Post-Master's Career Pathways

The fully online Post-Master's Certificate program at the San José State University School of Information features seven career pathways designed specifically for information professionals. The specialized curriculum covers the skills and knowledge required in today's diverse global information landscapes.

To earn your Post-Master's Certificate in Library and Information Science, you'll successfully complete 16 required units and master the program's student learning outcomes. The learning journey begins with a one-unit course that introduces our school's interactive online learning environment, followed by five three-unit courses in your selected career pathway. Each career pathway includes numerous courses from which to choose, and many courses focus on technology and leadership skills that you'll immediately use on the job.

To get started, we invite you to explore the eight career pathways offered in our Post-Master's Certificate program and find the one that best fits your career objectives and interests. Each career pathway includes recommended courses. As a student in our Post-Master's Certificate program, you'll be assigned a faculty advisor who can help you choose your courses.

Eight Career Pathways: 

  • Data Science – Courses cover topics like information visualization, big data analytics, data services in libraries, text and data mining, social network analysis and social analytics, digital assets management, enterprise content management and digital preservation, information governance, information assurance, cybersecurity, health informatics.
  • Digital Archives and Records Management – Students hone their skills in organizing, preserving, digitizing, and managing collections of physical and digital assets, in order to preserve them and make them accessible online.
  • Digital Curation – Courses cover topics like creation of new digital media, digitization and digital preservation, information assurance, and digital curation tools and methodologies.
  • Digital Services and Emerging Technologies – Students learn to build digital platforms for specific user groups, create and manage digital content, and use emerging technology to provide information services.
  • Information Intermediation and Instruction – Students learn how to help users define and articulate their information needs, help clients find information, and provide information literacy instruction.
  • Leadership and Management – This pathway is aimed at professionals who want to upgrade their competencies to prepare for leadership roles. Courses cover topics like financial management, advocacy, grant writing, marketing, human resources management, and managing technology.
  • Web Programming and Information Architecture – This pathway concentrates on designing, building, and managing Web-based information systems, with a focus on improving the user's experience and tailoring technology to various information communities.
  • Youth Services – This pathway focuses on library services for children and young adults. Courses cover program development, collection management, technology use, and emerging trends in youth services.

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