Students are admitted to the MLIS degree program twice a year:

  • Deadline for admission to the Fall semester:  May 15
  • Deadline for admission to the Spring semester:  October 15

The application deadlines for International Applicants are as follows:

  • Deadline for admission to the Fall semester:  May 15
  • Deadline for admission to the Spring semester:  October 15

All application materials must be received by the application deadline. 

All students must apply through and be admitted by the Graduate School. The Graduate School's criteria for unconditional, probationary and provisional admission are shown below.

The following materials are also required for all students applying to the MLIS degree program:

  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 an MLIS?
    • What are your career goals and objective?
    • How will an MLIS from LSU SLIS help you to achieve these goals? 

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.)
  4. 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 MLIS program. 

Provisional Admission:

Provisional admission may be considered for an applicant who appears to be admissible on the basis of credentials submitted, but who is unable to supply all of the required official records prior to registration. Students admitted provisionally must submit complete and satisfactory records within 30 days after the first day of class for the semester in which graduate study begins. If these credentials are not received by the date specified or if they prove to be unsatisfactory, the student will not be permitted to register for other courses. Provisional admission does not guarantee subsequent regular admission.

For information on the application process, application fees and deadlines, and application processes for international students, see