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Admissions Qualifications  

The Library and Information Science Program seeks students with diverse educational and career backgrounds. Applicants for graduate study must have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university with a scholastic average of B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) or better. Students who have not worked in libraries may elect to do a three-credit Field Placement during which they perform professional activities in a library or information center under the supervision of a librarian or information specialist and with the cooperation of a member of the faculty.

Nondiscriminatory Admissions Policy

Admissions policies support the University's goal of affirmative action. This means more than the absence of discrimination. The faculty actively encourage applications from members of racial and ethnic minority groups.

Application Process  
The documents required for evaluation of candidates seeking admission include:
  • statement of intent
  • a completed application
  • official transcript(s) of prior academic work
  • three (3) letters of recommendation
  • a nonrefundable application fee of $50.00.

Online Application Is Available. The School of Information Sciences only accepts applications through the ApplyYourself system. This link will take you to the School's online application system.  You must create an account on ApplyYourself in order to view, submit, or download the most current versions of our admission and financial aid applications .

Applicants are also encouraged to download and print the below LIS Admissions Application materials.

  Application Process click here
  Letters of Recommendation (3) PDF version
  LIS Financial Aid Policy click here
  International Graduate Student Supplemental Application (For International Students ONLY)
PDF version
Admissions Deadlines  

Term of Admission

Application Deadline
January 15
September 15
January 15

FastTrack Application and Admission deadlines are listed here.

Admissions occur on a rolling basis throughout the year. Some specializations have limited terms of entry. Please check specific specialization pages for terms of entry. Students are usually notified of acceptance or rejection within three weeks of receipt of all transcripts, recommendations, and completed application forms. See Financial Aid for Financial Aid Deadlines.

Costs: Graduate Tuition and Fee Rates Per Term

For the latest tuition and fee rates, please check here.

Information on the Graduate Record Examination: for students entering the PhD Program only
The Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for admission into the PhD/LIS program only. The institution number for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927. The department code for Library and Information Science is 4701.

For convenient scheduling call 1-800-GRE-CALL or visit GRE Online. The GRE is offered at two computer sites of Sylvan Learning Centers in the Pittsburgh area. Contact either Edgewood Town Center, (412-247-4463) or North Hills, (412-367-4620).

Admissions Information for International Students

    It is a requirement that international students MUST submit a TOEFL score along with their application materials; please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate for information. The minimum acceptable TOEFL score for students admitted into the School of Information Sciences is 550 (paper-based), 213 (computer-based), or 80 (Internet-based). Once admitted, students are retested for English proficiency upon arrival at the University of Pittsburgh.

    TOEFL Test Centers in Pittsburgh
    1700: (412) 247-4463
    1705: (412) 367-4620

    Visit the TOEFL Web site for the latest TOEFL information!

  • There are different documentation requirements for international students. These are explained here.

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For more information about the Library and Information Science Program,
please call 412.624.9420 or e-mail Debbie Day

School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh,
135 North Bellefield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tel: 412.624.3988 | Fax: 412.624.5231 
For information about Admissions & Financial Aid, please contact
Shabana Reza at 800.672.9435

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