Library and Information Science
The fully online Master's Degree of Library and Information Science (MLIS) at the San José State University School of Information prepares students for professional careers in the information profession.
The MLIS program is an exclusively online program with no on-campus orientations or other required in-person events. Most course content is delivered asynchronously, giving students the freedom to access the course at any time they choose, from any location.
Year after year, graduating students rank the MLIS program's flexibility and online learning environment as its top two strengths.
- Outstanding Program
95% of the Spring 2013 graduates said they would recommend the Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at the SJSU information school.
- Personalized Learning
Many cite the MLIS program's personalized learning as a benefit. "I would recommend the MLIS program because of the wide range of course offerings and flexibility to choose courses that are of interest to my career goals," said a spring 2013 graduate.
- Focus on Technology
In all courses, students learn how to use emerging technology, and many MLIS electives specifically focus on technology.
- A Dozen Career Pathways
The MLIS program features a dozen career pathways that help students explore and select electives. Many students choose courses from more than one career pathway, building a wide range of skillsets.
Your Career Opportunities
With a Master's Degree in Library and Information Science, SJSU alumni are prepared for professional careers in the information profession. Their business cards carry diverse titles, such as User Services and Multimedia Librarian, Digital Archivist, Knowledge Manager, Informatics Specialist, Emerging Technology Librarian, and Metadata Specialist.
SJSU students have full access to a career development specialist, who conducts career workshops, hosts a career development blog, provides career guidance, and reviews resumes and cover letters.
The information school's website features a section dedicated to career development and resources.
Since graduating in 2001, alumna Tasha Bergson-Michelson has used her MLIS degree to conduct corporate research, develop corporate training programs, and most recently, design Google curriculum for teaching search strategies to school age children. Read more
Alumna Tracy Wolfe (2011) is a Media Manager at Corbis Images in Seattle, Washington. She works with the communications team at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, handling the digital asset management system for all of their photography. Read more
Two SJSU alumni and one current student were recently named LJ Movers & Shakers 2013, Library Journal’s annual honor that celebrates information professionals doing extraordinary work in the rapidly changing field of library and information science. Read more
You can find more success stories at MLIS website.
Applying to MLIS
Formal admission is required for the program. You can apply for admission in the fall or spring semester.
- A Bachelor's degree from any regionally accredited institution in any discipline with an overall GPA of at least 3.0
- A general understanding of computers and technology
- Access to a computer with Internet connection
- International applicants must have a TOEFL score of 600 (paper version) or 250 (computer version) or 100 (Internet-based)
The School of Information at San Jose State University does not require a GMAT or GRE test, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, or a resume.
For more information, please visit the MLIS website.
For you to participate and receive credit from online classes at San Jose State University, your state of residence must have a reciprocity agreement in place with CSU. This agreement provides online students with consumer protection. For a complete list of participating states and details on the regulation, please visit sjsu.edu/extend/state-auth/.