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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.

Our MLIS program coursework is centered on leadership, social justice, and authentic practice. You'll graduate prepared to provide resources and services for increasingly diverse communities.

Your coursework will include community engagement, project-based learning, and internships.

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

The Master of Library and Information Studies Program at Old Dominion University is accredited by the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation, with the status of Initial accreditation. The next comprehensive review visit is scheduled for Fall 2028.

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Ranked #11

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

Ranked #25 (tie)

Best Online Master's in Education for Veterans, 2022
U.S. News & World Report

Required Courses

  • 30 credit hours, including an internship

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.

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$571 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 2022 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.