MLIS Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admission Process

How to be a Successful Graduate Student

  • Choose a program of study. At the graduate level, students may complete the Master of Library and Information Science, the MLIS with School Library Media Specialist (AA Level) licensure, the Graduate Certificate in Archives and Special Collections, and/or the Graduate Certificate in Youth Services and Literature.
  • Apply Online at the Graduate School.
  • Check The University of Southern Mississippi Academic Calendar for important application and registration deadlines.
  • To research or apply for Financial Aid at The University of Southern Mississippi, go to the university's Financial Aid page.
  • For students with disabilities, contact the Office for Disability Accommodations (ODA) for a coordination plan.

Admission Requirements

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 in the Graduate Bulletin. The Southern Miss Graduate School applications are fully online.  Please submit your application, all required documentation listed below, and required fees via the online application found at the Graduate School for admission consideration.

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 the graduate bulletin.

Graduate Record Examination - The student must submit GRE scores for Verbal, Quantitative, and Written Analytical exams or submit official Miller Analogies scores.  The testing requirement may be waived for applicants that have already completed a master's degree or higher. 

Letters of Recommendation - Three letters of recommendation on organizational letterhead stationary by professionals or academics assessing the readiness of the applicant for graduate work must be submitted electronically.

Application Essay - (750 - 1,000 words) Application essay discussing 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 - This is submitted electronically with your online application.

Immunization Requirements- Beginning in summer 2015 all graduate students (including online-only students) are required to submit proof of immunization for measles and rubella or documentation that they qualify for a waiver (if born before 1956, are pregnant, or have a medical condition that contraindicates taking a vaccine).

Admission Deadlines

Applications must complete the review process before the semester begins.  Please review the academic calendar for class start dates.