MLS Admissions | Maryland's iSchool - College of Information Studies - Masters Program - University Of Maryland

School of Informatics and Computing

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College of Information Science and Technology

School of Informatics and Computing

MLS Admissions

Applications for Fall 2015 will open on August 1, 2014. Students may not begin the application process until the application has been officially opened by the Graduate School.  

Admissions Criteria

Applications are due on February 1. 

All applicants to the College of Information Studies must meet the minimum requirements set by the University of Maryland Graduate School. These are:

  • Applicants must have earned a four-year baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or an equivalent degree from a non-U.S. institution.
  • Applicants must have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) in all prior undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Applicants must provide an official hard copy of a transcript for all of their post-secondary work.

Required Application Materials

GRE Scores

Applicants to the MLS program may waive the GRE requirement if they meet the following criteria:

  • Domestic applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.5 or higher are not required to submit a GRE score
  • Domestic applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher AND who have earned another graduate degree are not required to submit a GRE score

** ALL international and School Library applicants are REQUIRED to submit GRE scores

GRE scores must be sent directly to the College of Information Studies - UM from the Educational Testing Service.

  • Institution code 5814
  • Scores must be no more than 5 years old at the time of application

Average GPA and GRE Scores of MLS Students:
The average GPA for students admitted for Fall 2013 was 3.55, and the average GRE percentile rankings for those recommended for admission were 84% Verbal, 48% Quantitative, and 61% Analytical. Typically, for GRE Scores we want to see students with scores that are at or above the 50th percentile.

Application Submission Process

All application materials are submitted electronically through the Graduate School’s ApplyYourself/Hobsons application system. To ensure the integrity of the application process, the University of Maryland authenticates submitted materials through TurnItIn for Admissions.

The electronic submission of application materials helps expedite the review of an application. Completed applications are reviewed by an admissions committee in each graduate degree program. The recommendations of the committees are submitted to the Dean of the Graduate School, who will make the final admission decision. Students seeking to complete graduate work at the University of Maryland for degree purposes must be formally admitted to the Graduate School by the Dean. 

Information for International Graduate Students

The University of Maryland is dedicated to maintaining a vibrant international graduate student community. The office of International Students and Scholars Services (ISSS) is a valuable resource of information and assistance for prospective and current international students.  International applicants are encouraged to explore the services they offer, and contact them with related questions.

The University of Maryland Graduate School offers admission to international students based on academic information; it is not a guarantee of attendance.  Admitted international students will then receive instructions about obtaining the appropriate visa to study at the University of Maryland which will require submission of additional documents.  Please see the Graduate Admissions Process for International applicants for more information.

Help with the Application

Applicants are encouraged to contact the Hobson’s helpdesk for any technical issues.  For questions related to the ApplyYourself applicaiton process, prospective students may contact the Graduate School.

Deferring Admission

Applicants who are accepted to the MLS program may defer their program start date by 1 academic year. If an applicant wishes to attend after the 1 year deferment has passed he or she must reapply to the program.   

Contact Information

Admissions questions should be directed to:

Student Services Office
College of Information Studies
Room 4110, Hornbake Building South
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742-4325
Tel: (301) 405-2038
Fax: (301) 405-9145