Master of Library & Information Science Admissions


Admissions FAQs  Application Materials

Admissions Deadlines

  • January 15: Summer semester
  • March 15: Fall semester
  • September 15: Spring semester

Applications are accepted for all semesters and are reviewed as they are received. All application materials, including test scores, should be received by the deadline. If you are then admitted, this will ensure the best chance for you to register for open seats in the core classes.

Applications received after the indicated semester deadline will be considered on a space-available basis. Please contact the School's office at to determine the possibility of late submission if your application file will not be completed in time.

Admissions Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent to that earned from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S.
  • Total GPA of 3.0 or higher in their highest completed degree. GPA is calculated from the grades of all courses taken at the relevant level, baccalaureate or master.
  • International Students must provide evidence of English Language Proficiency. See the International Students page on our site for details on score requirements.

Application & Additional Materials


Applicants are required to create an account in the online application system (Graduate Studies), which allows them to save the application and track the progress of materials submitted via the application system. The online application will indicate "Kent Campus" for all Kent and online students. Degrees and certificates are offered through the College of Communication and Information.

All admissions materials should be submitted via mail or email to Graduate Studies (domestic students) or Office of Global Education (international students), as indicated below.

  • Visit the Graduate Studies admissions site to submit your application.   
  • If you are a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required application materials (indicated below) should be sent to the Division of Graduate Studies at or by mail to:
    • Division of Graduate Studies
    • Kent State University
    • Cartwright Hall
    • P.O. Box 5190
    • Kent, OH 44242

Please include your full name and Kent State ID (9 digit number starting with 8) on all documents. For questions, contact Graduate Admissions (domestic applicants only) at 330-672-2661 or

  • If you are not a U.S. citizen or permanent U.S. resident, all required documents (indicated below) should be submitted to the Office of Global Education at or by mail to:
    • Office of Global Education
    • Kent State University
    • 106 Van Campen Hall
    • 625 Loop Rd.
    • Kent, OH 44242
    • USA

Please include your full name and Kent State ID (9 digit number starting with 8) on all documents. For questions, contact International Admissions at 330-672-7980 or

Official Transcripts

Request an official transcript from each college/university in which eight (8) semester hours or more were earned, except for Kent State University. Kent State requires official transcripts sent directly from each institution.

Letters of Recommendation

Three letters of recommendation are required. References should be able to attest that you possess the ability and skills needed to succeed in graduate study. Generally the best references are professors, but senior-level managers from your workplace can also serve well. Letters should include a signature and be submitted on the sender's company or organization letterhead.

In addition to the letters, the recommendation form provided by Graduate Studies is also required.

Writing Sample

The writing sample will show your readiness for graduate-level writing. Please discuss the following questions based on your exploration of the Kent State SLIS website, as well as your own reflection on your academic abilities, experiences, and personal qualities. You are welcome to add comments from supplemental research and readings (please cite in American Psychological Association [APA] style), observations, and experience. Your essay should be fewer than 1000 words and formatted in APA style. Please be sure that any essay content that is not your own original thoughts is properly attributed.

  • At the School of Library and Information Science, we highly value interdisciplinary synergy with regard to faculty research and teaching, our students, and our contributions to the library and information science profession. As you consider this, answer the following questions in your writing sample.
    • What are the critical issues in the field of library and information science?
    • What are your aspirations in the field of library and information science?
    • What will you contribute to the Kent State SLIS community and to the field as a whole?

Statement of Purpose

Complete and submit the Statement of Purpose form with your application materials. This will assist the School in assigning an academic advisor to help you achieve your goals in library and information science.

Resume or Curriculum Vitae 

Your resume or curriculum vitae should include work experience related to the library and information professions, as well as other types of employment experience and involvement with volunteer or community activities. Relevant publications, presentations, honors, and awards should be included.

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

The minimum standard for graduate admission to Kent State University is a total GPA of 3.0 in the highest degree completed. Total GPA includes grades for all courses taken at the relevant level (baccalaureate or master’s) at all institutions attended.

Applicants with a total GPA below 3.0 who would like to seek admission to the Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) degree program must take the GRE and submit the scores to Kent State. The School does not offer waivers for professional experience.

Statement of Exception

Those applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirement of 3.0 must submit a statement that addresses the circumstances that contributed to a low GPA and any adjustments that will be made in order to maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher in graduate school.

Recent professional achievements that indicate an ability to perform at a higher academic level will also be considered for conditional admission.

English Language Proficiency 

All international applicants whose education has been primarily outside the United States must provide objective evidence of proficiency in the English language with some exceptions.

Personal Interview 

The School's admissions committee may request a personal interview if they require information that is not covered or is unclear in your application materials.


Note: In order to be compliant with federal and state laws related to online education and consumer protection, Kent State University may not be able offer online programs to students residing in certain states. In addition, some state laws may impose limitations that could affect a program of study, including inability to offer on-ground internships. Since this compliance undergoes continuous updates, non-Ohio residents interested in pursuing any School of Library and Information Science programs are advised to consult official Kent State information on state authorization before applying to this program.