Prepare your school budget so you will have funds available for textbooks, tuition and technology.
Financial Aid Resource Page
Become familiar with the iSchool web site (
Specifically, review the MS in Informatics program website and the " Student Resources"
sections as they contain a lot of information that you will need to know while you are enrolled.
Watch Dr. Linda Main's welcome and overview of iSchool for
Newly Admitted Students [17 minutes].
your home computing environment
to meet the standards required by the school.
2. Registration and Enrollment
Check your MySJSU messages through
Please log in to your MySJSU account regularly and check it for messages from the University
and from your instructors, especially in the week before classes begin.
SJSU Email Account Login to your new @sjsu.edu email address.
(Learn about this by seeing SJSU's Email, Calendar, and Google Suite page and scrolling down to the FAQs).
The university will set up a new email address for you. Once it is created, it will automatically become your preferred email address for university communications. It is very important that you check it regularly or set up forwarding to a personal email address.
Get started with the iSchool Advising pages to access advising FAQs.
Class Registration and Tuition Payment
Register for classes. There are six Informatics courses available in the fall, which include INFM 200, INFM 201, INFM 202, INFM 203, INFM 204, and INFM 205 (See Informatics Class Rotation Schedule).
For questions related to your choice of classes, discuss with your academic advisor, Jason Kaltenbacher. Check class information on the iSchool class schedules rather than in MySJSU.
Important details are included in the iSchool schedules which are not found in MySJSU. For any classes you are considering review the course topic (and dates of variable unit classes) which are listed in the "Note" field of the schedule. Then locate your tuition payment deadline in the "Finances" section on your MySJSU Student Center page and see Methods of Payment.
After the close of Advance Registration you will need to wait to add until the first day of instruction for the semester. When adding a class on the first day of instruction through the last day to add of the semester, the Bursar will charge a $25 late fee.
Note: The courses in this program are difficult and require substantial work and time. Informatics graduate courses are accelerated, and students should plan on the course workload being six to ten hours per unit per week (double the standard three to five hours per unit in a non-accelerated graduate course). Some courses may require more time depending on the complexity of the material. Most students carry between one to three courses per semester. Other obligations such as work and family should be carefully considered when deciding how many courses to take. Dropping classes after the deadlines can be problematic and expensive. We recommend that you be conservative in the number of classes you take during your first semester.
Pay your Special Session Tuition Fees
Locate your tuition payment deadline in the "Finances" section on your MySJSU Student Center page and see Methods of Payment. Please note that tuition payment deadlines may be as short as a few days after you register for a class. Pay your fees on time or your classes will be automatically dropped. After the close of Advance Registration you will need to wait to add until the first day of instruction for the semester. When adding a class on the first day of instruction through the last day to add of the semester, the Bursar will charge a $25 late fee.
3. Prepare for Learning
Complete the Haven Plus: Understanding Sexual Assault requirement
All incoming graduate students must complete the federally mandated course, . It is a 45-minute online course. Check your MySJSU account for a message with instructions needed to complete the Haven Plus course. You MUST complete the course by the deadline given in the message to avoid having a hold placed on your Fall 2019 registration by the university. This is a CSU and federal directive that is not administered in any way by the School of Information. Questions regarding your completion status with the Haven Plus requirement can be directed to: Haven Plus: Understanding Sexual Assault Haven@sjsu.edu.
Complete the a few days after you register in order to prepare for the semester. iSchool students will receive access to Canvas (our Learning Management System) after registering for classes on MySJSU and before their Informatics Tech Prep class begins. You can access Canvas from the menu at the top of the School of Information's Web page.
Getting Started with Canvas Guide (PDF)
New Student Technology Workshop: MS in Informatics Program Technology Preparation Complete the Informatics Program Technology Preparation self-paced course offered in Canvas. You will receive access to the self-paced course after registering on MySJSU for your first class and several weeks before the start of the semester. If you log in to Canvas before the first day of the semester, you will not yet be able to see links to the classes for which you are registered. But you will see tools for learning to use Canvas. You will automatically be joined to the Canvas site, Informatics Program Technology Preparation. The site contains a number of self-paced modules containing information to help you get off to a good start.
Read your course syllabus. Although instructors have no requirement to post their syllabus before the first day of class, many choose to do so. You may be able to access your course syllabus early to find out how the course will be run, what the assignments are, etc. If your class syllabi aren't posted yet, you can check again at a later date; meanwhile, you can read the Fall 2018 semester syllabi (look for the MARA classes at the bottom of the list).
Obtain your class textbooks. About six weeks before classes begin, you will be able to find out what textbooks (if any) are required for your classes. On the Fall 2019 Textbook Selections page, choose the courses for which you have been registered. Your courses will begin with "INFM". For example, if you have been registered in MySJSU for INFM 200-10, look for INFM 200-10 in the Textbook Selections.
Prepare for Informatics Welcome Session A one-hour welcome session will be scheduled for August 2019 (DATE TBD), from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. PST to get you started with the MS in Informatics Program. This welcome session will be held on the Zoom Web conferencing platform.
If you need course adaptations or accommodations because of a disability, register with the
Accessible Education Center (AEC) as soon as possible. The AEC will communicate with your instructor(s) at the start of the semester. See iSchool Accessibility Policy for more information.
4. Information, Communication, Career Development
Bookmark the iSchool Curriculum Center blog. We use this blog as another way for getting information out to students. It deals mostly with current registration or curriculum issues, and students may also ask questions and get them answered. Note: You can subscribe to an RSS feed (see RSS explained) to receive the latest ICC blog updates as they occur.
See the School's Facebook page. It includes news updates, event announcements, and links to other sites. You do not have to be a Facebook user to view the page. Facebook users can post questions and comments on the Wall. Also check out the iSchool Twitter feed link goes to non-SJSU web site.
iSchool Career Development and begin reading through the wealth of information and resources presented. Refer to these web pages early and often while you are a student. Learn about emerging trends, and develop effective job search strategies.
5. Semester Begins
Academic Advising guidelines and Advising FAQ. If you have other questions, you can email Jason Kaltenbacher, our Associate Director, Dr. Linda Main, or post your questions to Dr. Main's iSchool Curriculum Center blog.
Restricted Materials Access The School protects some material on this Web site by keeping it password protected. The iSchool Restricted Materials user ID and password change each semester. Students should obtain this information from their advisors or instructors at the beginning of each semester.
Obtain a Student ID Card (optional).
Students can use this ID card to obtain discounts. The ID card must be renewed each semester.