Library and information science
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Master of library and information science University of Missouri
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How to apply

Fulfill the admission requirements:

  • Completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • GPA of 3.0 (4.0 scale) in the last 60 hours of undergraduate education.
  • For international applicants: Official TOEFL scores (if applicable) or IELTS scores (MU code: 6875, SISLT: 90).
  • GRE scores are not required.

Meeting the minimum qualifications does not guarantee admission into the program. For more information as well as helpful tips about the admissions process, please see our FAQs.

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

Upload the following materials to the online graduate application:

  • Résumé or CV. This should demonstrate high potential for success in the library and information science field.
  • Responses to essay question prompts. 
    • Demonstrate your ability to succeed in a competitive master's program that meets wholly online.
      • Help the Admissions Committee understand what you will bring to the program, and why you’re a good fit.
    • In addition, demonstrate your capacity for success in a rapidly evolving and social field.
      • LIS professionals make extensive use of technology and must be excellent communicators.
      • They are highly engaged, constantly learning, and ethical in the work they do providing access to information for their users.
      • For additional insight into what the program requires, look to the student learning outcomes.
  • Two letters of recommendation. These should attest to your critical thinking, analytical and writing skills, demonstrating your potential as a graduate student and professional.
  • 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.
  • For international applicants:
    • Full admission: TOEFL paper-based test minimum 590, TOEFL internet-based test minimum 100, IELTS minimum 7.5.
    • Probationary admission: TOEFL paper-based test minimum 550-589, TOEFL internet-based test minimum 80-99, IELTS minimum 6.5-7.5. Requirements for leaving probation status may include additional language testing or course work, as designated by your advisor and LIS faculty.

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-Distance (MLIS)

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Learn more about this program

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