Library and Information Studies



The following are required for admission to the MLIS program. Candidates applying to a Dual-Degree program should refer to the page describing additional admission requirements to these programs.

  • A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution
  • An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 or better
  • Two letters of recommendation, preferably from previous instructors or employers
  • A current resume
  • A statement of purpose (the online application form refers to this as a “personal statement.”)
  • $65 application fee for both in-state and out of state applicants.
  • Proof of residency in the state of Rhode Island for in-state tuition, or MA, ME, NH, CT or VT for regional tuition

Application Deadlines

Below are the required deadlines for priority admission and financial aid, however, we do admit on a rolling basis throughout the school year.

  • Fall Admission: June 15*
  • Spring Admission: October 15
  • Summer Admission: March 15

*For university-wide financial assistance, the application package must be received by January 15 for Fall admission.

Application Process

Application to GSLIS is made online through the URI Graduate School. Application instructions, tuition information and more can be found on the Graduate School’s Admission page. For additional assistance, contact the GSLIS office at 401.874.2878 or Kate Fox at

Admission Procedures

The GSLIS Admission Committee will evaluate completed applications once all materials (unofficial transcripts, test scores, recommendations, etc.) have been submitted online. After review by the Director, the Committee’s recommendations are forwarded to the Graduate School. Final decision on admission rests with the dean of the Graduate School. The application packet is considered as a whole.


Unofficial transcripts from all degree granting institutions must be uploaded as PDF files to “Transcript and Uploads” in your online application.

These transcripts will be considered unofficial and are for review purposes. Official (sealed) transcripts and your Certificate of Residence are only required after admission to the program. Before matriculation, please mail all official transcripts and your Certificate of Residence to:

URI Graduate School
Graduate Admissions
Quinn Hall, Rm. 204
55 Lower College Road
Kingston, Rhode Island 02881

Taking Classes Prior to Formal Application

For students interested in taking courses in our program prior to official acceptance, you may submit the Non-Degree application form. Students who are considering the program or awaiting an acceptance sometimes wish to take courses in non-matriculated status before admission. Up to 6 credits in non-matriculated status may be counted toward the MLIS. Form and directions can be found on the Student Resources page.