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Sirls Handout General June 2009


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Sirls Handout General June 2009

  1. 1. The School of Information Resources and Library Science, ‘SIRLS,’ offers both a master’s and a doctoral program. Our master’s program is fully accredited by the American Library Association. Most students take between 18 and 24 months to graduate; many graduate in 12 months. SIRLS is proud of its 87% graduation rate! Master’s Degree Requirements: • Completion of 12 courses or 36 credits with a GPA of at least 3.00 • Completion of an Electronic Portfolio (not graded) Admission Requirements: • A Bachelor’s Degree (in any field) from an accredited college or university recognized by the University of Arizona • A GPA of at least 3.00 • Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores (this requirement is waived if you have another master’s or a doctoral degree) • For additional information, please go to mastersAdmissions • International applicants must complete a financial guarantee form and submit TOEFL scores. For more information, please see Admission Process: Prospective students must apply to both SIRLS and to the UA Graduate College. An online admission application form is at and can be used for both SIRLS and the UA Graduate College. The UA Graduate College requires an application fee; SIRLS does not. In addition to the application form, prospective students must submit: • A current resumé or curriculum vitae • Two letters of recommendation • A written statement of introduction • Two official transcripts from each college you have attended • GRE scores Before students can actually register for courses, the UA requires proof of immunization against measles, rubella, and mumps if born after 1956; if born prior to 1956, you are exempt from this requirement. The UA also requires proof of residency status. Arizona’s First University – Since 1885
  2. 2. Deadlines: • To begin in the Fall Semester, complete applications must be submitted by February 1st • To begin in the Spring Semester, complete applications must be submitted by September 1st • To begin in the Summer Session, complete applications must be submitted by February 1st Starting SIRLS: All students must start their program of study with our introductory course, IRLS 504: Foundation of Library and Information Services. It is offered three times per year, twice in the summer and once in the Winter Session. IRLS 504 begins online with two weeks of independent reading assignments followed by a seven-day residency period during which all new students spend seven days (from 8am to about 6pm) on the UA campus in Tucson. For information about IRLS 504, please see Financial Aid: SIRLS offers both scholarships and graduate assistantships to new and continuing students. Prospective students are encouraged to apply for financial aid at the same time they apply for admission. The deadlines are the same for admission. For more information, please see Online and Traditional Course Options: Following successful completion of IRLS 504, students may select from online, traditional, or blended options according to their needs and learning styles. Many students complete their program of study virtually without ever returning to Tucson. Students preferring more traditional learning opportunities may attend face-to-face courses in Tucson and in Phoenix. To review sample semester course offerings, please see Tuition and Fees as of Spring Semester 2009: For MA residents of Arizona, tuition and fees for one course is about $1550. For nine credits, or three courses, it is about $4700. Three courses or nine credits is considered a ‘full load’ for a regular semester. For more information about tuition, please see Non-residents pay more than double the cost of residents for each course. Questions? Please see our website at or call us at 520.621.3565 or email our Admissions Officer, Geraldine Fragoso, at Arizona’s First University – Since 1885