About this Program

The purpose of the Master of Library and Information Studies is to prepare students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that will enable them to become highly proficient librarians, media specialists, and information authorities. Students are advised through a 30-credit-hour plan of study completed with an advisor and filed with the program director in the semester when 12th credit hour is completed. Coursework may focus on a type of library: academic, public, or special or an area of library and information work such as youth services or evaluation & assessment. Coursework for the MLIS is offered asynchronously and online. Coursework is project-based and students are expected to spend time in a library for most courses. All students complete an internship.

Program Highlights

  • Equips students with the knowledge, skills and dispositions they will need for careers in a complex information and technology-based society.

  • Engages students with their communities by providing project-based learning and internships in real-world settings.

  • Focuses on the preparation of culturally responsive librarians who can provide resources and services for increasingly diverse communities for the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world.

  • Connects students to library and information professions.

  • 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.

  • Learn more about the Master of Library and Information Studies program by visiting: Library & Information Studies at ODU

Degree Level
Degree Earned
Master of Library & Information Studies
Delivery Modes


Check out these ideas from ODU Career Development Services and the Occupational Information Network (O*NET). A median salary is a midpoint of what people typically earn—half of those surveyed earned above the median salary, and half earned below.

Audio-Visual and Multimedia Collections Specialists

$51,290 Median Salary

Prepare, plan, and operate multimedia teaching aids for use in education. May record, catalogue, and file materials.


$60,760 Median Salary

Administer libraries and perform related library services. Work in a variety of settings, including public libraries, educational institutions, museums, corporations, government agencies, law firms, non-profit organizations, and healthcare providers. Tasks may include selecting, acquiring, cataloguing, classifying, circulating, and maintaining library materials; and furnishing reference, bibliographical, and readers


What are the requirements to apply for Library and Information Studies at ODU?
Students entering the Master of Library & Information Studies program in Library and Information Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements Graduate Admission.

Applicants may hold a bachelor's degree in any field. Applicants to the School Library Concentration must have a teaching license. Students interested in school library licensure who do not have a teaching license may be advised into additional coursework and testing.

  • A 500-word essay addressing how this degree will forward your pursuit of lifelong learning.

  • Application to Graduate School

  • Current Resume

  • If the applicant's primary language is not English, submit a current score for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) that meets the University's current standard.


Estimated rates for the 2023-24 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident
Cost Per-Credit $599
Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States
Cost Per-Credit $623
Cost Per-Credit $1,439

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid



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