Our 36 credit-hour curriculum 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:

LIS 701 Introduction to Library and Information Science
LIS 703 Organization of Knowledge
LIS 704 Reference and Online Services

The fourth required course is:

LIS 770 Management of Libraries and Information Centers or LIS 773 School Libraries

For core course descriptions, please refer to the University Bulletin.


The remaining eight courses may be chosen from among many 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 director, 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.