MLIS Student Profiles

As you consider earning your graduate degree at the San José State University School of Information, we thought you’d like to know more about our Master of Library and Information Science students’ experiences. Here are some statistics pulled from a recent exit survey of SJSU iSchool graduates who completed our MLIS program in May 2017. Note percentages are rounded and may not always equal 100. (n=127 responses)

  • 90% said they would recommend our MLIS program.
  • 90% rated their overall educational experience at the SJSU School of Information as either very good (54%) or good (36%).
  • According to survey respondents, the top five strengths of our MLIS program are our curriculum, online learning environment, flexibility, cost, and faculty.
  • 35% of the survey respondents customized their MLIS program to their interests and career goals by taking classes from a variety of specialization areas. We've put together 13 exciting career pathways for students to explore when choosing electives. For those who wanted to concentrate their studies, public librarianship was a top choice. 
  • 69% completed the MLIS program in three or fewer years. Did you know that you can complete the MLIS program at your own pace, choosing the number of courses you want to take each semester? You have up to seven years to earn your graduate degree, but you could earn your graduate degree in as quickly as 12 months as a full-time student. View full-time course load scenario.
  • As an online school, we know the importance of timely technology help. When asked about our technology resource center and technology support, 78% used the services. “The delivery of the MLIS at San José State is incredibly smooth. I was never bogged down by administrative or technology issues,” shared a survey respondent.
  • 95% said they were very satisfied (46%), slightly satisfied (26%) or felt neutral (23%) when asked about our school's career development resources. We help you to become the best job candidate by offering career workshops, a dedicated career blog, job search tips and guidance, access to job listing sites, and one-on-one consultations with our expert career counselor.
  • We provide advising tools and resources to help our students plan their course work. We also have content specialists who can provide insight about the different career directions and electives. “Using the academic advising portal was the best. If I offered a question, it was readily answered. If another student had a similar question, I was able to retrieve it,” commented a recent graduate.
  • 99% of the survey respondents completed the e-Portfolio for their culminating experience. Did you know that you have a choice for your culminating experience at the SJSU iSchool? Students can choose to complete the e-Portfolio or a thesis. Learn more.

Our students also took advantage of a range of informal learning opportunities and activities that helped them expand their professional network and aid them with future job seeking. For example:

  • 89% were members of professional associations. Did you know we give new Master of Library and Information Science students a free one-year membership to the American Library Association (ALA), the Special Libraries Association (SLA), the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), or the Society of American Archivists (SAA)? Learn more.
  • Extracurricular activities abound at our school. Among the vast opportunities for networking and resume building, 30% attended professional conferences while enrolled in the MLIS program. They also participated in student chapters of professional associations, the peer-reviewed Student Research Journal, the Library 2.0 worldwide virtual conference series, and the iSchool Connext student and alumni group.
  • 26% expanded their skills, knowledge and work experience by completing an internship. Although not a requirement, internships are highly encouraged. In fact, in a recent survey, our alumni strongly advised students to complete internships. Employers are looking for work experience, and internships are a great way to build your resume. Did you know that we offer both place-based and virtual internship opportunities at companies located around the world? Learn more.

In addition, you’ll be in good company in our fully online master's degree program. Here are some facts about our graduating MLIS students as reported in the spring 2017 exit survey:

  • While earning their MLIS degree, our students lived in various countries, including the United States, Canada, Lebanon, Kuwait, and South Korea. Our MLIS program is offered exclusively online, and there are no on-campus orientations or other required in-person events.
  • Our online program allows students the flexibility to continue working while pursuing their MLIS degree. 90% were both students at our school and employees at public libraries, K-12 schools, academic libraries, and a host of other types of career environments. Learn more about how our students juggle school, work, family, and life in our Day in the Life series.
  • 76% were between the ages of 21 and 40 at the time of graduation.
  • 24% identified themselves as an ethnicity other than "White, not Hispanic" and 2% declined to answer.
  • 86% marked female, 13% marked male, and 1% marked transgender.

This online program makes it possible for someone with a very busy life to still find a way to study LIS, and also offers so many course options that it is fairly easy to tailor your own path to your interests. It is also nice that it doesn't break the bank. – MLIS graduate

The professors were not only extremely knowledgeable about the class topics, but were also kind, considerate, and encouraging. The class topics were timely and assignments useful for learning technology and applicable to the workplace. – MLIS graduate

The MLIS program offers a well-rounded experience to develop strong research skills, collaboration team-building skills, and an overall understanding of library science principles that can be applied in many career environments. – MLIS graduate