Master of Library and Information Science

An American Library Association-accredited MLIS has long been the standard professional degree for those interested in careers in libraries, information centers, school library media centers and management of information systems, competitive intelligence and "big data" functions.

Dominican University’s Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program sets the standard for excellence. We continually re-evaluate our rigorous academics to make sure our students gain the necessary skills needed to be successful in today’s ever-changing environment. Download the MLIS program flyer.

On January 10, 2016, ALA's Committee on Accreditation voted to continue the Dominican MLIS's full accreditation status for another seven-year term. The next comprehensive review will take place in 2022. Read the 2015 MLIS Program Presentation.

Specializations and Dual Degrees

SOIS offers professional educator licensure with school library media specialist endorsement as an option along with the MLIS. Students are encouraged to declare this option and work with their advisor early on in their graduate school career to ensure timely completion of state-mandated requirements. Find out more about the School Library Media Program.

As either part of your MLIS or post-MLIS studies, you also may choose to complete focused coursework and receive a certificate in the following areas:

The SOIS faculty has prepared pathways to a number of different career options with suggested groups of courses from which students may select. Pathways allow individual needs, goals and aspirations to be met. Students are able to focus their study in order to acquire expertise in a specific aspect of the profession. Pathways are not substitutes for faculty advising but rather allow students to easily identify courses that will provide the necessary preparation for different fields within the progession. With the pathways, students can find various routes to their ultimate career goals. Unlike certificates, pathways are not formal specializations and are not noted on transcripts.

Students also have the option of combining the MLIS with a second, separate master's degree from a partnering Dominican program or external partnering institution. Students must apply and be accepted to the programs separately.

Program Distinctions

  • Nationally recognized faculty who are known for their accomplishments as well as their deep commitment to teaching
  • Small classes in which they can work one-to-one with their instructors and fellow students
  • Our network of influential and supportive alumnae/i who are library leaders around the world
  • Practicums and internships designed to provide real-world experience
  • Flexible class times, scheduled in convenient time blocks at multiple locations including River Forest and downtown Chicago
  • Various class formats including face-to-face, online and hybrid
Master of Library and Information Science


Our 36 credit-hour curriculum (view course list) is focused on student success, and is designed to prepare you for professional responsibilities in a broad spectrum of libraries, media and information centers and consultancies. Read more about our student learning goals and outcomes.

Core Courses

Four courses are required for all students. These cover the fundamentals that are common to all types of work in the library and information field. Completion of the first three required core courses is highly recommended during the first nine hours of enrollment:

The fourth required course is:


The remaining eight courses may be chosen from among more than 80 options; faculty advisors can help students choose an individualized course of study to suit any interest in library and information science.

Enrolled students may register for up to six semester hours of graduate credit in other disciplines at Dominican University, which may be applied as electives toward the MLIS degree. Such courses require approval from the SOIS dean, upon recommendation by the student's advisor. All required courses for the MLIS degree must be completed prior to registration for courses in other disciplines.

Degree Requirements

  • Complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of graduate credit with a minimum of 30 semester hours completed in the Dominican University SOIS program
  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Satisfactory completion of the required courses
  • Completion of the degree program within six years and filing an Application for Graduation by the filing deadline with the Office of the Registrar the semester before the anticipated graduation date
  • Submission of an e-Portfolio during the last semester of study (View e-Portfolio rubric and guidelines / View 2014-15 e-Portfolio outcomes report / View 2015-16 e-Portfolio outcomes report)