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Master's Degree Admission (MLIS)

The admission process for the Masters of Library & Information Science program is the same whether you are a full-time, part-time, on-site or online (including blended/hybrid) student. Application to the MLIS program is made both to the School of Information Studies and to the UWM Graduate School.

How Do I Apply?

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For more details on Graduate Degree Admission Requirements, please visit the UWM Graduate School Website

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Graduate School
Attn: Admission Coordinator
P.O Box 340
Milwaukee, WI 53201-0340

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Admission Requirements

An applicant must meet all UWM Graduate School admission requirements in addition to the requirements of the School of Information Studies listed below to be considered for the MLIS program:

  • A bachelor's degree from an approved accredited institution and an undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75 (4.0 basis) are basic requirements of the Graduate School.

  • Satisfactory scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Applicants whose overall GPA as calculated by the UWM Graduate School is at least 3.0 or who posses a graduate degree are exempted from this requirement.
    GRE test information: http://www.takethegre.com/
    MAT test information: www.MillerAnalogies.com

  • Two letters of recommendation from persons who can testify to the applicant's likelihood of success in the master's program in Library and Information Science. Reference letters from former teachers or employers are preferred.

Admittance on Probation

A student whose undergraduate GPA is below 2.75 may be admitted on probation if the applicant can furnish substantial evidence of capacity to do satisfactory graduate work. Such evidence might be proof of an advanced degree with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher high quality performance in postgraduate work; or a high score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).
Please see the Admission on Probation section of the UWM Graduate School Degree Admission Requirements.

International Student Admission

International students must follow the standard admission requirement of SOIS and must meet UWM's International Admission requirements. Please see the English proficiency requirements below and please visit UWM's Center for International Education (CIE) for complete details.

How am I notified of my acceptance to the MLIS program?

After you have submitted all required application materials to both SOIS and the UWM Graduate School, the application is reviewed and students receive a notification letter of the final admission decision by the Graduate School.

Non-Degree Candidate (NDC) Admission

This admission category (also referred to as Graduate Special) is used for the following:

  • When pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Study.
  • To enroll in classes without pursuing a degree. 
  • To prove your ability for success in graduate school when your overall GPA falls below the University admission requirements. (Note: NDC status does not guarantee admission to or enrollment in a graduate degree program).

It is possible to take graduate level credits as a NDC prior to admission to the MLIS program and have them count toward the degree. The limit to the number of such credits is 12. These credits must be approved by the UWM Graduate School and SOIS in order to be counted toward the degree.

For complete details on Non-Degree Candidate (NDC) Admission, please visit the : UWM Graduate School website.

Dual Degree Program Admission

Application for admission to dual degree programs is made using the standard MLIS degree application procedure and forms. Students must indicate to which dual degree program they are applying to on both the SOIS and UWM Graduate School online application forms.

Students must be admitted to both programs to be considered a dual degree program candidate. Please refer to the application and admission requirements of each individual program.

Acceptance and enrollment in the MLIS program is not contingent upon acceptance/enrollment in a chosen dual degree program. To enroll in the MLIS program only, please contact the Graduate School Admissions office: gradschool@uwm.edu

Please see the current list of Dual Degree Programs for more information.

Graduate International Student Admission

International applicants should follow the standard MLIS admission/application procedure as well as the UWM Center for International Education (CIE) admission requirements found at: http://www4.uwm.edu/cie/futurestudents/69/

English Proficiency

Students must meet the University's English Proficiency Requirement. International students whose command of the English language is not sufficient for beginning graduate study in SOIS may be able to take advantage of UWM's English as a Second Language (ESL) Program. ESL can be a full-time program preceding MLIS studies, or it can be a part-time program during the first semester of the Master's program in Library and Information Science. 

STAR Scholarship

Thinking about moving to Wisconsin to complete your degree in person?  The School of Information Studies' SOIS Tuition Award for Residency (STAR scholarship) may be able to provide funding to offset the cost of non-residential tuition for any MLIS students who are not currently Wisconsin Residents.  Contact Chad Zahrt, Assistant Dean at zahrt@uwm.edu for more information.

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