred simultaneously after all requirements for both degrees have been met.

Joint J.D. (Law) - MSLIS Program

Library and Information Science and the Columbus School of Law offer a joint-degree program to provide academic preparation for law librarianship. Many law library positions require both a law degree and a library and information science degree. The total number of library and information science semester hours of graduate credit required is reduced to 27, and a student in the program may apply up to 12 library science credits toward the J.D. degree.

Joint M.A. (History) - MSLIS Program

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. Completion of both degrees separately would require a total of 66 hours.

Joint M.S. (Biology) - MSLIS Program

Library and Information Science and the Department of Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences offer a joint-degree program requiring a total of 60 semester hours of graduate credit. Of the total credit hours, between 24 and 30 must be in biology and between 30 and 36 must be in library and information science.

Joint M.A. (Musicology) - MSLIS Program

The School of Library and Information Science and the Benjamin T. Rome School of Music offer a joint-degree program in music librarianship in which students take 30 semester hours of graduate credit in library and information science and 21 hours in the graduate program in musicology.

Joint M.A. (English) - MSLIS Program

Library and Information Science and the Department of English in the School of Arts and Sciences offer a joint-degree program that enables students to have careers as editors in publishing, humanities librarians, or antiquarian booksellers. The program requires 54 semester hours, 30 hours in library science and 24 in English.

Joint M.A. (Religious Studies) - MSLIS Program

Library and Information Science and the School of Religious Studies offer a joint degree requiring a total of 51 graduate semester hours, 27 in library and information science and 24 in religious studies. Two specializations are available: Religious Studies and Archival Management, and Librarianship and Religious Studies.