Master of Science in Library and Information Science

Minimum Admission Requirements

  1. Graduation from an accredited institution with bachelor's degree requirements substantially equivalent to those of the University of Illinois.
  2. GRE scores are only required for applicants with a GPA below 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last two years of undergraduate coursework. Applicants holding a JD, MD, or PhD are not required to submit GRE scores.
  3. Letters of reference from three individuals who are able to comment on applicant's aptitude for graduate studies and professional pursuits.  We strongly recommend that one or more of these letters come from an academic professor.
  4. International applicants whose native language is not English must submit evidence of having passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a score of 620 or higher (or 260 or higher for the computer-administered version; 104 or higher [at least a 25 in each section] for the IBT). (The Intensive English Institute exam may be substituted with a score indicating comparable English proficiency.) The IELTS test is also accepted with a minimum score of 7 in each section. The School's TOEFL code is 90.

    Note: The University's Division of English as an International Language offers courses to help currently enrolled Illinois graduate students whose native language is not English. These courses may be used to improve a student's language proficiency so that he or she is able to function as effectively as possible within the university environment, but they are NOT counted toward degree requirements. The division also operates an Intensive English Institute and the LinguaCenter, where other kinds of help may be obtained.

Submitting Admission Materials

Applicants should read all of these directions before beginning the application process so that they can tailor materials to the requirements of our school. Applicants will need to apply to the Graduate College using the Web-based electronic application (APPLY NOW).  To apply to our school, you will select "Information Sciences."  NOTE: As this application is used by applicants to all of the graduate departments, we are tailoring it to fit our needs. After completing the online application (within which are instructions for submitting your letters of reference electronically), you are given two upload sections:

As your transcripts come directly to the School from the University, you should not have to mail anything in. Have your educational institution(s) send your transcripts to us directly at:

School of Information Sciences
501 E. Daniel St.
Champaign, IL 61820-6211

Information about resources to assist domestic underrepresented applicants in available here.