Library & Information ScienceMaster of Library and Information Science (MLIS)
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
The co-op program and the low cost of living in London compared to other places with American Library Association accredited MLIS programs.
Where is “home” for you?
I grew up in Georgetown, Ontario, but I consider Ottawa home ever since moving there for my undergrad.
Where’s your favourite place on campus to work?
The computer labs in the North Campus Building or camped out at the Grad Club. In either case, my odds of bumping into classmates are pretty high, and the Grad Club coffee is a definite plus.
What do you do in your spare time?
Netflix binges, unfortunate Facebook debates, the occasional video game, crafts, reading ... I'm basically a homebody who spends too much time online.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
Be prepared to manage your time, and leave any perfectionism at the door. This program often involves a lot of small papers and group projects. It seems to be great practice for project management later in your career.
What are you most passionate about?
People and stories. I like learning about what drives people, or hearing different perspectives.
What idea, suggestion, or comment would you like to share with the Western graduate community?
Ask a librarian for research help. They will save you time and reduce stress. Find out who your subject librarian is, and set up a consultation.
Program ContactShelley Long (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Graduate Programs Assistant
Faculty of Information and Media StudiesWestern University
FIMS and Nursing Building, Room 2020
London, Ontario N6A 5B7
Western's Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program is widely recognized as one of the best programs of its kind in North America. The curriculum stresses an exploration of the literature of the discipline and the development of advanced research skills and aims to graduate qualified professionals with a thorough knowledge of theory and practice in library and information science. The MLIS program provides a strong foundation in traditional librarianship together with an opportunity to engage with innovative ideas and new information technologies.
- 6 terms (2 years), though possible to complete in 3 terms (1 year)
- Full-time or part-time study
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- Four-year university degree or equivalent. Students from a variety of academic backgrounds in the arts, humanities, social sciences and sciences are encouraged to apply.
- Average of at least 70% in the last two years of full-time study.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 111 for the internet version. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 8 out of 9.
Completed applications are reviewed on a continuous basis. Applicants are strongly encouraged to apply as early as possible.