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MLIS Admissions

The UCLA Department of Information Studies offers a very rich and distinctive environment in which to pursue your graduate education.

Students are admitted to the program only during the fall quarter. As indicated above, applicants must hold a bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, from an institution of recognized standing. The department also requires a statement of purpose, résumé, and letters of recommendation.

Write the statement of purpose carefully. The UCLA Department of Information Studies offers a very rich and distinctive environment in which to pursue your graduate education. In writing your statement, please consider the vision of the Department and indicate why you believe that this program and its areas of specialization are a good match for your particular background, experience, outlook, professional interests, and personal passions and aspirations. Your statement should also include any additional information that may aid the selection committee in evaluating your preparation and your aptitude for graduate study in the Department.

In addition, the Department requires satisfaction of the following entrance requirement:

A college-level course in statistics (three semester units or four quarter units) taken within the last five years with a minimum grade of “C.” The course must have covered descriptive and inferential statistics.

This entrance requirement should be completed before beginning the MLIS program. It is highly recommended that applicants not wait for notification of admission before enrolling in a statistics course.

The requirement may be satisfied in the fall quarter of the student’s first year. Failure to complete the requirement by the end of the first quarter will result in a recommendation of termination of student status. Please note that fulfilling the requirement may require an overload in the first quarter of the first year or a longer time to degree.

MLIS Application Submission Checklist

The UCLA Graduate Division accepts only online applications.

Please review the Step-by-Step Admissions Guide.

All of the following items must be uploaded to the appropriate area of the online application:

Statement of purpose

Résumé or CV

Three letters of recommendation. You must enter the names and other information about your recommenders in the online application.

Fellowship application. Review the criteria for each fellowship, and if you are qualified, complete the appropriate section(s).

One copy of official transcript from all academic institutions from which you received a degree.

Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores. General GRE is optional, but applicants with a cumulative undergraduate GPA below 3.0 should submit GRE scores. You are responsible for arranging to take this examination and having official scores sent to the Department. Scores from tests taken more than five years ago are not acceptable [University code: 4837, Department code: 4701].

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) scores. These tests are required of all applicants whose native language is not English. You are responsible for arranging to take these examinations and having official scores sent to the Department.

Application Procedures and Deadlines

The Graduate Division honors the campus deadlines.

Only admitted applicants are considered for University fellowships.

Note: Applicants not meeting the required grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) may be recommended for provisional admission to the Graduate Division in exceptional cases if GRE scores, letters of recommendation, work experience, or other factors indicate unusual promise.

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Special Instructions for Applicants to Cooperative Degree Programs

MLIS/M.A. Latin American Studies File a UCLA application (part A), indicating the appropriate program code: M.A. Latin American Studies/MLIS (CAA). All supporting materials (transcripts, test scores, statement of purpose, etc.) should be sent to both IS and the other department. Adhere to Latin American Studies (November 30) application deadline.

MLIS/M.B.A. File the John E. Anderson Graduate School of Management (AGSM) application for admission indicating the program code (ABA). Submit a copy of the application to IS. All supporting materials (transcripts, test scores, statement of purpose, etc.) should be sent to both IS and AGSM. The GRE is not required for this program; the results of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) are used in making admissions decisions.

Contact the Ed&IS Office of Student Services at (310) 825-5269 if you have questions about application procedures. Check the status of your application at the Graduate Admissions website. All documents received by the department will be entered at that site as soon as possible. Decisions will also be posted at the Graduate Division site.

Contact Us

Department Address and Phone Number

UCLA Department of Information Studies
GSE&IS Building, Box 951520
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520
PH: (310) 825.8799
FAX: (310) 206.4460

Street Address (for package deliveries only):
UCLA Department of Information Studies
300 North Charles E. Young Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1520

Admissions Office Address and Phone Number

Michelle Maye
PH: (310) 825.5269

UCLA Ed&IS Office of Student Services

1009 Moore Hall, Box 951521
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1512
PH: (310) 825.8326
FAX: (310) 206.6293