Admissions Process and Enrollment Deadlines

Thank you for your interest in applying to the fully online Post-Master's Certificate program at the San José State University School of Information. The program is open to individuals who already hold a master's degree in any discipline. Please follow the application process detailed below.

Application Process

Deadlines for Fall 2015:

  • Open for applications: February 1, 2015
  • Closes for applications: April 15, 2015
  • Document deadline: April 20, 2105

    Applications for Spring 2016 will likely open August 1, but we do not have the deadlines yet.

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 Post-Master's 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 CSU Mentor Application, read the following– and then apply on For assistance with the CSU Certificate application, an online tutorial is available.

• Fill out the application to show only your bachelor’s degree institution and your master’s degree institution.
• Non-US citizens: On the CSUmentor'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.

2. Pay the CSU Graduate Application fee of $55. We strongly encourage payment by credit or debit card. Credit card payments may be made when completing the CSU Mentor online application. If paying by check, mail the check to:

Attn: Geeta
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)

3. Obtain one sealed transcript for your Bachelor's degree and one for your Master’s degree. 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 

If you attended SJSU: DO NOT send your SJSU transcript.

International Requirements

Applicants who earned their degrees in a country where the primary language is not English must meet the following requirements:

• TOEFL score of 600 (paper version) or 250 (computer version) or 100 (Internet-based), or
• IELTS score of 8

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 problem. You apply as a Special Session student and complete the program online from outside the United States.

However, due to the restrictions placed on online classes by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the MLIS program cannot enroll international students who are in the United States and want to take classes while in the United States. The MLIS and MARA degrees are both available only in an online format.

Enrollment Deadlines

Fall courses begin on Thursday, August 20, 2015.  (Although you are encouraged to begin LIBR 203 on August 3, 2015.). The window to request classes for admitted fall 2015 certificate students is July 1 - 22,  2015.

Fees will be due within 21 days of enrollment. Pay your fees after you are enrolled in each class.

Students can choose to start the program in the fall or spring semester. Students already enrolled in the program can also take summer session courses. The window to request classes for summer is April 24 - May 11, 2015. Summer courses begin on June 1, 2015.

Our school's student services coordinator, Vicki Robison, will manage the process to enroll you in the courses you choose each semester.

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: MLIS, MARA, or Post-Master's Certificate.

For any admissions questions, contact the iSchool Student Services Coordinator, Vicki Robison.