A graduate student in the School of Library and Information Science must meet the general requirements for admission to the university graduate program as outlined elsewhere in this Bulletin. Application forms for admission to the graduate program must be submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office of the university.
Applications for admission are evaluated by a combination of the following criteria:
Undergraduate Record - Recently, students qualifying for regular admission to the master's program have had a 3.0 (4.0 scale) grade point average for the last two years of undergraduate study. For conditional admission, the School of Library and Information Science adheres to the policies of the Graduate School as stated in this Bulletin.
Graduate Record Examination - The student must submit GRE scores http://www.ets.org/gre/ for Verbal, Quantitative, and Written Analytical exams.
Letters of Recommendation http://www.usm.edu/slis/images/recommend.pdf - Three letters of recommendation by professionals in the field assessing the readiness of the applicant for graduate work must be submitted to the School of Library and Information Science.
Prospective Student Questionnaire http://www.usm.edu/slis/images/prospective questionnaire.pdf - The school requires the submission of a personal questionnaire.
Personal Interviews - Personal interviews with applicants will be conducted whenever possible.
Letter of Application - (minimum 1,000 words) Letter of application discussing the development of the student's interest in library and information science, the types of libraries or other information environments in which they are interested and statements about the student's potential contributions to the field.
Resumé - Forms for the letters of recommendation and the personal questionnaire may be obtained by request from the School of Library and Information Science and are available on the school's Web site.