Post Masters Application Procedures


Application Procedures — Post-Master’s Certificate

IMPORTANT: The notice of admission from the San José State University School of Information will only come via email. Make sure you set your spam filter to accept all correspondences from the domain.

Before completing the online CSU Graduate Application, visit the State Authorization for Distance Education page to search for applicant eligibility information for residents of the state where you reside.

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 your pathway 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 Cal State Apply Application, read the following– and then apply on For assistance with the CSU Certificate application, an online tutorial is available. On the Cal State Apply screen “Select the Programs,” please choose: Source: Extended Education > San Jose Extension “Post-Master’s Certificate in Library and Information Science (Special Session)”

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”.

  • Fill out the application to show only your bachelor’s degree institution and your master’s degree institution.
  • Non-US citizens: On the Cal State Apply “Personal Information > Biographic Information” section, where it asks for “US State/Possession,” Choose “Alabama.” SJSU Admissions staff will treat this U.S. State residency choice as a null value for you as a global applicant. This choice is just to help move you through the application.
  • 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.

3. Pay the CSU Graduate Application fee of $70. Payment of the CSU Application Fee will be accepted by credit card or PayPal only. The payment must be made in order to submit your Cal State Apply university application.

4. Obtain one sealed transcript for your Bachelor’s degree and one for your master’s degree. Send official sealed 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
Credential Solutions 
National Student Clearinghouse

If you attended SJSU: DO NOT send your SJSU transcript. SJSU graduate Alumni who apply to an iSchool Graduate or Certificate program: Due to Admissions policy, if you earned your master’s at SJSU and your SJSU graduate degree is older than 1 year, you will be required to send another set of undergraduate transcripts to Graduate Admissions by the provisional deadline for applicant documents. Contact Admissions at for the provisional document deadline for the semester you are applying.

If you attended a university outside the United States or Canada, you must submit your transcripts to WES. The Graduate Admissions office requires that all international applicants (except Canada) provide a WES evaluation of their transcripts, according to the SJSU GAPE office specifications. Do not send your transcripts to the address above. 

Spring 2021:  English Language Proficiency / International Documents 

Due to test center closures during the global health pandemic, GAPE will continue to accept Duolingo for Spring 2021 admissions. GAPE also now accepts the online IELTS Indicator – same test and scores, just taken online from home. Due to the current global health pandemic, GAPE also approved the use of Academic Credentials Institute Inc. (ACEI) and International Education Evaluations, LLC (IEE) for an evaluation of international coursework for Spring 2021.

Applicants wishing to use Veteran’s or military benefits need to check in with the San Jose State University Veteran’s Office. CalVet fee waivers cannot be used within the Special Session Post-Master’s Certificate program.