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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 college or university. The applicant must have a superior scholastic record or otherwise give evidence of ability to perform work on the graduate level. Applicants are expected to offer evidence of maturity and leadership potential for the profession. All applicants must apply using the online application and include:

  • transcripts of all previous postsecondary education;
  • a statement of purpose describing long-range goals and interest in the chosen discipline and reason for applying to the program. Check the Departmental Requirements page to see if there are special instructions for your statement of purpose;
  • a current résumé/CV; and
  • two letters of recommendation from academic or professional sources.

An in-person or telephone interview may be required. Applicants will be contacted by the School of Information if an interview is deemed necessary.

The required statement of purpose should be no more than 500 words. 

The Admissions Committee views the statement of purpose as a means of gauging an applicant’s fit in the program, how intellectually curious they are about the world around them, and how they’d contribute to the diversity of the student population at the School of Information. The statement is also a way for the Committee to learn more about an applicant beyond what is indicated on a resume or transcript. Please tell us why you believe the program is right for you and how/why it aligns with your long term goals and professional aspirations. Please do not include details that can be found in your resume. A TOEFL of 82 (internet and home test), TOEFL ITP Plus for Mainland 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 TOEFL, IELTS or PTE.

Expedited Application for the Library and Information Science MS

Pratt students and recent Pratt graduates are offered an expedited application process to this program. Please see details about this option as well as requirements for admission on this page.