Applying to the MA Program

  • Make a commitment. This is an intense, cohort-based program that includes summer sessions. So, it's important to consider what enrolling in the program will mean for you, your family, and your job.
  • Consult with your administrators about your application, to make sure that they are supportive. Courses usually meet from 4:00-6:45 p.m. on school days.
  • Consider enrolling with colleagues from your school who are also committed to the goals of this program. (Each person must complete his/her own application.)
  • Complete the application form, as well as the application to the University, follow the steps below.
  • Applicants should plan to attend an Interview/Orientation shorlty after the application deadline. Students will be notified by email.

CURRENT Students (in a Credential Program): Students who are currently enrolled at SJSU in a Credential Program can transfer into the MA Program by completing step 1 below and meeting with the MA program emphasis coordinator. If a student is accepted to the MA Program a Program Transfer Form will be submitted to Graduates Studies to reflect the change in objective.

NEW Students: New students must apply to both the university and the MA program. These are separate applications, and admission to one does not guarantee admission to the other. Please complete steps 1 & 2 below to be considered for acceptance into the MA Program.

STEP 1: Apply to the Elementary Education Department.

Your application should include the following:

  1. Complete the MA Application (PDF) and choose ONE Emphasis Option. (Application Instructions PDF)
  2. Transcripts - Submit transcripts of all colleges attended. Unofficial Copies are okay for department file.
  3. Teaching Credential - Make a copy of your current teaching credential and submit it with your departmental application.
  4. 3 Letters of Reference - Please ask references to submit letters on official letterhead.
  5. Essay - Write your very best essay describing your educational and professional background, your philosophy of education, your experience with and thoughts about diversity, and your professional goals.
Submit your application to Sweeney Hall 305 or mail it to:
San Jose State University
Elementary Education - MA Program
One Washington Square
Sweeney Hall 305
San Jose, CA 95192-0074

STEP 2: Apply to the University.

  1. Submit an online graduate application via CSU Mentor.
  2. Choose the following degree objective: Education-Curriculum & Instruction
  3. $55 application fee must be paid before application will be completely processed; the fee can be paid online or dropped off at the Student Services Center.
  4. Official Transcripts from all colleges attended other than SJSU must be submitted to:

San Jose State University
Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE)
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0017
NOTE: SJSU graduates do not need to submit transcripts to GAPE.