2021-2022 Admission Requirements for the Graduate Major in Information Studies

Admissions Requirements for the Graduate Major in Information Studies


After exploring options and choosing a specific program, follow the steps on our University’s graduate application process:

Deadlines to apply

December 1, 2020

Admission Limited to


Exams & GRE Types

GRE: General (taken within the last five years)

Letters of Recommendation


UCLA-Wide Graduate Admissions Requirements

Degree-Specific Admissions Requirements

In addition to the University's minimum requirements and those listed above, all applicants are expected to submit a statement of purpose and a resume.

Applicants may enter with the M.L.S. or M.L.I.S. degree, other advanced degree, or directly out of a bachelor's degree program. If the prior graduate degree does not include coursework equivalent to the core identified for the M.L.I.S. program, the applicant must complete the core after admission.

Applicants are expected to have fulfilled a statistics requirement, satisfied by completing a college-level course with a minimum grade of C.

It is recommended that applicants have general knowledge of and basic experience in the use of computers (e.g., for word processing, statistics, online searches, spreadsheets, graphics, or web browsing).

The statement of purpose should identify the applicant's proposed area of specialization, accompanied by appropriate evidence of qualifications for pursuing a doctoral program, and of research and writing, such as published work, master's thesis, or two research papers written in English, submitted with the applicant's dossier.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores must be from a test taken within the last five years. There is no minimum score for the GRE, but high scores are regarded favorably. Admitted students typically score above the 75th percentile in all areas.

In cases where the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) examination, the department expects a minimum score of 87 on the TOEFL iBT, or an overall band score of 7.0 on the IELTS. Only in exceptional cases are applicants recommended for provisional admission who do not meet the minimum scores; in such cases, strong evidence of competency is English (such as a high verbal GRE score) must be provided.

Favorable consideration may be given to applicants who have made distinguished contributions to the profession while working as a practicing professional, for instance in publications and/or work with professional societies.

A personal interview is required. The committee seeks evidence of an appreciation of research and knowledge of potential research topics. The committee is particularly interested in the applicant's commitment to a career in library and information science education and research, signs of originality and inquisitiveness, and good communication skills.

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Information Studies

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