MLIS Application Process
Autumn 2021 MLIS Admissions Timeline
|Application period||Application Deadline||Decision notification
(at the latest)
|Round 1||Sept. 1 - Dec. 1||Dec. 1, 2020, 11:59 p.m. PT||Jan. 15||April 15|
|Round 2||Dec. 2 - Feb. 1||Feb. 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. PT||March 15||April 15|
|Round 3||Feb. 2 - May 1||May 1, 2021, 11:59 p.m. PT||May 31||July 1|
(pending space in the program)
|May 2 - June 15||June 15, 2021, 11:59 p.m. PT||Approximately July 1||Approximately July 15|
* After a round of review, if no decision has been reached, the admissions committee may choose to put some applicants "on hold" and move them to the next round of review. Applicants with this status will be notified.
** In order to accept the offer of admission, applicants are required to pay a $250 non-refundable deposit, which will go toward their autumn quarter tuition. Additionally, applicants will need to fulfill other requirements as outlined by the UW Graduate School, such as submitting official transcripts and measles immunization documentation (residential students only).
*** The MLIS admissions committee will make a decision in early May regarding whether to have a Round 4 deadline. This decision will be based on whether or not there is room in the program to admit more students. Applicants should not plan to apply during Round 4, as it may not occur. As cohorts approach maximum capacity in the later cycles, our admissions decisions necessarily become more selective. (In particular, the online mode fills faster in the later rounds.) Additionally, funding opportunities decrease throughout the academic year, so applicants are strongly encouraged to apply early.
Note: Office hours for the Information School and Graduate School are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Staff from these offices will not be available outside of these times to answer questions. If the deadline listed falls on a weekend, please contact the appropriate office during business hours with questions.
For each round, the MyGrad application and all application materials possible, including recommendations, should be submitted by the stated deadline. Review and/or consideration of incomplete applications or late materials is at the discretion of the MLIS admissions committee. If application materials are missing due to circumstances beyond the applicant's control, the committee will take that into consideration and make its judgment based on the information available.