1. Submit application electronically at

Indicate Department or Major Field of Study: “Library and Information Studies, G612"
List names and e-mails of 3 references who will submit electronic Letters of Recommendation (Do not wait until you have completed the entire electronic application to send the request for reference emails to your three references. You are encouraged to do this right away.) SLIS requires three references, at least two of which should be from professors who are familiar with your academic abilities. References must be from professors or employers who can estimate how well you would do in a rigorous graduate program. If you have been out of school for more than five years and are unable to obtain references from a former professor, you may substitute professional references or obtain an academic reference by taking a SLIS course (offered online or in Madison) as a University Special Student; academic references are preferred. Additional instructions for submitting references are available from the Graduate School.

NOTE:  Please do not wait to submit your electronic application, even if all of your recommendation letters have not yet come in.  The SLIS office is notified each time a recommendation letter is submitted electronically, and the letters are added to your application file as they come in.  Waiting until the application deadline (or close to the deadline) could cause a delay in processing your application, due to the high volume of applicants who wait until the deadline to submit all of their materials at once.  


2. Submit TOEFL Scores (if applicable)
TOEFL scores are sent electronically from ETS to the Graduate School at UW-Madison.
Indicate 1846: University of Wisconsin-Madison code (Only indicate the UW-Madison code, there is no Department code.) If you did not originally indicate UW-Madison 1846 when the exam was administered, please see the ETS website to obtain additional electronic score reports. TOEFL scores are required for each applicant whose native language is not English, or whose undergraduate instruction was not in English. Please refer back to the SLIS Admission Requirements, or to the Graduate School website, for more information about English proficiency and exemptions from the TOEFL scores.

3. Pay the Graduate School non-refundable application fee ($56.00 as of September 1, 2011), if you did not already submit your credit card number at the end of the electronic application.

    Send check or money order to:
    Office of Graduate Admissions
    228 Bascom Hall, 500 Lincoln Drive
    Madison, WI 53706-1380

    * Applications cannot be reviewed without paying the Graduate School application fee
    ** The UW Graduate School offers a limited number of application fee grants to eligible students

4. Upload the following supplemental (SLIS-specific) materials via the Graduate School online application
    (ALL are required for a complete application):

A) Statement of Purpose or Reasons for Graduate study
(If not already included with the main online application):

Submit your personal statement electronically through the Reasons for Graduate Study/Statement of Purpose section of the online application. Your statement should communicate to the admissions committee your aspirations for your time at SLIS and for your career. Among other things, it could discuss:

·    What you hope to accomplish from this program
·    Your reasons for choosing UW-Madison's SLIS program
·    Your tentative career goals
·    Your leadership experience and potential for leadership in the profession

Diversity of experiences contributes to the enrichment of the school and profession. Your statement may include any relevant factors you would like the admissions committee to consider such as cultural, economic, educational, and other aspects of your background that may differentiate you from other applicants. You may also choose to mention particular skills and experiences (foreign languages, technology skills, travel, etc.). If you are applying to the distance program, please explain why you are choosing the distance option. We will use your personal statement to assess your writing ability.

Your statement should not exceed 1200 words.

B) Professional Resume

C) Indicate if you would like to be considered for internal SLIS scholarships. If YES, you must upload a brief statement describing your financial need. If the question is checked YES, but no statement is included, your application will not be considered for a SLIS scholarship.

D) Indicate whether you are (1) applying for the On-Campus or the Distance Program, and if you are flexible in that regard, (2) planning to attend full-time or part-time, & (3) your residency status

PLEASE NOTE: You must click the “FINAL SUBMIT” button in order to have the SLIS-specific Supplemental Application successfully uploaded to the SLIS Office.

5. Submit the following materials via international or domestic mail directly to SLIS:

OFFICIAL transcripts or academic records from each institution attended (2 official sets)

Documents must be issued by the school with the official seal/stamp and an official signature
International transcripts must be in the original language accompanied by an official English translation

    Have your transcripts mailed to:
    SLIS Admissions
    600 N. Park St., Room #4217
    Madison, WI  53706

6. Monitor the checklist of your application materials as instructed by the Graduate School:

How do I check the status of my online application?

Use the email link you received after you submitted your online application or go to MyUW. Enter your net ID and password. In the upper left corner is the Graduate School status check. Click "Enter" for more information.

What if I do not receive the link to check my status after I submitted my application?

The link to set up your MyUW account and net ID is sent automatically after you submit your application. The submission process is an overnight process, so expect your email within 24 hours. It is very important that you set up your MyUW account to check your application status. If you do not receive this link, please contact


Questions about the master's program and admission to the program should be directed to Tanya Cobb, Student Services Coordinator, or 608-263-2909.