Demand is growing for professionals skilled at handling information in many settings. Prepare for a career where you can make a difference through our MLIS, available 100% online or in person.

Ours is the only American Library Association-accredited Master of Library and Information Science program in the Chicago area. Our location means you will be studying in an “information-setting-rich” environment, with lots of opportunities for internships, practicums and employment. And our 100% online option is one of several convenient degree paths.

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 skills needed to be successful in today’s ever-changing environment. MLIS program flyer (pdf).

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. You may read about the 2015 MLIS program presentation here (pdf).

Although you will earn the necessary credential, your career will not be restricted to the traditional librarian role: there is now a global demand for experts in information systems.

Multiple Ways to Reach Your Goal

Our program is designed for busy professionals—choose the format that best meets your needs:

  • Fully online degree option allows you to complete lessons on your schedule; no need to log in at set times. And you may still take face-to-face courses at any time
  • Attend evening classes
  • Various class formats including face-to-face, online and hybrid
  • Flexible class times, scheduled in convenient time blocks
  • Complete the program in as little as one year, or take up to six years
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
Student Achievement and Program Performance

MLIS students continue to meet and exceed program standards and completion rates - and enter into a wide variety of professional positions in the field upon graduation. See detailed student achievement and program performance data here: MLIS Program Outcomes (pdf). 

Experienced Faculty—Your Mentors, Your Network

Our professors have a broad range of experience, and our small class sizes allow them to get to know you—and become the foundation of your professional network. Areas of faculty expertise:

  • Digital libraries and digital curation
  • Information policy
  • Media and services for youth
  • Archives and cultural heritage
  • Informatics
  • Cataloging and classification
  • School library media
  • Management
  • Leadership and advocacy
Many Career Options

You will find Dominican MLIS graduates working in an array of settings:
“Traditional” Libraries: Chicago Public Library, University of Minnesota Library, State Law Library of Montana, Western Michigan University, Oswego East High School, and many more.

Non-library Settings: Argonne National Laboratory; McDonald’s Digital Asset Department; WFMT’s Studs Terkel Radio Archive; BMO Harris Bank; DuPage County; BP; law firms such as Sidley Austin; consulting firms such as Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates; cultural institutions and museums such as Balzekas Museum of Lithuanian Culture, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Oswego History Museum, Theater Historical Society of America, and the Polish Museum of America.

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