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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Admission to the SLIS Program

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Applying for a Degree

Applying for an Initial Teaching License - (This link will take you to the GTL program webpage)

[PDF] Developing a Plan of Study (91 KiB)

Retention in the Program

Application Options

STOP! If you do not yet have a teaching license and want to get a license in Library Media, go to the Graduate Teaching Licensure Program for instructions on how to apply.

I Want To Give It A Try! (Non-
Degree Seeking Graduate Student)
I’m Ready To Work On Media
Licensure and I Already Have my
Teaching License (Formally Apply to
the Master of Science in Library Media)
  • Take a single course or complete a certificate.
  • Take up to 10 credits as a non-degree seeking student before applying for admission as a degree seeking student.
  • Complete the online Application for Graduate Study to the College of Graduate Studies and Research as a non-degree seeking student. Make sure to check the box on the second page of the application that indicates non-degree seeking status.
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  • Information on application requirements is located at Applications are accepted for any term or summer session.
  • Submit complete application files a minimum of one month before the term of anticipated entry. International students should complete their files and applications three months before the term or session of anticipated enrollment.
  • Submit the following to the College of Graduate Studies and Research:
  1. Complete the online Application for Graduate Study. Verification of pending BS or BA degree from a regionally accredited college or university if BS or BA degree has not been completed is required.
  2. Two official transcripts listing undergraduate/ graduate degree(s) should be sent directly from the degree granting institution to the College of Graduate Studies and Research (including MSU students, undergraduates, faculty, and staff)
  3. Attainment of a minimum grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in your undergraduate study is required
  4. Any additional information required for international students, if appropriate.
  5. Two letters of recommendation sent directly to the KSP Department (Attn: SLIS Coordinator, AH 313, Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN 56001). If your GPA is below 3.0 one letter of recommendation must be completed by your immediate supervisor.
  • The College of Graduate Studies and Research will forward your file to the Department of Educational Studies: K-12 and Secondary Programs for admission recommendation and assignment of an advisor.
  • Consult with your advisor to develop a plan of study as soon as possible (but prior to completing three courses). Email or mail the plan of study to your advisor. [PDF] Click here for the Plan of Study form. (91 KiB)

Retention in the Program

You must complete a minimum of 50% of all graduate credits at the 600 level, excluding thesis or APP credits and maintain a grade point average of "B" or above in all coursework. If you receive a “C” in any course, you will receive a letter warning you about your academic progress from the School of Graduate Studies and Research. You must complete your graduate program by the end of the sixth year following application.

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