MLIS Admissions Overview
The admissions process for Autumn 2020 is now open. Use the link below to get detailed information about the timeline and process.
All applicants to the MLIS program must meet the following basic requirements:
- Bachelor's degree* or higher in any discipline (must be equivalent to a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution)
- Law Librarianship applicants must have a JD from a law school within the U.S.
- Non-native English speakers must fulfill the UW English language proficiency requirements
- Note: The UW Graduate School has a minimum GPA requirement. As detailed on their website, individual programs may consider qualified applicants with a GPA below a 3.0.
- Applicants with a lower GPA are strongly encouraged to provide additional information in the extenuating circumstances part of the application.
- Though not part of our standard process, the Graduate School may consider GRE scores for applicants who require a low GPA petition. Therefore, applicants with a lower GPA are also encouraged to submit GRE scores (ETS report code 4854).
*In order to be eligible to apply for autumn quarter, applicants must have earned their bachelor's degree by the end of that summer. Applicants do not need to have earned their bachelor's degree prior to applying for the program.
Application Materials Checklist
- Online application through MyGrad
- Applicants for the MLIS program (either mode - residential or online) should select "Information School - Master of Library and Information Science "
- Application for the Law Librarianship program should select "Information School - Master of Library and Information Science (Law Librarianship)
- Personal statement
- Diversity statement
- Short answer response
- Recommendations (three)
- Resume or Curriculum Vitae
- Program mode preference
- Extenuating circumstances (optional)
- Scholarship information (optional)
- Official GRE scores (optional)
- Law Librarianship applicants - Self-reported LSAT score
- Non-native English speakers - English language proficiency
All application materials are submitted online or electronically. Please do not mail paper application materials to the Information School.
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