MLS admission requirements for academic background, application materials and enrollment dates.

Prospective Students

Since its inception in 2005, the Rice MLS program has attracted a wide spectrum of students. Medical doctors, attorneys, homemakers, recent college graduates, retirees, teachers, a range of business professionals and others have been accepted into the program. Such diversity – in age and profession – adds a level of broad-mindedness not typically found in the traditional classroom.

The program seeks committed, energetic adult students with bachelor’s degrees from an accredited college or university, who have significant life experiences and who are able to communicate effectively. Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) from an accredited university or college. A minimum GPA of 3.0 from the applicant’s undergraduate work is expected, though the admissions committee also gives consideration to applicants’ postgraduate experiences and recent accomplishments.

How to Apply

To apply, you will need to complete the application, submit the application fee, a current resume, personal statement, writing samples and official transcripts and provide two letters of recommendation.

  • Fall 2018 Admissions Deadline: Friday, May 25, 2018
  • Winter 2019 Admissions Deadline: Friday, Oct. 26, 2018

MLS Application Instructions

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Admissions Process

The initial processing begins once we have received the complete set of application materials and the application fee. Please be sure your application is complete by the appropriate deadline. You will receive a status message via email. Interviews as appropriate may be scheduled after the initial screening of applications. The MLS admissions committee normally meets twice a year to make admissions decisions. Decisions are usually made in July for fall admissions; and November for winter admissions. Candidates will be notified of their status as soon as possible after those dates. If you are offered admission, the letter of admission will include an acceptance form. The process of admission is not complete until you have returned the acceptance form to the MLS office. The deadline for returning the form, usually within 15 days from the date of the acceptance letter, will be noted in the admission letter. Satisfactory progress is required to remain in the program. Payment of tuition is not a guarantee of a degree.

Meningitis Vaccination Policy for New Students Under the Age of 22

Students under 22 years of age before their first day of classes must be vaccinated against bacterial meningitis. Please see more information on the meningitis policy.