Apply to our MS/LIS Program

What are the requirements for admission?

While a bachelor's degree is required for admission, your degree can be in any discipline.

The MS/LIS degree program is now test-optional for the standardized test requirement (i.e., GRE and GMAT). If you feel that your test scores reflect your potential and promise in graduate school, you can submit your scores for admission consideration. All other applicants, regardless of undergraduate GPA, are not required to submit a standardized test score. We hope to alleviate the financial burden and heightened anxiety associated with taking a standardized test. Applicants that do not submit a test score will not be disadvantaged throughout our application review process, which is holistic and comprehensive. This new test-optional approach will be implemented for Fall 2022 admissions consideration.

In addition to the online application, admission requirements include:

  • Three letters of reference
  • A resumé
  • A personal statement

International applicants whose native language is not English must submit evidence of having passed the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with the following scores:

  • 620 or higher (or 260 or higher for the computer-administered version)
  • 104 or higher (at least a 26 in each section) for the TOEFL iBT test

Note: Our School's Institution code is 1836.

The IELTS test also is accepted with a minimum score of 7.5 in each section. The University's Department of Linguistics serves as a resource for currently enrolled Illinois graduate students who wish to improve English-language proficiency.

We welcome students from all backgrounds. The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign prohibits discrimination based on such characteristics as age, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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, resumé, and personal statement. An application fee is required, and the amount is determined by your citizenship and/or visa status.

We are looking for students who are creative, curious, motivated, and prepared to be leaders in the field. Your personal statement (~750-1,000 words, 12pt Arial font, single spaced) should include your objectives for the degree, including:

  1. how your educational background, work experience, and other relevant experience will contribute to your experience at the iSchool; and
  2. how the degree will help you create a strategy for accomplishing your goals and aspirations using the following resources and opportunities: (a) courses; (b) faculty, staff, and other resources; (c) pre-professional opportunities such as internships, practica, and volunteer work; (d) strategies for engaging and networking with people, organizations, and potential employers; and (e) leadership and extracurricular opportunities at the iSchool and beyond.

Newly admitted students must enroll in their program within one year from the original chosen term of enrollment on their application. If eligible, admitted students can defer their entry term only once.

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.

Spring 2023 Admission
Application portal opens: June 1
Final application deadline: September 15
Decision notification date: October 18
Last day to accept admission offer: November 4

Fall 2023 Admission
Application portal opens: August 1  
Final application deadline: December 1
Decision notification date: February 1, 2023
Last day to accept admission offer: April 17

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.

Is there a process to appeal a denied decision? 

No, at this time appeal requests are not available and all decisions are final.

What if I have questions?

For more information, contact us! You can e-mail for answers to your questions.