Common Application Questions


MLIS Application

My transfer credits are listed on my transcript. Do I still need to submit a transcript for both institutions?

Yes, Dalhousie requires transcripts from each institution attended. This includes, but is not limited to, exchange programs, college diplomas or certificates and CEGEP transcripts.

Will I get my transcripts back?

No. Transcripts become the official property of Dalhousie University and cannot be photocopied or returned to the applicant.

My TOEFL score is a few years old. Can I still use it for my application?

Standardised test results (such as TOEFL, GRE, GMAT, etc.) will only be considered if they do not expire on or before the date for which you are applying. For example, if you were applying to start a program on September 1st, 2010, your scores could not expire until September 2nd, 2010. Test scores are valid for 2 years from the date the test was written.

Can I send my combined degree application to SIM?

If you are applying for a combined degree program you must submit separate applications, fees and required documents for each program. You must gain separate and independent admission to both schools.

If I obtained my undergrad degree at Dalhousie do I need to submit my transcripts with my application?

Official transcripts from Dalhousie (or the former TUNS) are not required from current or previous Dalhousie students.

I notice two degrees pertaining to Information Management on the application form; which should I select?

You should select "Library and Information Studies - MLIS"

The other degree, "Information Management - MIM (Part-time)", is a program for mid-career professionals with at least 5 years' experience in the private, public or NGO sectors. It is a part-time program offered primarily by distance.

Am I expected to provide proof of financial support?

All applicants must indicate the expected source and amount of funds for graduate studies. Please describe how you expect to fund your graduate program in the specified section of the application form. Applications will not be considered without this information. International students must provide proof of financial support.

What are the 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 (as above).

SIM accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the year. Early applications are strongly advised.

Please note: Only complete applications received by the deadlines below will be considered.

September admissions:
January 1
Deadline for international applications 
March 1
Deadline for scholarship consideration
April 1
Deadline for Canadian applications

 

Do I have to submit all of my documents at the same time?

No. A file will be created for you at SIM and documents will be added as they arrive. Please note: incomplete applications will not be evaluated.

What are the mailing addresses for SIM and for the Registrar’s Office?

Administrative Assistant
School of Information Management
Dalhousie University
6100 University Avenue, Suite 4010
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2
  Registrar's Office
Dalhousie University
PO Box 15000
Halifax, Nova Scotia B3H 4R2

What happens after I submit my 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. Formal notification of acceptance to the MLIS Program is sent by post from the University Registrar.

How long before I hear back from someone about my application?

SIM accepts applications on a rolling basis throughout the year which means that the MLIS Admissions Committee reviews complete applications as they arrive.

The amount of time it takes to review an application can vary as it depends on many factors, however we try our best to communicate decisions as quickly as possible. Questions about the status of an application should be directed to the Administrative Assistant (sim@dal.ca).  

Please note: incomplete applications will not be processed.

Will I be interviewed as part of the application process?

In some cases, the MLIS Admissions Committee may decide to interview a candidate.


Prior education & experience

What kind of grades do I need to qualify for admission?

The school functions within the Faculty of Graduate Studies and its entrance requirements meet the standards of this faculty. 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: Acceptance to the MLIS program can never be guaranteed even if the minimum requirements are met, as ours is an extremely competitive limited enrolment program.

I am currently in a university program, which I will not have completed before the application deadline. Can I still apply?

You may still apply. If accepted, a condition of your acceptance will be to complete the current program (with a minimum B average) and submit a final transcript as proof.

What kind of technological skills should I have prior to beginning an MLIS degree?

MLIS courses rely heavily on information technology through the use of databases, word processing, spreadsheets, and presentation software. To ensure successful completion of the MLIS program, students entering the program are expected to have the following basic technology skills either before entering the Program or by the end of the first term. Competency courses are offered year-round from University Computing and Information Services' Computer Training at Dalhousie.

The Faculty of Management computer labs use standard Windows versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Access.

Basic technology skills are as follows:

  • Working knowledge of basic computer operations (e.g., running programs; creating, managing, printing files; etc.).
  • Ability to proficiently use file managing features (e.g. Windows Explorer, OS X Finder) and perform routine application functions (file copying and duplication, using external drives, local and network drives, cloud storage like Dropbox or Google Drive, etc., zipping and unzipping files).
  • Proficient word processing skills, including creating, formatting, and editing complex documents.
  • An understanding of spreadsheet software (e.g. Microsoft Excel skills, such as using basic formulas and functions) and proficiency with presentation software (e.g. Microsoft PowerPoint skills, such as creating presentations with mixed content that communicate complex messages).
  • Experience using the internet (e.g., using search engines effectively; avoiding security and privacy issues; image, document, and video sharing; browsing and bookmarking websites; and downloading files).
  • Proficient use of email and real-time communication applications (e.g., instant messaging, video conferencing).
  • Knowledge of a wide range of online information resources and technologies (e.g., blogs, wikis, social networking sites, social tagging sites, etc.).
  • Ability to work with semi-structured data (e.g. spreadsheets, tables in a word processor, search engines)
  • Ability to use the basic functions of database management systems (e.g., Microsoft Access).
  • Experience with other computer applications is advantageous. Knowledge of graphic design and photo editing tools is a definite asset, especially as they relate to the preparation and manipulation of images for the web. In certain courses, students may be expected to reach an understanding of applications and/or languages not included in these basic requirements (e.g., Database Management Systems, content management systems, Adobe Photoshop, XML, CSS, and JavaScript).

What type of undergrad degree do I need to get into the MLIS Program?

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.

Course-work in almost any area can be of benefit to information professionals and SIM welcomes students from all intellectual backgrounds.

Are there any exceptions to the standard application requirements for MLIS admission?

Applications that don't meet the standard MLIS admissions criteria may be considered on a case-by-case basis. The MLIS Admissions Committee pays particular attention to skills and competencies relevant to advanced study in information management.

For more information, please contact the MLIS Program Coordinator: joann.watson@dal.ca.

What personal and professional attributes are you looking for in an applicant?

To achieve its objectives, the school seeks to recruit the person who:

  • Is a potential leader in the field of information management
  • Brings a passion for service to all information management roles
  • Is a critical thinker who continually examines their own assumptions about the information professions
  • Demonstrates a commitment to the values of the information professions and an understanding of societal values affecting the organization, retrieval, evaluation and use of information and ideas
  • Draws upon prior work experience gained in any setting


Money Matters (more information here)

If I am a permanent resident in Canada do I have to pay the international fees?

If you have permanent resident status in Canada, please enclose proof with your application. International student fees will be charged if proof is not provided.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. Full-time students starting the MLIS Program in September who have a GPA of 3.7 or higher will be considered for funding. Applicants hoping for funding must have their complete applications in by the March 1st deadline.

Please note: part-time students do not qualify for funding.

Are there other course material costs?

There may be costs for books and specialized online software subscriptions (other than those provided by Dalhousie Libraries).

How much will my tuition be?

In 2017-18, a full-time MLIS student taking 4 courses per term paid a total of $9901.66 in tuition and fees.


Other Questions

What do the degree abbreviations stand for?

MLIS
Master of Library and Information Studies
MLIS/JD
MLIS with Juris Doctor (law)
MLIS/MPA
MLIS with Master of Public Administration
MLIS/MREM
MLIS with Master of Resource and Environmental Management

What is a Special Student Graduate Studies (SSGS) student?

It is possible for individuals to take classes outside of a program for personal or professional enrichment. The registration category for non-program students taking graduate classes is Special Student-Graduate Studies (SSGS). Such students may take a maximum of two full-credit classes (four half classes) with the permission of the class instructor and the appropriate graduate coordinator.

Applicants must have records which meet the minimum entrance requirements as for a graduate program. To apply you must submit:

  • Application form
  • $115 application fee
  • Two copies of all official transcripts from each university attended

SSGS applicants should adhere to the MLIS application deadlines.

Classes completed under SSGS status can be used for credit toward formal graduate programs with approval by the Faculty of Graduate Studies at the time of admission.

Is there a January intake?

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 (as above).