We invite you to apply.
An applicant for admission to the Master of Science in Library and Information Science must hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university representing sound, basic training in the humanities, social sciences, or sciences. The applicant must have a superior scholastic record with a minimum 3.0 GPA, or otherwise give evidence of ability to perform work on the graduate level. The school may request that applicants take the Graduate Record Examination when it is judged from a review of the application that there is some question as to academic ability. An interview may be required. The School's Office will contact applicants if these are deemed necessary.
Applications are accepted throughout the year on a rolling basis—students may choose to begin their studies in fall, spring, or summer, although most students begin in fall.
The following dates serve as guideposts for submitting your application. The earlier you submit your application the better it is in terms of scholarship and course availability, but note that we consider all applicants for merit scholarships.
Suggested dates for application - NOT deadlines:
Fall Semester - January 5
Spring Semester - October 1
Summer Semester - April 1
We encourage prospective students to apply as ealry as possible as we review applications as we receive them and notify applicants on a continuous basis. All first year students are automatically considered for merit scholarships so that a separate scholarship application is not required. Once we receive a student's complete application folder from the admissions office, the School of Information and Library Science emails the student confirming receipt. Our Admissions Committee then reviews the student's material and sends a letter notifying him/her of their acceptance and scholarship decision.
All applicants are considered for merit scholarships. (A separate scholarship application in not required.) Merit scholarships are awarded based on the evaluation of application materials including GPA, essay, and letters of recommendation. Students may choose to take the GRE to enhance scholarship consideration. Once in the program, students many apply for second year scholarships and fellowships as continuing students.
Above photo: SILS students in Conservation Lab Course at Brooklyn College Archives, Slava Polishchuk, Instrutor, Head, Conservation at BC.
How to apply for matriculation
All applicants are required to submit the following materials:
2. A non-refundable $50 application fee, payable to Pratt Institute (For international students US $90 must be in the form of an international money order. Checks will not be accepted.)
3. Official transcripts in sealed envelopes from all institutions attended after graduation from secondary school. (International students must have all transcripts officially translated into English.)
4. Three letters of recommendation from employers, professors, or others able to judge the applicant's technical potential for graduate study in library and information science. These should be submitted in separate, sealed envelopes with your application materials, if possible.
5. A statement of purpose giving the applicant's long-range goals and reason(s) for applying to Pratt Institute for graduate study.
6. A current resume of employment experience, education, technical skills, career highlights, etc.
7. TOEFL score for international applicants whose native language is not English. The required TOEFL score is 600.
Please do NOT send application materials for matriculated status to School of Information & Library Science Office. When all application materials are received by Graduate Admissions at the Brooklyn campus, the applicant's file will be sent to the School's office at Pratt Manhattan for review.
Admission with Advanced Credits
Students who enter the program with a master's or doctoral degree earned prior to admission may meet degree requirements with 30 credits instead of 36 credits. Students may obtain further information and appropriate application forms from the school's office.
How to apply as a visiting student
Those otherwise eligible for admission may take up to six credits as a visiting or special (i.e., non-matriculated) student. If you wish to continue your studies at the School of Information and Library Science, you must apply for admission as a matriculated student.
Those seeking admission as a visiting student should be advised that enrollment in a particular course is allowed only if space is available after all matriculated students have registered.
Please call the School's office at 212-647-7682 for deadlines and the packet of necessary forms.
Requirements for admission as a visiting/special student:
Bachelor's degree with a minimum 3.0 GPA.
Official transcripts in sealed envelopes from all institutions attended after graduation from secondary school.
Completed Non-matriculated Student Form form. Mark the "special student" status box located at the top left corner of the application.
Completed Immunization Record Form and Student Insurance Enrollment/Waiver Form.
Selection of courses with the assistance of a School advisor.
Non-refundable processing fee in the amount of $50 (check or money order payable to Pratt Institute).
Keep a copy of all completed forms for your records.
Submit application, health forms, $50 check or money order, and all transcripts to:
School of Information and Library Science
144 West 14th Street, 6th Floor
New York, NY 10011-7301