Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS)

The exclusively online Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree program at the San José State University School of Library and Information Science prepares graduate students for exciting careers as information professionals who work in myriad information environments and professional positions.

Whether you aspire to be a Web Developer, Digital Asset Manager, Virtual Services Librarian, or Taxonomy Analyst – just to name a few exciting career titles – the MLIS program at the San José State University School of Library and Information Science will teach you the skills and knowledge you need to achieve your educational goals.

The ALA-accredited MLIS program at the SJSU School of Library and Information Science is fully online, meaning everything is offered online including courses, internships, academic advising, faculty office hours, guest speaker presentations, research assistant opportunities, convocation, and more! There are no on-campus orientations or other required in-person events.

SJSU SLIS students interact with peers and instructors through web conferencing, social networking platforms, a web-based learning management system, and immersive environments. Most course content is delivered asynchronously – giving SJSU SLIS students the freedom to access the course at any time they choose, from any location. Some courses also include occasional "live" synchronous sessions. By using sophisticated technology, SJSU SLIS students are better prepared to successfully navigate a rapidly changing information landscape and apply technology in their professional lives. Read more about our innovative online learning environment.

SJSU SLIS students can complete the online MLIS graduate program at their own pace, choosing the number of courses they want to take each semester. Most students finish in 2.5 to 3.5 years, although students can earn their master’s degrees in as little as 12 months. (SJSU SLIS students can attend the MLIS program full time or part time and have up to seven years to finish.) Read more stats about our MLIS students.

Our MLIS curriculum also offers students the ability to customize their studies. The MLIS program has six required courses (LIBR 203, 200, 202, 204, 285, and either 289 [e-portfolio] or 299 [thesis]) and nine electives, for a total of 15 courses. The range of electives available to MLIS students allows them to pursue numerous career pathways.

The SJSU School of Library and Information Science does not require specific advanced courses that a student must take to prepare for a desired career path. Rather, our school encourages students to build on their strengths and interests, taking into consideration the knowledge and skills generally sought by employers in that sector of the market. See more about career direction.

In addition, we encourage MLIS students to take advantage of our internship program. Our school works directly with internship site supervisors to maintain a database of nearly 225 internship opportunities each semester – both virtual and place-based. Imagine interning at a high-tech Silicon Valley company without ever stepping foot in San José, California.

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The online graduate program leading to Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science requires the successful completion of 43 units, including work that satisfies the requirement of a culminating experience (e-portfolio or thesis) in compliance with San José State University regulations and School of Library and Information Science policies.

Our MLIS degree program has a rich history at San José State University, with the first library science classes taught in 1928. The graduate degree program has been 100% online since 2009. It is fully accredited by the American Library Association.

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The online environment is convenient, the courses are relevant to the field, and there is a lot of support for students. -- Spring 2013 graduate