Application Procedures for U. S. Citizens
Application Deadlines for U.S. Citizens
Application Procedures for International Citizens
Application Deadlines for International Citizens
Students may request an application packet by visiting our Web site (www.slis.indiana.edu) or by contacting the SLIS Admissions Office, Indiana University, Main Library 011, 1320 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-3907, (812) 855-2018 or toll-free (888) 335-7547. Please be sure to request the application packet for the appropriate degree program-Master of Library Science, Master of Information Science, Specialist, or Ph.D. All applications must be submitted to the SLIS Admissions Office in Bloomington.
Application to SLIS graduate programs requires a minimum of the following (additional requirements may be found under listings for individual degrees):
- Completed application forms.
- Three letters of recommendation that address the applicant's academic and professional capabilities should be submitted on letterhead and sent directly from the referring party to the SLIS Admissions Office in Bloomington. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that letters of recommendation reach the Admissions Office by deadline dates.
- A personal essay explaining academic and career objectives (minimum 500 words).
- Official transcripts from each college attended (except Indiana University transcripts, which the school can obtain from the IU registrar's online system). From all other colleges and universities, applicants should arrange to have transcripts sent directly to SLIS.
- Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Test scores are required of all doctoral program applicants. Master's degree program applicants whose grade point average (GPA) in undergraduate college work is not at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or whose GPA on work completed for a previous graduate degree is not 3.2 or higher, must submit GRE scores in support of their applications. Master's program applicants are advised that GRE scores, if provided, will be taken into account in the competitive admissions process and awarding of departmental financial aid. The test must have been taken within three years before application. GRE information and application forms may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000. Scores are available about six weeks after the test is taken. It is the responsibility of the applicant to take the GRE test at such a time as will allow scores to arrive at the Admissions Office to meet all school deadlines.
- An application fee. A check or money order must be sent directly to the bursar's office in the addressed envelope provided in the application packet.
- Some programs have application requirements in addition to those listed above. For further information, see admission requirements for the degree in which you are interested.
When completed application forms are received, an applicant's individual file is established, and other elements of the application are added to the file as they are received. It is important that applicants send the completed application as early as possible. Admission, once granted, is good for a period of one year; however, such extended admission cannot be guaranteed unless the admitted student informs the school of intent to matriculate at a later date. Files of admitted students who neither matriculate nor request an extension may be purged soon after the beginning of the semester for which admission was granted. An individual may check on the status of an application file or request an extension to a later consideration date by calling SLIS at (812) 855-2018 or toll free within the United States at (888)335-SLIS.
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Applications will not be acted upon until all required documents have been received. Ordinarily applications for master's and specialist degrees are processed within one month of their completion. In order to allow time for degree processing and financial aid decisions, applicants must meet the following deadlines:
|For matriculation in:
|Applying for SLIS financial aid
|Not applying for SLIS financial aid
Financial aid deadlines are carefully observed. General admission deadlines, where possible, are more flexible.
Applicants who complete the financial aid form included with the SLIS application packet and who have a completed file by the financial aid deadlines above will be considered for all aid for which they are eligible that is offered directly by the school. Financial aid opportunities from SLIS are detailed elsewhere in this bulletin. For information on financial aid not directly funded by SLIS, applicants should contact the Office of Student Financial Assistance, Franklin Hall 208, Bloomington, IN 47405-280 6, (812)855-0321, http://www.indiana.edu/~sfa
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International students may request an application packet by visiting our Web site ( http://www.slis.indiana.edu ) or by contacting the SLIS Admissions Office, Indiana University, Main Library 011, 1320 E. Tenth Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-3907, (812) 855-2018 or toll-free (888) 335-7547. The completed forms and all supporting materials must be returned to the Office of International Admissions, Indiana University, 300 N. Jordan Avenue, Bloomington, IN 47405-7707, (812) 855-4306. Payment of an application fee is required. Questions can be directed to International Admissions via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
All international applicants for any SLIS degree program-master's, specialist, or Ph.D.-must submit a recent official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General (aptitude) Test score report from the Educational Testing Service.
The test must have been taken within three years before application. Scores on all three sections (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) will be considered. A minimum combined score of 1500 (500 in each area) is required for an application to be processed further. The Educational Testing Service, P.O. Box 6000, Princeton, NJ 08541-6000, provides GRE information and application forms. Scores are available about six weeks after the test is taken. It is the responsibility of the applicant to take the GRE tes t at a time that will allow scores to arrive at the SLIS Admissions Office to meet all school deadlines.
International applicants whose first language is not English must submit recent official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 600 is required for admission to SLIS graduate programs. The TOEFL is administ ered by the Educational Testing Service once each month at locations throughout the world. Information about TOEFL administration schedules may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service at the address given with GRE information above.
Students whose first language is not English must also take an English language placement test upon arrival at Indiana University. The results of this test are used to determine what, if any, remedial English courses must be successfully completed before graduate study begins. International students should understand that all admissions are granted conditionally, upon verification of English language proficiency, and that enrollment in graduate course work is not permitted, or is limited, until all langua ge deficiencies have been removed.
Additional Bloomington campus information for international applicants can be found on the International Center's Web site at http://www.indiana.edu/~intlcent
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The SLIS Admissions Office will not act upon applications until all required documents have been received (including transcripts, letters of recommendation, application fee, and GRE and TOEFL test scores as required). Ordinarily, applications for master's and specialist degrees are processed within one month of being completed and received at SLIS from the Office of International Admissions. International applicants must comply with the deadline dates indicated in international application materials.
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