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 mailed to:

USC Enrollment Advisor [Name]
University of Southern California – MMLIS Program
Off-Site Admission Center
50 NW Point Blvd. 5th Floor
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1032
Email: admissions@librarysciencedegree.usc.edu
Phone: 1-877-830-8647

LIM Certificate Admission Requirements

  • Online Application – Submit along with a $155 application fee
  • Master’s Degree – In library science from an ALA-accredited program
  • 2 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 mailed to:

USC Enrollment Advisor [Name]
University of Southern California – MMLIS Program
Off-Site Admission Center
50 NW Point Blvd. 5th Floor
Elk Grove Village, IL 60007-1032
Email: admissions@librarysciencedegree.usc.edu
Phone: 1-877-830-8647

Scholarship Opportunities

The Master of Management in Library and Information Science (MMLIS) awards scholarships to incoming students each semester. Students are automatically entered into the award candidate pool once they have been admitted to the program. The MMLIS program awards USC MMLIS Entry Scholarships based on past academic performance.

The MMLIS program also grants USC MMLIS Career Development Awards for career plans and aspirations based on a student’s personal application statement. To be eligible for an award, each student must be enrolled full time (8 units). Award recipients are selected by the program director and faculty.

Both awards are $1,500 each.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition

Per Credit Hour: $1,863*
Per Term: $14,904 (8 units)*
Total Cost: $74,520 (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-refunable, but applicable to tuition)
Norman Topping Student Aid Fund: $8 per semester
Program Provides Books and Tech: From webcams to headsets to textbooks, we supply incoming students with what they need to succeed. (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.