Certificates are offered for students currently pursuing a master's of library and information science degree or returning scholars who want to add the specialization to a completed Dominican MLIS degree or its equivalent from an ALA-accredited graduate library program. Students who graduate with an MLIS lacking one or more courses towards a certificate can enroll in the course(s) any time within five years of graduating in order to add the certificate to the MLIS. Students must enroll as a student-at-large (credit-bearing), not as an auditor (non-credit-bearing).

Students seeking two certificates may use courses that count toward more than one to fulfill requirements for both certificates. In other words, if a course is eligible for two certificates the student need only take it once, and may apply its credit toward both. A minimum of 30 credit hours is still required for the Master of Professional Studies in Library and Information Science (MPS) degree, toward which two certificates may be applied.

Certificate students work in collaboration with a faculty advisor who specializes in the appropriate field of concentration to shape a plan of study. Five three-semester-hour courses are required (15 semester hours total), except for the certificates in digital curation and digital libraries, which require six three-semester-hour courses (18 semester hours total); unless course(s) are applied toward more than one certificate.

Exceptions to the Guidelines
  • Data and Knowledge Management Certificate (can be done post-baccalaureate as well as with an MLIS or post-MLIS)
  • Certificate of Special Study (can only be done post-MLIS)