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New Student Information

Students are admitted to the MLIS program with either “full admission” or “conditional admission.” Students that are admitted conditionally must sign and return this acknowledgement form within 10 days of being admitted. The form may be returned through email or postal mail.

Your acceptance email contains the name and contact information of your advisor. At any point of the program you may change advisors if you wish to do so.

We encourage you to take some time to go through our New Student Orientation. As you get ready to begin your program, this online orientation will walk you through your “next steps.” This will cover information on enrolling, required trainings, program planning, end of program assessment, and more. Please follow the link below to get started.

New Student Orientation

Advisor and Advising

Your assigned faculty advisor is noted in your acceptance email to the program. You may keep this advisor for the duration of your degree program or you may choose a different faculty member. If you do not know who your advisor is, contact in the SLIS office.


By the end of your first semester you should have completed and submitted to your faculty advisor the program planning form. To predict when classes will be offered, use the course rotation schedule. Course descriptions are found in the OU General Catalog, linked below.

Program Planning Form (pdf)

Course Rotation Schedule (pdf)

Course Descriptions

Transfer Credit Petitions

Students may transfer up to 9 hours of courses from other OU departments or from outside institutions. A student's advisor can approve other OU courses, but courses from other institutions must be reviewed through petition by the Graduate Studies Committee.

For Credit to be Earned (pdf)

For Credit Previously Earned (pdf)


Certain college, departmental, and administrative officers of the University have a legitimate interest and need for information contained in the student's records, and are authorized access to this information on a "need to know" basis (Title 5 Student Records and Information [5.2] of the University of Oklahoma Student Code of Responsibilities and Conduct for the Norman Campus). These needs include, for example, access by faculty/staff for evaluating applicants to the program and for advising/assisting the student in meeting her/his professional goals and the requirements of the program. The University endeavors to protect the confidentiality of student records as provided by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

Each student admitted to the program is assigned a faculty advisor based on the student's interests expressed in the application materials. Upon entry to the program and prior to the completion of 12 hours at the latest (including any hours taken before official admission to the program), all students in the MLIS program must file with the School a program planning form that shows which courses are to constitute the 36 hours to be taken for the degree, including any courses to be taken at the University of Oklahoma outside the School and any courses transferred from another institution.

This program of study, developed in consultation with the student's advisor, must be approved by the student's advisor and must be filed with the student's records in the SLIS office. 

A maximum of 12 graduate hours taken in unclassified status at the University of Oklahoma prior to admission to the degree program may be applied toward the master's program. Enrollment in unclassified status must be approved by the School's Director.

If a student wishes to change the approved program of study, the student must consult with her/his advisor concerning any changes in courses and obtain the approval of the advisor for a change in the program. Courses taken that have not been approved for inclusion in the program of study will not count toward the MLIS degree.

Students should also consult with their advisors prior to each enrollment period in order to verify the continued validity of the program of study and receive advice about enrolling the next semester. In addition to general program planning and advice on course selection, faculty advisors also meet with students to plan any directed reading, directed research, directed project, or internship enrollments. Planning for enrollment in any of these four areas needs to be undertaken well in advance of the semester in which the enrollment occurs and may need to involve faculty other than the advisor as well as information professionals external to the School.

Faculty advisors hold published office hours each week during the academic terms in which they teach and can also be reached by telephone and email. At any point in their program, students have the option of requesting a change of advisor by contacting the faculty member they wish to change to and informing the Coordinator of Admissions/Academic and Student Support Services.