MA LIS-Admission

Timeline For Admissions


Application for admission to the iSchool MA Program for the following Fall opens.

December 15

Priority deadline for iSchool MA Program applications (to be considered in the first round for iSchool scholarships).


Review of applications submitted by December 15  begins.


Admission offers are sent out to applicants who applied by the December 15 priority deadline. iSchool scholarship offers are sent out approximately three weeks after admission offers. Review of applications completed after the December 15 priority deadline continues.

March 1

Final Deadline for iSchool MA Program applications.


Decision letters are sent via email to iSchool MA applicants who completed applications by the March 1 deadline.  iSchool scholarship offers are sent out approximately three weeks after admission offers.

April 15

Deadline for applicants offered admission to let the iSchool know if they will attend.

April 16

The iSchool begins to make offers of admission to applicants on the waitlist if applicable.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for the MA program are taken from the Graduate School’s minimum requirements for admission and include:


A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution.  An undergraduate program that includes breadth in liberal arts and sciences is required. Any major is acceptable; undergraduate coursework in library and information studies should not be so extensive as to dilute the liberal arts component of the bachelor’s degree.


A minimum undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 or the equivalent based on the last 60 credit hours (approximately two years of work), or a master’s degree with a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00.

English Proficiency Test

Every applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English, must provide an English proficiency test score. Your score is considered too old, and will not be accepted, if it is more than 2 years old from the start of your admission term.

Please see the Graduate School’s Admission Requirements for language proficiency information.


The GRE is NOT required, nor are submitted scores considered.

Proof Of Funding For International Applicants

International applicants are required to have sufficient funds to cover their expenses completely while attending UW-Madison. Do not send financial documents with your application; the Graduate School will request them after the iSchool has recommended you for admission. For more information, see the Graduate School’s International Applicant Financial Information.

Other Criteria

The Information School (iSchool) considers applicants on indicators of their academic abilities, professional promise, leadership and community engagement.