Get the degree you need for the career you want. Dominican University’s PhD in Library and Information Science prepares you for research, faculty and leadership positions in this growing field.

Our highly regarded program is designed for the working professional. Unlike traditional residential PhD programs at large universities, our cohort-based program can be completed in just three years. It combines the rigor of a top-level research degree with the collaborative and personal approach that is the hallmark of a Dominican education, providing you a strong yet flexible pathway that helps expand your vision as well as advance your career.

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If you already have at least a master’s degree (not necessarily in library science), Dominican’s PhD in Library and Information Science (LIS) will open up many career possibilities: faculty positions at the post-secondary level, the highest leadership positions in libraries or other types of information settings, and in-depth research positions—or positions that combine two or even all three roles.

Distinctions of Dominican’s PhD in LIS Program

  • Convenience: Classes meet weekends only on our River Forest campus (some classes are offered in a hybrid—online and face-to-face—format), so you won’t need to quit your job or delay your career to further your education.
  • Cohort model: The cohort model encourages intellectual engagement and professional development in a collaborative environment. New cohorts are launched every two years.
  • Distinguished faculty: You’ll work closely with faculty members who have years of professional and scholarly experience.
  • Personal attention: A team of advisors, faculty members, peers and professors of the practice will counsel you on meeting your goals, whether you come to the program with specific research interests, or career or educational goals.

Wide-Ranging Research
The possibilities are limitless, and you and your team will find the focus that’s right for you. Recent successful dissertations include:

To find out more or to apply to the PhD program, please contact program director Karen Snow, PhD, at or (708) 524-6077. Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. The next PhD cohort will begin in fall 2018.

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