MLIS Application Process

Thank you for your interest in applying to the exclusively online MLIS program at the SJSU School of Information! Our MLIS program has two student designations based on residence: Regular Session and Special Session.

Regular Session is state-supported and state-subsidized and is for students who live within the catchment area of San José, California (zip codes: 936xx - 958xx). The cap on the number of Regular Session students who are accepted to the MLIS program each semester is related to the amount of money received from the state. Regular Session students can also take advantage of San José State University student services, such as Santa Clara County transit services, student body organizations, health care, and recreational activities. Information on Regular Session fees.

Beginning in Spring 2014, Regular Session students will access elective courses through a new process. After completing at least 22 units, Regular Session students will have the option to retain their designation as a Regular Session student, or change their designation to Special Session. Regular Session students may want to change their designation, in order to gain access to additional electives offered in Special Session. For information about the fee structure, please see the fee chart on our Registration FAQs. For more information about changing student designations, please view our Advising FAQs (questions 14-16). Note Regular Session students will not be eligible for the CSU or CalVet fee waiver or any financial aid from the State of California, if they change their designation to Special Session.

Special Session is totally funded from student fees and is for students who live outside the catchment area of San José, California (e.g., Southern California, the rest of the United States, and the world.) Information on Special Session fees.

Regular Session and Special Session students must meet the same graduation requirements (e.g., same required courses, same number of elective units, same total number of units to graduate). All MLIS courses are offered entirely online. The SJSU iSchool no longer offers any face-to-face classes.

When filling out the application for admission, please be sure to check the correct session on your application (Regular Session or Special Session) based on your zip code. If you apply to the incorrect session, your application will be rejected.

To actually apply, see Application Deadlines and Application Procedures.

CSU Fee Waiver and CalVet Fee Waiver for Spring 2015

If you are a CSU employee, or dependent/spouse of a CSU employee, or eligible for a CalVet fee waiver, you will not be able to receive the fee waiver in spring 2015 because we are only admitting for Special Session.  Please see this information. You can apply for Spring 2015, but you would have to pay for Special Session fees ($474 per unit). One option is to only take the one-unit LIBR 203 required introductory course, then you would be able to switch to Regular Session for fall 2015 and receive the fee waiver for the other classes. Please contact Vicki Robison, student services coordinator, if you will be applying for spring 2015.

CSU Fee Waiver for Fall 2015

If you are a CSU employee, or dependent/spouse of a CSU employee and interested in a fee waiver, please follow the five steps below:

  • Step 1: Contact your campus fee waiver coordinator to determine if you are eligible for a CSU tuition fee waiver and to coordinate paperwork.
  • Step 2: If you live in the San Jose catchment area (zip codes 936xx-958xx), you will apply as a regular session student.  If you do not live in zip code area 936xx - 958xx, you  will apply as a special session student, but your application will be changed to regular session after your CSU status has been verified [see application deadlines].
  • Step 3: When you complete the online application state that you will pay the application fee by check/money order [do not pay by credit card AND do not mail your check/money order]. If CSU tuition fee waiver eligible, you may receive an application fee waiver once verified.
  • Step 4: Email Christie Wright in Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations to inform their office that you have applied and you are CSU tuition fee waiver eligible. In the email, please include your name, CSU campus, and SJSU id number/application number.  
  • Step 5: Have an HR staff member email Tricia Foust confirmation of your CSU employee or dependent/spouse status by the established document deadline.

**Please note this email is only to inform Graduate Admission & Program Evaluations that you are going through the tuition fee waiver process to appropriately code your application.   Their office is not responsible in any manner for the CSU tuition fee waiver process or paperwork.

If you are a Veteran, or a dependent/spouse of a Veteran and interested in a fee waiver, please follow the four steps below:
 

  • Step 1: Check the Office of the Registrar’s Website to determine if you are eligible and to start the Application Procedures for the Veteran’s College Fee Waiver Program [if applicable].
  • Step 2: If you live in the San Jose catchment area (zip codes 936xx-958xx), you will apply as a regular session student.  If you do not live in zip code area 936xx - 958xx, you  will apply as a special session student, but your application will be changed to regular session after your benefit status has been verified  [see application deadlines].
  • Step 3: Email Christie Wright in Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations to inform their office that you have applied and you are eligible for Veteran’s fee waiver benefits. In the email, please include your name, and SJSU id number/application number.  
  • Step 4: Once you have submitted all official Veteran’s paperwork to the Office of the Registrar, please email Tricia Foust confirmation by the established document deadline.   

 **Please note this email is only to inform Graduate Admission & Program Evaluations that you are going through the tuition fee waiver process to appropriately code your application. Their office is not responsible in any manner for the Veteran tuition fee waiver process or paperwork.