Advanced Certificate Admissions Process for Information Professionals


Thank you for your interest in applying to the fully online Advanced Certificate in Strategic Management of Digital Assets and Services program at the San José State University School of Information. Please note this web page outlines admissions requirements, application deadlines and process, program fees, and enrollment information specific to non-iSchool students who are interested in applying for the advanced certificate program. Information about the advanced certificate program for current iSchool students can be found on this web page.

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor's degree from any regionally accredited institution in any discipline with a GPA of at least 3.0 at the bachelor's degree institution or in the last 60 semester or 90 quarter units

International Applicants

In addition to the admissions requirements listed above, international applicants (or applicants who earned their degrees in a country where the primary language is not English), must meet the minimum iSchool score on ONE of the three possible tests indicated on SJSU's Graduate Program Test Requirements page. For further detailed information, please read Step 5 on the GAPE Steps to Admission website

Important Note for International Applicants: If you are taking the degree online from your own country – or any country outside the United States – there is no need to obtain a visa. You apply as a special session student and complete the certificate online from outside the United States.

Application Deadlines

Students can begin the advanced certificate program in the fall or spring semester. 

Application Period for Spring 2019:

  • Opens: Aug. 1, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 1, 2018
  • Document Deadline: Dec. 20, 2018

Application Period for Fall 2019

  • Opens: Oct 1, 2018
  • Closes: May 1, 2019
  • Document Deadline: May 20, 2019


Application Process

IMPORTANT: The notice of admission from the School of Information will only come via email. Make sure you set your spam filter to accept all correspondences from the domain.
Please be sure to complete all 4 steps.

1. Before starting the application process, take the time to choose your career pathway.  Be sure to read about each pathway you are interested in and the class choices for each pathway. You will not be able to take classes from multiple pathways. It is important to choose now, before you apply. If you have questions about the pathways, please contact Dr. Linda Main.

2. Complete the university's online graduate application. Note students applying for the advanced certificate should select "none" under the degree objective portion of the application. Note: Non-US citizens do not use the "International Admissions Application;" they use the domestic application for certificate programs. Before completing the online Cal State Apply Application, read the following– and then apply on For assistance with the CSU Certificate application, an online tutorial is available. On the Cal State Apply screen “Enrollment Information,” for the Degree/Credential Objective choice, please choose: “Information School, (Certificate, Strategic Management)”

  • Fill out the application to show only your bachelor’s degree institution and your master’s degree institution.
  • Non-US citizens: On Cal State Apply's "Personal Information" application page where it asks for "US state/territory", use the dropdown menu to click "Foreign country"; where it asks for "Citizenship status", use the dropdown menu to click "Other visa"; where it asks for "visa status", put in "U"; and where it asks for the "date issued", type in "01/01/2000".
  • A GRE, work experience, academic references, academic honors, and a statement of purpose are not necessary. In the boxes provided on the form, leave these boxes blank. For the "Statement of Purpose" box, only type in the words "not applicable".
  • When you click the "Submit" button, the application is electronically submitted to the SJSU Office of Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluation (GAPE). Be sure to print out the "Confirmation" web page for future reference.

    Application URL for Spring 2019 applicants:
    Application URL for Fall 2019 applicants:

3. Pay the CSU Graduate Application fee of $55. Payment of the CSU Application Fee of $55 will be accepted by credit card or PayPal only. The payment must be made in order to submit your Cal State Apply university application.

4. Send official transcripts for your degree(s) and for all work from previous and current colleges or universities. Send transcripts to:
Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluation
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0017 (Use of any other zip code will cause misdirection and/or loss of transcripts)

Transcripts may be sent electronically. If your school of record has partnered with any of the following vendors, the institution should send the transcripts to SJSU via these vendors and not to us directly. Transcripts in PDF format sent via email from the institution will not be accepted. If the vendor needs an email address, use:  
Credentials, Inc. or E-scripsafe 
National Student Clearinghouse

If you attended SJSU: DO NOT send your SJSU transcript.SJSU graduate Alumni who apply to an iSchool Graduate or Certificate program: Due to Admissions policy, if you earned your Master’s at SJSU and your SJSU graduate degree is older than 1 year, you will be required to send another set of undergraduate transcripts to Graduate Admissions by the provisional deadline for applicant documents. Contact Admissions at for the provisional document deadline for the semester you are applying.

CSU Faculty/Staff fee waivers are not able to be used toward the Advanced Certificate in Strategic Management of Digital Assets and Services

Track your application status by following these steps.


Fees are $474 a unit. The total cost for the nine-unit advanced certificate is $4,266. Fees are subject to review and change. The advanced certificate program does not qualify for financial aid.


For Fall and Spring sessions, fees will be due within 21 days of enrollment. Pay your fees after you are enrolled in each class.Fees are due 15 days from the date of enrollment in Summer.

Our school's online student advisor, Sheila Gurtu, will manage the process to enroll you in the courses you choose each semester. Students already enrolled in the program can take courses during the fall, spring and summer sessions. 

Please note that we will try to get you into the class of your choice but cannot guarantee a particular instructor. We do not guarantee a particular instructor for any of our programs.

For any admissions questions, please contact Sheila Gurtu.

get help with application process

Our instructors are award-winning scholars and leaders in their professional communities.