Below you will find the information and resources needed to apply for the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program and to take the next steps toward your education.

Deadlines*

Fall Term
Admission Application (Domestic) July 15
Admission Application (International) January 15
Financial Support Application January 15

Admissions

Our online application process was created to make applying as easy and convenient as possible. Set up a free account with the Apply Yourself Application Network, which enables you to work on your application over several sessions, and get started right now.


Qualifications

The Library and Information Science Program seeks students with diverse educational and career backgrounds. Applicants for graduate study must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a scholastic average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better.


Affirmative Action Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity. Accordingly, the University prohibits and will not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, genetic information, disability, or status as a veteran. The University also prohibits and will not engage in retaliation against any person who makes a claim of discrimination or harassment or who provides information in such an investigation. Further, the University will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these values consistent with the University’s mission.


Credit Information

The MLIS program requires that students successfully complete a minimum of 36 credits of coursework.

Transfer Of Credits

A maximum of six graduate credits earned with a grade of B or better may be transferred toward either the master’s or PhD degree from institutions fully accredited for graduate study, provided:

  1. these credits have not been applied to any other degree or certificate;
  2. they are applicable to the study of information science or telecommunications;
  3. they are not older than the statute of limitations for the degree.
Credit By Examination

No credit by examination will be granted toward the master’s degree, nor credit for work completed in extension courses or in off-campus centers of another institution unless those credits are approved for graduate degrees at that institution.


Letters of Recommendation

Identify and seek the recommendations of two individuals (e.g., professors, employers, information professionals) who are in a position to evaluate your academic performance or your potential as an information professional. Before you submit your application, ask your references in which form they wish to submit their recommendation, by paper or electronically. For both paper and electronic submission of recommendation letters, please follow the instructions outlined on Apply Yourself.


Transcripts

Only scanned copies of official transcripts will be accepted and processed during the application. Please read the transcript upload instructions.


Standardized Test Scores

By nature, an MLIS degree is multi-disciplinary, and we welcome applicants with bachelor’s degree and/or advanced degree from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. Our multi-disciplinary nature is reflected in the wide range of standardized tests that are accepted by our admissions committee, which include the GRE, MAT, MCAT, GMAT, and LSAT.

To send us your test scores, please use the following designations:

Applicants proposing to submit scores from tests other than those listed above should contact the admissions team for advice on how to proceed.


Required Documents

Please include the following in your online application:
  • resume; and
  • statement of intent of no more than 500 words outlining your career goals

Your resume and Statement of Intent should reflect and highlight relevant work experience.

Additional documentation is required for some applicants:
  • MLIS Online applicants must additionally address how you will succeed as an independent learner in the MLIS Online degree program.
Archives and Information Science specialization applicants must additionally provide documentation of:
  • the equivalent of one year’s (student or paraprofessional) experience in an archives or special collections unit at an educational institution, volunteer organization, historical society, museum archives, historic site, or cultural organization
  • knowledge of the archives field as demonstrated in your personal statement
  • clear professional goals that can be supported by the academic program for which you are applying

International Applicants

English Language Proficiency

Graduate students must possess sufficient knowledge of English to study without being hindered by language problems, to understand lectures, and to participate successfully in class discussion. International applicants must submit either the TOEFL or the IELTS (taken within two years of the date of application). Contact Educational Testing Services directly to request that an official score report be sent to the School of Computing and Information. The institution code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927. A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based) on the TOEFL is required for admission to the MSIS, MST, MLIS, PhD IS & TELE programs. Students may choose to take the International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS) in place of the TOEFL. Students should receive a minimum result of Band 6.5 on the IELTS.

Exceptions: International students who completed a degree at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States are not required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score. Students from certain English-speaking countries are also exempt. Permanent residents are exempt. However, the School reserves the right to ask for TOEFL scores if deemed necessary for the evaluation of the application. Please note: degrees where anything less than the entire degree was completed in-residence within the English-speaking country will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. Students in these circumstances may be required to complete the TOEFL or IELTS with the required minimum score upon review. Prior to registration, students with TOEFL scores of less than 100 (Internet-based), 600 (Paper-based) or less than Band 7.5 on the IELTS must take this additional test of English language proficiency: English Language Proficiency Test. If remedial courses in English as a foreign language are recommended, the student must complete the remedial course during the first term of study.

Transcript Evaluation

All degrees obtained outside of the U.S. will be evaluated for equivalency to U.S. educational standards by the School of Computing and Information/University of Pittsburgh. Therefore, all international applicants must provide an official English-language translations of all pertinent transcripts. All transcripts from non-U.S. institutions, for undergraduate and graduate study, will be reviewed by the School/University of Pittsburgh in terms of: the U.S. degree to which your degree is equivalent – Bachelor’s, Master’s, etc., the overall grade point average for your studies (converted to a U.S 4.0 scale), and a course-by-course grade equivalency evaluation for every class taken. If you completed your degree in the U.S. but also took coursework outside of the U.S., you do not need to have an evaluation by an external agency. However you need to provide a certified English translation of the coursework taken outside of the U.S. if the record was issued in a language other than English.

Please note: the Admissions Committee may request an external review of your transcript, the cost of which is the responsibility of the applicant.

Supplemental Information

This section pertains to actions you must take after you have been admitted to the program, and have officially accepted our offer of admission. In order for your student visa document (Form I-20 or DS-2019) to be issued in time for your studies, you will need to provide additional financial information directly to the Office of International Services (OIS) at the University of Pittsburgh. Please access and read the International Graduate Student Financial Information form to determine what you need to prepare.

Please note: you will not be able to submit your financial information unless you have been admitted to our School and you accept that offer of admission. At that point, OIS will contact you directly via the email address you have provided to us in your application, and they will share a link to use to submit your financial information. You must accept any offer of admission you receive by the deadlines stated below in order for your visa to be processed in time. OIS will then give you a deadline by which to submit your financial information as well.


Application Fee

The application fee is $50 for all applicants and must be paid when you submit your application. The fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. Applications will not be considered until the fee has been received. Receipt of payment will be acknowledged by email from Apply Yourself.


Application Processing and Notifications

The School of Computing and Information makes every effort to issue a determination about applications within 4-6 weeks of the application deadline. This is, of course, dependent upon the timely receipt of all required application materials. You will be notified via e-mail when an admissions decision has been posted to your Apply Yourself account.

Please note that, during the December–January timeframe, numerous applications are received. Due to the volume of submissions, there may be a delay in notification of receipt of materials.

You may always check your Apply Yourself account to ascertain if documentation has been received or if an admissions decision has been made. The status of your application, related documents and admission decision cannot be verified until you have submitted the application fee (which is the final step in submitting your application).