All successful MLIS applicants are admitted to the course-based program. Students who are studying on-campus can change to the MLIS Thesis Option or the MBA/MLIS Combined Program after their first year of study. Please note there is only the Fall Term (September) intake for the MLIS program.

Online MLIS students are part-time course-based only. At this time the Thesis Option, as well as the MA/MLIS and MBA/MLIS combined programs, are not available to students in the online program.

Applicants to the MA/MLIS and MBA/MLIS combined programs may be admitted directly

MLIS Thesis Option

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.

Please note that you cannot apply directly into the MLIS thesis option. You must complete one year in the course-based MLIS. The Thesis Option is not available to online students.

MBA/MLIS Combined Program

The MBA/MLIS Combined Program is a dual-degree program option offered in partnership with the Alberta School of Business, the UAlberta business faculty. Currently attending on-campus MLIS students are eligible to apply to the Fall intake of the MBA/MLIS Combined Program. You can also apply directly into the MBA/MLIS program.

Application Deadline

Your application and ALL supporting documents must be received by 11:59 PM Mountain Time on February 01st.

It is highly recommended that you do not start your application process on or near the application deadline. You risk being denied if your three reference letters are not received by February 1st.

All supporting documents (CV, statement of purpose, transcripts, and three reference letters) must be received electronically. We do not accept hard copies of reference letters.

Only complete applications with all supporting documentation will be forwarded to the admissions committee. Incomplete applications will be refused.

Application Procedure and Supporting Documentation

Application is an in-depth process that requires supporting documentation and payment of a 100.00 CAD application fee. Once you begin the application you will be asked to upload supporting documentation and provide email addresses of your three referees. After your application fee is paid the system will email your referees a digital form for your support letter. It is very important that you submit payment well in advance so that your referees will have time to write and submit their letter.

Application Steps

  1. Begin electronic application.
  2. Upload supporting documentation.
  3. Provide contact emails for your three referees.
  4. Payment of application fee.
  5. Receipt of all three support letters by February 1st.

Supporting Documentation

With the exception of referee letters, you are directly responsible for uploading all supporting documentation to the online application system. All documentation for application will be electronic; do not mail paper copies. Your application will be considered complete and eligible for review when we have 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

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.Three Referee Letters of Support
You must provide email addresses of your three 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. 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.


You must provide up-to-date transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you have attended. For example, if you studied abroad for a term and received transfer credit we require transcripts from both your home institution and the institution abroad.

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.

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 2021 then the issued/printed date on the transcript must be no older than September 1, 2020. The transcripts must be scanned as PDF files in its entirety (front and back pages), include the transcript legend typically printed on the back of the transcript, and be legible. Ensure that no information is cut off during scanning.

All academic documents must meet specific criteria in order to be accepted. Refer to Application Requirements for Academic Documents to learn about these requirements. Exceptions to the academic document requirements are not permitted. Documents that do not meet the requirements will not be accepted and cannot be used to evaluate an application. 

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

International Students

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 documents to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research prior to the start of the program.

Review of Applications

Complete applications will be reviewed after the application deadline. A complete application includes the online form and all supporting documentation, which must be received by February 1st. If all three letters are not received by the deadline the application will be considered incomplete and denied. Complete applications that meet the minimum entrance requirements will be subject to an in-depth review by the Admissions Committee. Incomplete applications and applications that do not meet minimum requirements will be denied.

Typically we will start notifying applicants of the committee's decision on their file beginning in April. Please note that, because of the large number of applications we review, we cannot give an exact timeframe as to when you will be notified.

Once Admitted

Students admitted into the program must do the following:

  1. Accept your Admissions Offer by the due date indicated in your acceptance letter.
  2. Submit original transcripts directly to the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research. This must be done before you begin your studies.
  3. Pay the tuition deposit.
  4. Begin registering in courses.

Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to questions about supporting documentation can be found in our Prospective Student FAQ. If you have further inquiries after reading through the website please feel free to contact us.