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Master of Library and Information Science

Upon successful completion of the 39-hour Library and Information Science program, students receive a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS). The program is accredited by the American Library Association (ALA).

Application Deadlines

Applications are accepted and reviewed for admission continuously until the capacity is met.

  • Fall admission deadline: July 15
  • Spring admission deadline: December 15

All applications received after the above dates will be considered for admission in the following semester.

Admission Criteria

  • Undergraduate GPA (Grade Point Average): Minimum 3.0 in last 60 hours of degree
  • GRE (Graduate Record Examination) is not required if applying for admission Spring 2016 and later
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): Minimum 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based)

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet -based 80 17 17 17 17
TOEFL Paper-based 550 52 52 N/A 52
IELTS Academic 6.5 6 6 6 6

Required Application Materials

For the Office of Graduate Studies

  • Completed Graduate Studies online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.  
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Library and Information Science Program

  • Curriculum vitae or resume
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Statement of purpose answering three questions:
    • Where do you plan to reside during your program of study? (Choose one of the following locations.)
      Columbia, MO / Kansas City Metro Area / St. Louis Metro Area / Springfield, MO / Nebraska / Another Location (please provide location) 
    • One 250 word essay question answering the question: Why do you want to earn a master’s degree in Library and Information Science?
    • One 250 word essay question answering the question: What areas of Library and Information Science interest you; do you anticipate working in a particular type of library or information agency? 

Detailed application instructions are available at:

Scholarships and Financial Aid

Every year SISLT provides more than $22,000 in merit and need-based financial support to new and current LIS students.

  • Application deadline: March 1.

More information is available at:

Admission contact information

SISLT Student Coordinator’s office
304 Townsend Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
877-747-5868 (toll free)