Information and Library Science

Programs Degrees Major Codes Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PhD INLS Fall December 13, 2022
Master’s MSLS, MSIS LIBS, INFS Spring October 11, 2022
Summer I March 14, 2023
Fall March 14, 2023
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 13, 2022 (Recommended)
School of Information and Library Science Merit-Based/Financial Assistance December 13, 2022
Director of Graduate Admissions Dr. Brian Sturm (
Graduate Coordinators

MSIS and MSLS Programs: Lara Bailey

PHD program: Kaitlyn Marlowe

MSIS Program Coordinator: Dr. Brad Hemminger

MSLS Program Coordinator: Dr. Casey Rawson

PHD Program  Coordinator: Dr. Christopher Lee

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. PMC Applicants: Post-Master’s Certificate applications should reflect the applicant’s career goals, how the applicant’s educational background and work experience will contribute to their experience at SILS, and how attending SILS will assist the applicant in achieving their career goals. 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)