Post-Master's FAQs

  1. Q. Can I take courses from different areas?
    A. Students may not mix and match courses from different career pathways. Students select a particular career pathway and may take courses listed for that pathway only.Post-Masters students are admitted as special session students, and choose classes from the special session schedule of classes. Post-Master's students do not take the 200, 202 or 204 MLIS core courses. Core course prerequisites for electives in the PMC certificate pathway are waived for Post-Master's students.
  2. Q. Does the Post-Master's Certificate replace the MLIS?
    A. The Post-Master's Certificate does not replace the MLIS degree. In order to work in most professional positions in a library or archival organization, you need an MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited program. The Post-Master's Certificate is for individuals who have been working for a while and who want to update their skills.
  3. Q. Is there financial aid?
    A. Financial aid is available for Post-Master's Certificate students. See Seven Steps to Financial Aid
  4. Q. I have just completed my MLIS. Will the Post-Master's Certificate help me find a job?
    A. The Post-Master's Certificate is not aimed at recent MLIS graduates. It is for individuals who have been out of graduate school for a while, are working, and want to update their skills. Recent graduates would be best served by obtaining practical experience – perhaps even volunteering in a library, information center, or archives environment.
  5. Q. Can I just take one or two classes from the Post-Master's program? Can I transfer units into the Post-Master's program?
    A. If you are interested in taking only a class or two, see the i.School Open Classes Program. Students in the Post-Master's Certificate program take five courses in their chosen career pathway to earn their certificates and units taken as part of other graduate programs cannot transfer in. Note that a maximum of 3 units can be transferred in to the Post-Master's Certificate program from the iSchool Open Classes program and must be chosen from the intended Post-Master's Certificate pathway.
  6. Q. Can I request a class with a specific instructor?
    A. Requests for instructors are not accepted. We cannot guarantee a particular instructor for any class.
  7. Q. Can I complete multiple Post-Master's Certificates in different pathways?
    A. No.The university allows a student to complete one Post-Master's Certificate in Library and Information Science. 
  8. Q. I've decided to change to a different pathway within the Post-Master's Certificate. How do I change my pathway? Can the classes I have already taken in the previous pathway be applied to the new pathway?
    A. Please notify our Online Student Advisor if you would like to change your certificate pathway. She will introduce you to your new pathway advisor. The only courses you can apply must be listed on your new pathway's selection of courses.

         For more information, please contact Dr. Linda Main, SJSU iSchool associate director.

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