MARA Application Process

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

Application Period for Spring 2019

  • Opens: Aug.1, 2018
  • Closes: Dec. 1, 2018
  • Document Deadline: Dec. 20, 2018

Application Period for Fall 2019 MARA and MS Informatics Applicants

  • Opens: Oct. 1, 2018
  • Closes: June 1, 2019
  • Document Deadline: June 20, 2019

Application Procedures

Please be sure to complete all 3 steps.

  1. Complete the university's online graduate application. Note: Non-US citizens do not use the "International Admissions Application;" they use the normal "Graduate Admissions Application." Before completing the online CSU Graduate Application, read the following – and then apply on
    • For assistance with the CSU Graduate Application, an online tutorial is available.
    • Apply to "San José State University Graduate."
    • The Major/Program objective is "Information School, Archives & Records (MARA, Special Session)." The degree objective is "Other Masters."
    • 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".
    • The application is electronically submitted to the SJSU Office of Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluation (GAPE).

      Application URL for Spring 2019 applicants:
      Application URL for Fall 2019 applicants:

  2. Pay the CSU Graduate Application fee of $55. Payment of the CSU Application Fee of $55 will be accepted by credit card or PayPal only. The payment must be made in order to submit your Cal State Apply university application.
  3. If your degree is from the United States or Canada, send official transcripts for your degree(s) and for all work from previous and current colleges or universities. Send official sealed transcripts to:

    Graduate Admissions & Evaluations
    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) If you attended SJSU: DO NOT send SJSU transcript.

    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 
    National Student Clearinghouse

    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.

  4. 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. 

Evaluating Your Application

After Graduate Admissions and Evaluations has received all of your required documents, they will evaluate your application. This may take from 6 to 8 weeks. If there are any problems, they will send you a message on your Student Center web page at MySJSU.

If you are graduating in Fall 2018 with a bachelor's degree and want to begin our MARA program in Spring 2019, you can apply for admission by the deadline. You will need to submit transcripts with your most recent grades (Spring 2018). The Graduate Admissions office will calculate your GPA based on your last 60 semester (90 quarter) units. If your GPA is 3.0 or higher, you will be admitted on a provisional basis and given another deadline to submit your final transcript with degree posted. Once your final transcript is received, your GPA will once again be calculated to ensure it has not dropped below 3.0.Your final transcript with degree posted must be received before the first day of your first semester. Financial Aid will not be distributed until your final transcript has been received and you have been admitted unconditionally.

Tracking Your Application

When you submit your Cal State Apply application online, you will receive instructions on how to retrieve your SJSU ID and password and activate your student self-service MySJSU account. Soon afterwards, you will receive a User ID and password in an email. When you receive this information, you will be able to log on to MySJSU ( and check the status of your application online. Your application status is located at the bottom of your Student Center web page. Follow these steps to track your application progress.

Notification of Admission

If you are offered admission to San José State University, you will receive two notices of admission: first an email and a letter from Graduate Admissions & Evaluations and then an email from the School of Information. The School of Information email, signed by Dr. Sandra Hirsh, will give academic advisor contact data and other pertinent information which you will need before you begin your first semester. IMPORTANT: The notice of admission from the School of Information will only come via email. Make sure you set your spam filter beforehand to accept all correspondences from the domain.

Deferred Enrollment

New Students Cannot Defer Enrollment. Applicants admitted into the iSchool cannot defer class enrollment. Graduate Admissions & Evaluations requires new students to register for at least one credit unit for the semester indicated on the application. New students who do not enroll but wish to return for a later semester must reapply.

Reapplying for Admission

If you are reapplying for admission, please submit:

  1. A CSU Graduate Application (online)
  2. Pay your $55 application fee when you re-apply, via PayPal or Credit Card.
    (Use of any other zip code will cause misdirection and/or loss of transcripts)
  3. Transcripts. Transcripts are held for one year. If you are still within this one-year period but you have taken more classes since you sent in your original transcripts, you need to send in transcripts that show the new classes. If you have not applied for one or more years, you need to send in all your transcripts again.  

International Applicants

For instructions on how to apply, international applicants need to read the information for non-US citizens found above under Application Procedures.

International Document Requirements

San José State University requires all applicants who have completed coursework outside of the United States and Canada to provide a WES (World Education Services), document-by-document evaluation(link is external). Mark sheets/transcripts must be sent directly to WES for evaluation. (SJSU must receive the academic record and the evaluation directly from WES.)  You may choose either the ICAP evaluation ($145) or the Basic ($100). See: SJSU Graduate Studies WES Instructions 

In addition to the same requirements mentioned above, applicants from countries in which the native language is not English must achieve a minimum English-language proficiency test score as indicated on the Graduate Program Test Requirement webpage at GAPE. For further detailed information, please read Step 5 on the GAPE Steps to Admission website 

Important Note for International Applicants: If you are taking the degree online from your own country –or any country outside the United States– there is no problem. You apply as a Special Session student and complete the program online from outside the United States.

However, due to the restrictions placed on online classes by US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), the MLIS program cannot enroll international students who are in the United States and want to take classes while in the United States. The MLIS and MARA degrees are both available only in an online format.



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