Web-Based Information Science Education

What is WISE?

Web–based Information Science Education is a unique opportunity for MLIS and MARA students to take online learning courses from other ALA-accredited U.S. and Canadian schools and some schools from other countries. This expands the range of specialized classes available to our students. See the current list of WISE Schools.

Taking a WISE Course

SJSU students can enroll in online courses offered through WISE member schools. Students taking a WISE course will register for the appropriate number of credits of INFO 298. All fees are paid to SJSU and credits are awarded by SJSU which makes the process much easier than transferring credits.

Please note:

  • Prerequisite (MLIS Students): Completion of INFO 200, 202 and 204; good academic status (not on academic probation); students with more than 43 earned units are not eligible.
  • Prerequisite (MARA Students): Completion of MARA 200, 204 and 210; good academic status (not on academic probation).
  • A maximum of 6 units of INFO 298 can be applied toward completion of the MLIS/MARA degree..
  • INFO 298 is graded as CR/NC (Credit/No Credit). To earn a grade of CR, students must earn a C or better in their WISE class. A grade of C- or lower will result in a grade of NC for INFO 298.

To Apply

Students who are interested in enrolling in a WISE class should apply by submitting the online WISE Course Request Application form.

Course offerings, dates and deadlines for the appropriate semester are posted below.

Only a limited number of spots are available for WISE classes. Not all requests can be granted. Students who participate must be flexible and willing to adjust to the schedule, course management system, and online environment of the host school. A good candidate for a spot in a WISE course is a self–motivated, disciplined student who is comfortable with technology and can adapt well to change.


Students will register for INFO 298 for the number of units specified. They will pay the same tuition/fees they normally pay per unit.


Questions about participating in WISE should be directed to Alison Johnson.

Courses Offered & Deadlines

Summer 2023 Semester

Tentative Dates & Deadlines (subject to change):

  • Course offerings posted: Mid to Late March
  • Applications accepted: Late March / Early April

Course offerings will be posted here when available.

Previous Courses Offered

Spring 2023 Semester

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Fall 2022 Semester

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Summer 2022 Semester

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Spring 2022 Semester

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Fall 2021 Semester

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Summer 2021 Semester

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