The School of Information Sciences welcomes applicants from across North America to its master's degree and certificate programs. The majority of SIS classes are conducted online. All online students, regardless of location, receive in-state tuition.

Applicants to the School of Information Sciences must satisfy the following criteria:

  1. Possess an undergraduate degree from an accredited college or university.
  2. Have an undergraduate grade point average of 3.00 or better or possess another degree beyond the bachelor's degree. Applicants with an undergraduate grade point average between 2.50 and 2.99 can satisfy this requirement by one of the Alternative Admissions methods.
  3. Meet the technology requirements and competencies of the degree or certificate program you are applying for.
  4. MLIS and Certificate Students: Meet the MLIS Technology Requirements.
  5. MSIM Students: Meet the MSIM Technology Requirements and MSIM Technical Competencies.
  6. Submit a Statement of Purpose.
  7. MLIS and Certificate Students: Submit a Statement of Purpose reflecting relevant personal and academic background and experience. The statement should be a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 500 words (1-2 pages).
  8. MSIM Students: Submit a Statement of Purpose addressing your experience and familiarity with the required technical competencies needed for admission to the Master of Science in Information Management (MSIM) degree. The statement should be a minimum of 250 words and a maximum of 500 words (1-2 pages).
  9. Submit a current resume or curriculum vitae.
  10. Complete New Student Orientation. MLIS and MSIM students are expected to complete an online orientation prior to starting classes. This is not applicable to certificate-only students.

Letters of Recommendation are NOT REQUIRED. They are simply an option within WSU's standard Graduate Application.

Transfer Credit
Applicants with previous graduate-level course work in library and information science or another discipline may be eligible to transfer in credits. For complete details and requirements, please consult our Transfer Credit policy.

Recommended Application Dates for Admission

For Fall classes beginning early September by July 1
For Winter classes beginning early January by November 1
For Spring classes beginning early May by April 1

For international students, the application form and all transcripts and documents must be on file in the Graduate Enrollment Services at least four months before the start of the term in which the applicant plans to begin graduate studies.

For additional information on Graduate School Admission, refer to the Wayne State University Graduate Bulletin.

How to Apply

  1. Complete and submit the online Graduate Admission Application formThe application fee has been waived for the winter 2024, spring/summer 2024 and fall 2024 terms. 
  2. Compose a Statement of Purpose and upload it to your application.
  3. Upload a current resume or curriculum vitae with your application.
  4. Request official transcripts from each university you have attended and have them sent directly to Graduate Admissions, Wayne State University, 5057 Woodward, Suite 6300, Detroit, MI 48202-0340. Electronic transcripts go to