Application Deadlines

Master of Science Programs

Preference is given to complete applications meeting the deadlines; however, we will accept applications as long as space is available. To ensure consideration, submit all application materials (including transcripts and letters of reference) by the following dates:

October 15
MS on-campus spring admission.
MS Leep online learning spring admission.

February 15
MS on-campus summer and fall admission.
MS Leep online learning summer and fall admission.

Leep students seeking admission for Summer or Fall 2016 or beyond, please read more about the establishment of Leep Welcome Weekend.

K-12 Library Information Specialist Licensure Program

Students interested in earning an Illinois Professional Educator License with a Special (K-12) LIS Endorsement may apply to the K-12 LIS Licensure program after 8 hours of LIS coursework at GSLIS are completed. Deadlines for application for either MS or CAS students are October 1 for spring semester admission or February 15 for fall or summer semester admission.

Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) Program

CAS students may enter the program in summer, fall, or spring semesters. Applications are due March 15 (summer); June 15 (fall); and November 15 (spring).

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Program

PhD students are admitted in the fall semester. All PhD applicants, including those who wish to receive financial aid, must submit their application no later than December 15.  

If you have specific questions, please contact us by telephone at (217) 333-7197 or (800) 982-0914 or via e-mail at lis-apply [at]