School of Information Sciences

Admissions: Overview

We thank you for your interest in the School of Information Sciences. There are different admission processes and requirements for each of our degree programs. Please select the degree program in which you are interested from the list below.

Library & Information Science

The School of Information Sciences offers graduate programs in Library & Information Science:

  1. Application Process for the MLIS degree (Term of Entry: Fall)
  2. Application Process for the MLIS: Pitt Online degree (Terms of Entry: Fall)
  3. Application Process for the CAS
  4. Application Process for the Ph.D. degree in Library and Information Science (Term of Entry: Fall)

Information Science & Technology Programs

The School of Information Sciences offers a B.S. in Information Science. Admissions to the School of Information Sciences' undergraduate program are processed by University of Pittsburgh. Find out more about the University's undergraduate admissions and application information.

The School of Information Sciences offers several graduate programs in Information Science & Technology:

  1. Application Process for the MSIS degree (Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer)
  2. Application Process for the CAS (Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer)
  3. Application Process for the Ph.D. degree in Information Science (Term of Entry: Fall)

Telecommunications and Networking Programs

  1. Application Process for the MST degree (Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer)
  2. Application Process for the CAS (Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer)
  3. Application Process for the Ph.D. degree in Information Science with a concentration in Telecommunications (Terms of Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer)

Application Fee

The application fee is $50 for all applicants and must be paid when you submit your application. The fee will not be waived, deferred, or refunded. Applications will not be considered until the fee has been received. Receipt of payment will be acknowledged by email from Apply Yourself.

Admission Deadlines for Domestic Applicants

Degree Program Fall Term Spring Term Summer Term
MLIS* January 15th    
MLIS: Pitt Online* July 1st    
PhD LIS January 15th    
MSIS* July 15th November 1st March 15th
PhD IS January 15th    
MST* January 15th September 15th January 15th
PhD Tele January 15th September 15th January 15th
*Rolling Admissions. However, priority consideration will be given to applications received by these deadlines.

For International Students Only

In order for the iSchool to be in compliance with the deadlines established by the Office of International Services (OIS), all international students must have their admission credentials and their proof of financial resources submitted far in advance, according to the term of entry. Meeting these dates will insure that all visa documents are issued by the INS to prospective international students in time for the beginning of each term's studies. Please download the International Graduate Student Supplemental Form.

Deadlines for International Applicants

Term of Admission iSchool Admission Application Supplemental Form (Parts I and II, Proof of Financial Resources)
Fall January 15th June 15th
Spring June 15th October 1st
Summer December 15th March 1st

English Language Proficiency

Graduate students must possess sufficient knowledge of English to study without being hindered by language problems, to understand lectures, and to participate successfully in class discussion.

International applicants must submit either the TOEFL or the IELTS. Contact Educational Testing Services directly to request that an official score report be sent to the School of Information Sciences. The institution code for the University of Pittsburgh is 2927 and the department code for all applicants is 90.

A minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 80 (Internet-based) on the TOEFL is required for admission to the MSIS, MST, MLIS, PhD IS & TELE programs. Students may choose to take the International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS) in place of the TOEFL. Students should receive a minimum result of Band 6.5 on the IELTS.

A minimum score of 600 (paper-based), 250 (computer-based) or 100 (Internet-based) on the TOEFL is required for admission to the PhD in Library and Information Science program. Students may choose to take the International English Language Testing System exam (IELTS) in place of the TOEFL. Students should receive a minimum result of Band 7.0 on the IELTS.

Exceptions: International students who completed a degree at a regionally accredited college or university in the United States are not required to submit a TOEFL/IELTS score. Students from certain English-speaking countries are also exempt (see https://oafa.pitt.edu for a list of exempt countries). Permanent residents are exempt. However, the School reserves the right to ask for TOEFL scores if deemed necessary for the evaluation of the application.

Prior to registration, students with TOEFL scores of less than 100 (Internet-based), 600 (Paper-based) or less than Band 7.0 on the IELTS must take this additional test of English language proficiency: English Language Proficiency Test (the Michigan Test). If remedial courses in English as a foreign language are recommended, the student must complete the remedial course during the first two terms of study.

Transcript Evaluation

All degrees obtained outside of the U.S. will be evaluated for equivalency to U.S. educational standards by the iSchool/University of Pittsburgh. Therefore, all international applicants must provide an official English-language translations of all pertinent transcripts. All transcripts from non-U.S. institutions, for undergraduate and graduate study, will be reviewed by the iSchool/University of Pittsburgh in terms of: the U.S. degree to which your degree is equivalent - Bachelor's, Master's, etc., the overall grade point average for your studies (converted to a U.S 4.0 scale), and a course-by-course grade equivalency evaluation for every class taken.

If you completed your degree in the U.S. but also took coursework outside of the U.S., you do not need to have an evaluation by an external agency. However you need to provide a certified English translation of the coursework taken outside of the U.S. if the record was issued in a language other than English.

PLEASE NOTE: the Admissions Committee may request an external review of your transcript, the cost of which is the responsibility of the applicant.

Affirmative Action and Nondiscrimination Policy

The University of Pittsburgh, as an educational institution and as an employer, values equality of opportunity, human dignity, and racial/ethnic and cultural diversity. Accordingly, the University prohibits and will not engage in discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, sex, age, marital status, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, or status as a disabled veteran or a veteran of the Vietnam era. Further, the University will continue to take affirmative steps to support and advance these values consistent with the University's mission. For complete policy, click here.

 

Student Research

At the iSchool, you will have the chance to participate in research projects funded by the NSF, DARPA, ARO, and IMLS.