History and Accreditation

The first Library Science course was taught at San José State University in 1928, and the School of Information first started offering a graduate degree in Library Science in 1954.

The Master's Degree in Library and Information Science program has been continuously accredited by the American Library Association (ALA) since 1969. We invite you to find out more about our school’s ALA accreditation by reading reports from our most recent re-accreditation process.

In 2008, the school introduced a second graduate degree, the Master of Archives and Records Administration (MARA), and in 2012, the school started offering a Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science program.

In addition to ALA accreditation of our school's MLIS program, San José State University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

We invite you to read more about our school's history, from its early beginnings at a public university located in the heart of Silicon Valley, to its transition to a fully online delivery model in 2009.



Our MLIS program is fully accredited by the American Library Association.