Q. I've been thinking about a degree in Library Science and would like to know about careers and career outlooks in the field.
A. For an overview of career paths and other relevant information, visit the American Library Association's Education and Careers pages and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook. You can scan job ads to get a sense of what skills are being requested; read American Libraries, or search online. If you are especially interested in a special type of library or information work, you may also want to network with practitioners, observe worksites, or do volunteer work to get a taste of your chosen specialty.
Q. I am interested in the URI MLIS program. Would I be able to do this part time?
A. Absolutely! The majority of our students are part time (fewer than 9 credits per semester). A part-time master's student is expected to complete the degree in 4 years; extensions are possible. Check the Graduate School Manual for requirements.
Q. Will all my classes be online?
A. GSLIS offers some of its courses online, but not the entire degree. Students practice a wide range of professional communication skills by taking courses in face-to-face, online, and hybrid or blended formats at four campuses: URI Kingston, URI Providence, UNH Durham, and Worcester State College. All students are placed in professional field experiences to interact directly with practitioners and clients at libraries and information services in their chosen areas. Some students also elect to do independent studies.
Q. I am interested in applying to the GSLIS program. Does your department offer any information sessions or tours?
A. Our regularly scheduled information sessions are scheduled in conjunction with our new student orientations at the beginning of each semester. New and prospective students are welcome.
Q. How do I apply for the program?
A. Most of the answers to that are on our website. If you have specific questions that aren't answered there, please call the Student Affairs Office at (401) 874-2878.
Q. How often do you accept students -- only in the fall, or year round?
A. We make admissions on a rolling basis. Deadlines for each term are given at http://www.uri.edu/artsci/lsc/admissions.html
Q: I have tried every possible way to access the application form online, but to no avail.
A: If you cannot open the online application form, please contact the ITS helpdesk by e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone, 401-874-HELP.
Q. How soon after the deadline can I expect to hear if I have been accepted?
A. As soon as your application package is complete, the GSLIS admissions committee will review it and make a recommendation to the director. It will then be forwarded to the Graduate School where all final admissions decisions are made. The process usually takes approximately two weeks.
Q. Are the application deadlines absolute? Can I submit my application late?
A. GSLIS has rolling admissions. Our deadlines are designed to give applicants plenty of time submit their application materials. It also give us plenty of time to evaluate the packages and meet the firm deadlines set by the Graduate School. The deans of the Graduate School make the final decision.
Q. What if I miss a deadline but want to get started?
A. If you miss the deadline and we are not able to process your application on time, you are allowed to take up to two courses (6 credit hours) in non-matriculated status and roll them over into the program after acceptance. You may start with any class at any location, but it must not have a prerequisite.
A. Proof of Residency is a requirement for instate and regional applicants who would like to receive adjusted tuition rates. You can find RI and Regional Residency Forms here: http://www.uri.edu/gsadmis/GradFormsPage.html. Your form will need to be notarized.
Q. What can I send to prove residency? I don't have a lease, own or co-own a house, and I didn't register to vote.
A. The form will tell you what documents are acceptable to prove residency. Usually these documents include driver's license, leases, tax returns, and utility bills.
Q. Do I need proof of residency to take GSLIS courses at Worcester State College or University of New Hampshire?
No. All students, regardless of residency status, are charged the same flat fee instead of tuition for these courses.
A. The university requires two official (unopened) undergraduate transcripts from each college or university you attended. They should be mailed directly to GSLIS, University of Rhode Island, Rodman Hall, 94 West Alumni Avenue, Kingston, Rhode Island 02881.
Q. I attended two universities for my undergraduate studies. I have one sealed transcript from each university and one opened from each. Do I need to send in two sealed transcripts and do they need to be mailed directly from the university?
A. You will need to ask for an additional transcript to be mailed directly from your undergraduate institution(s) to GSLIS.
Q. I have been accepted into the MLIS program with the stipulation that I submit my final transcript indicating that I have received my degree. I will not be graduated until I complete my last course. Will this be too late to enroll?
A. It won't become a problem until the semester after you have become accepted, when registration will be blocked unless your transcript has been received.
Q. Do I get my application fee back if I am not accepted into the program?
A. No, this fee does not get returned.
Q. Are there specific instructions for the MLIS program when filling out the personal statement?
A. Not really. But if you browse our site (especially our Vision Statement, Values Statement, and Mission, Goals, and Objectives) you will find clues to what we want.
Q. The on-line application lists three e-mail addresses for recommenders; I thought just two were required. Do three give more credence to the application?
A. Only two are required. If your experience is multifaceted, you may want to request letters from recommenders who can speak to your different talents and skills. Also, inviting three increases the likelihood that at least two will arrive quickly, enabling your application to be moved forward.
Q. I notified my recommenders that they will be receiving an email to submit their respective recommendation electronically. Is this correct?
A. Yes. Applications submitted on-line will automatically generate a letter from the Graduate School inviting them to submit their recommendation electronically.
Q. My recommender is unable to send a recommendation via e-mail. May we send a hard copy through the mail?
A. Your recommender is welcome to send a letter on your behalf and mail it to: GSLIS, University of Rhode Island, 94 West Alumni Avenue, Suite 2, Rodman Hall, Kingston, RI 02881.
Q. One of my recommenders mentioned she had not received the electronic invitation to respond, when I sent in my application. Is there a way to re-send her the electronic invitation?
A. Unfortunately, at this time, there is no way to re-send the request.
Q. Is there a specific form or procedure for submitting reference letters?
A. There is no specialized form for submitting letters of reference, but three procedures exist:
A. The basic guidelines for transfer of credit here are:
Q. I have sent the Grad School my transcript and I have applied for transfer credits. Will you receive paperwork about the "official" transferring of credits? How will I know if they've been processed?
A. Transfer of courses is not complete at the time of admission, but depends on the Program of Study you will work out with your academic advisor. Transcripts and descriptions of the courses that you want to transfer must be submitted to the Graduate School with your Program of Study. We do not receive official notification of the transfer of credit. However, when you look at your transcript on-line it will show if the credits have been accepted. If they do not appear after your Program of Study has been approved, you should contact your advisor.
Q. I am a graduate from a four year program in Europe and am interested in an American MLIS degree. Will URI accept my credits?
A. Yes. See directions for International Applicants at the Graduate School site.
Q. Which standardized test should I take: the GRE or the Miller Analogies Test?
A. Either one is acceptable. Some factors to consider when you choose: the locations and dates on which tests are given, and which test is better suited to showcasing your own abilities. The official MAT site includes a practice test, and the official GRE site also includes test preparation aids.
Q. I am interested in applying for the MLIS program and I received my bachelor's degree with a GPA of 3.13 and I have a Graduate Certificate in Museum Studies with a 3.43 GPA. Would a GRE or MAT score be required to process my application?
A. Yes. Transcripts from your certificate program would weigh in your favor, but a certificate program is not a degree. Our approved policy calls for the waiving of test scores only for applicants whose undergrad GPA was at least 3.3 or who earned a higher degree (e.g., a master's).
Q. If my undergraduate GPA is 2.97 and my standardized test scores are only at the 40th percentile, is there any chance that I could be accepted?
A. Yes. The Admissions Committee weighs your application as a whole, and will look for other significant positives in your application packet (such as excellent work references, a strong resume, etc.). One option they have is to issue you a Promising Student Letter, inviting you to take two GSLIS courses in non-matriculated status and then reapply. This would give you the opportunity to provide additional evidence that you could succeed in the program.
Q. I took the GREs, but I believe they are out of date. How long are they good for?
A. GRE and MAT scores can be accepted up to five (5) years.
Q. Would your department accept a cumulative grade point average, calculated from two separate transcripts? If a student did not receive a 3.3 grade point average or above following their graduation from a university, and thereby decided to enroll part-time at a community college to improve their average to at least a 3.3, would you accept both of their transcripts and waive their requirement to submit their test scores?
A. The 3.3 grade point average that matters is for your bachelor's degree. If a student earned credits from more than one institution that counted toward the bachelor's degree, we would use transcripts from both institutions to calculate the GPA. If the student earned the degree and then took courses at another institution, not for degree credit but in order to improve a lifetime GPA, that student should still take the GRE or MAT.
Q. How do I register as a non-matriculating student through e-campus?
A. You will need to file an application with the Office of Enrollment Services. To do this, go on-line and download an application form, fill it in, and mail, fax (401-874-5260) or drop it off, with payment, to Enrollment Services. Once this has been received, you can register as a non-matriculated student.
Q. What is the deadline for course sign up when you are a non-matriculated student?
Non-matriculated students may register one week before classes begin and must make payment before accessing the registration system. For exact registration periods, see the Enrollment Services detailed academic calendar.
Q. I have already taken two non-matriculating courses. If I take a third course, will the credits be accepted toward my degree?
A. If you are in the process of applying and are accepted while taking the third course, the credits will be counted toward your degree.
Q. I am an undergraduate here at URI and interested in taking graduate level library and information studies courses in my senior year. Is that possible and, if so, will the courses count toward an MLIS degree?
A. Undergraduates with senior status and a GPA of 3.0 or above may take up to six credit hours. Courses must be chosen from our first five core courses (502, 503, 504, 505, and 508). If a course is full, any student not matriculated into GSLIS may be removed to make space for MLIS students. Permission to register in a course is given by the course instructor.
If the GSLIS courses credits count toward the undergraduate degree and the student later enters the MLIS program, the student is expected to take 42 credit hours in the program, but may waive the requirements already filled in undergraduate status. The student takes just as many credit hours for the MLIS, but takes fewer requirements and more electives.
Q. I have not yet completed the application process for next term, but would like to take a course this term in preparation. How do I go about getting into a core MLIS course?
A. You may register online for a couple of courses in non-matriculated status; for directions see the Student Step-by-step Guide to e-Campus. Besides the information you'll find in e-Campus, there is more information about GSLIS course offerings here.
Q. Which classes should a non-matriculated student take first?
A. Core courses well-suited for new students are LSC 502 (Management), LSC 504 (Reference), and LSC 508 (Information Science & Technology). Electives to take would depend upon your career plans.
Q. I am interested in taking a GSLIS class for continuing professional development. I already have my MLIS. Do I have to apply for the entire program or can I just take one class?
A. You are welcome to take a class as a non-matriculated student. Download an application from Enrollment Services forms. After completing the application, you may mail it, drop it off, or fax the form, with payment, to Enrollment Services.
Q. When is the deadline to notify you that I am planning to attend this semester or if I am planning to defer to the next semester?
A. You must accept your admission at least a couple of business days before you register for courses.
Q. When should I register for courses?
A. Registration deadlines are given on the Enrollment Services Academic Calendar. Early registration is strongly advised, to ensure that you get the courses you want.
Q. I accepted my admission through e-campus, but my e-campus page still does not list me as having matriculated and I am blocked from signing up for courses.
A. It may take a couple of days after you accept your admission for the system to update your status so that you can register. If you are still unable to register after that, contact the GSLIS Student Affairs Office, 401-874-2878, or the Graduate School, 401-874-2872, for assistance.
Q. Today is the first day of my first enrollment. I am trying to register for courses but it says I need a permission number to enroll. What is going on?
A. Because this is your first time registering, you may not yet be in the system. If this is the problem, you should be able to register in a couple of days. Permission numbers may also be required if:
Q. I have been accepted into the program but have not yet responded. Due to financial concerns, I have decided that it is not possible for me to enroll. Do I need to withdraw formally from the program?
A. If you have already accepted admission to GSLIS, then you are considered matriculated and must write a letter to formally withdraw from the program. If you have not accepted, then you should go on-line and decline the invitation to attend.
Q. What if I have accepted admission and still hope to attend, but cannot do so this year?
A. Write a concise e-mail to the Director, email@example.com, explaining the circumstances and requesting deferral of your enrollment until the next semester or the next year. She will forward her recommendation to the Graduate School. This can be done once.
Q. When I reapply, do I have to re-submit everything? Is it possible to re-use the actual transcripts, GRE scores and letters of recommendation I sent in from my last application?
A. The Graduate School should have copies of your transcripts, GRE scores, and letters of recommendation. How much of the information will need to be resubmitted depends on the length of time your application has been inactive. The information you send us will help the GSLIS Admissions Committee make a prompt and full assessment of your new application.
Q. What are regional rates?
A. The New England Board of Higher Education's RSP Tuition Break program is available to New England students when they enroll in an approved major that is not offered by the public colleges and universities in their home-state. As one of only two publicly-supported library schools in New England, GSLIS offers regional rates to matriculated students from Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Vermont; see http://www.uri.edu/es/ for explanations of tuition and fees, including regional rates.
Q. Why aren't regional rates the same as the fees for GSLIS courses at UNH/Durham and at Worcester State College?
A. For those courses, students pay a flat fee assessed by the URI Office for Special Programs in lieu of the tuition and fees charged for courses taught at URI campuses. The rate is posted at the GSLIS website with each term's course schedule. The fee is reasonable, but full-time students must pay it in addition to tuition.
Q. I live in Massachusetts. Do I qualify for the regional rate?
A. As a resident of Massachusetts (or Maine, New Hampshire, or Vermont), you qualify for regional tuition when you enroll in the program as a matriculated student. Your application must include proof of residency. As long as you are in the program, you get that regional tuition rate.
If you take a GSLIS course at Worcester State College or UNH/Durham, you will pay the same flat fee whether you are a matriculated student or not.
Q. I have been admitted into the GSLIS program and don't know where to ask about financial aid.
A. Please check our website: http://www.uri.edu/artsci/lsc/Admissions/finaid.html for information on financial aid, scholarships, and assistantships. For university-wide financial aid, check with Enrollment Services; they have a great deal of information at http://www.uri.edu/es/menus/finaid.html. Be sure to check our Blog for job postings, many of which are in the university library. It is also worthwhile to research outside sources of scholarship aid; for instance, see the American Library Association site, http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=awards.
Q. How is a student notified about financial aid?
A. Award letters and financial packages are mailed out from Enrollment Services around mid-March to incoming undergraduate freshman. Upper classmen are notified around the end of May.
Q. How do the Honors and Awards Committee make their decisions regarding GSLIS scholarships?
A. When awarding scholarships, the Honors and Awards Committee considers merit and need.
Q. I need to have a letter to the company in which I have a loan so they can defer my payment plan. Whom do I contact regarding my request?
A. You need to contact Enrollment Services. They will be happy to supply the necessary paperwork. Specifically, you should contact Lisa A. O'Neill at firstname.lastname@example.org for the letter that you need.
Q. If accepted into the LIS program in Rhode Island, would the school adjust the tuition if I moved there and became a resident the summer before the fall semester that I started?
A. This would not be possible. The Certificate of Residency specifies that the applicant must establish residency for a minimum of one year before matriculation.
Q: What if I have a question that I don't see listed here?
A: Please contact Janice Hromi at email@example.com OR 401-874-2878.