History and Accreditation


History and Accreditation

The first Library Science course was taught at San José State University in 1928, and the School of Information first started offering a graduate degree in Library Science in 1954.

Dr. Anthony Chow

The Master’s degree in Library and Information Science program has been continuously accredited by the American Library Association since 1969. 

In 2008, our school introduced a second graduate degree, the Master of Archives and Records Administration, and in 2012, we started offering a Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science program. An MS in Informatics was added in 2019, and the school’s first-ever bachelor’s degree program was created in 2020.

In addition to ALA accreditation of the MLIS program, San José State University is accredited by the  WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).