Information & Library Science

M.I.S., M.L.S., SpLIS, and GCIA Admissions Criteria


All programs require that you submit your application online.

•    The Ph.D. in Information Science has extra steps.
If you need to submit materials by mail, send them to:
ILS Admissions
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University
1320 East 10th Street, LI 011
Bloomington, IN 47405-3907

Contact the ILS Admissions staff if you have questions about the process at or by phone (812)855-2018.


Applications are processed on a rolling basis.  International applicants are encouraged to allow for an extra three months processing time when applying.
Priority Application Deadlines:    

  • May 15 for the Fall Semester
  • November 1 for the Spring Semester
Scholarship Deadline:
  • January 15th is the deadline to apply for admissions to be considered for ILS scholarships.

We admit students with a wide variety of academic backgrounds. Academic diversity among our students and faculty has led to creativity and innovation.

We require the equivalent to a four-year U.S. Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university to be eligible for admissions.  A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) in undergraduate studies is needed.  And, a minimum of 3.2 in any graduate degree work is needed.  If you do not have this GPA, you are required to submit GRE (or GMAT) scores.  You may also submit an additional statement regarding your academic record.


Official transcripts from every previous college (U.S. and international) attended should be sent directly from the institution to the Department of Information and Library Science.  Students enrolled in their Bachelor’s degree may apply.  We require an official transcript for the application – and then a final transcript showing the degree granted once available.

If you attended Indiana University, we can print that transcript. If you completed less than 15 hours from a school, and if those courses are reflected on a official undergraduate transcript, you are not required to send that transcript.


Letters of Reference need to be from professors or employers who are familiar with your abilities and can estimate how well you would do in a rigorous graduate program in this field.  Three letters are needed. We will accept letters in any format, as long as contact information is included.


Current curriculum vitae or resume.


Personal Goals Essays are important. They need to be a minimum of 500 words in length, and should describe your academic and professional goals. Professional jobs in the field of information and library science value leadership, teamwork, creativity, and the ability to work with people. For your essay, think about why you want to come to graduate school in this field. Your writing skills demonstrated in this statement are also considered as part of the admission decision. Essays should be in your own words, and written with academic integrity.


GRE or GMAT scores are not required, except:

  • if your undergraduate GPA was below 3.0
  • if your previous graduate GPA was below 3.2
  • if your first language is not English
  • if your degree is from an international college or university

We use the full information available in your application to evaluate.  Approximate GRE minimum scores expected are V=153, Q=144, and AW=4.0.  We will also look at the score percentages, since the tests vary some.  The Indiana University institutional code is 1324.  The ILS Library Science code is 4701, and the ILS Information Science code is 0404.

If your first language is not English, but you have completed a full bachelor's degree in the US, you can petition the ILS Director of Admissions to waive the TOEFL, GRE or GMAT tests.


TOEFL (minimum 100) scores are required if your first language is not English.  The IELTS (minimum 7.0) is an option, too.  International students should review the IU Admissions Standards for the Demonstration of English Proficiency.


ILS offers a number of dual-degree programs with other units. When applying to a dual-degree program, you need to submit separate applications to each department. The admissions processing for each area is handled separately.


You can register as an ILS Graduate Non-Degree student and take up to six credit hours of graduate coursework - prior to admission - that, if admitted, would count towards your degree.