Master of Social Work/Master of Library and Information Science

Increasingly, today’s librarians are helping their patrons and members of their communities, especially immigrant populations, deal with social issues. And social workers are finding that information management can be helpful in providing services for the improvement of the well-being of individuals, families and communities. 

Dominican University recognizes the convergence of the two disciplines and created the dual MSW/MLIS program, offered through the School of Information Studies and the  School of Social Work, which allows students to obtain both degrees in a shortened period of time.

At Dominican you’ll explore both areas with teachers who have real-world experience in addition to great credentials. You’ll gain the necessary knowledge and skills in the classroom and on the frontlines of social work and information management.


  • A total of 78 semester hours is required for these two degrees. All requirements in the combined-degree program must be completed within six years.
  • A minimum of 30 semester hours must be taken in the School of Information Studies.
  • A minimum of 48 semester hours must be taken in the School of Social Work.
  • This program is not open to students who already have earned a Master of Library and Information Science degree or a Master of Social Work degree.