To apply for admission to the School of Library and Information Science at Indianapolis you will submit an application at the Online Admissions Application form. If you have any questions or concerns please contact Stephanie Binney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A personal goals essay of at least 500 words is required. We encourage an essay of 1000-1500 words to include experiences in leadership, teamwork, and technology. The essay must indicate a student's academic and profession goals appropriate to the desired SLIS degree program. The writing skills indicated in this statement are also considered as part of the admission decision. Please see the Personal Essay Question page for guidelines. You only need one essay.
After the SLIS Indianapolis has received all the necessary documents, the application process usually takes about 4 weeks. At that time, a letter of admission or denial will be sent to you.
Students who wish to take classes while waiting on official admissions may be enrolled as a SLIS Non-Degree student to IUPUI. At the time of admissions, non-degree students may take S401, the SLIS prerequisite course, as well as six (6) additional SLIS graduate credit hours. No more than six graduate credits in SLIS are to be completed prior to a decision on admission to the MLS degree program (this policy applies to those seeking public or school library certification as well). To take courses as a non-degree student, please use the Online Admissions Application form.
GRE Revised Test (Nov.2011) - Initial GRE scoring conversion charts are available. These charts may be updated as more student test data is collected by the GRE board. SLIS looks at the whole application in making an admissions decision. The following scores will be considered to have met the minimum required - V: 153, Q: 144, and AW (not decided at this time) at http://slis.iupui.edu/student/prospective/admissions.asp#gen.
SLIS admits students with a wide variety of academic backgrounds. The most common undergraduate disciplines include English, History, Sociology, and Education. Every academic discipline is influenced by the field of Library and Information Science. Academic diversity among our students and faculty has led to some remarkable creativity and innovation.
SLIS welcomes students from all backgrounds. Indiana University prohibits discrimination based on such characteristics as age, disability, ethnicity, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.
(see also technology FAQ's)
SLIS requires that students be computer, network, and information literate and be familiar with basic skills that will be used throughout your course work. This knowledge is prerequisite to many courses in the SLIS curriculum and will form the basis for further learning and skill development throughout the students' academic and professional careers.
To acquire this base, each student must complete (or apply and receive a waiver for) the SLIS course S401 "Computer-Based Information Tools." Normally the course should be completed during the first semester of enrollment. This three-credit, undergraduate-level course is a prerequisite for many courses in the SLIS curriculum, although it does not count toward the credit hours required for a SLIS graduate degree. - S401 Waiver Form.
Yes. SLIS at Indianapolis is home to both traditional and non-traditional students. Over 70% of our students work full-time or part-time and are able to successfully achieve their academic goals. Full-time is at least 8 credit hours per semester. Part-time status to qualify for most forms of financial assistance is 4 credits per semester. Many students take one, three-credit course each semester.
SLIS at Indianapolis offers courses online, plus some evening and Friday courses to accommodate the schedules of working students.
Because financial aid is often based on credit hour attendance, you should contact the IUPUI Financial Aid office to determine eligibility if you are planning to attend classes part-time.
The number of credits (courses) you take each semester is an individual decision based on your work, your familiarity with the program, and your other responsibilities. Your advisor can help you work through some of the issues.
Generally speaking, every graduate level 3 credit course requires at least 9 clock hours of work each week on average (3 in class or online, 6 for studying). This is a federal guideline. This means that a 9 credit load involves a 36 hours per week commitment.
Online courses require a lot of typing and participation, which makes them somewhat more time-consuming than in-person classes, although you avoid commuting time.
Course syllabi from previous semesters are posted online and can give you information about the quantity of readings, papers, and activities.
Students who are new to either graduate level coursework or to online learning should not attempt to combine full-time (9 or 12 credits) coursework with more than 10 or 20 hours per week of employment. Once you have more experience you will be better able to judge your own schedule.
Yes. All international applicants must first contact the IUPUI Office of International Affairs. They will provide you with the necessary information and forms needed to apply to the University and to the School of Library and Information Science. Before you can be admitted to SLIS, you will first need to be admitted to the University.
Please allow time to request and submit transcripts when they are from non-US universities.
Even if you intend to study primarily or solely online, and not travel to the United States, you need to apply through the Office of International Affairs.