The MLIS program offers strong, relevant courses taught by excellent instructors. -- Fall 2012 graduate
As a graduate student in the Master of Library and Information Science program at the SJSU School of Library and Information Science, you have a lot of choice in your course selection.
SJSU SLIS students can customize their educational experience to fit their interests and career objectives, selecting from more than 60 electives offered each semester. The wide range of electives available to our MLIS students prepares them to work in diverse and global information landscapes. All of our graduates receive a diploma that says they earned an MLIS degree. However, our School offers a dozen career pathways to assist students in career planning and course selection.
In all courses, students explore how to use emerging technology. Many MLIS electives specifically focus on technology, such as courses in data mining, web analytics, information visualization, and use of mobile devices in information environments.
The majority of MLIS courses are offered in the standard 15-week format. SJSU SLIS students can also choose to take some courses that are offered in an intensive mode of delivery (7 weeks), with the option of taking a seven-week class that starts at the beginning of the semester and/or a seven-week class that starts in the middle of the semester. They can also mix intensive courses with regular full-term courses (15 weeks).
The option to take intensive courses provides graduate students with increased flexibility for scheduling their classes around other commitments, such as work responsibilities and family obligations. It also allows students, who want to take two courses per semester, the option to complete their courses individually rather than simultaneously. That way they can focus on one course at a time while still completing two courses per semester. The intensive courses are completely optional.