USC Marshall School of Business
Master of Management in Library and Information Science
University of Southern California

University of Southern California Admissions

Learn more about the Master of Management in Library and Information Science admissions requirements at the University of Southern California.

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Admissions Overview

To qualify for the program, applicants must meet the following admissions requirements:

MMLIS Admission Requirements

  • Online Application – Submit along with a $155 application fee
  • Bachelor's Degree – From a regionally accredited program
  • 3 Letters of Reference – By people who can provide academic and professional references
  • Grade Point Average – 3.0 or better
  • Standardized Examinations – GRE or GMAT scores are not required; however, you must show related work experience
  • Transcripts – Must have official transcripts sent from all colleges and universities attended, regardless of whether credit or a degree was obtained. The official transcript should show the titles of all courses taken, grades or marks received, and the date and title of the degree(s) conferred. Transcripts that must be enclosed in an envelope sealed by the registrar's office and sent via regular mail to:

    University of Southern California
    USC Office of Graduate Admission
    3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

    If sending your transcripts via courier service, such as DHL or FedEx, please use the following address:

    University of Southern California
    USC Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid
    3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 112
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
    Telephone: 213-740-1111

    Official e-transcripts are also accepted. Please review transcript requirements and e-transcript instructions here.
  • Statement of Purpose – Please submit a well thought out essay (500 words maximum) to answer the following prompt: How will your involvement with the Master of Management in Library and Information Science degree program help you achieve your current personal and professional goals?

LIM Certificate Admission Requirements

  • Online Application – Submit along with a $155 application fee
  • Master's Degree – In library science from an ALA-accredited program
  • 3 Letters of Reference – By people who can provide academic and professional references
  • Grade Point Average – 3.0 or better
  • Standardized Examinations – GRE or GMAT scores are not required; however, you must show related work experience
  • Transcripts – Must have official transcripts sent from all colleges and universities attended, regardless of whether credit or a degree was obtained. The official transcript should show the titles of all courses taken, grades or marks received, and the date and title of the degree(s) conferred. Transcripts that must be enclosed in an envelope sealed by the registrar's office and sent via regular mail to:

    University of Southern California
    USC Office of Graduate Admission
    3601 South Flower Street, Room 112
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915

    If sending your transcripts via courier service, such as DHL or FedEx, please use the following address:

    University of Southern California
    USC Office of Graduate Admission and Financial Aid
    3601 South Flower Street, Tyler 112
    Los Angeles, CA 90089-0915
    Telephone: 213-740-1111

    Official e-transcripts are also accepted. Please review transcript requirements and e-transcript instructions here.
  • Statement of Purpose – Please submit a well thought out essay (500 words maximum) to answer the following prompt: How will your involvement with the Master of Management in Library and Information Science degree program help you achieve your current personal and professional goals?

Academic Calendar

Spring 2021

Application Deadline: 12/4/2020
Term Start Date: 1/13/2021

Summer 2021

Application Deadline: 3/26/2021
Term Start Date: 5/5/2021

Fall 2021

Application Deadline: 7/23/2021
Term Start Date: 9/1/2021

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

Per Credit Hour: $1,995*
Per Term: $15,960 (8 units)*
Total Cost: $79,800 (40 units)*

*Transfer credits are not accepted for this program. Tuition is subject to change and increase each academic year. Tuition is based on a full-time student's course load.

Fees

Application Fee: $155
Commitment Deposit: $250 (non-refundable, but applicable to tuition)
Norman Topping Student Aid Fund: $8 per semester
Program Provided Materials: Webcams to headsets to textbooks. (Approximate value of $1,000 – $2,000).

Financial Aid

A variety of financial aid opportunities are available to help eligible MMLIS students cover some or all of the expenses associated with their graduate learning experience. Prospective students should review all financial aid literature carefully to gain an understanding of their options. Please note: We are only able to offer financial aid for the MMLIS degree at this time.

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