The Master of Library and Information Science degree is a program of basic professional education designed to prepare students for entry into positions in libraries and information centers in colleges, schools, communities, industries, and businesses.
Admission to the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program is selective and based on the faculty’s assessment of the applicant’s aptitude for graduate study and potential contribution to the profession. The faculty take a holistic approach to the admissions process. Consequently, an applicant’s entire file and interview are taken into consideration before an admission decision is made. The following materials are required for full consideration: (1) The School of Library and Information Science Supplemental Application (assessible through the Graduate School application), where applicants respond to statement provided; (2) Official transcripts from all other colleges or universities attended (whether or not a degree was earned); (3) Two letters of recommendation attending to your academic performance and/or job performance—letters from friends and relatives addressing personal attributes do not qualify; (4) A qualifying score on either the GRE or MAT—a previously earned master’s degree may be accepted in lieu of a test score at the discretion of the admissions committee; and, if appropriate for applicants whose native language is not English, a qualifying score on a test of English as another language and appropriate immigration documentation.