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. Applications must be submitted by 11:00 p.m. CST on the dates listed below.

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

Application portal opens for spring '19 admission: June 1 
Final application deadline: September 15
Decision notification date: October 15
Last day to accept admission offer: November 2

Application portal opens for summer/fall '19 admission: August 1
Final application deadline: December 1
Decision notification date: February 8
Last day to accept admission offer: April 15

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. Applications must be submitted by 11:00 p.m. CST on the dates listed below.

Online MS/IM only (on-campus MS/IM offered only in the fall):

Application portal opens for spring '19 admission: June 1
Final application deadline: September 15
Decision notification date: October 15
Last day to accept admission offer: November 2

On-campus MS/IM and MS/IM online:

Application portal opens for fall '19 admission: August 1
Final application deadline: December 1
Decision notification date: February 8
Last day to accept admission offer for fall: April 15

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. Applications must be submitted by 11:00 p.m. CST on the dates listed below.

On-campus MS/BIO:

Application portal opens for spring '19 admission: June 1 
Final application deadline: September 15
Decision notification date: October 15
Last day to accept admission offer: November 2

Application portal opens for summer/fall '19 admission: August 1
Final application deadline: December 1
Decision notification date: February 8 
Last day to accept admission offer: April 15

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/K-12 or CAS/K-12 students are October 1 for spring semester admission or February 15 for summer or fall semester admission.

Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) Program

CAS students may enter the program in summer, fall, or spring semesters. Applications are due September 15 (spring), December 1 (summer), and June 15 (fall). Applications must be submitted by 11:00 p.m. CST on the dates listed.

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 applications by 11:00 p.m. CST on December 1.

Application portal opens for admission: August 1
Final application deadline: December 1

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.