School of Library and Information Studies

Before You Apply

Combined Degree (MA/MLIS)

As this is a dual degree program, you must be admitted into both programs:  Master of Arts (MA) in Humanities Computing and Master of Library & Information Studies (MLIS) from the School of Library & Information Studies.  You start by applying to the Master of Arts (MA) in Humanities Computing (select MA/MLIS) if you get admitted into their program then your application will get forwarded to the MLIS program.  To apply go to FGSR website and start the application process Apply for Admission.  The portal opens on September 15 to accept applications for the following academic year.

  • Program Start Date: Fall (September) only
  • Online Application Deadline: February 1st

    Entrance Requirements
    Listed below are the minimum requirements in order to be considered for admission to our program:

    • Completion of any four-year Bachelor's degree (excluding Bachelor degree in Library Sciences), from an accredited academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta. 
    • A GPA of 3.0 on most 4-point grading systems or B on most letter grading systems, based on your last *60-credits.
    • English Language Proficiency
    • Technology Proficiency

    English Language Proficiency (ELP)
    Applicants with degrees/qualifications in a language other than English need to demonstrate English Language Proficiency through one of the following exams scores:

    • TOEFL: minimum score of 580 (paper-based), 237 (computer-based), or a total score of 93 with a score of at least 24 on speaking and writing and 20 on reading and listening (internet-based)
    • IELTS: minimum overall band score of 7.0, with at least 6.5 on each band.

    Note: our scores are higher than the minimum scores required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies

    In addition, to review the list of institutions exempted from the English Language requirement, please visit: Universities Exempted from English Language Proficiency Requirement.

    If you need to complete one of these English language examinations, you should do so as soon as possible and arrange for the results to be sent to the department to which you are applying.

    Scores more than two years old cannot be verified; therefore the applicant normally would be required to re-take the test.

    Technology Proficiency

    The MLIS program is a technologically-intensive program, which prepares students for positions of responsibility across the information professions. To be able to complete the “two designated IT course” requirement successfully, incoming MLIS students must be comfortable with the following skills prior to starting the MLIS program:

    • Comprehension of the components and operations of a personal computer;
    • Microsoft Windows file management (e.g., using the Start button, running applications programs, managing and organizing files and folders, and printing files);
    • Proficiency with Microsoft Office (or similar) products, including:
      • Word processing (e.g., creating, editing, formatting, opening, saving, and printing documents, spelling and grammar checking);
      • Presentation software (e.g., preparing slides; importing images; using design templates);
      • Use of e-mail (e.g., sending, receiving, replying, forwarding, and deleting messages, as well as sending and opening file attachments);
      • Basic Web browsing and searching (e.g., connecting to Web sites, bookmarking Web sites, using search engines, downloading and printing files).

    Students who need training in these areas may investigate appropriate courses and workshops offered by their local universities, colleges, or computer training centres. In Edmonton, examples of training centres that may offer relevant sessions include: