School of Library and Information Studies

Application Procedures

All MLIS applicants are admitted to the course-based route. You have the option to change your selection once you are in the program. Students interested in completing the thesis-based MLIS may change their program route to the thesis route after their 1st year of study in the course-based MLIS program. Students interested in pursuing a thesis should review the School's Thesis-based MLIS Procedure

The School encourages MLIS students with strong relevant background to pursue their research interests through the thesis-based program route. Students are advised, however, that the School's support of a particular thesis topic will depend directly on the availability of existing faculty who are active in the general area of the student's research so that adequate supervision can be provided. 

*Important* Please do not start your application process on or near the application deadline as you risk the chance of being refused if your 3 reference letters  are not received by Feb 1st

Supporting Documentation

Once you have applied to our program you will be asked to upload supporting documentation and also provide email addresses of your 3 referees. Applicants will NO LONGER be mailing documents to our department. All documents will be uploaded by you to the new online application system. Your application will be considered complete when you submit the following:

  • Statement of Purpose; 
  • Curriculum Vitae or Resume;
  • Three (3) Letters to Support Application;
  • Transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended.

The Committee is looking for strong indications of professional promise and the academic capability of successfully completing a graduate program. If required, the Committee may contact applicants to request clarification of questions arising from documents submitted.

Statement of Purpose

In approximately 1000 words, let us know why you are interested in pursuing your MLIS, and why you are interested in studying at our School.

Curriculum Vitae (Resume)

Current CV or resume is required for admission to the program. Information found in your CV will assist in our admissions committee's assessment of your eligibility for our program.

3 Referee Letters of Support  

You must provide email addresses of your 3 referees and the system will automatically send your referees an electronic form to complete. Once they complete and submit their form you will be notified by email. The system will keep sending reminder emails to your referees until we receive their form. (Note: the system will not email your referees an electronic form to complete until you have submitted payment for your application. It is very important that you submit payment well in advance so that your referees will have time to write and submit their letter. )

Academic referees are preferred; where fewer than three academic referees are available, one professional/supervisor referee is acceptable.

If you have been out of school for 10 or more years, professional/supervisor referees are acceptable.

Transcripts (from all post-secondary institutions you have attended)

  • The transcript must be scanned as PDF files in its entirety (front and back pages), including the transcript legend typically printed on the back of the transcript, and be legible. Ensure that no information is cut off during scanning.
  • Up-to-date transcripts are defined as transcripts dated within a year of the term for which you are applying. This means the issued/print date on the transcript should be from September and beyond. For example if applying to enter September 2019 then the issued/printed date on the transcript must be no older than September 1, 2018. 

IMPORTANT: Failure to list and provide completed transcript from all institutions you attended on the application may be considered an intentional omission and will lead to the cancellation of your application for admission or withdrawal of your offer of admission.

Read the Application Requirements for Academic Documents

International Students must also provide the following:

  • Transcripts or marksheets in the original language.
  • English translations of transcripts or marksheets (if the original is not issued in English)
  • Degree Certificate in the original language
  • English translation of Degree Certificate (if the original is not issued in English) 

If admitted to the program you will then be asked to submit original transcripts to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research prior to the start of the MLIS program.

Review of Applications

Review of applications will be made for all complete applications received by the School by February 1st. A complete application includes the online application form and its supporting materials. All must be received before applications can be reviewed for admission to the MLIS program.  

Applications are considered complete when all supporting documents and the application fee ($100.00 CAD) have been received.


Answers to most questions about supporting documentation can be found in our FAQ. If you have further inquiries, please feel free to contact us.