Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)
The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree program at the San José State University (SJSU) School of Information (iSchool) prepares graduate students for exciting careers as information professionals who work in myriad information environments and professional positions.
With numerous electives and variety of course topics available in the MLIS program at the SJSU iSchool, graduate students can customize their studies to fit their interests and career objectives.
Our MLIS students have the unique opportunity to participate in our school's innovative internship program. Our school works directly with internship site supervisors to maintain a database of more than 200 internship opportunities each semester, including virtual internships. Imagine interning at a high-tech Silicon Valley company without ever stepping foot in San José, California.
Convenient 100% Online Learning
Our MLIS program is delivered exclusively online, meaning everything is offered online including courses, internships, academic advising, faculty office hours, guest speaker presentations, research assistant opportunities, convocation, and more!
There are no on-campus orientations or other required in-person events. Our students interact with peers and instructors through web conferencing, social networking platforms, a web-based learning management system, and other interactive environments.
Most course content is delivered asynchronously – giving students the freedom to access the course at any time they choose, from any location. Some courses also include occasional "live" synchronous sessions.
The online graduate program leading to a Master’s degree in Library and Information Science requires the successful completion of 43 units (six required courses and nine electives), including work that satisfies the requirement of a culminating experience (e-portfolio or thesis) in compliance with San José State University regulations and School of Information policies.
Learn with the Best
Our MLIS degree program has a rich history at San José State University, with the first library science classes taught in 1928. The graduate degree program has been 100% online since 2009.
The Master of Library and Information Science program at San José State University is accredited by the American Library Association Committee on Accreditation, with the status of Continued accreditation. The next comprehensive review visit scheduled for Spring 2021.
For more information about the exclusively online MLIS program, please explore the left sidebar menu links. We also invite you to visit the following web pages:
- Sign up to receive prospective student email announcements about our ALA-accredited MLIS program.
- Join us for an online open house to learn more about our MLIS program.
- Read about the career pathway options you'll have as a student in our fully online graduate program.
- Read stories about current MLIS students.
- Learn more about our courses, online learning environment, career pathways, and financial aid on our iStudent Blog.
- Discover our graduates' diverse and exciting careers.
- Watch short videos featuring our alumni in the workplace.
Questions? Please contact Dr. Linda Main, associate director. Dr. Main will be glad to answer your questions about the MLIS program.