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Admissions Information

Requirements for Admission to the Masters Program

The School accepts applications on a rolling admissions basis until the incoming class is full. We encourage students to submit their application materials by the end of the calendar year, before the fall semester that they plan to enter the program, to be competitive with other students, particularly for funding opportunities. Students are admitted in the fall, spring, or summer semester. Review of completed applications begin in February for summer and fall admissions and October for spring admission. 

Application Deadlines for Domestic Students

Term of Entry

Application Deadline


July 1


December 1


May 1

Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 or above will be considered for admission. Accredited undergraduate degrees in any academic discipline are acceptable, as Information Science is an interdisciplinary field. If a student does not meet this criteria but feels he or she is a strong candidate for graduate school, there is an opportunity for additional review of qualifications by the admissions committee. 

You have a choice to study on campus or at a distance!

Prospective students are welcome to email, call or visit the school before the application is completed.

Application Procedures

Listed below are the procedures to be completed prior to the review of an application to the M.S. degree program. SIS no longer requires the GRE for admissions.

Apply online for admission to the University of Tennessee Graduate Admissions office and pay a $60 application fee. You can begin the online application process at For more information, contact Graduate Admissions, University of Tennessee, 201 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996, (865) 974-3251.

A written statement of one's career objectives is a part of the online application. The statement of 500 (or fewer) words should indicate your reason(s) for seeking a degree in information science. In your statement, please answer the following questions.

    1. When and how did you decide that you wanted to pursue study in the field of information sciences? Why are you interested in a career as a librarian or information professional?
    2. What does “information sciences” mean to you?
    3. Why do you believe you will be successful in a library and information sciences program?
    4. What professional goals will this program help you attain?

Through the online UT application system, contact three persons qualified to judge academic qualities and have each person complete a letter of reference/recommendation. Recommenders will submit online letters directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Transcripts should be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office through the online application system. While unofficial transcripts can be submitted for admissions review, official transcripts directly from previous colleges/universities are required if you are admitted to the program. Do not send transcripts to the School as this will cause a delay in the application process. Applicants must meet the general university admissions requirements in order for the UT application and transcripts to be forwarded to the School. General admissions requirements can be found at

Submission of all materials must be completed before the application is reviewed.

Admission of International Students

International students wishing to complete our program online from outside the United States may apply. However, at this time we are unable to accepte international students wishing to study on campus, unless they are already in the United States on another non-student type of visa. Please contact us to determine if you are eligible.

Application Deadlines for International Students

Term of Entry

Application Deadline


February 1


June 15


October 15


An advisor is assigned to each student admitted to the program. The information sharing that takes place between the student and advisor is important for the success of the student's curricular planning. The advisor approves courses of study, offers guidance about career opportunities, and assists students in preparing for placement in the profession. Students must complete the Student Planning Form (see SIS Courses) and submit it to their advisor in preparation for the advising session, which occurs before registration period, and which may be done in person, by phone, or by e-mail.

Students may also seek advice from any faculty member at the School. Students may change assigned advisors via a request to the SIS coordinator of student services.