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How to Apply

This page and the Common Application Questions page will provide you with the information you need to complete your MLIS application. If you have any questions after reviewing the website please contact SIM's Administrative Assistant (sim@dal.ca).

Application deadlines

The MLIS Program is designed for fall admission. In special circumstances, the School may admit, in January, applicants who transfer from another Library & Information Studies (LIS) program, or applicants with considerable experience in the field.

Application deadline for those who meet this special January admission intake criteria: October 31.

January 1 International applications *outside North America
March 1 Scholarship consideration
April 1 North American applications

Application package

Your application package consists of several elements. All items must be submitted before your application will be considered by the MLIS Admissions Committee (see Instructions below). Your package must be complete by the application deadline. Please review the information below thoroughly to ensure you submit a proper application.

Mailing address for application elements:

School of Information Management
Dalhousie University
6100 University Avenue, Suite 4010
PO Box 15000
Halifax, NS B3H 4R2

Application Elements & Submission Instructions

Application Form

We encourage you to apply online as it is a more reliable and streamlined process. Click here for the online application.

If you would like a paper application you can find one on the Faculty of Graduate Studies website.

Financial Support: All applicants are asked to describe how they expect to fund their graduate program; they must indicate the expected source and amount of funds for graduate studies. International students must provide proof of financial support. 

Please note: Applications will not be considered without this information.

Application Fee

The $100 application fee is non-refundable; your application will not be processed until it has been paid.

The fee can be paid to the Registrar's Office using one of the approved methods below:

Canadian/US
cheque, money order, bank draft, credit card, or in person by debit card
International bank draft or credit card (Canadian or US funds only)

Transcripts & GPA

Please submit two copies of official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended. Final transcripts must include the date the degree was conferred.

Transcripts are to be sent by each issuing institution directly to SIM. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure that all transcripts are sent.

Faxed or scanned transcripts will not be accepted.

According to the Faculty of Graduate Studies regulations, candidates for the MLIS must hold a four-year Bachelor's Degree with at least a second class standing (B average, 3.0 GPA) from a university recognized by the Senate of Dalhousie University. An academic level of a high B+ (3.3 GPA) or better is generally held by successful applicants.

Please note: Strategic applicants will want to submit early applications as SIM’s MLIS program is a competitive, limited enrolment program.

Academic Reference Letters

All applicants are required to submit a minimum of two academic references. There are two options for submitting your references – the Electronic Reference system (online) and paper (hard copy):

Electronic References:

  1. Include the referee email addresses in the reference section of the online application. When your application is submitted and your application fee paid, a request will be sent to your referees. This process can take up to five business days.
  2. The E-Ref system will only accept University email addresses [Yahoo, Gmail, Hotmail, business, or government addresses are not acceptable]. Referees without a University email must submit a paper reference (see below).
  3. Once you enter your referee information into the E-Ref system, the information CANNOT be changed or removed.

Paper References:

  1. Ask your referees to fill out the Confidential Reference Form (see #3.2 under "Application Process"), place the form and reference letter in an envelope, seal it and sign it across the seal. 
  2. Mail the letter directly to SIM (mailing address below). Note: scanned signatures are not acceptable.
  3. If the letter is given to you, DO NOT open the envelope. Mail it directly to SIM.

Important Notes:

  • Applicants who have been out of university for over 5 years may substitute professional/work references, although at least one academic reference is strongly encouraged (see "Professional Reference Letters" below).
  • It is your responsibility to follow up with your referees regularly to ensure they submit on time.

Professional Reference Letters (optional)

In addition to the required two academic reference letters, applicants may submit one or two professional references that they feel would strengthen their application. Please follow the directions below:

  1. Ask your referees to fill out the Confidential Reference Form (see #3.2 under "Application Process"), place the form and reference letter in an envelope, seal it and sign it across the seal.
  2. Mail the letter directly to SIM (mailing address below). Note: scanned signatures are not acceptable.
  3. If the letter is given to you, DO NOT open the envelope. Mail it directly to SIM.

Important Notes:

  • Applicants who have been out of university for over 5 years may substitute professional/work references, although at least one academic reference is strongly encouraged.
  • It is your responsibility to follow up with your referees regularly to ensure they submit on time.

Application Essay

Your essay may be submitted via email to sim@dal.ca

In a 5-6 page double-spaced essay, discuss the following points:

  • Tell us about your MLIS Program goals. How will SIM help you achieve them?
  • What are the strengths you would bring to the MLIS Program and to the IM profession?
  • Opportunities to perform management functions and to assume leadership roles abound in the IM field. Explain your perception of these opportunities, and how they will shape your future as a professional.
  • Most professional occupations rely on team work. Demonstrate how your participation on a team has contributed to the success of a team’s objective.
  • New information technologies shape changes in the profession. How do you view technological advancements affecting you as a student? As a professional?
  • In reference to the IT Competencies section (question #3 here under "Prior Education & Experience), please explain your level of competency. If you do not currently have these required competencies, indicate how you plan to meet the requirements before January of your first year in the Program.
  • The IM field is a dynamic and changing environment; provide evidence of your adaptability in a changing context.
  • Describe how your prior work experience (part-time or full-time; paid or voluntary) in any setting has shaped your MLIS goals.
  • Explain any gaps or deficiencies in your academic record, or any other factors you wish to have taken into account.

Résumé

Your resume may be submitted via email to sim@dal.ca

Please include a current résumé.

Evidence of English Language Competency

English is the language of study at Dalhousie; therefore all applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate their capacity to pursue a graduate-level program in English before admission (see chart below).

Test scores are valid for two years from the date the test was written.

TOEFL Computer: 250
Internet-based: 100
TWE: 5.5
Paper: 600
MELAB 95
IELTS 8.0
CAEL 70
Dal EAP Program View the English for Academic Purposes website for details

The language competency test may be waived if the applicant has completed a degree at a recognized university where the language of instruction is English.

For Commonwealth country universities, if the language of instruction is English, it is expected that the transcripts will confirm this. If the transcripts do not contain this information, a letter from the university on letterhead containing this information is required.

All such claims will be verified by the Faculty of Graduate Studies. 

 

After You Apply: Tracking Your Application

You can log into DalOnline (using the username and password you applied with) to see which application elements have been received. Questions about your application elements can be directed to the Administrative Assistant (sim@dal.ca).

Once your application is complete, it will be forwarded to the MLIS Admissions Committee for review.

Please note: incomplete applications will not be processed.

If you are accepted into the MLIS program, SIM will send you an informal offer via email, and a recommendation of acceptance to the Faculty of Graduate Studies (FGS). FGS reviews all recommendations. The formal acceptance letter will be sent from the University Registrar.