School of Library and Information Studies

Entrance Requirements

The online application will be available beginning September 15th

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

  • Completion of any four-year undergraduate degree (excluding a Bachelor degree in Library Sciences) from an accredited academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta. "Completion" means you must have completed all of your courses in the program and that your final grades appear on your transcript. Note that your degree must have already been conferred and confirmed on your academic transcript. If you have a three-year degree then you must have additional coursework equivalent to one year of courses;
  • A GPA of 3.0 on most 4-point grading systems or grade of B on most letter grading systems, based on your last ★60;
  • English Language Proficiency (ELP);
  • 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: Passing score of 100 (Internet-based) with a minimum of 21 on each of the individual skill areas.

IELTS Academic: Minimum overall band score of 7.5, with at least 7.0 on each band.

CAEL: Overall minimum score of 70, with at least 70 on each subtest.

PTE Academic: Overall minimum score of 64.

MELAB: Minimum score of 90.

Note: Our scores are higher than the minimum scores required by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Applicants that do not meet the minimum requirement will not be considered.

The English Language Requirement may be met by possession of a degree or its academic equivalent from an academic institution recognized by the University of Alberta, in which the language of instruction is English. See Recognized English Language Countries and Institutions for more information.

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 email (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).