Graduate School of Library and Information Science
The Graduate School of Library and Information Science offers two master’s degree programs: the American Library Association-accredited Master of Library and Information Science degree (MLIS), which prepares students for professional positions in libraries and information service environments, and the Master of Professional Studies in Library and Information Science (MPS), which provides library and information professionals the opportunity to deepen their knowledge in particular areas of specialized study, and/or undertake broader-based study in areas of interest that may cross disciplinary boundaries. GSLIS also offers a PhD in Library and Information Science, and collaborates with the Graduate School of Social Work on a dual MLIS and Master of Social Work degree (MSW) and with the Brennan School of Business on a dual MLIS and Master of Business Administration degree (MBA).
Accelerated Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science/Master of Library and Information Science and Post-Baccalaureate Knowledge Management Certificate
Seniors at Dominican University, with the written consent of their academic dean and the dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS), may be permitted to take up to six semester hours of course work in GSLIS. It is recommended that students take one course per semester in their senior year.
These six hours may be applied to both the BA or BS degree and the MLIS degree, thereby reducing the time required to complete the MLIS degree. Students interested in studies in knowledge management may apply for the post-baccalaureate certificate requiring the completion of four courses. Information on these programs may be obtained from the GSLIS.
Brennan School of Business
The Brennan School of Business offers flexible master’s degree programs. Evening, weekend and online courses can lead to the completion of the Master of Business Administration and the Master of Science in Accounting degrees.
The Brennan School of Business offers several cooperative programs that make it possible for a student to complete two degrees in a shorter time than if they were earned separately. In these dual-degree programs, the student is simultaneously enrolled in two programs with some course work common to both programs. Upon successful completion of both programs, the student will receive two separate degrees. These degrees include MBA/JD with The John Marshall Law School, MBA/MLIS with the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Dominican, the MBA/MSW with the Graduate School of Social Work at Dominican, and the BA/MBA or BS/MBA with undergraduate work at Dominican.
BA/MBA or BS/MBA with Dominican University Rosary College of Arts and Sciences
Qualified students may be able to complete the bachelor’s degree and the Master of Business Administration degree in a total of five calendar years. During the undergraduate program, the equivalent of the six MBA foundation courses may be taken. Students are encouraged to apply to the BA/MBA or BS/MBA before the end of their junior year. Accepted students may enroll in two MBA courses during their senior year, one course each semester, and credit will be given toward the undergraduate degree. The remaining 10 graduate business courses may be taken upon completion of their undergraduate degree.
For more information on these programs, please contact the Brennan School of Business at business.dom.edu or (708) 524-6810.
School of Education
The School of Education offers evening and summer graduate programs leading to the Master of Science in Special Education, Master of Science in early childhood education, Master of Arts in Educational Administration, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts in Education: curriculum and instruction; Master of Arts in Education: reading specialist, English as a second language, and bilingual endorsements.
BA/MSEd or BS/MSEd
(Early Childhood Education)
Undergraduate students interested in becoming certified early childhood teachers have the option of applying for the combined BA/MSEd or BS/MSEd. This program allows candidates to obtain a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science in Education degree with Type 04 (Early Childhood) certification in approximately five years. Candidates complete a BA or a BS program in a state-approved undergraduate major and begin the graduate program in early childhood education the semester after graduation from the undergraduate program.
As undergraduates, candidates must complete Education 200 or be accepted into the undergraduate teacher education program. Candidates must also take ECED 300, 301, and 386 as part of their undergraduate program. Candidates apply for the combined BA/MSEd or BS/MSEd program no later than the second semester of their junior year. Once accepted into the combined program, candidates are eligible to take two graduate-level courses in the MEd early childhood program during their senior year. The remainder of the program is completed following graduation from the undergraduate college. For more information on this program, contact the director of the graduate and undergraduate early childhood education programs.
BA/MS or BS/MS Program
(With Special Education Certification: Learning Behavior Specialist I)
Undergraduate students interested in becoming certified special education teachers have the opportunity to apply for the combined BA/MS SPED or BS/MS SPED program. This program allows candidates to obtain a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree and a Master of Science in Special Education with Type 10 Learning Behavior Specialist I certification in special education in approximately five and one-half to six years. Qualified candidates complete their Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree program with an undergraduate major and begin the graduate program in the semester following their graduation from the undergraduate program. Students interested in the combined BA/MS SPED or BS/MS SPED program may also choose to seek certification in elementary or secondary education at the undergraduate level or choose to work only toward certification in special education (completed at the graduate level).
During their undergraduate program, candidates take Education 200, apply for acceptance into the teacher education program and, if accepted, take the foundation courses in education. They then apply for the combined BA/MS SPED or BS/MS SPED program in their junior year. If accepted, they may enroll in one graduate special education program course each semester of their senior year. The remaining graduate course work is taken in the semesters following their undergraduate graduation. For more information on this program, contact the director of the graduate program in special education.
BA/MAT or BS/MAT
This program is designed for Dominican undergraduate students who wish to complete courses for elementary or secondary certification as part of the Master of Arts in Teaching program. The program is designed to be completed in five and one-half to six years. During the undergraduate program, candidates complete all course work required for the undergraduate degree and then take graduate education courses toward certification. In some cases, candidates may begin to take graduate education courses during their senior year of undergraduate studies. Students who wish to select this program must apply for the program in their junior year of undergraduate studies.
School of Leadership and Continuing Studies
The School of Leadership and Continuing Studies offers a Master of Arts in Family Ministry degree. This hybrid program, led by an outstanding faculty, combines face-to-face classroom learning with three 10-day summer intensives (in residence) over three summers and online learning during the fall and spring semesters. This design creates a community of learners who will support and challenge one another during the academic year, and it honors the life commitments of adult learners. It also allows students living at a distance to participate in the summer intensive courses starting on Friday and ending the following Sunday. Reasonably priced on-campus housing and meals are available.
Graduate School of Social Work
The Graduate School of Social Work—centered in the Sinsinawa Dominican tradition and committed to truth, compassion, empowerment, and social justice—prepares professional social workers for globally focused, family-centered practice with diverse, oppressed, at-risk populations through rigorous education, practice, research, and service.
This concentration offers a wide variety of field work experiences including schools, hospitals, family service agencies, and geriatric settings, as well as planning and community development agencies. These options offer opportunities to practice social work at the micro or clinical level as well as at the macro or social development level. The available field sites span the Chicago downtown area and surrounding suburbs. Additionally, in the final semester of the program students have the option to participate in an international field placement abroad.
(Psychology, Sociology, or Criminology Majors)
Undergraduate students majoring in psychology, criminology, or sociology have the option of pursuing a track that leads to completion of a Master of Social Work degree in approximately one year after obtaining their Bachelor of Arts degree. Acceptance into the Graduate School of Social Work is contingent upon completion of all undergraduate requirements in the major and an overall Grade Point Average of 3.25. Students who are interested in the 5 Year BA/MSW should meet with their department chair soon after they declare their major, before they achieve junior standing.
(Psychology, Sociology, or Criminology Majors)
Majors who decide in their junior or senior year to pursue a Master of Social Work degree may take two classes in the Graduate School of Social Work during their senior year with departmental approval. Acceptance into the Graduate School of Social Work is contingent upon completion of all undergraduate requirements in the major and an overall Grade Point Average of 3.25. Students who are interested in the bridge program should speak to their department chair before registering for their senior year classes.