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Admission to our master's degree programs is open to individuals who:

  • Hold a bachelor’s or graduate degree from an institution accredited by a nationally recognized regional accrediting association and
  • Demonstrate a capacity for graduate work and professional aptitude by their academic history and life experience.

An individual intending to pursue a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS), Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM), Master of Arts in Youth Literature (MAYL), or Master of Professional Studies (MPS) degree or a certificate through the School of Information Studies (SOIS) (including state licensure or endorsement through the School Library Media Program) should apply for regular admission.

For information about admission to the doctoral program, visit PhD admission. For information about how to apply for one of our dual-degree programs, visit dual-degrees.

Application Process

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Applicants must meet all academic requirements for admission in full before applying to the graduate program. However, those who are completing their baccalaureate degree may apply as soon as they receive their grades from the first semester of their senior year. Admission, if granted, will be conditional upon receipt of final transcript by the start of the semester following the granting of the bachelor's degree. Admission decisions are announced on a rolling basis. MLIS and MPS programs begin in the fall, spring, or summer semesters; the MSIM program begins in fall only.

To apply to the MLIS, MSIM, MAYL or MPS program, please submit the following:

  • A completed online application;
  • A personal essay of at least 500 words that addresses your reasons for applying to our program and what you hope to gain from the experience;
  • Official transcripts from the institution that awarded your bachelor's degree or higher. Please request that the registrar(s) send the transcript directly to Dominican, either in paper or electronically. Applicant-submitted transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal;
  • Two letters of recommendation may be provided by applicants whose GPA falls below a 2.7 on a 4.0 scale. Alternatively, applicants who fall below a 2.7 can submit scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) taken within the past five years. A combined score of 297 on two portions of the GRE and a 3.5 or higher on the analytical writing section is necessary for admission. All applicants will have a maximum of three opportunities to submit test scores. If you’ve already earned a graduate degree in another field, the admission committee will consider the GPA for the advanced degree in the overall admissions process.

The applicant's complete file is reviewed by the admission committee which evaluates the applicant's background, qualifications and academic potential. Only complete application files will be reviewed. No credentials will be returned to the applicant.

All application materials become the property of Dominican University. Providing incomplete or inaccurate information regarding a previous academic record on an admission application is grounds for denial of admission.

Admitted students may defer their enrollment for a maximum of one year. Admitted student files will be kept for one year after date of admission. Thereafter, s/he must reapply, as must an applicant who withdraws his/her application after it has been submitted.

International Students

International students requiring an I-20 or DS 2019 may not apply, since this program is offered primarily online. International students may enroll in the program and participate virtually from their country of residence. International students who chose to participate from their home country must have strong internet connection and access to Zoom. International students requiring an I-20 may not apply, since this program is offered primarily online.

Application Dates and Deadlines

Applications are accepted year-round on a rolling basis. Early application prior to the dates listed below is strongly encouraged. Late application will be accepted if space allows.

  • Fall Term: June 15 (MAYL, MLIS, MSIM or MPS)
  • Spring Term: November 15 (MAYL, MLIS or MPS)
  • Summer Term: March 15 (MAYL, MLIS or MPS)
Transfer of Credit

Students must request transfer of credit in writing to the dean when they apply for admission. A maximum of six semester hours in library and information science earned at another American Library Association-accredited program may be accepted for transfer into the MLIS program. Acceptance of transfer credit is based on the following conditions and will be reviewed by the dean: 

  • The credits were earned in a program accredited by the American Library Association regardless of the format or location of delivery (for transfer into the MLIS program),
  • The credits were earned with a grade of B or better (for transfer into all master's programs), and
  • The credits were earned within the last five years (for transfer into all master's programs).

A decision on whether to grant a transfer of credit will be made as soon as possible after the request is received and no later than the first term during which the student is enrolled. To request transfer credit, please email the Petition for Transfer of Graduate Credit to the Office of Graduate Admission.


The student-at-large program offers individuals the opportunity to enroll in SOIS classes without completing the regular admission process.

Up to six semester hours earned as a student-at-large may be applied toward a degree, certificate, or endorsement, provided that the student achieves a grade of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better, and earns these credits within five years of beginning the degree, certificate, or endorsement program. Students-at-large are not eligible to receive scholarships or financial aid, and are not assigned an advisor. Individuals who would like to register for courses as a student-at-large should do so using the online application. A full application package is not required; only the application itself and transcripts from undergraduate institutions are necessary. Full tuition and fees apply.

Auditing a Course

Auditing a class applies to alumni and current Dominican University students only, who may audit courses only within their degree program. Audited courses do not count as hours completed toward a degree program. Please refer to the Audit Policy for details.