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Admissions

The Department of Library and Information Science welcomes applications from individuals interested in entering the library and information professions. Applicants to the online program bring a range of backgrounds to their graduate education, through both their prior education and work experience. Applications from those who have been in the work force and from recent graduates are equally desirable.

Admission Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from regionally accredited four-year collegiate institution
  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or its equivalent with relevant graduate coursework *

* An applicant must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or its equivalent in the total undergraduate program, or an average of 3.2 in the latest graduate degree or representative graduate hours (usually 30 semester hours) completed.

Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements must submit Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores.  The following scores will be considered to have met the minimum required – V: 153, Q: 144, and AW (not decided at this time).  Please submit GRE scores through ETS to code 1325.

How to Apply

The Graduate Admissions Committee will review applications when all required materials are submitted and received and the application fee paid by the deadlines indicated.

Online Application

Complete your application through the Indiana University Graduate CAS Application.  Once you log on to the application, select the Add Program page on the top menu, and search “Library.”  Select Master of Library and Information and Science (MLIS) Online under the IUPUI heading.

Personal Statement

Submit a 750-1,500-word personal statement. Your personal statement should indicate the following:

  • In what manner do you see yourself as a future library/information leader in your future organization and community?
  • What examples can you provide that illustrate how you work as a constructive member of a team to solve problems?
  • Provide your perspective on or experiences with technology in information services.

Transcripts

We require official transcripts for admission to the MLIS program.  We recommend applicants submit electronic transcripts to our Graduate Admissions Team at soicapps@iupui.edu.   If your institution does not participate in eTranscripts, please have an official transcript mailed directly to:

ATTN: MLIS Admissions Team
IU School of Informatics and Computing
535 W. Michigan Street, IT 476
Indianapolis, IN 46202

We do not require transcripts from Indiana University campuses.

References

Three (3) letters of recommendation are required from either academic or professional sources. Applicants enter recommender information directly in the Recommender section of the online application.

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Special Instructions for International Students and Non-native English Speakers

Graduate applicants are expected to have completed the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree in order to be considered for graduate study.  Persons without this background cannot be accepted for graduate study, regardless of the name of any first degree they may hold.

International applicants must submit proof of English proficiency if their native language is not English.  Minimum scores required: 100 TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or 7.5 IELTS (International English Language Testing System).

If you have a bachelor’s or master’s degree in the United States, or a country that is predominately English-speaking, then you have provided proof of English proficiency for graduate admission purposes.

Unofficial transcripts are used for application review. We evaluate international transcripts internally. If the transcript is not in English, a translation also must be provided.  No hard copies are required for your application to be reviewed.  If you are accepted to our program, then you will need to provide official documents at that time. 

For more information on international eligibility, please contact soicapps@iupui.edu.