Master of Library and Information Science


The fully online Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) prepares you for professional careers in the information profession. Graduating students rank the MLIS program's flexibility and online learning environment as its top two strengths. 43 units to complete this degree.

The MLIS program is an exclusively online program with no on-campus orientations or other required in-person events. Most course content is delivered asynchronously, giving you the freedom to access the course at any time you choose, from any location. This program sees a high satisfaction rating from its graduates with 95% of graduates stating they would recommend the MLIS program at the SJSU information school.

Program Snapshot




per unit*

Fall, Spring


*Fee listed will increase by 5% next Fall. SJSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum; however, fees listed in published schedules may need to be increased to maintain the high quality of education we offer and are subject to change upon approval by the Board of Trustees, the Chancellor, or the campus President, as appropriate.

Program Features

Personalized learning

The MLIS program features a dozen career pathways that help you explore and select electives. Many students choose courses from more than one career pathway, building a wide range of skill sets.

Focus on technology

In all courses, you will learn how to use emerging technology, and many MLIS electives specifically focus on technology.

Career growth

About 14,900 openings for librarians and library media specialists are projected each year for the next ten years 2021-2031.

Career Opportunities

With a Master of Library and Information Science, you will be prepared for professional careers in the information profession. Alumni business cards carry diverse titles, such as User Services and Multimedia Librarian, Digital Archivist, Knowledge Manager, Informatics Specialist, Emerging Technology Librarian, and Metadata Specialist.

As an SJSU student you have full access to a career development specialist, who conducts career workshops, hosts a career development blog, provides career guidance, and reviews resumes and cover letters.

The School of Information's website features a section dedicated to career development and resources.

I would recommend the MLIS program because of the wide range of course offerings and flexibility to choose courses that are of interest to my career goals

MLIS graduate


Visit the iSchool's Community Profiles page to hear success stories from MLIS graduates and other students who have graduated from programs at SJSU’s iSchool.

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