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The Counselor Education Department at San Jose State University offers a Master of Arts degree in Education with a concentration in Counseling and Student Personnel with or without an additional Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) School Counseling Credential (required to work as K-12 School Counselors in California). Our faculty work closely with students to build effective counseling and assessment skills, nurture reflective thinking and inter-cultural awareness, and provide the experiences students need to become dynamic leaders committed to advocacy, social justice, and life-long learning.


Fall 2020 Admissions Application Cycle:

October 1 to February 1, 2020

University applications must be submitted online via Cal State Apply. Applicants must ensure both their online university application and department supplementary materials (see below) are completed and received on or before the deadline.

  • Transcripts are to be sent to: the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE) Office, not to the Counselor Education Department.
  • The three letters of recommendation and Autobiographical and Professional Goals Statement are to be sent to: Department of Counselor Education, San José State University, One Washington Square, Sweeney Hall 404, San José, California, 95192-0073
  • Once your MySJSU online system status indicates "Referred to Department," please contact the Counselor Education Department at 408-924-3634 to verify that all your application materials have been received.

ALL applications must be complete and supporting materials must be received by the Counselor Education Department by the due date (February 1st). LATE APPLICATIONS AND MATERIALS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER THIS DATE.

Please Note: If you choose to complete both the Master’s degree and Pupil Personnel Services (PPS) School Counseling Credential, you will need to complete a minimum of 60 unitsThe PPS Credential is no longer offered without the Master’s degree. 

Candidacy and Graduation Deadlines:

Please check the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations website for M.A. candidacy and application deadlines.

The application for Advancement to Candidacy for the Master's degree can be downloaed from this link: Candidacy Form [PDF]

Academic Calendars: 

Visit SJSU’s academic year calendars to view the academic schedule.


Counselor Education Faculty Recognized for Years of Service

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