Additional FAQS are posted on the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations' website.
You must include a statement of purpose directly in the online CSU Mentor application, identifying which off-campus degree program you are applying for. (Ex: Cloud II, Lam Research, Analog Mixed Signal, etc.) It will NOT be used for admissions purposes. The maximum is 500 words, but we advise that you limit it to one paragraph.
For dual degree (MBA/MSE) programs GMATs or GREs are required – for single degree programs they are not.
As of February 2013, the GES Department is accepting GRE scores of 151 in verbal reasoning and 152 in quantitative reasoning. The department has been accepting GMAT scores 550 and will continue to do so.
Only a few of our programs accept applications for Spring semester. The majority of our cohorts begin in Fall. Check each program’s individual page for admission timelines.
The “referred” status means that the University has completed the initial review to determine if you meet the minimum CSU Eligibility requirements and has then forwarded your application to your program’s department for the department admission review process. After a thorough evaluation of each completed application, the Program Admission Committee submits the admission recommendation to the University. The University then makes the final admission decision and notifies the applicant. Please wait for the notification by the University regarding the admission decision. The program is not authorized to provide evaluation results to the applicants. Meanwhile, you can view your application status via MySJSU.
No. All documents must be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE). Documents sent directly to the College of Engineering will not be accommodated. Items such as the residency questionnaire, a copy of Green Card or Visa, Declaration of Finance, or a copy of your current passport may be scanned and converted into PDF format. Send the email with attachments to email@example.com. Include your nine-digit SJSU ID and your name in the body of the email message. Please note, transcripts and mark sheets will not be accepted if sent via email.
FOR APPLICANTS WITH FOREIGN DEGREES: SJSU requires that all applicants with foreign coursework provide a WES (World Education Services) evaluation. To keep costs at a minimum, SJSU accepts the document-by-document evaluation (Basic or ICAP). SJSU prefers and requests the document-by-document evaluation, however if SJSU receives a course-by-course evaluation, we will accept this format as well. Mark sheets/transcripts must be sent directly to WES for evaluation. SJSU must receive the academic record and the evaluation directly from WES. A complete WES evaluation is preferred. DO NOT send foreign transcripts to SJSU as they will not be considered for your application. After you submit your documents to WES, please DO NOT send a copy of your documents to the College of Engineering nor the University as we will receive the completed evaluation directly from WES.
Note: Through SJSU's relationship with accessWES, SJSU will receive a copy of the original documents from WES when applicants select the document-by-document OR course-by-course evaluation service.
View detailed, illustrated instructions on how to send documents through WES.
SJSU will not accept evaluations from institutions other than WES. Please visit WES for more information.
If you are currently in an undergraduate program outside the U.S., you will be required to send your transcripts for semesters 1-7 to WES by the document deadline for your program. The completed WES evaluation with the eighth semester and degree confirmation will be required at a later date, should you be admitted into SJSU.
FOR APPLICANTS WITH U.S. TRANSCRIPTS: Please include your assigned nine-digit SJSU ID on the requested transcripts. All transcripts must be sealed and unopened to be accepted as ofﬁcial documents. COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS OR OPENED TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED. Once submitted to SJSU, documents become the property of the university and cannot be released.
Send transcripts to:
San José State University, Graduate Admissions
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0017
*You must use the entire postal code when sending documents to ensure they reach the correct department.
By checking your application status, you may see additional items for request. These include items such as the residency questionnaire, a copy of Green Card or Visa, Declaration of Finance, or a copy of your current passport. All documents must be submitted directly to Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE). All documents must be legible and converted into PDF format. Include your nine-digit SJSU ID and your name in the body of the email message. Send the email with attachments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please note, transcripts and mark sheets will not be accepted if sent via email.
Since GAPE requires that all international applicants provide a WES (World Education Services) evaluation for any educational work taken outside of the U.S. & Canada, WES will submit the evaluation to SJSU in a format that is accepted by the university. Mark sheets/transcripts/degree certificates must be sent directly to WES for evaluation. SJSU must receive the academic record and the evaluation directly from WES.
No, but we strongly suggest you submit a pre-qualification form.
You may be able to take classes as Open University (OU) if you satisfy the course prerequisites. At most, nine units of OU courses can be transferred to this program if you are admitted in the future. However, taking and passing OU classes will not guarantee your admission to the program. You must contact the designated Program Specialist for the degree program in which you are interested and inquire about taking OU classes.
No. Enrollment in the semester that a student is admitted to is required for an applicant to be considered a matriculated student. Applicants may not defer admission to a later semester and will have to re-apply to the University.
International Student Applicants
When completing the CSU Mentor application, if you are unsure how to calculate GPA conversion to the 4.0 scale system used in the U.S., enter the place holder of "3.0" until GAPE receives the hard copies of your transcript and can make the evaluation. See the above questions regarding document submission for international/non-U.S. resident applicants.
A student's bachelor's degree must be from an accredited four-year institution, and/or a program that is confirmed to be the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor's degree.
If your degree is from a three year program, an approved/accredited post-baccalaureate program in the same field must have been completed. Applicants from India are strongly urged to read the FAQs posted on the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations’ website. If you have specific questions about your degree, contact the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations department.
If you need an I-20 to enter the U.S. and study at SJSU or are currently in the U.S. on an F1 or F2 visa then you should apply as international. If you have an active Visa such as an H4, H1, K, or B, then you should apply as a domestic applicant (even if you plan to change to the F1 visa).
You can only transfer the exact courses required by the program. If you have questions about course substitutions, you should contact the Academic Program Coordinator for the program ASAP to discuss the petition process for a course exemption.
Please contact the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations office. Applications are only transferrable to off-campus programs during the same admission term for which you originally applied.
If you want to apply to an on-campus program you must do so via CSUMentor in a subsequent application cycle. If you are accepted to an on-campus program after taking courses for your off-campus program, the on-campus program will determine if your units earned off-campus are transferrable.
You should contact both your off-campus and on-campus graduate advisors before making a decision to apply to an on-campus program.