Information and Library Science

Programs Degrees Major Codes Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PhD INLS Fall December 12, 2023
Master’s MSLS, MSIS LIBS, INFS Fall March 12, 2024
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 12, 2023 (Recommended)
School of Information and Library Science Merit-Based/Financial Assistance
Director of Graduate Admissions Dr. Ericka Patillo, Associate Dean for Academics
Graduate Coordinators Graduate Programs, Assistant Director: Lara Bailey (  (MSIS and MSLS)

Student Services Coordinator: Kaitlyn Marlowe (  (PHD and PSM)

MSIS Program Coordinator: Dr. Brad Hemminger (

MSLS Program Coordinator: Dr. Casey Rawson (

PHD Program Coordinator: Robert Capra

Address School of Information & Library Science
CB# 3360, 100 Manning Hall
University of North Carolina
Chapel Hill, NC 27599
Phone 919-962-8366
Test Requirements
GRE not required
Letters of Recommendation 3
International Applicants Only TOEFL or IELTS score (no more than two years old)
Other Requirements

In addition to the University’s required application materials, applicants should review the information below for additional expectations or application requirements.

Statement of Purpose:  MS Applicants: Your Statement of Purpose should tell us about your interests and experiences, your career goals, any intriguing questions about the field you would like to explore, and why a SILS MSIS/MSLS is the best program for your studies. PHD Applicants: The statement of purpose for PhD applicants should discuss the applicant’s general area of research interest, how the applicant’s educational background and work experience led them to becoming interested in that particular research area, and how attending SILS will help them to achieve their research and career goals.

PHD Applicants:  Please upload a sample of scholarly writing (e.g., academic paper, thesis chapter, or other analytical writing, 10-20 pages) that demonstrates your writing and critical thinking skills.

Areas of Interest:  Please select a Primary and Secondary area of interest within the application.

Custom Question:  Dual Degree Intention:  If you are interested in participating in one of our dual degree programs, please select the other program/degree you intend to also pursue:

UNC Department of Art:  Masters of Art in Art History (MA)

UNC School of Government:  Masters of Public Administration (MPA)

UNC School of Law:  Juris Doctor (JD)

UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health:  Masters of Science in Public Health (MPH)

NC State University Public History/Archival Program (MA)