Admission to SLIS

Requirements

  1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  2. For applicants whose native language is not English and who do not hold a degree from a U.S. college or university, a score of 550 or higher on the paper-based (213 on the computer-based or 81 on the Internet based) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). All students submitting IELTS scores must earn a minimum score of 7.0, with no subscore lower than 6.0, and must take the on-campus English Proficiency Evaluation prior to registration. For more information about English proficiency testing, please visit the Graduate College webpage.
  3. GRE score is no longer a requirement.

How to Apply

The graduate application process has two steps:

  1. Submit an on-line application to the Graduate College at https://apply.admissions.uiowa.edu/admissions/login.page
  2. Upload required supplemental documents through the secure MyUI (Iowa Student Information Service) portal.

After you submit your application, you will receive email instructions on how to establish your HawkID and password in order to access your Admissions Profile on MyUI, our online portal for students. Supporting documents must be uploaded directly through your MyUI Admissions Profile. For your three letters of recommendation, you will be asked to provide the contact information of your recommenders on the Profile page. The recommender will then receive an email from the Office of Admissions instructing them on how to upload a recommendation letter and recommendation form.

Transcripts

Official transcripts showing your baccalaureate (or higher) degree(s) are part of the Graduate Application requirement and need to be submitted at the time of your Graduate College application. These documents will be available to the SLIS program for review.

Statement of Purpose

Please submit a personal statement of 500-750 words about what motivates you to pursue education and a career in library and information science. We would like you to explain how your interest in the field reflects and responds to the current practice of information work, including continuing professional education, leadership, technology, and collaboration. There are many ways you can engage these issues, but it may be helpful to tell us how some distinctive aspect of your experience or background fosters your professional aims. It is also important discuss your interest in SLIS at the University of Iowa, articulating how you believe our program can help you achieve your educational and professional goals.

Resume or CV

As part of the Resume/CV, applicants are encouraged to reflect on any relevant employment and how it contributes to their educational and professional goals as identified in their Statement of Purpose, as well as their overall interest in SLIS at The University of Iowa.

Letters of Recommendation

You will indicate the contact information for your three letter writers in your Profile. The contact email for the writer must be an academic or business email address. Your three letters of recommendation should come from people who can assess the scope and quality of your past academic or professional work. At least one should be an academic reference. There are no special forms for these letters, however, they are to be written on the recommender's letterhead and indicate the writer's name and his or her association with you (e.g. instructor, employer, supervisor). All letters must be dated and signed.

Teaching Certificate (Teacher Librarian applicants only)

If you are applying to the Teacher Librarian program include a copy of your current Teaching Certificate with your application. This document should be uploaded by the applicant under the "Certificate" option on our online admissions system.

Dates & Decisions

The School of Library and Information Science admits for fall only. All application materials for the MA in LIS, including letters of recommendation, are due by February 1.

Application materials for the Iowa Teacher Librarian Program are due by April 1.

Admissions decisions are announced approximately one month to six weeks after the admission deadline.

It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all materials have been received. Please track your application process on your MyUI Profile, and contact our office if you have any questions.

Late applications are considered only if places are still available. Financial aid, however, often is not available for late applicants.

An Admissions Committee of three faculty members and the program coordinator consider all completed applications and select those applicants who are to be admitted to the School. Enrollment is limited and decisions are made on a competitive basis; not all applicants who meet the minimum requirements are accepted.

Please direct admissions questions to Carol Ives at: carol-ives@uiowa.edu


The University of Iowa does not discriminate in its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, disability or veteran status. The university also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to university facilities without reference to affectional or associational preference.

For additional information on nondiscrimination policies, contact the Coordinator of Title IX and Section 504 in the Office of Affirmative Action, The University of Iowa, 202 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52241-1316; telephone 319-335-0705.