Apply to our CAS Program

What are the requirements for admission?

  1. A master's degree in library and information science.
  2. A grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in master's-level coursework and in the last two years of undergraduate coursework, in which case GRE scores are not required. If an applicant's GPA is below a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, then GRE test scores are required. However, if an applicant has a JD, MD, or a PhD degree, they would be exempt from the GRE requirement.
  3. Letters of reference from three individuals, with at least one from a librarian/information scientist and the remainder from employers or teachers, including a representative of the library/information science program that granted the professional degree.
  4. International applicants whose native language is not English must submit evidence of having passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL—Our School’s Institution code is 1836 ) 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 test can be administered in the student's home country but should be arranged at least one year before the applicant expects to begin the program. The IELTS test is also accepted with a minimum score of 7.5 in each section. Note: The University's Department of Linguistics 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. 

Admissions may be limited by the availability of faculty advisors to support CAS projects. For this reason, we encourage all applicants to identify potentially relevant faculty advisors in their application forms and/or essays.

How do I apply?

To apply, visit the Graduate College's application page, review the information, and select the “Apply Now” button. Follow the instructions for applying as well as uploading your academic credentials, including:

  • Your resumé
  • A personal statement indicating your commitment to advanced study, your reasons for seeking the CAS, and an outline of a proposed program of study, including possible CAS project areas
  • Your letters of reference

The Graduate College Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Office provides resources to assist underrepresented domestic applicants in graduate programs at Illinois with the graduate application process.

If you are currently enrolled as a master's student at the iSchool:
Submit one letter of reference from an iSchool faculty member who can address your ability to continue with advanced studies and your potential contribution to the field. The faculty member writing the letter will likely be the person who would support your CAS project work. If this is not the case, you should explain why it's a different person in your statement; and, if feasible, consult with your proposed advisor in conjunction with preparing your application.

When are applications due?

Applicants are encouraged to submit their application materials before or on the final deadline in order to be considered for merit-based scholarships. Scholarships will be based on a holistic review of all submitted application materials.

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

Spring Admission
Final application deadline: September 15

Summer Admission
Final application deadline: December 1

Fall Admission
Final application deadline: June 15

How will my application be evaluated?

Our Admissions Committee will evaluate your application as a whole, taking into account all submitted information. Only completed applications will be reviewed, and application materials will not be returned to the applicant.

What if I have questions?

For more information, contact us! You can e-mail or call Dimitria Johnson (217-333-4634) for answers to your questions.