MLIS Student Profiles

As you consider earning your graduate degree at the San José State University School of Information, we thought you’d like to know more about our Master of Library and Information Science students’ experiences. Here are some statistics pulled from a recent exit survey of SJSU iSchool graduates who completed our MLIS program in December 2016. Note percentages are rounded and may not always equal 100. (n=128 responses)

  • 96% said they would recommend our MLIS program. "It's one of the best options. The online format makes it flexible to gain practical work experience while completing the MLIS, and not being geographically bound to a single location means we get the best instruction available," explained a survey respondent.
  • 94% rated their overall educational experience at the SJSU School of Information as either very good (63%) or good (31%). A survey respondent commented, "It was a fantastic overall experience! I really enjoyed meeting fellow students from all over the world. My professors were exceptional, and I learned so much from them." We invite you to read some unsolicited letters sent to the iSchool from our alumni.
  • According to survey respondents, the top five strengths of our MLIS program are our curriculum, flexibility, online learning environment, faculty, and cost.
  • Survey respondents customized their MLIS program to their interests and career goals by taking classes from a variety of focus areas. In the words of a survey respondent, "It's awesome to be able to tailor your program to what you are most interested in." We've put together 13 exciting career pathways for students to explore when choosing electives, and nearly 30% did not follow any one specific career pathway. Others were specifically interested in public librarianship, youth librarianship, and archives, to name a few mentioned in the survey.  
  • 70% completed the MLIS program in three or fewer years. Did you know that you can complete the MLIS program at your own pace, choosing the number of courses you want to take each semester? You have up to seven years to earn your graduate degree, but you could earn your graduate degree in as quickly as 12 months as a full-time student. View full-time course load scenario.
  • 73% said they were very satisfied (41%) or satisfied (32%) with our school's career development resources as summed up in this comment from a survey respondent: "SJSU does a good job of preparing students for jobs." We help our students identify their career direction, explore emerging job trends in the information profession, and build job search strategies. Career development resources include webinars, a dedicated career blog, access to job listing sites, and one-on-one consultations with our expert career counselor.
  • 100% of the survey respondents completed the e-Portfolio for their culminating experience. According to a recent graduate, "The e-Portfolio is the best way for students to demonstrate the benefits of the MLIS program to their professors and potential future employers." Did you know that you have a choice for your culminating experience at the SJSU iSchool? Students can choose to complete the e-Portfolio or a thesis. Learn more.

Our students also took advantage of a range of informal learning opportunities and activities that helped them expand their professional network and aid them with future job seeking. For example:

  • 95% were members of professional associations. Did you know we give new Master of Library and Information Science students a free one-year membership to the American Library Association (ALA), the Special Libraries Association (SLA), the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), or the Society of American Archivists (SAA)? Learn more.
  • Finding the time for extracurricular activities can be challenging, yet 26% attended professional conferences while enrolled in the MLIS program. They also took advantage of several opportunities for networking and resume building offered at our school, such as student chapters of professional associations, the peer-reviewed Student Research Journal, the Library 2.0 worldwide virtual conference series, and the iSchool Connext student and alumni group.
  • 29% expanded their skills, knowledge and work experience by completing an internship. "I took both an internship and spent a summer in Nicaragua working as a librarian, and it changed my life for all the right reasons. I am forever grateful," shared a survey respondent. Did you know that we offer both place-based and virtual internship opportunities at companies located around the world? Learn more.

In addition, you’ll be in good company in our fully online master's degree program. Here are some facts about our graduating MLIS students as reported in the fall 2016 exit survey:

  • While earning their MLIS degree, our students lived in various countries, including the United States, Canada, France, South Korea, and Uganda. Our MLIS program is offered exclusively online, and there are no on-campus orientations or other required in-person events. In the words of a recent graduate, "I did appreciate that I was able to live abroad and travel during my studies."
  • Our online program allows students the flexibility to continue working while pursuing their MLIS degree. 83% were both students at our school and employees at public libraries, K-12 schools, academic libraries, government agencies, and a host of other types of career environments. Learn more about how our students juggle school, work, family, and life in our Day in the Life series.
  • 73% were between the ages of 21 and 40 at the time of graduation.
  • 25% identified themselves as an ethnicity other than "White" and 3% declined to answer.
  • 86% are women and 10% are men (2% declined to answer and 2% marked “other.”).

96% of graduating students surveyed said they would recommend our MLIS program.