Admission

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, life experience and letters of recommendation.

An individual intending to pursue an MLIS or MPS degree or a certificate through GSLIS (including state licensure or endorsement through the School Library Media Program) should apply for regular admission. An abbreviated process is available to those who already hold an ALA-accredited MLIS earned within five years of their application date, who seek admission to pursue a certificate, an MPS or coursework leading to state licensure or endorsement. See the "Continuing Education" section, below.

For information about admission to the doctoral program or the Accelerated MLIS/PhD option, please visit the PhD admission page.

Application Process

Apply Online or Download a .pdf version of the application.

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 decisions are announced on a rolling basis.

To apply to the MLIS or MPS program, send us (Graduate Admission Operations, Dominican University, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest, IL 60305, gslisadmissions@dom.edu):

  • a completed Application for Admission form (or fill in the online application),
  • 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,
  • two completed recommendation forms and letters of recommendation from individuals—managers, supervisors, professors or academic advisors—who can attest to your scholastic ability and professional promise (personal or peer references will not be accepted),
  • official transcripts from all the undergraduate and graduate institutions you attended. Please request that the registrar(s) send the transcript directly to the GSLIS. Applicant-submitted transcripts must be submitted in a sealed envelope, signed across the seal,
  • scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) taken within the past five years if you didn’t meet the cumulative performance requirement of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. A combined score of 297 (on the current scale) or 1,000 (on prior scale) on two portions of the GRE and a 3.5 or higher on the analytical writing section, or a score of 404 on the MAT 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 and
  • a non-refundable application fee of $25. This fee is waived for graduates of Dominican University. Pay now

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.

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 1
  • Spring term–October 1
  • Summer term–March 1 

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 GSLIS 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,
  • the credits were earned with a grade of B or better, and
  • the credits were earned within the last five years.

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.

Continuing Education

Librarians or information specialists who possess an MLIS or master's degree from an equivalent program accredited by the American Library Association may be admitted using an abbreviated process. You may qualify for this process if you have:

  • an MLIS degree from Dominican University OR an MLIS or master’s degree from an equivalent program accredited by the American Library Association and
  • earned this degree with a 3.0 GPA within the past five years.

And you are seeking either:

  • A library information specialist endorsement,
  • An MPS degree or
  • A certificate of special study.

For the abbreviated application process you need to send us:

  • a completed GSLIS Application for Admission Form,
  • a non-refundable application fee of $50. This fee is waived for graduates of Dominican University,
  • transcripts of your MLIS and baccalaureate degree if you are not a Dominican University MLIS graduate and
  • a personal essay of at least 500 words in length addressing your decision to pursue a post-MLIS course of study and the goals you hope to achieve while at Dominican University.

If you completed your MLIS degree more than five years ago you also need to submit two recommendation forms.

Alumnae/i Participation in Classes

Dominican alumnae/i returning to Dominican are encouraged to continue their education at GSLIS. GSLIS alumnae/i are classified as:

  • non-degree-seeking students (academic credit toward a certificate or endorsement, full tuition and fees),
  • graduate students-at-large (academic credit, full tuition and fees) or
  • auditors (no credit, free tuition but fees may apply).

Student-at-Large

The student-at-large program offers individuals the opportunity to enroll in GSLIS 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 complete and return 1) the GSLIS student-at-large form and 2) the regular Dominican University registration form to the GSLIS office, Crown 300, 7900 W. Division St., River Forest, IL 60305. The Dean's permission is required to register as a student-at-large; once the registration has been processed you will receive confirmation via email. Full tuition and fees apply.

Auditing a Course

An auditor in the GSLIS program is a post-MLIS student wishing to register for a class but not seeking a degree, certificate or credit for taking the class. To audit a class in the GSLIS program the student must hold an MLIS or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited program. An auditor is expected to do the reading assignments and participate in class. The auditor is not expected to do written assignments or take examinations. A grade of "AU" will be posted on the registrant's transcript. Once the student has enrolled as an auditor in a course, no change in the registration to earn credit may be made.

Individuals seeking to audit a course must secure the written permission of the instructor before registering by completing the audit permission form and a registration form. Forms are available from the GSLIS office or online (visit MyDU and select Schools--Graduate School of Library and Information Science--Forms). Doctoral courses at the LIS900 level are not open for auditing.

Registration may take place only on the first day of the class and an auditor may not hold a place in the class if needed by a credit student. Prospective audit students can check on the availability of space in each class by viewing the course schedule online (visit MyDU and select Course Search). If a course session is filled, an audit student will not be able to join the class.

Dominican GSLIS graduates may audit courses in GSLIS for no tuition charge. GSLIS alumnae/i interested in auditing courses in other schools should check with the appropriate school regarding its audit policy.

All others who have received permission to audit a course may do so at the full tuition rate.

In all cases, student fees will be charged. Current fee information is available from the Student Accounts Office.