M.L.I.S. Admissions Requirements and Procedures
Regular admission to the Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.) program in the School of Library and Information Science is granted to applicants who have a total GPA of 3.0 or higher in their highest completed degree. In calculating the total GPA, all grades from all courses taken at the relevant level (baccalaureate or master's) from all institutions are included. Applicants who do not meet these requirements must take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test and have official test scores submitted directly to Graduate Studies from GRE in order to be considered for conditional admission. (Please note: Currently it is GRE’s policy to retain scores for no more than five years. Visit the GRE website for further information.)
International students whose first language is not English must achieve a TOEFL score of 250 or higher on the computer-based exam (600 or higher on the paper-based test; 100 or higher on the internet-based test) or a score of 7.5 on the IELTS to be considered for full unconditional admission. The M.L.I.S. program requires students to have a minimum TOEFL score of 79 IBT (computer-based 213 and paper-based 550) or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 to be considered for conditional admission. Students who have already completed a degree in a post-secondary institution in the United States may be exempted from this requirement. For specific information about the TOEFL or IELTS requirements, please visit the Kent State Office of Global Education website for international students or call 330-672-2444 or 1-800-988-KENT.
The steps for admission to the school are indicated below and may also be downloaded in this APPLICATION CHECKLIST. (Note: The online application will indicate "Kent Campus" for all Kent, Columbus and eDegree option students.)
Domestic student applicants should submit all application documents to:
Graduate Studies 330-672-2661 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kent State University
116 Cartwright Hall
P. O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
International student applicants should submit all application documents to:
International Admissions 330-672-7980 email@example.com
Kent State University
625 Loop Road
P. O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001
1. Order a transcript from all colleges/universities that you attended and at which you completed eight (8) semester hours or more.
2. If your overall cumulative GPA from your highest completed degree is less than 3.0, you must arrange to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) General Test as soon as possible. (Select Institution Code 1367 and Department Code 4701 to submit scores to Kent State SLIS.)
If you are an international student whose native language is not English, you must take the TOEFL or IELTS. You may contact Educational Testing Services for further TOEFL information (www.ETS.org/toefl) or http://www.ielts.org/default.aspx for IELTS testing.
3. Complete and submit the online graduate admission application with the admission fee. Please note the following:
- You may attach a resume, but it is optional.
- On the application you will list the names of three people completing letters of recommendation for you. You will also need to download and complete the letter of recommendation form. Original signatures are required, so these forms must be mailed to Graduate Studies or International Admissions; they cannot be faxed or e-mailed.
- If you wish to apply for a Graduate Assistantship position, please review the information on the SLIS Tuition and Financial Aid page. You must be admitted to the M.L.I.S. program by March 1 in order to be eligible for assistantships that begin in the fall. Assistantship applications are also due by March 1.
- If you are interested in applying for an hourly student position in the Kent State Library, you may complete a Graduate Student Application. If you would like further information about these positions, you may contact University Libraries at 330-672-2962.
- You must submit a Statement of Career Goals.Your statement should indicate which career track(s) interests you at this time and address the following: How your education, background, interests, and/or experience relate to your plan to pursue an M.L.I.S. degree; how completing the M.L.I.S. will help you to realize your professional and career objectives; and what you think is one of the important current issues in the field of library and information science, and why it is important. Additional details may be found on the attachment. This statement serves as a writing sample and will also be used to match you with a faculty advisor. (This statement does not commit you to pursuing any particular specialization within SLIS. You may change tracks once you are enrolled, if you wish to do so.)
- Biographical Sketch for Graduate Students. Complete the form and mail it or scan/e-mail it with your application materials to the appropriate address listed above.
- A personal interview (if we request it).
Generally, a decision regarding admission may be made within two to three weeks once all application materials have been received. To check the status of your application after all materials have been received, visit the online application site or contact the SLIS administrative office at 330-672-2782 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to have optimal course selections during registration, all application materials, including GRE scores, should have been received by the following deadlines:
JANUARY 15 FOR SUMMER ADMISSION*
MARCH 15 FOR FALL SEMESTER ADMISSION*
SEPTEMBER 15 FOR SPRING ADMISSION*
* Applications received after the indicated deadline date will be considered on a space-available basis for that semester. Please contact the SLIS office to determine the possibility of late submission if your application file will not be complete by the deadlines stated above. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for all semesters for the Kent and Columbus locations.