Graduate Admissions

NOTICE: Effective July 1, 2011, the School of Graduate Studies (GS) will become the central location for nearly all graduate admissions materials. On that date, the Graduate School office will receive all admissions materials for all graduate programs in ILS.

Admissions materials include, but are not limited to, transcripts, letters of recommendation, essay/personal statement, resume.


Master of Library Science (MLS), Connecticut School Library Media Specialist Initial Educator Certification and Cross-Endorsement, and Sixth Year Diploma programs: rolling admissions

ILS Application Procedure and Deadlines

Acceptance to the Master of Library Science program requires review by two offices: School of Graduate Studies and Department of Information and Library Science. Students, however, submit all materials to the School of Graduate Studies; complete applications will then be forwarded to the department for review.

Submit the following to the School of Graduate Studies:

Application materials should be mailed to the School of Graduate Studies, Southern Connecticut State University, 501 Crescent Street, New Haven CT 06515. After all application materials are received, the Graduate School will forward complete application files to the Department Graduate Admissions Committee for review. At that time applicants for Initial Educator certification will be contacted for a personal interview; the interview will be part of the application and consideration. Following review of all application materials and interviews, the Department Graduate Admissions Committee will forward its recommendations to the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies. Letters of final decision will be mailed to applicants from the Office of the School of Graduate Studies. . 

In considering admission files, the committee will be looking for:

Additional information is available on the department website.

Before being matriculated into an ILS program, students recommended for admission must submit:

Prior to being admitted to the program, students may take up to 9 credits on a part-time, non-matriculated basis. (Taking such courses does not give the applicant an advantage in the application process.) The recommended courses to choose from are the following core courses:

ILS 501 and ILS 503 must be completed successfully before either ILS 504 or ILS 506 or ILS 565 may be taken.

Students in the school media certification program are allowed to enroll in only two non-ILS professional education courses prior to being fully matriculated into the certification program.

Prior to being admitted to the Sixth Year Professional Diploma program, students may take up to 9 credits on a part-time, non-matriculated basis.

Computer Skills Prerequisite

All MLS students are assumed to have reliable access to a computer and to have mastered basic computer and information literacy skills.

The University standard for productivity software is Microsoft Office. Students may obtain a copy of Office from the SCSU IT Help Desk. Other software may be acceptable in specific courses with faculty approval. 

Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

Applicants to the MLS degree program are required to take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) revised General Test.

Test of English as a Foreign Language Exam (TOEFL)

Applicants for whom English is a second language need to take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examinations in addition to the GRE quantitative and analytical writing tests. Applicants should have a minimum score of 600 on the TOEFL (213 on the TOEFL-cBT or 80 on the TOEFL-iBT).

Professional Assessments for Beginning Teachers (PRAXIS)

All applicants to the School Media Specialist certification program must pass the state- mandated skills examination (Praxis I) in mathematics, reading, and writing. Details of PRAXIS I examinations are described in the "Admission to Teacher Certification Programs" in the beginning of this Graduate Catalog; under the "Application and Admission" Section.

Reporting Test Scores

All required tests must be sent to Southern directly from the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Southern's school code is 3662. Information (and test preparation) on the GRE,
TOEFL, and PRAXIS can be found at:

Applying to ILS is a two-level process: department and Graduate School. Below are links to general information about the Graduate School portion (see main portion of page for the ILS procedures and criteria): 

Applying online

Online Graduate Application 

Graduate Catalog online

Request a printed Graduate Catalog or Application or Information

The Capstone Experience and Competencies Assessment

Updated from the 2013-2014 Graduate Catalog 

Last updated: March 9, 2013