The Catholic University of America

Admissions

The Admissions Committee of Library and Information Science reviews each applicant's entire record. The committee considers numeric scores, background, talent and other attributes that are needed by the information professions. Readiness to engage in academic work, analytic and conceptual thinking ability, strong writing skills, a commitment to the application of new techniques and concepts to the information professions are also considered.

Master's of Science in Library and Information Science

Applicants must submit the following materials:

  • Completed Application for Admission to Graduate Studies, accompanied by a $60 nonrefundable application fee.
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the regionally accredited college or university that awarded the applicant's BA or BS degree.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores if applicant earned less than a 3.0 in undergraduate work.  Scores must be sent directly by the Educational Testing Service. The ETS code for CUA is 5104. GRE scores are also required if you wish to be considered for University Scholarships.
  • A short (fewer than 500 words) personal statement about how your current and/or past academic and work experiences, including volunteer work, have influenced your ability to become a leader in your field.
  • Three letters of reference from persons who can attest to your ability to perform graduate level studies sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office by the author.

Master's of Science in Information Technology with a concentration in Health Information Technology

Applicants must submit all the materials required for application to the MSLIS program.

Post-Master's, Certificates or Non-Degree Students

Applicants who wish to study as non-degree or post-master's students must submit the following:

  • Completed Graduate Nondegree Application Form, accompanied by a $60 nonrefundable application fee. Applicants should list Advanced Certificate in Library Leadership and Management under "Specify course(s) you plan to take" if they are applying for that program.
  • Official transcripts sent directly from the regionally accredited college or university that awarded the applicant's BA or BS degree. Applicants for the Post-Master's Certificate should also send official transcripts from their Master's degree.

International Students

Library and Information Science requires that applicants from non-English-speaking nations whose previous education has not been at institutions of higher education in the United States certify their proficiency in English by submitting scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A minimum score on the TOEFL of 580 (paper-based test) or 237 (computer-based test) or 92 (Internet-based test) is expected. On the IELTS, an Overall Band score of 6.5 or higher is required.

A certified translated copy of your transcript is needed if it is not in the English language.

For more information, including deadlines for international applicants, see CUA Admissions.

Application Deadlines

To ensure consideration, we recommend the following dates for applications:

  • April 1 - Applicants for Summer admission
  • July 15 - Applicants for Fall admission
  • November 15 - Applicants for Spring admission