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Admissions Information & Application

Master's Program Admission Requirements

Accredited undergraduate degrees in any academic discipline are acceptable, as Information Science is an interdisciplinary field. See below for current requirements for admittance to the Master's Program. If an applicant does not meet the criteria, exceptions can be made on a case-by-case basis. The admissions committee takes many factors into consideration. A snapshot of current requirements is below:

  • Unofficial Transcripts with an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or above.
    • Official Transcripts must be submitted upon admission to the program. 
  • A written statement, 400-700 words, of your career objective (see guidelines below).
  • Letters of recommendation from three persons qualified to judge academic and/or professional qualities.
  • $60 application fee. Application fee is not due at the start of application, but must be paid before final submission.
  • All undergraduate degrees are welcome.
  • GRE is Not Required for admissions.

Please take a moment to review the Application Procedure section below before submitting your application.

Begin the Application Process
Program Introduction & Overview
How to Submit Your Application Online

Note that at any point in the application process you can save your progress. Start today for a better understanding of application requirements, formatting, and ease of access. Application fee is not due at the start of application, but must be paid before final submission.

  1. Visit the Graduate School application website.
  2. Create your account. 
  3. Input your information.
  4. For "Program Selection" section choose "Communication and Information"
    1. On the next dropdown: Choose one of the following based on whether you will study on-campus or online. 
      1. Online Students, choose the following: "Information Sciences - MS (Distance Education)."
      2. On-Campus Students, choose the following: "Information Sciences - MS (Knoxville Campus)."
  5. Proceed to complete uploads of written statement, letters of recommendation, transcripts, and additional information.

Application Guidelines & Deadlines

The School accepts applications on a rolling admissions basis until the incoming class is full. We encourage students to submit their application materials by the end of the calendar year, before the fall semester that they plan to enter the program, to be competitive with other students, particularly for funding opportunities. Students are admitted in the fall and spring semesters. Review of completed applications begin in February for fall admissions and October for spring admission. 

Application Deadlines for Domestic Students

Term of Entry

Application Deadline



April 15

Applications received before February 15 will receive the fullest consideration for GTA positions and scholarships.


October 15

Apply online for admission to the University of Tennessee Graduate Admissions office and pay a $60 application fee. You can begin the online application process at For more information, contact Graduate Admissions, University of Tennessee, 201 Student Services Building, Knoxville, TN 37996, (865) 974-3251.

Guidelines for Written Statement

A written statement of one's career objectives is a part of the online application. The statement of 400-700 words should indicate your reason(s) for seeking a degree in information science. In your statement, please answer the following questions.

  1. What does "information sciences" mean to you?
  2. When and how did you decide to pursue a graduate degree in information sciences?
  3. Why are you interested in a career as an information professional? What kind of professional role(s) and/or setting(s) are you considering pursuing after graduation?
  4. What professional goals will this program help you attain?
  5. Why do you believe you will be successful in an information sciences program?

Letters of Recommendation

Through the online UT application system, contact three persons qualified to judge academic and/or professional qualities and have each person complete a letter of reference/recommendation. Recommenders will submit online letters directly to the Graduate Admissions Office.

Transcript Information

Transcripts should be sent directly to the Graduate Admissions Office through the online application system. While unofficial transcripts can be submitted for admissions review, official transcripts directly from previous colleges/universities are required if you are admitted to the program. It is critical that all required transcripts be uploaded to the online application, even if you didn’t receive a degree. Do not send or email transcripts, unless instructed to do so, as this will cause a delay in the application process. Applicants must meet the general university admissions requirements in order for the UT application and transcripts to be forwarded to the School.

Take a moment to review more information on submitting transcripts, including what formats to be included.

Admission of International Students

International students wishing to complete our program online from outside the United States may apply. However, at this time we are unable to accept international students wishing to study on campus, unless they are already in the United States on another non-student type of visa. Please contact us to determine if you are eligible.

Tuition Information

The University of Tennessee School of Information Sciences students not only enjoy the perks of not only an ALA accredited, top-20 program - but also attending one of the most affordable online MSIS programs in the nation. View our tuition and fees page to see our current rates.

Advising for Each Admitted Student 

An advisor is assigned to each student admitted to the program. The information sharing that takes place between the student and advisor is important for the success of the student's curricular planning. The advisor approves courses of study, offers guidance about career opportunities, and assists students in preparing for placement in the profession. Students must complete the Student Planning Form (see SIS Courses) and submit it to their advisor in preparation for the advising session, which occurs before registration period, and which may be done in person, by phone, or by e-mail.

Students may also seek advice from any faculty member at the School. Students may change assigned advisors via a request to the SIS coordinator of student services.