Course Load

The Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree program at the San José State University (SJSU) School of Information requires the completion of 43 units comprising: 

The majority of courses offered in our fully online MLIS program are three units, with some courses at one and two units.

MLIS students can expect to spend at least three hours outside of “class” per every course hour. The graduate-level coursework is difficult. Students should carefully consider the program’s rigor and their other responsibilities outside of school, such as work and family obligations, when deciding on how many classes to take each semester. Dropping classes after the deadlines early in the semester can be problematic and expensive. We recommend that students be conservative in the number of classes they take each semester.

Students can attend the MLIS program full time or part time and have up to seven years to finish their studies. San José State University does not apply credits earned more than seven years before graduation toward a master's degree.

 Students can earn their Master’s degree in Library and Information Science in as quickly as 4 semesters. MLIS courses are offered in the fall and spring semesters and over the summer break. Here are a few examples of how  students can fast-track the fully online MLIS program at the SJSU iSchool.


Assuming a fall semester start. Scenarios would need to be reconfigured for a spring semester start.

Four Semesters to Degree

Fall 10 units (INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 203, INFO 204)
Spring 12 units 
Summer 9 units 
Fall 12 units  Note: Over winter consider taking 3 units from outside iSchool and transfer in. See transfer policy

Six Semesters to Degree

Fall 10 units (INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 203, INFO 204)
Spring 9 units 
Summer 6 units 
Fall 9 units 
Spring 6 units 
Summer 3 units 

Seven Semesters to Degree

Fall 7 units (INFO 200, INFO 202, INFO 203)
Spring 9 units (to include INFO 204)
Summer 3 units 
Fall 9 units 
Spring 6 units 
Summer 3 units 
Fall 6 units 

Students may also transfer courses to their MLIS program subject to transfer requirements. No more than nine semester units may be transferred from other departments within San José State University and/or from other accredited institutions.

Master of Library and Information Science Program Snapshot