Prospective Graduate Students
Spring 2018 Application Deadline: October 1, 2017
Documents Deadline: October 20, 2017
Fall 2018 Application Deadline: April 1, 2018
Fall Documents Deadline: April 20, 2018
Link to Cal State Apply
Link to SJSU GAPE
See our Application FAQs below for more information on the application process
Minimum requirements for admission into graduate level programs at San Jose State University are described at the Graduate Admission and Program Evaluation (GAPE) website. Applicants must apply to the university through GAPE. In addition, applicants must submit to the Graduate Coordinator for the Department of Biological Sciences, a short personal statement, and two letters of recommendation. Applicants must also be accepted by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences prior to acceptance by the program. Applicants who do not submit a signed Faculty Acceptance Form (see below) will have their applications rejected. Applicants need to contact tenure or tenure-track faculty members to ensure acceptance.
- In no more than 500 words, address the following prompts:
- Why do you want a Master’s degree from the SJSU Department of Biological Sciences?
- What is your career goal, and how will a Master’s degree from SJSU help you to achieve that goal?
- Please indicate 1-3 tenured or tenure-track faculty that you would be interested in working with for your Master’s degree, if accepted.
- This statement should be submitted by e-mail to the Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Coordinator
Letters of Recommendation
- These letters should be written by people who can evaluate your potential to succeed in a graduate program.
- Electronic submission (preferred): Signed letters can be included as PDF file attachments in emails submitted to the Department of Biological Science Graduate Coordinator by the recommender.
- Mail submission: Letters can be sent by the person making the recommendation to: Graduate Coordinator, Department of Biological Sciences, San Jose State University, 1 Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0100. If the applicant wishes to submit letters of recommendation, the letters must be in a sealed envelope with the signature of the recommender written across the seal.
Acceptance by Tenured or Tenure-track Faculty Member
- In order to be admitted into a MS Biological Sciences degree program, an applicant must be accepted by a tenured or tenure-track faculty member of the department and that faculty member will become the major advisor of the candidate (see Faculty Acceptance form).
- Applicants are encouraged to also submit their research scenarios to potential advisors prior to or coinciding with the application process.
- Students may be accepted conditionally or as classified.
- Conditional acceptance means that the candidate must fulfill specific requirements in order to be eligible to apply for advancement to candidacy. These conditions will be stipulated as part of the acceptance agreement between the faculty adviser and the applicant. Students with conditional status are not eligible for teaching assistant positions.
- Classified acceptance means that the student has been accepted without additional requirements.
Where can I find more information about SJSU's application process and deadlines?
Where do I send my transcripts and test score requirements?
IMPORTANT: Please send your transcripts to the attention of Graduate Admissions.
Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations
Student Services Center
San Jose State University
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0017
Please put your SJSU student ID on any documentation you send to Graduate Admissions whenever possible.
Where should I mail my letters of recommendation or Statement of Purpose?
What are the test score requirements?
GRE scores are no longer required for any Master's level graduate program in the Biological Sciences at SJSU.
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) requirement
The English language proficiency exam requirement is waived only if the student has
recieved a Bachelor's or Master's degree from an accredited U.S. institution or has
completed 3 years full-time school in a U.S. institution.
University Minimum - 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), 80 (internet based)
Biotechnology - 250 (computer based), 100 (internet based)
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Requirements
University Minimum - 7.0
Biotechnology - 8.0
The Pearson Test of English may also be taken to satisfy the English requirement.
How do I find a major advisor?
In regards to contacting appropriate graduate coordinators- you should make a decision
about which faculty to contact based on their research interests as listed on the Department of Biological Science's web page. Once you see areas
of research that interests you you can click on the link to that particular faculty
member's web site, then read more about them and their research. Any professors with
the acronym FERP under their name indicates that they are in the process of retiring
and will not be accepting graduate students.
It is up to YOU to contact any faculty members that seem an appropriate match for your research interests. Faculty members each make their own decisions about when they will accept grad students and this decision is most often based on personal interactions/conversations/interviews with applicants who have contacted them.
What do I need to do once I am accepted by a major advisor?
Students are accepted as Classified or Conditionally Classified graduate students
as specified by the major professor and listed on the Faculty Acceptance form [pdf].
The student should take this completed form and any attachments to the department office where copies will be made and forwarded to the student, the major adviser and the graduate coordinator.