Why ODU for Library and Information Studies?

In a world where accurate information is essential and technology is constantly changing, grab the keys to knowledge. With ODU's online Master of Library and Information Studies, you'll be ready to guide communities through research and learning.

You may focus your coursework on a specific type of institution: academic, public, school*, or specialized library. You may also choose an area of work within a library, such as youth services or evaluation and assessment.

ODU is proud to emphasize cultural responsiveness. You'll graduate prepared to provide resources and services for increasingly diverse communities.

* Do you have a teaching license? You can add an endorsement with our online MLIS with a concentration in School Librarianship.

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Most Affordable Master's in Library Science Online, 2020 - OnlineU.org


Old Dominion University’s Master of Library and Information Studies has been granted Candidacy status by the Committee on Accreditation of the American Library Association. Candidacy status is an indication that ODU has voluntarily committed to participate in the ALA accreditation process and is actively seeking accreditation. Candidacy does not indicate that the program is accredited nor does it guarantee eventual accreditation of the program by ALA.

Required Courses

  • 30 credit hours, including an internship

You are required to attend at least one day of a two-day Summer Institute at ODU in Norfolk, Virginia.

Your coursework is project-based, which means you will be expected to spend time in a library for most courses. The internship is the capstone for the degree.

Online Learning Environment

Access course materials online from any location. Many classes don't have a scheduled meeting time, so you can fit class into your personal schedule. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.

This program requires an internship. You also are required to attend at least one day of a two-day Summer Institute at ODU's main campus in Norfolk, Virginia.

Careers in MLIS

With an MLIS degree, you will be prepared for a career as an information specialist, librarian, or media specialist in areas such as:

  • public, school, and academic libraries
  • special focus libraries, such as law or health sciences
  • museums and archives
  • digital and physical knowledge collections
  • information technology
  • assessment and systems libraries

Calculating Cost

  • In-state Virginia Residents$551 per credit hour*
  • Out-of-state Students$595 per credit hour

Virginia Public School educators may be eligible for a tuition discount of 25% per credit hour. Contact us for more details.

Rates are effective Summer 2021 and subject to change.
* In-state rate assumes residency requirements are met.

State Licensure

This degree program may meet educational requirements to be licensed as a teacher in Virginia.

Use these links to see if we have determined whether this program meets requirements in other states. If you live outside Virginia, we encourage you to check your state's teacher licensure requirements before applying to ODU.

If you have questions about how this degree can help you reach your career goals, please contact us using the form above.

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How to Apply

To apply, you should have a bachelor's degree and a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0. Your bachelor's degree can be in any field.

GRE/GMAT scores are not required, but may be requested.

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You may be able to take up to four courses (12 credit hours) as a non-degree graduate student, before you are accepted into a specific degree program. 

Please contact us to discuss this option with an expert advisor.

Meet Your Team

You'll have a dedicated academic advisor for this program.

Contact us if you have questions about admission requirements, transferring credits, or application deadlines.