Frequently Asked Questions

1. How do I apply?

Prospective students contact the Project Director, Dr. Loriene Roy to apply. She can be reached at loriene@ischool.utexas.edu. They must also complete an application for the university they are interested in attending. Applications processes vary slightly between the 3 participating universities, but typically require the prospective student to submit an online form, pay the application fee, take the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) and submit scores, submit transcripts from prior institutions, complete a personal essay/statement of purpose, and submit reference letters from 3 referees.

Follow the steps on this checklist to apply to UT Austin.

 

2. Who qualifies for a scholarship?

Applicants should be military veterans with a bachelor’s degree.

 

3. Is there an age limit?

No! We welcome applications from people at all stages of their career, any age. Students can have other graduate degrees. A number of iSchool students have prior master’s degrees. Sometimes we have students with JDs or PhDs as well.

 

4. Is there a limit on when an applicant received their undergraduate degree?

No. There is no limit.

 

5. Do applicants need a specific type of undergraduate degree to be eligible?

No. Our students come to us with a wide range of undergraduate degrees. All are welcome!

 

6. Can active military personnel apply or just veterans?

We are primarily interested in veterans, but would certainly consider active military. The main consideration would be whether the student might be able to complete their degree within the funding period (1 July 2017 – 30 June 2020).

 

7. How many scholarships are available?

A total of 12 veterans will be recruited into the project, 4 at each of the 3 participating universities.

 

8. I’ve been out of school for a few years and I’m concerned about taking the GRE. What should I do to prepare for taking the test?

The best thing you can do is take a look at the types of questions that will be asked on the test and get a feel for the ways in which questions are worded. There are GRE practice books available, both for purchase or from a library. Make sure you also take a look at the ETS website’s Strategies and Tips page.

Make sure you schedule plenty of time to practice. There are a few GRE prep apps available, that can help you study, but don’t rely on those alone. One of the best ways to practice is by taking a full length practice test. The ETS website includes some links to practice tests you can take online.

Remember, your GRE score is just one part of your application. We look at all of the application materials—GPA, statement of purpose (your essay), and your reference letters.

 

9. I took the GRE years ago. Is my old GRE score still valid?

Your official GRE score report is valid for 5 years. Results less than 5 years old should be submitted to GIAC from the official testing agency, using the codes for The University of Texas at Austin (GRE Code: 6882). If you took the GRE more than 5 years ago, you will have to retake the test.

 

10. I'm interested in pursuing Librarianship as a career, but I don't have a college degree. What should I do to get started?

Before you can pursue a master’s degree in library and information science, you will first need to get a bachelor’s degree. Unlike other fields, a master’s in library and information science does not require a specific undergraduate major. However, there are some things you may wish to consider.

  1. There are universities that have undergraduate courses in library-related topics. Taking at least one library class as an undergraduate can help you determine whether or not you want to go on to pursue your master’s.
  2. Depending on what type of library positions you are interested in working in, you may want to pursue an undergraduate major that aligns with those goals. For example, if you are interested in subject librarian positions at an academic library, you may wish to major in that particular subject. You can find out more about different library positions on the American Library Association (ALA) website: http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/libcareers/jobs.
  3. Also note that if you are interested in school librarianship (k-12), you will need your teaching certification and some teaching experience, the level of experience will vary by state.
  4. It may also be helpful to look at the MLIS requirements for the library school you are interested in attending and tailoring your undergraduate experience to those requirements. You may wish to explore the ALA’s list of accredited library programs on their websites: http://www.ala.org/educationcareers/accreditedprograms/directory/alphalist.

 

11. Once I've applied to the program, how long will it be before I hear back if I've been accepted?

This will depend on the program you’ve applied for. At the University of Texas at Austin, it takes approximately two months after the MSIS deadline for final decisions to be made. During the process, the committee reviews applications for possible funding in addition to the Reaching Those Who Served scholarships.