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M.L.I.S. Admissions


M.L.I.S. Admission Qualifications

Regular Admission

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

Due to some visa requirements, international students may be limited to enrollment in classes taught in the traditional face-to-face manner. Since the majority of M.L.I.S. courses are offered as an online-only option, the ability to meet these requirements can be difficult. Please contact the M.L.I.S. graduate coordinator with questions.

To be considered for full unconditional admission to the M.L.I.S. program, international students whose first language is not English must achieve a TOEFL score of 600 or higher on the paper-based test or 100 or higher on the Internet-based test; or a score of 7 on the IELTS; or a score of 88 or higher on the MELAB. Applicants may be considered for conditional admission with a a minimum TOEFL score of 550 paper-based or 80 Internet-based test; or a minimum IELTS score of 6.5; or a minimum MELAB score of 80. 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 or call 330-672-2444 or 1-800-988-KENT.

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M.L.I.S. Admission Procedures

The steps for admission to the school are  indicated below. (Note: The online application will indicate "Kent Campus" for all Kent, Columbus and online students.)

Domestic student applicants should submit all application documents to:

Graduate Studies                       330-672-2661 
Kent State University
650 Hilltop Drive
116 Cartwright Hall
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001

International student applicants should submit all application documents to:

Office of Global Education           330-672-7980
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 nine (9) semester hours or more.

2.  If your total 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 ( or 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.)
4.  The School of Library and Information Science also requires the following:

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

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Deadlines for Admission

In order to have optimal course selections during registration, all application materials, including GRE scores, should have been received by the following deadlines:




* 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.

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