MLIS Electives for MARA Students Application Form


Students who have entered the MARA degree program in fall 2012 or later are required to take 9 units of MLIS electives (or MARA electives when available*) from an approved list to complement the required MARA curriculum.

*As the MARA course offerings expand, MARA students may also take MARA elective courses in place of one or more of the MLIS electives. The MARA electives, however, may have MARA pre-requisites that must be met prior to the semester in which the course is taken. Permission numbers will not be needed if MARA elective prerequisites have been met.

This form can be used to select up to two MLIS elective courses for the upcoming term. Because not every course topic runs each semester, you should check the special session schedule of courses offered for the upcoming term before submitting this form. The “Note” column on the schedule contains the seminar topic

For each course, you are asked to select a second choice in case classes are full or canceled. The courses on this list are the only INFO courses approved as electives for MARA students. Some INFO courses run with multiple topics, but the topics included on this form are the only ones approved for MARA students. Check the Notes column of the upcoming Special Session schedule to see if any courses are 1 or 2 unit classes, with variable start and end dates. We will not receive the course permission numbers until closer to the first week of  registration. We will be in touch with everyone who submits a form informing students of the timeline for distribution of permission numbers. Requests are fulfilled in the order in which they are received. For best selection, please complete the form right when it first opens.

Please submit Spring 2021 INFO elective permission number requests beginning October 23rd, 2020 at 8am Pacific. The form will close Jan. 11th, 2021.

How to Use this Form

Step 1: Check the list of current *pre-approved MLIS courses and topics to be used as MARA electives to see which classes and topics you would be interested in taking. 

*Contact the MARA Coordinator directly for approval regarding any variable unit (1 and 2 unit) INFO electives that are not listed on the approved list.

MLIS course descriptions are available at Previous syllabi and Special Session MLIS course rotations are also helpful planning tools.

Step 2: Check which specific topics are offered from the upcoming Special Session schedule of classes.

MARA students may also elect to take up to 6 units of credit by enrolling in courses offered through the Web–based Information Science Education. This is a unique opportunity for students to take online learning courses from other accredited U.S. and Canadian schools and some schools from other countries. The MARA coordinator will pre-approve courses from the WISE offerings each term that relate to the MARA curriculum. MARA students can then apply for a seat in any of those pre-approved WISE courses. If the application is accepted, the student would then contact Debbie Faires for a permission number to register for INFO 298 through SJSU.

Step 3: Submit this form.

If you have questions related to the form, the approved MLIS electives, or your schedule, please contact Dr. Pat Franks, MARA academic advisor.