Policies and Procedures
Students may be admitted to the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies (GSLIS) on a matriculated or a non-matriculated basis for either the Fall or the Spring term. Since deadlines for applications for each semester may vary, please contact the GSLIS office for current information. Applications may be obtained from the applications page on the web site, the GSLIS office, or the Graduate Admissions Office.
Requirements for Matriculation
The following are required for admission to the Master of Library Science program:
- A baccalaureate degree or equivalent from a college of recognized standing. An official transcript of undergraduate and graduate credits from all institutions attended must be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.
- An undergraduate record indicating good preparation in the humanities, sciences, and social sciences. Good preparation is interpreted to mean a minimum academic index of B (3.0) in work relevant to the library science program. Applicants who do not meet the minimum requirements of good preparation as stated above are invited to present other evidence of their potential for successful graduate study.
- Three letters of recommendation attesting to the applicant’s ability to complete a program of graduate studies.
- A typed essay of at least 500 words indicating applicant’s background and career goals. The essay must provide evidence of clear and grammatical writing.
- Proof of proficiency in the English language is required of all applicants whose first language is not English, and who were educated in a country where English is not the official language. This requirement is not based upon country of citizenship or permanent residency, but on the two stated conditions. Such applicants must fulfill this requirement by taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) administered by the Educational Testing Service. A score of at least 550 on the TOEFL is required for admission to the GSLIS. Score reports must be received before a student can be admitted. Those whose score falls below 600 will be required to take and pass the graduate College English as a Second Language (CESL) course, which does not count for graduate work.
- Applicants whose undergraduate cumulative grade-point average is below 3.0, but who otherwise merit consideration for admission, may be required to take the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
- Applicants with undergraduate GPAs below 3.0 who hold advanced degrees are not required to take the GRE.
- Admission to the school media specialist (library) program (604) requires that the applicant has either a permanent, provisional or initial, professional New York State Teaching Certificate.
- A meeting with the Director of the GSLIS, the Graduate Adviser, or a member of the GSLIS’s Admissions Committee will be required before a decision on admission is made.
- Competency in word processing is required. Students may be admitted without this competency, but must acquire it before the end of their first semester. Faculty will accept only word-processed papers.
The Committee on Admissions of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies reviews the qualifications of all candidates for admission. Openings will be filled on a competitive basis; admission cannot be guaranteed to all who meet the stated requirements. All required documentation must be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office.
Applicants who meet all requirements may be allowed to fully matriculate. This, however, as noted above, cannot be guaranteed.
Acceptance for Matriculation with Conditions: Under certain circumstances, students with an undergraduate average marginally below B may be matriculated under the condition of “Probation.” A student admitted on probation must achieve a B (3.0) average in the first 12 credits of graduate work. Students admitted on probation who fail to attain fully matriculated status after completing 12 graduate credits will not be permitted to continue.
Students are expected to maintain continuous matriculation. Those who do not wish to register for course work in a given semester should notify the GSLIS in writing as soon as possible.
There is no official “leave of absence” classification for graduate students at Queens College. Students who do not register for a given semester are considered inactive. Such status is not noted on the official transcript and does not extend the time limit for the degree or certificate (four years for completion). Inactive students who wish to return to the GSLIS must file a Re-entry Application with the Office of Graduate Admissions at least six weeks before the semester of return. A re-entry fee is required.
A student who has completed 36 credits toward the master’s degree but who has not maintained a B average must obtain permission from the Office of Graduate Studies to register for additional courses to raise the grade point average. Such courses must be taken at Queens College. A student will lose matriculated status when it becomes mathematically impossible to achieve a B average in the allotted 36 credits.
A student must be registered for the semester in which the degree is awarded.
With the GSLIS's permission, some students may register in the GSLIS as non-matriculants with permission of the Graduate School of Library and Information Studies. Students who are fully matriculated in another accredited library school may, with permission from their home institution and from the Director or Graduate Adviser of the GSLIS, register for individual graduate library science courses, when space is available.
Applicants who do not qualify for matriculated status may be admitted as non-matriculants with the approval of the Graduate Adviser. Courses taken as a non-matriculated student may be credited toward the M.L.S. degree if a grade of B (3.0) or better is attained. A non-matriculant wishing to matriculate may have a maximum of 12 credits accepted towards the degree by the GSLIS.
A student who has been awarded the M.L.S. degree and wants to enroll for additional courses must file an application for admission as a graduate non-matriculant with the Graduate Admissions Office by the appropriate deadline date.