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Library and Information Science, 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

Fall admission deadline: July 1
Spring admission deadline: December 1

  • Applications are accepted and reviewed for admission continuously until the capacity is met.
  • 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 650 (paper-based) or 100 (Internet-based)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing Service): Minimum 7.5

Minimum English Proficiency Requirements

Test Type Total Score Reading Listening Speaking Writing
TOEFL Internet-based10022222222
TOEFL Paper-deliveredN/A2222N/A22
TOEFL Paper-based6505555N/A55
IELTS Academic7.56666

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: