Advanced Certificate FAQs

  1. Q. Can I take courses from different pathways?
    A. Students may not mix and match courses from different pathways. Students select a particular career pathway and may take courses listed for that pathway only. Students are admitted as Special Session students, and choose classes from the Special Session schedule of classes. (Regular Session students who would like to complete the certificate may switch to Special Session once they have completed 19 units in their degree program.)
  2. Q. Is there financial aid for non-iSchool students?
    A. Financial aid is not available, as the advanced certificate program is only nine units.
  3. Q. Can I just take one or two classes?
    A. No. Students in the advanced certificate program take three courses in their chosen career pathway to earn their advanced certificate. For non-iSchool students who are interested in taking only a class or two, see the i.School Open Classes program.
  4. 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.
  5. Q. Can I complete multiple advanced certificates in different pathways?
    A. No.The university allows a student to complete one Advanced Certificate in Strategic Management of Digital Assets and Services.
  6. Q. How long do non-iSchool students have to complete the required three courses (nine units) within my chosen pathway?
    A. The advanced certificate program can be completed in as quickly as two semesters and a maximum of three years for certificate-only students. Students may take one semester leave without penalty (summer is not included). Students not enrolled for two consecutive semesters, i.e. fall and spring or spring and fall semesters, will be dropped from the program and must re-apply. Summer semester enrollment does not count toward the consecutive enrollment rule. MLIS and MARA students have up to seven years to complete the advanced certificate courses, within their required MLIS or MARA units.
  7. Q. I've decided to change to a different pathway within the advanced certificate program. 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 contact Sheila Gurtu, our online student advisor. The only courses you can apply must be listed on your new pathway's selection of courses.
  8. Q. I'm a current iSchool student and want to also earn the advanced certificate. Can I take more than the MLIS program's 43 required units or the MARA program's required 42 units?
    A. No. You'd take the advanced certificate courses as part of the MLIS program's 43 units or the MARA program's 42 units.
  9. Q. Is the advanced certificate also available to matriculated students or just new students entering the master's program in spring 2016?
    A. The advanced certificate program launches in spring 2016. Current iSchool students and new students can incorporate the advanced certificate courses from their preferred pathway into their master's program starting in spring 2016. 
  10. Q. May I transfer in units from other institutions, or apply work experience skills or knowledge to be exempted from some of the units for the advanced certificate?
    A. No. Advanced certificate units must be taken through the iSchool. A maximum of 3 units may be transferred in from the i.School Open Classes program.
  11. Q. May I transfer in completed units from the advanced certificate into a MLIS or MARA degree if I later decide to apply and am accepted to either of these programs?
    A. You may transfer in a maximum of 3 units from an earned advanced certificate into a MLIS or MARA degree, as long as units earned in the advanced certificate were earned within the 7 year time limit for completing the MLIS or MARA.
  12. Q. Can I take classes through i.School Open Classes as well as simultaneously working on my Digital Assets Certificate?
    A. No, as a matriculating student, enrolled in our certificate program, you only pursue your certificate classes. Later after having fulfilled the certificate you can access additional elective classes through i.School Open Classes.
  13. Q. I'm a current MLIS student who changed from regular session to special session. If some of the advanced certificate units were earned while I was a regular session student will that be a problem?
    A. No, that will not be a problem.
  14. Q. When will I receive the certificate?
    A. Once the student has completed all course work and passed the portfolio, the student will complete and digitally sign an Advanced Certificate Audit form and submit this to iSchool staff. Once SJSU Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluation (GAPE) staff processes the form and enters the certificate completion onto the official transcript, GAPE will issue a diploma to the address on file via US Mail. This process will take several weeks after the close of the student's final semester.

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