Admissions

Message from the Director

Welcome to the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. For more than 75 years, the School of Information Science has been educating library and information professionals to meet the needs of the community. Our programs are designed to prepare students to compete successfully in today’s workplace. We strive to provide students with the basic knowledge and skills required to function effectively in beginning positions in various types of libraries and information settings.

The School began in 1933 as the Department of Library Science within the College of Arts and Sciences. Sixty years later, in 1993, the College of Library and Information Science merged with the College of Communications to form the College of Communications and Information Studies. The new college consists of a School of Library and Information Science, a School of Journalism and Telecommunications, and a Department of Communication. The School of Library and Information Science became the School of Information Science as of July, 2015. The School offers one of 58 Library Science master’s programs in the United States and Canada accredited by the American Library Association*.

This is an exciting time to work in the Library and Information Science arena. Emerging technologies continue to revolutionize how information is delivered while content becomes more and more accessible. The ability to deliver relevant information at the point and time of need is quickly becoming a reality.

If you are interested in pursuing a rewarding career, come join the Library and Information Science program at the University of Kentucky. You can find information about our programs by browsing our Web site. You will also find information on our Web site about requesting additional information and submitting your application materials. I look forward to seeing you here at the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky.

Jeffrey T. Huber, Director and Professor

*continued accreditation

Admission Requirements

The School is currently accepting applications for the MS and the School Media Certification programs.

MS: Master of Science in Library Science (MSLS); student portfolio or comprehensive exam; 36 hours.

School Media Certification: Concurrent with MSLS, requires a practicum component and a separate certification portfolio

 

We require the following for admission to the program:

Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

  • Verbal: 150 or higher (450 or higher pre-2011 scores)
  • Quantitative: 140 or higher (400 or higher pre-2011 scores)
  • Analytical writing 4.0 or higher.

Note about the GRE: students must meet the verbal requirement and either the quantitative OR the analytical requirement. Students with an earned PhD in a related field may qualify to have the GRE requirement waived. We are unable to accept scores for other exams (such as the Miller Analogies Test, etc.) at this time as part of admissions requirements.

School Librarian Program students will also need a valid teaching certificate. More information here.

 

How to Apply to the LIS Program

Please note the following application deadlines:

  • Spring deadline: November 15
  • Summer deadline: April 15
  • Fall deadline: July 1 (though earlier deadlines may apply for scholarship purposes). Extended to July 15th for Fall 2017!

 

Students applying to the Graduate School at UK will need the following:

  • GRE scores (may be self-reported—official scores will be required upon admission; please use the institution code for the UK Graduate School, 1837: do not enter a department code)*
  • Transcripts (may be unofficial---official transcripts will be required upon admission)
  • Personal Statement: should--in 200-300 words--explain (i) why you are seeking admission to the Library and Information Science program at the University of Kentucky, and (ii) why you are interested in a career as an informational professional.
  • Three letters of recommendation**
  • A processing fee

Submit all application materials through the University of Kentucky Graduate School application portal.

* ETS keeps GRE scores for 5 years. The School may accept older scores, but you will be required to provide the UK Graduate School with an official record of the scores to be considered for admission. Often, a previous graduate institution will still have your scores on file. You should contact your previous institution and ask that your scores be sent to the UK Graduate School on the institution’s official letterhead.

**We require three letters of recommendation. When you apply through the application portal, you will be asked to fill out an online form to submit the contact information of the three people who will be recommending you. The system will contact each person identified and their recommendations will be submitted directly to us. You can check back into your application at any time to see who has submitted a recommendation. You may submit your application even if a person recommending you has not yet sent their form.

 

ApplyYourself Instructions

In the ApplyYourself System under Plan of Study, please select Master’s Degree for Admission Category and Library Science for Program. Only students who have already completed an ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library Science and are seeking to add School Library Certification should choose external certification for the Admission Category. All other School Library students should choose Master’s Degree and Library Science.

See the latest School Handbook for detailed admissions criteria. To have information sent to you by email, fill out our information request form, or schedule an online information session. For any further questions, please contact Student Affairs.

 

Funding Your Education

The University of Kentucky School of  Information Science offers a wide variety of options for students who are in need of financial assistance. In addition to Federal aid, SIS offers opportunities for fellowships, scholarships, internships, graduate assistantships and more. Some are offered by the University or library associations. See this page for more information on available scholarships and other resources for funding your education.

 

More Information

Information about all graduate programs at the University of Kentucky can be found in the Graduate School publications and at the Graduate School web site.