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Graduate Departmental Requirements: Library and Information Science M.S. (Fall and Spring), Manhattan campus (STEM)


Applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university. The applicant must have a superior scholastic record or otherwise give evidence of ability to perform work on the graduate level and are expected to offer evidence of maturity and leadership potential for the profession. All applicants must apply using the online application, upload the following top three items and submit requests for recommendations online:

  • Transcripts of all previous postsecondary education
  • A statement of purpose describing interest in the program as well as personal goals of no more than 500 words
  • A current resume/CV
  • Request two letters of recommendation online from academic or professional sources
  • [Optional] You may also include additional materials to demonstrate your skills and/or interests, which may take the form of an online portfolio, academic research paper, analytical report or presentation, or other relevant work sample. Along with your personal statement, please include a link/URL where we can access these materials and, if necessary, a brief explanation.

A TOEFL of 82 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for China of 553, IELTS of 6.5, or a PTE of 53 is required for international students. Students who are not international but whose first language is not English must submit the GRE, TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE. Applicants may apply for non-matriculated status if desired and take up to six credits.

The department of Library and Information Science also offers a dual degree option: MSLIS/MA (with Art History). Applicants interested in either of these dual degree programs must submit one application to the designated dual degree of their choice, and meet the requirements for both.