Course Selection

As a graduate student in the exclusively online Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program at the San José State University School of Information, you can customize your educational experience to fit your interests and career objectives, selecting from many exciting electives offered each semester. Electives prepare our MLIS students to work in diverse and global information landscapes. All of our graduates receive a diploma that says they earned an MLIS degree. However, our school offers numerous career pathways to assist students in career planning and course selection.

In all courses, students explore how to use emerging technology. Many MLIS electives specifically focus on technology, such as courses in data mining, web analytics, information visualization, and use of mobile devices in information environments.

The majority of MLIS courses are offered in the standard 15-week format. Students can also choose to take some courses that are offered in an intensive mode of delivery (7 weeks), with the option of taking a seven-week class that starts at the beginning of the semester and/or a seven-week class that starts in the middle of the semester. They can also mix intensive courses with regular full-term courses (15 weeks).

The option to take intensive courses provides graduate students with increased flexibility for scheduling their classes around other commitments, such as work responsibilities and family obligations. It also allows students, who want to take two courses per semester, the option to complete their courses individually rather than simultaneously. That way they can focus on one course at a time while still completing two courses per semester. The intensive courses are completely optional.