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Indicate Department or Major Field of Study: “Library and Information Studies, G612”
List names and e-mails of 3 references who will submit electronic Letters of Recommendation (Do not wait until you have completed the entire electronic application to send the request for reference emails to your three references. You are encouraged to do this right away.)
The iSchool requires three (and only three) letters of recommendation. Submitting more than 3 references will delay the review of your application. If you have been out of higher education for less than five years, at least one of the three letters must be from an academic reference. Please note: If you have been out of higher education for five or more years, an academic reference is NOT required, but you may choose to submit one.
What is an Academic Reference? This reference must be a professor, instructor, or teaching assistant who is familiar with your academic abilities and who assessed (graded) your course assignments. Their letter of recommendation should include an estimation of how well you will do in a rigorous graduate program. If you received your undergraduate degree less than five years ago, but are unable to obtain an academic reference, you may obtain one by taking an iSchool course (offered online or on campus) as a University Special Student (nondegree student) or by taking a college level course at another accredited institution.
What is a Professional Reference? This reference should be an employer who will write a letter of recommendation about your abilities in a professional or work setting. Supervisors of volunteer experiences are also acceptable. Personal references from family or friends are not considered.
Additional instructions for submitting references are available from the Graduate School.
NOTE: Please do not wait to submit your electronic application, even if all of your recommendation letters have not yet come in. The iSchool office is notified each time a recommendation letter is submitted electronically, and the letters are added to your application file as they come in. Waiting until the application deadline (or close to the deadline) could cause a delay in processing your application.
NOTE: Those interested in school library media: Prior to July 2017, a valid teaching license was required for certification in the state of Wisconsin. After July 2017, school library certification became a standalone license. Students without a valid Wisconsin teaching license must contact Associate Director Nicole Wiessinger for further licensing information.