MLIS Application Process

CSU Employee Fee Waiver

CalVet Fee Waiver

Thank you for your interest in applying to the exclusively online MLIS program at the SJSU School of Information! Our MLIS program has two student designations based on residence: Regular Session and Special Session.

Regular Session is state-supported and state-subsidized and is for students who live within the catchment area of San José, California (zip codes: 939xx - 958xx). The cap on the number of Regular Session students who are accepted to the MLIS program each semester is related to the amount of money received from the state. Regular Session students can also take advantage of San José State University student services, such as Santa Clara County transit services, student body organizations, health care, and recreational activities. Information on Regular Session fees.

Beginning in Spring 2014, Regular Session students will access elective courses through a new process. After completing at least 19 units, Regular Session students will have the option to retain their designation as a Regular Session student, or change their designation to Special Session. Regular Session students may want to change their designation, in order to gain access to additional electives offered in Special Session. For information about the fee structure, please see the fee chart on our Registration FAQs. For more information about changing student designations, please view our Advising FAQs, topic: Regular vs. Special Session. Note Regular Session students will not be eligible for the CSU or CalVet fee waiver or any financial aid from the State of California, if they change their designation to Special Session.

Special Session is totally funded from student fees and is for students who live outside the catchment area of San José, California (e.g., Southern California, the rest of the United States, and the world.) Information on Special Session fees.

Regular Session and Special Session students must meet the same graduation requirements (e.g., same required courses, same number of elective units, same total number of units to graduate). All MLIS courses are offered entirely online. The SJSU iSchool no longer offers any face-to-face classes.

When filling out the application for admission, please be sure to check the correct session on your application (Regular Session or Special Session) based on your zip code. If you apply to the incorrect session, your application will be rejected.

To actually apply, see Application Deadlines and Application Procedures.

CSU Fee Waiver

If you are a CSU employee, or dependent/spouse of a CSU employee, and interested in a fee waiver, please follow the five steps below:

  • Step 1: Contact your campus fee waiver coordinator to determine if you are eligible for a CSU tuition fee waiver and to coordinate paperwork.
  • Step 2: Apply to Regular Session. The CSU fee waiver does not cover Special Session courses. [see application deadlines].
  • Step 3: Enter your CSU ID number when prompted on the CalState Apply application.
  • Step 4: You must email Cynthia Nanquil (link sends e-mail) in Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations to inform their office that you have applied and you are CSU tuition fee waiver eligible. In the email, please include your name, CSU campus, and SJSU id number/application number. 
  • Step 5: Have an HR staff member email Cynthia Naquil with confirmation of your CSU employee or dependent/spouse status by the established document deadline.

**Please note this email is only to inform Graduate Admission & Program Evaluations that you are going through the tuition fee waiver process to appropriately code your application.   Their office is not responsible in any manner for the CSU tuition fee waiver process or paperwork.

**The CSU tuition fee waiver does not cover Special Session. When enrolling in a course, make sure it is Regular Session.

CalVet Fee Waiver

If you are a dependent/spouse of a Veteran and interested in a fee waiver, please follow the four steps below:

  • Step 1: Contact your county’s Veterans’ services office to obtain a letter of eligibility for the Veteran’s College Fee Waiver Program, and contact Maggie Morales (link sends e-mail) in SJSU’s Military and Veteran's Student Services for assistance with the CalVet fee waiver process.
  • Step 2: Apply to Regular Session.  The CSU fee waiver does not cover Special Session courses. [see application deadlines].
  • Step 3: You must email Cynthia Nanquil (link sends e-mail) in Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations to inform their office that you have applied and you are eligible for Veteran’s fee waiver benefits. In the email, please include your name, and SJSU id number/application number.
  • Step 4: Once you have submitted all official Veteran’s paperwork to the Military and Veteran's Student Services office, please have Maggie Morales (link sends e-mail) email Cynthia Nanquil confirmation by the established document deadline.

**Please note this email is only to inform Graduate Admission & Program Evaluations that you are going through the tuition fee waiver process to appropriately code your application. Their office is not responsible in any manner for the Veteran tuition fee waiver process or paperwork.

**The CalVet tuition fee waiver does not cover Special Session. When enrolling in a course, make sure it is Regular Session.

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