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School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) Applying for Master of Library Science

Step by step application process for Master of Library Science

Required Application Materials

Graduate Studies Application

*Upon filling out the application, one has the choice to choose a concentration to supplement their Master's Degree. If one does not desire to choose a concentration, then leave that section blank on the application.*

  1. Official transcripts from all undergraduate colleges/universities attended. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required for full admission. Applicants with a GPA under 3.0 may be considered for probationary admission.
  2. Two letters of reference.
  3. Current résumé or curriculum vitae.
  4. Statement of Objectives: A statement of objectives focuses on how your experiences have shaped your professional and academic goals. You may choose to discuss why you hope to enter a master of library science program, what your current career objectives are, and what you hope to take away from your relationship with Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management. The statement of objectives should be no longer than two pages, double-spaced.
  5. Advising Interview: An advising interview, has been designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your interest in SLIM’s MLS program as well as your own professional preparation and experiences, your professional promise, and your academic aptitude. It will also provide you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the SLIM program and professional outcomes, shown on the Program Outcomes page. Effective March 2012 - The admissions interview requirement replaces the requirement for GRE scores.
  6. ID Verification Form - access directly through the Graduate Application Portal: Application Portal or ID Verification Form.pdf

Submitting Application Materials

The following items can be uploaded to the Application Portal:

  • Application form
  • Unofficial bachelor's degree transcript
  • Resume
  • Statement of objectives
  • Two letters of reference
  • ID Verification form

Official transcripts must also be sent to the Graduate Office at ESU. Many universities and colleges now do this electronically; If the transcripts need to be mailed, send to:

The Office of Graduate Studies
MLS Program Admissions
Campus Box 4003
Emporia State University
1 Kellogg Circle
Emporia, KS 66801-5415.

It is also possible to have the two letters of reference, statement of objectives, and resume sent via mail to the above address or emailed to
For information about the MLS Program, see the Master of Library Science Program page.