This guide is intended to describe the process and materials needed for application to the School of Library and Information Sciences.
What are the admissions requirements of the School?
Students seeking to do graduate work at the School of Library and Information Sciences, North Carolina Central University, in either the Master in Information Science program or the Master of Library science program, must be formally admitted to the School by the Dean. The applicant must hold a bachelor's degree (or the equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree) from an accredited institution.
The requirements for admission to the graduate programs in Library and Information Sciences are:
What application materials do I need to submit?
The School of Library and Information Sciences has now moved to an online application process. Students are admitted in the Fall and Spring semesters.
Please note that your application cannot be processed by The School of Library and Information Sciences until all supporting forms (such as transcripts and recommendations) are received.
Check the requirements by going to our Admission and Application Guide
The application cannot be completed until the non-refundable $40 application fee has been received.
If you have technical issues that cannot be resolved with technical support in a timely manner, you may fill out a paper application; however, this will not be as expedient as filling out the application online (processing time will be 2-4 weeks from receipt of your application via mail).
Please send your completed application materials to:
School of Library and Information Sciences
North Carolina Central University
P.O. Box 19586
Durham, North Carolina 27707
Please note that you will not be considered for admission until your application file is complete. Incomplete files may be deferred to the next application cycle only once. Subsequent requests require an updated application with the application fee.
What are the application deadlines?
We offer continuous admissions, enabling students to receive earlier replies to their applications. The SLIS may accept applications after these dates. Please contact: for details.
All materials should be submitted by the following dates:
What is the application fee?
There is a non-refundable $40.00 application fee, payable to North Carolina Central University.
Can I be admitted as a conditional student?An applicant who has not earned an acceptable grade point average (GPA) of 3.0, but based on other achievements, such as GRE score, work history, letters of recommendation and college experience, may be granted conditional admission following a review by the Admissions Committee. The Chair of the Admissions Committee will track the progress of conditional students and recommend unconditional admission after the successful completion of 9 semester hours of course work with a 3.0 average.
The official University policy regarding Special Students can be found here.
The Letter of Intent
You are required to include a letter stating why you wish to obtain the Master of Information Science degree or the Master of Library Science degree. It should reflect serious thoughts about your professional goals, motivation and why this program is right for you (on campus and/or online).
Be brief, concise, and specific. Don't give long-winded or general statements that can apply to anyone. Your tone should sound professional, honest, and straightforward. Good written statements give evidence that you have thought carefully about your strengths as a student and your professional interests. You are being assessed for your potential in a professional career.
Two recommendations from professionals qualified to evaluate your academic and professional qualifications are required. You should request recommendation from individuals who are familiar with your academic achievement and potential for this graduate program. If you have been out of school for a number of years and are unable to contact former professors, letters from other individuals who can address your achievement and potential will be accepted. It is your responsibility that these letters reach us by the application deadline.
Please use the official form when submitting recommendations.
One official transcript of all post-secondary – after high school – education, bearing the signature of the registrar and the seal of the institution, must be sent to the School of Library and Information Sciences. Please submit your official transcripts along with application to enable us to process your application more quickly. However, if an institution will not release official transcripts directly to the student, she or he may send the transcript directly to us and we will process it separately.
NOTE: Students may fulfill the language requirement to graduate with the master's degree if their transcript shows coursework in a foreign language, sign language, statistics, or a computer language. This requirement may be fulfilled by two semesters of course work (6 hrs credit) in a foreign language, sign language, statistics, or a computer language at the undergraduate or graduate level. Original transcripts showing the pertinent courses must be provided as evidence prior to the application for graduation. Alternatively, the requirement may be fulfilled (a) if the student passes a modern language examination administered for this purpose by the Modern Foreign Language Department at North Carolina Central University in French, German, or Spanish, or (b) if the student has a currently valid professional IT certification. No courses taken for this purpose may be counted for course credit toward the master's degree.
How do International Students submit transcripts?
NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: The academic records which we refer to as transcripts should provide a listing, year-by-year, of all courses taken and the grade or marks received for each one. It is helpful to have the grading scale of the institution and the student's rank in class included when such information is available. Do not submit secondary school records. Transcripts must bear an official signature in ink of the appropriate official of your institution(s), such as the registrar or recorder of records, and must bear the institutional seal. If your college or university will not provide original academic documents, exact copies that have been verified as "Certified True Copies" by the appropriate institutional official of each institution, which you have attended, should be sent. Uncertified photocopies are not acceptable. To be considered, all documents not in English must be accompanied by official English translations. These translations must bear an original ink signature and seal in order to be acceptable.
Graduate Record Examination Scores
A copy of official Graduate Record Examination scores, Graduate Management Admission Test scores (joint MBA/MIS applicants only), or the Law School Admission Test scores (joint JD/MLS applicants only) is required for all applicants. The scores must not be more than five years old, and an official copy must be sent directly from the Educational Testing Service.
Personal copies are not acceptable, nor are "attested" or notarized copies.
The Educational Testing Service is moving away from paper-based delivery of the GRE toward computer-based testing which is administered through Sylvan Learning Centers throughout the country. Computer-based testing is offered Monday through Thursday, and does not require prior registration. Scores usually reach us within three weeks. Registration for the remaining paper-based test is required approximately six weeks prior to the date of the exam.
For further information on the GRE and registration forms, please contact the Educational Testing Service:
NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL APPLICATIONS: We realize that the GRE scores of international students, particularly those whose native language is not English, may be affected by language and cultural differences. This is taken into consideration when such students' applications are evaluated.
The scores are nevertheless required and must come directly from the Educational Testing Service.
The Residency Form
The residency form must be completed by all applicants (in state or out of state) for claimed tuition purposes.
North Carolina law (G.S. 116-143.1) requires that "To qualify for tuition purposes, a person must have established legal residence (domicile) in North Carolina and maintained that legal residence for at least 12 months immediately prior to his or her classification as a resident for tuition purposes."
The information requested must be supplied by every applicant for admission or readmission to North Carolina Central University who claims to be eligible for the N.C. tuition rate. Complete the form and return it with your application for admission. This information is to be used only in connection with determination of your residence status and tuition purposes.
The law requires that every student admitted to the University (initially or after a lapse in enrollment) be classified for the term admitted as either a resident or nonresident for tuition purposes prior to enrollment. To be classified as a resident for tuition purposes, you must furnish such evidence as the University may require to enable it to make such classification. If you claim North Carolina residence for tuition purposes, you must file this application promptly. Unless you are notified to the contrary in writing your classification in the University is non-resident for tuition purposes for your proposed term of enrollment.
If you are claiming North Carolina residency for tuition purposes, you must complete the form claiming residency. Under North Carolina law, to qualify for in-state tuition for a given term, you must prove:
To prove that you establish a bona fide domicile in North Carolina, you must prove:
Because it is difficult to determine directly from this intent to make North Carolina your home, residency classifiers must evaluate the actions you have taken that may indicate this "domiciliary intent." The State residency manual lists the following considerations that may be significant in determining this intent:
Residency classifiers weigh the evidence furnished in your application for resident status, and the preponderance of the evidence must support your having established a North Carolina domicile twelve months before the beginning of the academic term for which you seek to be classified as a resident. To begin the residency classification process you must complete the residence status application. If you feel your answers on the form do not give an accurate picture of your case, please attach additional explanations.
More information is available in A Manual to Assist the Public Higher Education Institutions of North Carolina in the Matter of Student Residence Classification for Tuition Purposes, which can be found in the Shepard Library at North Carolina Central University.
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), administered through the Educational Testing Service, Box 6154, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6154 USA [Telephone: (609) 771-7100; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org] or at a center in your native country, is required of any student whose native language is not English unless the student has received a degree from a university in the United States.
The TOEFL is not required for applicants from a country where English is the official language of instruction or if applicants received a degree from a university in the United States. Your score must not be more than two years old, and an official copy must be sent to the School directly from ETS. Personal copies are not acceptable.
It is the policy of the School to admit only those students with a score of 500 or higher on the TOEFL. Much of your success in graduate study in the United States will rest on your ability to understand, read, write, and speak English. If English is not your native language, evidence of proficiency in its use will be decisive in the review for admission.
When you register for the test, ask that your scores be sent to the School of Library and Information Sciences, North Carolina Central University (5495). If you did not do this at the time of the test, you will need to send a written request to:
International Graduate Student Financial Statement
(Printable Form -- PDF format)
In order to meet U.S. Immigration requirements for entry into the United States, international applicants must provide proof of sufficient financial resources to cover the cost of education and living expenses before admission can be offered. The Financial Certificate, along with documents (original bank statements, letters of support, etc.) confirming availability of the funds, must be submitted along with your application for admission.
The School does not have special scholarships for international students. We suggest that international applicants in need of financial aid write to:
Institute of International Education,
809 United Nations Plaza,
New York, NY 10017
International students attending the School will receive a F-1 Student Visa, with an I-20 Certificate of Eligibility issued by the university. The I-20 is issued only after a student has been offered admission, has returned the financial certificate, and has provided verification of the necessary funds. International transfer students currently attending U.S. institutions must also provide a Transfer Eligibility Form. Permission for off-campus work is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain from immigration officials. Students should not count on this resource to supplement their incomes.
Please note that the figure stated on the International Graduate Student Financial Statement is an estimate only of expenses for the year and that figures subject to change.
For Additional Information:
Ms. Virginia Purefoy-Jones, SLIS Librarian
Dr. Deborah Swain