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Library and Information Science Admissions FAQ

Do I need to take the GRE?
If your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or above, you do not need to take the GRE for the MLIS program.  If you are applying for a dual degree program, you need the GRE for Informatics, Philanthropy, History, and SPEA; the JD requires the LSAT.

My undergraduate GPA was not 3.0 or above.  What should I do?
You should take the GRE to demonstrate the capacity for success.  The GRE website contains practice tests and other resources.  In addition, in your application essay, explain any unusual circumstances around a low undergraduate GPA.  The admissions committee can take the whole application into consideration.

I applied to the Bloomington MLS program and have decided to go to IUPUI.  What should I do?
Please contact the Department,, for information on your next steps.  Bloomington and Indianapolis have the same admissions standards.

Can I take classes (towards public library certification) without being admitted to the MLIS program?
Although you cannot satisfy the full 15 credit requirement for level 4), you can take up to 9 credit hours as a “graduate non-degree” student:  choose that option on the online application form.

When should I apply?
Application deadlines are November 15 (for spring), March 15 (for summer) and July 15 (for fall).  Transcripts and letters of recommendation are often the slowest to arrive.  Turn in your own materials (essay and application form) and make recommendation and transcript requests by one week prior to the deadline for best results.

Can I do this degree all online?
Yes, you can complete an MLIS through online-only classes.  There are a few classes that are offered face-to-face but they are not necessary to complete the degree.

What are the differences between Bloomington and Indianapolis?
There are two main differences:

  1. Method of teaching. Bloomington is primarily an in-person program, with one-to-three online classes each semester.  Classes are designed primarily for full time residential students who have limited library experience.  Indianapolis offers primarily online classes.
  2. Specializations are campus-specific: Bloomington specializations draw upon the resources of a liberal arts research university, areas such as rare books and archives, music or art librarianship.  Indianapolis has public library-oriented specializations, as well as library technology management.

Both result in ALA-accredited Indiana University MLIS degrees.

What kind of people should write my recommendations?
You can use work supervisors, professors, or people who know your professional skills from volunteer activities.  Do not use family or friends.

I am an IUPUI undergraduate.  Does that give me an advantage?
There are no admissions advantages. However, you can take S401 at the undergraduate tuition rate if you take it while you are an undergraduate (before you graduate).