Entry into the Master of Information (MI) program is competitive. Admission is based on a number of factors including prior academic performance at an accredited academic institution, test scores, professional work experience, standardized English proficiency test scores (for International students only), at least two letters of recommendation and a personal statement.
Students should apply into one of the following program delivery options:
On-campus/Hybrid: The MI program is offered on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers University. On-campus students can register for online courses ($100 per use charge, per course) as needed.
The MI program is also offered fully online meaning that students take all their courses remotely.
The MI program requires a total of 36 credits and must be completed within three years. As a part-time student taking two classes (six credits) per semester, it will take three years (six semesters) to complete the program. As a full-time student taking three classes (nine credits) per semester, it will take two years (four semesters) to complete the program. Many students take advantage of summer and winter session courses to decrease the time to completion.
Resume or CV
A resume describing employment history, academic honors, scholastic recognition, publications, leadership roles and/or other academic, professional and community activities.
Overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 is typically the minimum requirement though applicants with lower GPAs are encouraged to apply and should discuss their GPA and undergraduate learning experiences in the Personal Statement.
Send official transcripts to:
The Office of Graduate and Professional Admissions
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
56 College Avenue
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Standardized Test Scores
Verbal = mid-150s+
Quantitative = mid-140s+
Writing = 4.0+
GRE Waiver Policy
Rutgers School of Communication and Information will grant a GRE waiver to applicants meeting one or more of these requirements:
- A GPA above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (from a U.S. institution)
- A completed advanced or master’s degree
TOEFL = 94+ (IBT), 587 (PBT)
IELTS = 6.5+
Send GRE and TOEFL scores to School Code 2790 and leave the department code blank.
Two letters are required. Letters of recommendation should focus on academic capacity (e.g., problem solving, thinking, analytical, and reflective skills) to undertake a rigorous program of graduate study, rather than on workplace efficiency and character traits.
The recommender’s relationship to the student must be established in the letter of recommendation. Personal friends, clergy, and family members are not appropriate recommenders. Be prepared to supply names and email addresses for all recommenders during the online application process.
A Personal Statement is required as part of the admissions process. In approximately 750 words, state interests and career aspirations in pursuing the Master of Information degree.
A $70 non-refundable application fee is required.
The Master of Information Program at Rutgers School of Communication welcomes all International Students to apply. Five additional requirements are required for International Applicants: (1) TOEFL (or IELTS) Scores, (2) Evidence of adequate financial resources and (3) Proper Visa status and (4) A transcript evaluation by any member of NACES, such as WES. Further information is offered below on NACES and WES. (5) A Video-based interview (see below).
|Test||Passing score required||Website||Rutgers Institutional Code|
|TOEFL – Test Of English as a Foreign Language||The minimum required score for admission is 94+ for the IBT test or 587 for the PBT test. Please note scores must be recent; within the past three years.||www.ets.org||2790|
|IELTS – International English Language Testing System||The minimum required score for admission is 6.5+. Please note scores must be recent; within the past three years.||www.ielts.org||See IELTS website for instructions|
Waivers for TOEFL or IETLS are granted to students who earned their bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. college or university or have taken an accredited English as a Second Language program or course. Or, if a student is an international applicant coming from an English-speaking country with a minimum of three years’ undergraduate education where the mode of instruction was English. The waiver will not be applied to an application until official transcripts or certificates are received.
Use institution code 2790 to send TOEFL scores to Rutgers. Rutgers does not use ETS department codes. In general, TOEFL/IELTS scores are good for three years. Please note that once one of its standardized tests has been taken, ETS requires several weeks to grade results.
Transcript Evaluations: International students must have their transcripts evaluated. The MI program will accept transcript evaluations from any member of NACES, such as WES (World Education Services). Please find a full list of eligible evaluators at the NACES website. NACES is an association of private and independent foreign educational credentials evaluation services committed to formulating and maintaining ethical standards in the field of foreign educational evaluation. Students should submit the NACES Official Evaluation to Rutgers along with the required transcripts.
The MI Program uses a video interview service (Spark Hire) for our International candidates. This service is deployed to ensure the English proficiency of international candidates is at a level that will ensure success in the MI program and a positive learning experience.
The process is simple. We created a few questions for you to answer on your own time.
What to expect:
You will be asked to record answers to four short questions. You will have a specified time limit and set number of attempts to complete each answer.
What you will need:
A webcam or the Spark Hire mobile application (available for iOS and Android)
You can access the video interview here: https://hire.li/bd43b84
Finally: Non-immigrant students must present evidence of adequate financial resources.
The university may deny admission to nonimmigrant students for lack of English proficiency, for lack of financial support, or because of improper visa status.
Please Note: International Students are asked to use an email address such as outlook.com, hotmail.com or yahoo.com when they apply. Unfortunately, we have found that several International email domains (163.com, 126.com, and yeah.net) are not compatible with our system and therefore do not allow us to communicate via email with the applicant. We appreciate your cooperation and understanding.
Applications are considered on a rolling basis. Applications must be complete by the deadline to be considered for admission
Start in September
- U.S. resident deadline: August 1 (Scholarship consideration, apply by February 1)
- International student deadline: July 1
Start in January
- U.S. resident deadline: December 1
- International student deadline: November 1
Start in May (Online only)
- U.S. resident deadline: April 15
- International student deadline: March 15
The Master of Information program at the School of Communication and Information (SC&I) is proud to be able to recognize high achieving graduate students each year by awarding scholarships and awards to continuing and incoming students. Students currently enrolled in the Master of Information program apply during each Spring semester for scholarships that will be applied to the following Fall term. Incoming students – who submit a scholarship application by the admission application priority deadline (March 1) – will also be considered for scholarships and awards for the following Fall term. Applicants are notified of their scholarship status by the end of April. All scholarships are applied directly to the tuition term bill for the Fall semester. Scholarship decisions are made by the Master of Information program faculty.
Information about the Master of Information scholarships and scholarship eligibility criteria are listed below. All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by completing a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Additional information about the FAFSA application and other financial aid information is available on the Rutgers University Financial Aid webpage at Rutgers University Financial Aid webpage.
Instructions for Applying
1. All applicants must set up an account in the scholarship application portal in order to access the application. Register here for a new WordPress account. If you have already established a WordPress account or if you are returning to finish an incomplete application, log-in with your original credentials. Once logged in, the link for the Scholarship page will appear.
2. Master of Information students should complete the scholarship application associated with that award. Students may apply for more than one award within the MI program.
3. The scholarship application requires the following supporting documents to be uploaded with each individual application that you are applying to:
· An unofficial copy of your Rutgers University transcript (incoming graduate students should upload most recent copy of undergraduate or graduate transcripts);
· A personal statement expressing why you are deserving of the scholarship and/or how you have a demonstrated financial need (you may re-use the same personal statement, unless the scholarship description states a specific topic for the personal statement);
· Current resume or CV.
If you have any questions, you may contact the SC&I scholarship administrator at email@example.com. For additional information about scholarship opportunities, visit the SC&I Scholarships and Awards webpage.
A maximum of six (6) credits of graduate coursework may be transferred to the MI program under the following two options:
- Credits may be transferred from a graduate program of library and information science accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) if the work was completed with a grade of B or better within three years prior to admission to the Rutgers MI program. Credits will not be transferred until successful completion of 1 semester of study. Verbal approvals will be granted for course transfers that align to specific courses in the MI curriculum
- Credits may be transferred from Masters-level courses earned at Rutgers University or Master’s level courses earned from a Master’s program from an accredited institution with a grade of B or better within three years prior to admission to the Rutgers MI program. Requests should be submitted after the completion of 12 credits. Practicums and Independent studies cannot be transferred.
- ALL REQUESTS SUBJECT TO APPROVAL AND SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS OF PROGRAM PATHWAYS
- Current students wanting to take master's courses outside the Program must have the approval of the Director of the Program. Please provide a copy of the course syllabus, a brief statement with respect to how the class aligns with your academic/professional goals, and approval from your academic adviser or concentration coordinator prior to registering for the class. The student is responsible for reaching out to an external program/faculty to obtain permission to take the class.
- Any course completed outside the MI program without explicit advance approval of the program/department will not be applied toward the MI degree and will not be computed in the MI grade point average.
To determine if transfer credits are possible, students with potential transfer credits must:
- Submit a cover letter identifying these credits and include an explanation of why these courses are relevant to the MI degree and their professional goals to the Program Director
- Submit course descriptions and syllabi pertaining to these courses to the Program Director
- Submit official transcripts from the transferring institution to the SC&I Office of Student Services. Copies of the transcripts will be sent to the Graduate Registrar with the accompanying transfer credit request if approved by the program.
Courses for transfer credit will be evaluated by the Program Director in consultation with the Admissions Committee and/or Concentration Coordinators/faculty. After being admitted to the program, students should submit transfer credit requests based on schedules set forth in the policy to the MI Program Director and the Office of Student Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Office of Student Services will notify students of the outcome within four weeks of the requested date.
The figures below represent the TOTAL cost of the program, not annual or per term.
- NJ Resident - $29,000* - take a mix of classes on-campus & online
- Out of State Resident - $44,000* - take a mix of classes on-campus & online
- NJ Resident OR Out of State - $36,000 - students complete 100% of courses online
* NJ Resident and out-of state-tuition costs are approximated. All quotes are based on the 2018-2019 academic year. Full details regarding tuition and fees can be found on the Rutgers Student Accounting, Billing, and Cashier Services site.