Post-Master's Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q. Does the Post-Master's Certificate replace the MLIS?
A. The Post-Master's Certificate does not replace the MLIS degree. In order to work in most professional positions in a library or archival organization, you need an MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited program. The Post-Master's Certificate is for individuals who have been working for a while and who want to update their skills.

Q. Is there financial aid?
A. Financial aid is not available for Post-Master's Certificate students.

Q. I have just completed my MLIS. Will the Post-Master's Certificate help me find a job?
A. The Post-Master's Certificate is not aimed at recent MLIS graduates. It is for individuals who have been out of graduate school for a while, are working, and want to update their skills. Recent graduates would be best served by obtaining practical experience – perhaps even volunteering in a library, information center, or archives environment.

Q. Can I just take one or two classes?
A. No. Students in the Post-Master's Certificate program take five courses in their chosen career pathway to earn their certificate. There is no way to just take one or two classes.

Q. Can I take courses from different areas?
A. Students may not mix and match courses from different career pathways. Students select a particular career pathway and may take courses listed for that pathway only.

Q. Can I request a class with a specific instructor?
A. Requests for instructors are not accepted. We cannot guarantee a particular instructor for any class.

For more information, please contact Dr. Linda Main, SJSU SLIS associate director.