Before You Apply


As this is a dual degree program, you must be admitted into both programs by both schools (MBA and MLIS). For admissions information about the MBA portion of the application see the Alberta School of Business.

Students wishing to apply for the MBA/MLIS combined degree need only complete one online application form by selecting "MBA/MLIS" as the program and "Business - MBA" as the department on the FGSR online application. The application will be received by both programs. Students must satisfy the entrance requirements for both programs. Administrators of the two programs will consult regarding admission to the combined degree. There is limited enrolment and the entrance process is competitive.

During and up to the completion of the first year of the MLIS program students will have the option to apply to the combined MBA/MLIS program. Students in the online MLIS program are not eligible for the combined MBA/MLIS program.

All supporting documentation for both programs (MBA and MLIS) should be submitted to the Alberta School of Business. Students admitted to the MBA component of the program will then be forwarded to the SLIS office for admission to the MLIS component of the program.

For students already admitted to and enrolled in the MLIS program, the Alberta School of Business requires a full MBA application, including supporting documents, by their established deadlines (April 30th for the online application and June 1st for supporting documents).

Applicants are evaluated by the MBA program on a rolling basis. Once a complete application package is submitted, the Alberta School of Business conducts an interview with the candidate. Generally applicants will receive a decision notification one to two weeks after the interview. See the MBA/MLIS Application Procedure for details.

MBA/MLIS Dates and Deadlines

Program Start Date: Fall Term (September) only

Online Application Deadline: February 1st

Supporting Documents Deadline: February 1st

Entrance Requirements

MBA Entrance Requirements

See the Alberta School of Business MBA Entrance Requirements.

MLIS Entrance Requirements

Listed below are the minimum requirements in order to be considered for admission to the MLIS 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.
  • 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)

All applicants must demonstrate English Language Proficiency (ELP) prior to admission. This demonstration may take one of several forms. 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.

In addition, to review the list of institutions exempted from the ELP 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 technology intensive program, which prepares students for positions of responsibility across the information professions. To be able to complete the "two designated IT courses" 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); and,
  • 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: