MLIS Admission Requirements
Students may be admitted to the School of Library and Information Studies without condition (regular admission) or with academic conditions imposed (conditional admission). The MLIS program is selective, and does not admit every applicant. Applications are considered holistically, so no single factor determines acceptance to the program.
For on-campus study, admission is rolling and students may begin in any term. The national cohort, completely online, begins in the fall term; the application deadline is April 1st. The regional cohort, 75% online /25% weekend courses, begins in the spring term; admission is rolling, but please complete your application by December 1st.
Regular Admission Requirements
An applicant whose credentials meet the following minimum requirements may be considered for regular admission:
- A grade point average of at least 3.0 overall for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program, based on a 4.0 system AND
- an acceptable score on one entrance examination (minimum test scores: 300 on the revised GRE test, or 1000 on the GRE general test, or a score at the 50th percentile on the MAT) OR
- a prior graduate degree completed within the last five years OR
- five years of demonstrated experience in the field
Information about the GRE is available from the Educational Testing Service, Princeton, NJ 08540. The MAT is given by the testing service of most colleges and universities and may be taken by appointment. Applicants should plan well in advance so that examination results are available when needed to support an application for admission.
An application consists of the following items:
- Application Form
- Statement of Purpose
- Application Fee
- Admissions Test Scores
- Three (3) letters of recommendation; for applicants who have been in school in the last 5 years, at least two (2) letters must be academic references.
Braille editions of the GRE and the MAT can be obtained from:
The University of Alabama
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0108.
For further information and to submit an application, go to the Graduate Application Center online.
Exceptions to Admissions Policy
Under exceptional circumstances, an applicant may be considered for admission if he or she meets either the GPA requirement for regular admission (GPA of 3.0) or the entrance exam score requirement as outlined above. If such an applicant is admitted, he or she will need to obtain permission to continue in the program, after the first 12 semester hours of graduate-level work have been completed. Permission to continue is earned by achieving a GPA of “B” or better (3.0) in the first 12 semester hours. If the 12 hours are completed in a term in which the total credits exceed 12, the evaluation is made on the basis of all graduate-level work completed at the end of that term of enrollment. Students admitted under this circumstance who do not meet the 3.0 requirement after their first 12 hours of graduate-level work will not receive permission to continue in their graduate program, and will be dropped from the program.
You can check the status of your application online by entering the requested information here.
You may defer your admission to the MLIS program for up to one year. However, if you have been accepted to an online cohort, you will have to compete again the following year to be selected for a seat in the cohort.
I’m Accepted! What’s Next?
Students are strongly encouraged to speak with their faculty advisor regarding course selection. Face to face students are not permitted to register for online required courses, but may register for online electives.
Students are advised to schedule core courses first whenever possible. All MLIS students must complete, as part of the minimum 36 hours, the following 18 hours of required courses:
- LS 500 Organization of Information
- LS 501 Introduction to Library and Information Studies
- LS 502 Research Methods
- LS 507 Information Sources and Services
- LS 560 Information Technologies
And one of the following:
- LS 508 Administration and Management
- LS 530 Public Libraries
- LS 531 Academic Libraries
- LS 532 School Media Centers
- LS 533 Special Libraries and Information Centers
Tuition is payable online. Log in to myBama and select the “student” tab. In the upper left corner, find “Banner Self Services.” Select “Student Services,” then select “Student Receivables” to find payment options.
Information about orientation will be included with your acceptance letter. Please contact the SLIS office for specific date/time/location information.