The following information pertains to students applying for admission to all graduate programs.

Students (domestic and international) are admitted three times a year. Application deadlines are:

  • March 15 for Summer term (Graduate Certificate in School Librarianship only)
  • May 15 for the Fall semester
  • October 15 for the Spring semester

All students must apply through and be admitted by the Graduate School. All application materials must be received by the application deadlines. In addition to materials required by the Graduate School, the following materials are required for all students applying to SLIS:

  1. A resume that includes all undergraduate and graduate education (regardless of whether a degree was earned), continuing education, and relevant employment and volunteer experience.

  2. A Statement of Purpose of at least 1000 words that answers these three questions:
  • Why do you want to earn the degree?
  • What are your career goals and objective?
  • How will the degree help you to achieve these goals? 


The Graduate School's criteria for unconditional and probationary admission are shown below.

Unconditional Admission:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.

  2. A grade-point average of at least 3.0 (“A”= 4.0) on all undergraduate work (or in the final 64 credit hours) and 3.0 on any graduate-level work. Only the graduate GPA will be considered for those who have earned a graduate degree. (SLIS will request a waiver of the Graduate School’s GRE requirement for students who are admitted unconditionally.)

Probationary Admission:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university

  2. A grade-point average of at least 2.75 (“A”= 4.0) on the final 64 hours (half degree requirement) of undergraduate work and 3.0 on any graduate-level work previously taken. Applicants with a GPA of less than 2.75 for the final 64 hours of undergraduate work must have completed a minimum of nine hours of graduate work with at least a 3.33 GPA for those courses in order to be considered for admission.

  3. Official GRE scores (Verbal, Quantitative and Analytical Writing) no more than five years old of at least 300 composite and 3.5 writing. Other standardized graduate admissions exams will be considered (GMAT, MAT, LSAT, etc.)
    In your Statement of Purpose you must also address the reasons for your lack of achievement as an undergraduate and the reasons you believe you would succeed in the program. 

For information on the application process, application fees and deadlines, and application processes for international students, see the Graduate School website.