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How to apply

Fulfill the admission requirements:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  • If English is not your native language, please submit a TOEFL score of at least 100 (internet-based test), an IELTS score of at least 7.5, a Pearson Test of English (PTE) score of at least 66 or a Cambridge C1 Advanced score of at least 190.
  • GRE scores are not required.

Application dates

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Fall (priority deadline) Feb. 15 August
Fall (regular deadline) May 1 August
Spring Oct. 15 January

Gather your papers

Applying will be easier and faster if you gather these required documents beforehand:

  • Transcripts of all previous college or university education. Upload unofficial transcripts in your online application. If you are accepted, you will be asked to provide official transcripts.
  • Two letters of recommendation. In the online application, you will need to supply names and contact details of two people who can attest to your critical thinking, analytical and writing skills, demonstrating your potential as a graduate student and LIS professional. The Graduate School will contact your references with instructions regarding the letters. We strongly recommend that you have at least one recommendation letter from an undergraduate or graduate instructor who can attest to your critical thinking, and one letter from a supervisor or employer who can attest to your aptitude for the LIS professions. If you have a unique circumstance (e.g., self-employment or no contact with former instructors), please contact for advice. We do not accept letters of reference from references who cannot look at your experience objectively (e.g., family members, friends).
  • Statement of purpose (500 words or fewer, approximately two double-spaced pages) answering these questions:
    • Why do you want to earn a master’s degree in library and information science? For instance, discuss what about the field of LIS appeals to you, or how your previous experience has led you to this degree program.
    • What areas of library and information science interest you?
    • Do you anticipate working in a particular type of library or information agency?
  • Résumé or CV.
  • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE or C1 Advanced score reports for applicants whose native language is not English. For information on sending test scores, visit the Grad School website.

Complete the online application

Carefully follow the instructions on the application site.

  • Upload the above documents in the online application
  • Degree/delivery: Masters- Distance (Online/Remote Site/etc.)
  • Academic program: Library and Information Science/Archival Studies-Distance (MLIS)

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This program is administered by the School of Information Science and Learning Technologies
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