Post-Master’s Certificate

Library and Information Science

"I was very pleased with the curriculum and the excellent instructors. I’ve already started processing a collection at my job based on what I learned.” 
Alumna 2013



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Additional Info

For more information about the program, please visit:

 SJSU Degree Catalog

MLIS Department Program website


The exclusively online Post-Master’s Certificate program at the San Jose State University School of Information focuses on technology and emerging trends in the information profession.

With this convenient, fully online certificate program, students can update their professional skills, explore emerging technological trends, and connect with a community of scholars, researchers, and information professionals from around the world.

Program Features

  1. Eight Career Pathways
    The Post-Master's Certificate program features seven career pathways designed specifically for information professionals. The specialized curriculum covers the skills and knowledge required in today's diverse global information environments. Certificate students select courses in their chosen career pathway, tailoring their in-depth learning experience to their career aspirations.
  2. Interactive Online Environment
    Certificate students participate in a collaborative learning environment with graduate students and faculty in the SJSU information school’s nationally ranked and ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) program. The built-in flexibility of the program is a huge bonus for many working students.
  3. Outstanding Faculty
    SJSU faculty members are award-winning scholars and leaders in their professional communities. Many are former practioners, and some are currently working in the field, bringing a practical perspective to their courses.

Your Career Opportunities

The Post-Master's Certificate program is designed for working professionals who want to update their skills and knowledge and stay competitive in the rapidly evolving information profession.

"The course content is preparing me to move into a senior role in a public library, and it's also giving me broad skills that are transferable to academic libraries, not-for-profit work, and work in governmental organizations," said Post-Master's Certificate student Thomas Knutson.

Success Stories

Alumnus Val Ballestrem decided to enroll in the Post-Master’s Certificate program to boost his credentials and increase his knowledge of archival practices. "All my courses were really helpful," said Ballestrem. "Having digitization skills moving forward will be especially important. In my field, you’ve got to stay on top of the technology for employability." Read more

Alumna Elizabeth Blakesley chose the Digital Archives and Records Management career pathway as her program focus. With her post-master’s certificate in hand and coursework covering digital archives, she imagines a future managing rare manuscripts and digital assets. Read More

You can find more success stories at School of Information website.

Applying to the Program

You can apply for admission in the fall or spring semester.

Admission Requirement:

  • A master's degree in any discipline
  • A general understanding of computers and technology
  • Access to a computer with Internet connection

For more information, please visit the department website.

For you to participate and receive credit from online classes at San Jose State University, your state of residence must have a reciprocity agreement in place with CSU. This agreement provides online students with consumer protection. For a complete list of participating states and details on the regulation, please visit