Information and Library Science

*Due to university financial constraints stemming from the ongoing pandemic, the School of Information and Library Science (SILS) is instituting a one-year hiatus on doctoral admissions.  Therefore, we will not be accepting doctoral applications for students to start their studies in the fall of 2022. We hope to resume accepting applications in August 2022 for doctoral students who wish to start their studies in the fall of 2023.  We encourage you to explore our other graduate degree and certificate options.

Programs Degrees Major Codes Admissions
Term Deadline
Doctoral PhD INLS * *
Master’s MSLS, MSIS LIBS, INFS Spring October 12, 2021
Summer I March 8, 2022
Fall April 12, 2022
Fall Graduate School Fellowships December 14, 2021 (Recommended)
School of Information and Library Science Merit-Based/Financial Assistance December 14, 2021
Director of Graduate Admissions Dr. Brian Sturm (
Graduate Coordinators Graduate Student Services Coordinator: Lara Bailey (

MSIS Program: Dr. Brad Hemminger (

MSLS Program: Dr. Casey Rawson (

PHD Program: 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 enticing questions that you would like to explore, and why a SILS MSIS/MSLS is the next intellectual challenge for you. 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)

*Only in unusual circumstances and after consultation with the program are other admission terms considered.