Application Deadlines

Applicants are encouraged to apply well before the stated deadlines to take advantage of early consideration for the program of their choice.

Master of Science in Library and Information Science (MS/LIS) Program

All applicants will be considered for merit-based scholarships. Scholarships will be based on a holistic review of all submitted application materials. Scholarship offers will be made at the same time as the offer of admission. To promote the academic success of incoming graduate students, we ask that all admitted students accept their admissions offer on or before the deadline listed.

On-campus MS/LIS and MS/LIS Leep:

Application portal opens for spring admission: Now open (as of July 21)  
 Final application deadline: October 1
 
Decision notification date: November 3
 Last day to accept admission offer: December 1

Application portal opens for summer/fall admission: August 1
Final application deadline: January 15
Decision notification date: February 23
Last day to accept admission offer for summer: April 15
Last day to accept admission offer for fall: May 1

Leep students seeking admission for Summer or Fall 2018 or beyond, please read more about the establishment of Welcome Weekend.

Master of Science in Information Management (MS/IM) Program

All applicants will be considered for merit-based scholarships. Scholarships will be based on a holistic review of all submitted application materials. Scholarship offers will be made at the same time as the offer of admission. To promote the academic success of incoming graduate students, we ask that all admitted students accept their admissions offer on or before the deadline listed.

On-Campus MS/IM and MS/IM online:

Application portal opens for spring admission: Now open (as of July 21)  
 Final application deadline: October 1
 
Decision notification date: November 3
 Last day to accept admission offer: December 1

Application portal opens for fall admission: August 1
 Final application deadline: January 15
 
Decision notification date: February 23
 Last day to accept admission offer: May 1

Master of Science in Bioinformatics Library and Information Science Concentration (MS/BIO) Program

To promote the academic success of incoming graduate students, we ask that all admitted students accept their admissions offer on or before the deadline listed.

On-campus MS/BIO:

Application portal opens for spring admission: Now open (as of July 21)  
 Final application deadline: October 1
 
Decision notification date: November 3
 Last day to accept admission offer: December 1

Application portal opens for summer/fall admission: August 1
Final application deadline: January 15
Decision notification date: February 23 
Last day to accept admission offer for summer: April 15
Last day to accept admission offer for fall: May 1

K-12 Library Information Specialist Licensure Program

Students interested in earning an Illinois Professional Educator License with a Special (K-12) LIS Endorsement may apply to the K-12 LIS Licensure program after 8 hours of LIS coursework are completed. Deadlines for application for either MS/LIS or CAS students are October 1 for spring semester admission or January 15 for fall or summer semester admission.

Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) Program

CAS students may enter the program in summer, fall, or spring semesters. Applications are due March 15 (summer); June 15 (fall); and November 15 (spring).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

PhD students are admitted in the fall semester. All PhD applicants, including those who wish to receive financial aid, must submit their application no later than December 4.  

If you have specific questions, please contact us by telephone at (217) 333-7197 or (800) 982-0914 or via e-mail at ischool-apply [at] illinois.edu.