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 not available for Post-Master's Certificate students.
  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?
    A. No. Students in the Post-Master's Certificate program take five courses in their chosen career pathway to earn their certificate. If you are interested in taking only a class or two, see the i.School Open Classes Program.
  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. 

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