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

An applicant whose credentials meet the following minimum requirements may be considered for regular admission to SLIS:

  • A quality point average of at least 3.0 overall or 3.0 for the last 60 semester hours in a degree program, based on a 4.0 system.
  • 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)

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
  • Transcripts
  • 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
Test Service
Box 870108
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0108.

For further information and to submit an application, go to the Graduate Application Center online.

Conditional Admission

An applicant whose credentials do not meet the stated requirements may be considered for conditional admission if the following minimum requirement is satisfied: A quality point average of at least 2.7 overall and a GRE or MAT score acceptable to SLIS and the Graduate School.

A graduate student admitted conditionally removes the condition by making an average of “B” or better for the first 12 semester hours of graduate-level work completed, and by satisfying any other conditions specified by the SLIS Director at the time of admission. 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.

Failure to remove the condition within the first 12 hours of graduate work will result in the student being dropped from the program. A student who satisfies the condition automatically assumes the status of a regularly admitted graduate student.

For further information and to submit an application, go to the Graduate Application Center online.

Additional Information

Application Status

You can check the status of your application online by entering the requested information here.

Deferring Acceptance

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

Pay Tuition

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.