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College of Graduate Studies 

San José State University attracts students to Silicon Valley from around the world to earn graduate degrees and certificates in more than 70 programs, from Aerospace Engineering to World Languages and Literatures. Inspired by a faculty of active researchers and creators, SJSU scholars reach high, lifting families and communities as they achieve in numbers rarely matched elsewhere.

The oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast awards more than 3,000 Master’s degrees yearly (and a growing number of Doctorates) in fields that fuel but are never limited by the booming industries stretching from our sunny home at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay up the peninsula to the Golden Gate. 

No doubt there is a graduate program here that is the right launching pad for your dreams. For a complete list, visit graduate degrees.

Mission Statement

Graduate Studies strives to ensure the development of quality graduate and credential programs and creation and implementation of the policies and procedures by which the university is governed. It acts as an advisory resource to programs transforming their academic programs or initiating degree or certificate programs at the post-baccalaureate, master's, or doctoral level.

About Us

The College of Graduate Studies provides a range of services to support student success. We organize graduate orientation and graduate programs fairs, advise students to help guide them to graduation, administer interdisciplinary studies, and finalize student petitions.

Important Links

Steps to Graduation

This publication outlines academic requirements for each graduate term and suggests additional steps that to be taken outside of the classroom to enhance your educational experience and prepare you for your career.

Thesis and Dissertation Guidelines

Thesis and dissertation information including deadlines, formatting requirements, writing tips, instructions for submission, required forms and contact information.

Student Funding Opportunities

Stay up-to-date with programs, awards, and competitions designed to cultivate and encourage student research and provide scholarships for current graduate students.

1290R and Continuous Enrollment Policy

The 1290R is a 1-unit Special Session course that allows for continuous enrollment after a graduate student has completed all required program coursework but not the thesis, dissertation, project, comprehensive exam or other culminating experience. 

Forms and Petitions

All forms and petitions related to graduate students, including the Petition for Advancement to Candidacy, Application for Award of Master's Degree, and special action petitions.

Graduate Student Orientation

Beginning your time at SJSU? Find all the information you need to be successful at graduate orientation, including schedules, presentations, handouts, tour information, and more.