Prospective students should apply for the accelerated MLIS/PhD option. When a student has been accepted into the accelerated MLIS/PhD program, his/her status as a doctoral student is conditional until the 24 MLIS credits have been completed. The MLIS degree is awarded after the student completes the 24 MLIS credits, 12 doctoral credits, and the ePortfolio requirement.

A student who begins the accelerated MLIS/PhD option and decides not to pursue the PhD degree or who does not meet the doctoral course requirement must complete the full 36 MLIS credit hours to satisfy the current MLIS degree requirement. A student who successfully completes the 24 credit hours of MLIS coursework and then completes 18 credit hours of doctoral coursework, but who does not pass the PhD comprehensive exam, will receive the MLIS degree.