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
To be considered for scholarships, apply by the early acceptance deadline for the Fall term. Scholarships for students beginning in spring or summer are only occasionally available and thus do not have a deadline.
A maximum of six (6) previously earned 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 may be transferred from Master's-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. Practicums and Independent studies cannot be transferred.
ALL REQUESTS SUBJECT TO APPROVAL AND SPECIFIC REQUIREMENTS OF PROGRAM PATHWAYS
Current students wanting to take masters courses outside the Program must have the approval of the Director of the Program.
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.
- Submit course descriptions and/or syllabi pertaining to these courses.
Courses for transfer credit will be evaluated by the Chair of the Admissions committee in consultation with the Director of the MI Program. After being admitted to the program, students should submit transfer credit requests to 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 request 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 2017-2018 academic year. Full details regarding tuition and fees can be found on the Rutgers Student Accounting, Billing, and Cashier Services site.