Information science and social work: a growing convergence. With information management skills added to expertise in the practice of social work, you will make a greater impact in the communities you serve.

You are dedicated to making it possible for everyone to succeed—in their lives and in their careers—and libraries offer nearly unlimited resources to help you achieve your goal. At Dominican we recognized our strengths in the areas of information management and social work and the usefulness of combining the two degrees and established the MLIS/MSW program, the only one of its kind in the United States.

Our MLIS/MSW program requires a reduced number of hours for each degree—allowing you to earn both degrees in a shorter period of time and at a lower cost than if you completed them separately.

The degrees complement each other, and you will explore the growing importance of information management in social services and the expanding role of libraries in providing social services.

Upon completion of the program, you will earn two degrees: an an MLIS from our School of Information Studies and an MSW from Dominican’s School of Social Work. The School of Social Work is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), and the School of Information Studies offers Chicago’s only American Library Association (ALA)-accredited Master of Library and Information Science. You must apply and be admitted to both schools.

Expand Your Network

In both schools, classes are small and learning is team-based, so you will get to know your professors as well as your fellow students, and they will become key members of your professional network. Your network will also include alums in key positions in the Chicago area and beyond.

The Dominican Difference

The School of Information Studies empowers professionals to connect individuals and communities to the world of information and learning with reason, compassion and a commitment to service and the School of Social Work is committed to truth and compassionate service. Our mission guides us to advocate for human rights and social and economic justice for all persons including socially excluded populations, and to promote human and community well-being.

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