Domestic Applicants: How to Apply

Our graduate programs are built upon a diversity of perspectives. Qualified students from various backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

For the purpose of admission, domestic applicants are all U.S. citizens, permanent residents, and all visa holders (example: H1b, H4, F2, or refugee etc.) that are not applying for or currently hold an F-1 or J-1 visa.

If you are in the following categories, you must use the International Application:

(1) Applicants who are applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa and currently reside abroad must use the International Application.

(2) Applicants who currently hold an F-1 or J-1 visa and currently reside in the U.S. must use the International Application.


Admissions Eligibility – Domestic Applicants

Graduate Admission Requirements: To be considered for admission into SJSU, graduate applicants must meet the minimum CSU Eligibility requirements and SJSU program requirements set forth by our individual departments.  SJSU minimum requirements for graduate school eligibility are:

  • The completion of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution, or the completion of a 4-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited, and approved institution from a foreign country.
  • Hold a GPA of at least 2.5 (from the 0.0-4.0 U.S. grading scale) in the last degree completed, or a GPA of 2.5 in the last two years of full time study.
  • Good academic standing at the last institution attended.
  • If you hold a degree from a country where English is not the primary language, you must satisfactorily meet the minimum test scores for the English Language Proficiency Exam.  


Apply to SJSU

STEP 1 - Investigate: Investigate your intended graduate program to find out if they require a separate department application, letters of recommendation, graduate tests, or have specific department procedures. All supplemental department materials should be sent directly to your intended department.

STEP 2 - Deadlines: Look at our deadlines to know when you have to submit your online application and document requirements. It is important to take special note of the “document deadline” in order to ensure timely submission of required documents.  Due to the lengthy visa process for students, our international deadlines are much shorter than our domestic deadlines. Please plan accordingly when applying to SJSU.

STEP 3 - Apply Online: Apply online to San Jose State University. This step must be done regardless of what extra steps you have to do with your specific graduate program. Our online application is done through You may only apply to one program per application term.

STEP 4 – Submit $55.00 Application Processing Fee: A credit card or paypal payment is accepted only during the time you submit the online application through Cal State Apply The payment must be made in order to successfully submit the application.

  • The fee is non-refundable, even if your application is withdrawn or denied.
  • The fee is only used for the admission term indicated on the submitted application.
  • Fee waivers are not available for graduate applicants at this time.

STEP 5 – Submit official U.S./Canada Transcripts OR WES evaluation to SJSU:

U.S./Canada Institution Transcripts

All transcripts must be sealed and unopened to be accepted as official documents. COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS OR OPENED TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.

Mail official (sealed and unopened) transcripts directly to our office address:

Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations

San José State University 
One Washington Square 
San José, CA 95192-0017

If your university offers official electronic transcripts, we will also accept this method.

Once submitted to SJSU, documents become the property of the university and cannot be released. Individuals currently enrolled in courses at the time of their application for admission are required to submit the most current “Work In Progress” transcript from the institution. Students planning to earn a degree before the start of an admission term will still need to submit final transcripts once they graduate from their current institution. Please note that a degree in-progress must contain final grades for all terms completed in order for applications to be reviewed. If this information is not provided by the stated deadlines, applications will be withdrawn.

International School Work and Degrees: GAPE requires that all applicants with international coursework provide a WES (World Education Services) evaluation for any educational work taken outside of the U.S. & Canada. 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. A complete WES evaluation is required. GAPE will also review applications of those in their final year of study. For these applicants, the WES Evaluation must contain a minimum of 7 semesters of graded work.

  • Starting with the Fall 2015 admissions cycle, SJSU prefers the WES document-by-document evaluations (Basic or ICAP) but will also accept course-by-course evaluations (Basic or ICAP).
  • After you submit your documents to WES, please DO NOT send a copy of your documents to our office as we will receive the completed evaluation directly from WES. Documents sent directly to SJSU will not be accommodated.
  • International Evaluators use WES to validate the authenticity of degrees and transcripts submitted by applicants. International Evaluators extract an equivalent GPA from the university transcripts and do not primarily use the GPA calculations provided by WES. Applications will be referred or denied in accordance with CSU eligibility standards currently in practice. 
  • Applicants who are admitted but reviewed with only 7 semesters of evaluated work will be required to submit final semester mark sheets/transcripts and their degree certificate to WES for a revised evaluation. The final documents must be sent to SJSU by the deadline posted in the applicant’s MySJSU account. Failure to comply with these requirements will result in a “document hold” that will prevent future registration into classes. Document holds are removed when documents are received and verified as meeting all requirements.
  • NOTE: Those earning degrees in the Bologna system must submit a completed evaluation which includes ALL academic work and proof of degree conferral. Bologna degrees are carefully reviewed and therefore must be complete. Applicants earning a Bologna degree will not be considered if a partial WES evaluation is submitted.
  • NOTE: SJSU does NOT deem the 3-year bachelor’s degree from India as comparable to a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree. Therefore it will not meet the CSU eligibility requirements.

STEP 6 – Submit Test Scores [SJSU Institution Code: 4687]

English Language Proficiency: This requirement is designated for applicants whose primary language is not English. 

SJSU does not accept an “English-medium of instruction” as a substitute for an English-language proficiency exam such as TOEFL, IELTS, or the Pearson’s Test of English.  Letters from applicants or institutions will NOT be accepted.  Requests to waive this requirement will only be considered under the following circumstances:   

  • Received a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution within the U.S. 
  • Completed 3 years of full-time coursework in a regionally accredited institution within the U.S.

Other Test Scores

  • Please review our Test Requirements page to see if your program of interest requires the GRE or GMAT.

STEP 7 – Residency

California Residency:  The laws of California provide that every student in the California State University system must be classified as either a resident or non-resident for tuition purposes. Applicants have the ultimate burden of proving their residence classification. For admission, you must have established California residency approximately one year prior to the start of the admission term.

Established California residents should not submit a residency form. If you have lived in California for fewer than two years, the residency form should be submitted with supporting documents. To download the form or for more information visit 


Tracking Your Application

Application Status: You will be able to view the status of your application in your MySJSU account.  This is the one place where you will receive your notifications.  For inquiries about your application status, please contact

Completing Your Application: Your application will not be considered complete or evaluated until we have ALL documents stated above. You will be able to see what specific documents we require (except for documents required by your department) after we place “To-Do” items on your checklist in your MySJSU account. “To-Do” items will appear after your first document submission is received and fully verified by our Data Specialists. Please note: Records submitted in support of the application become the property of the university and will not be returned to the applicant/student. 

Evaluating Your Application: After you complete your application, it will be evaluated for minimum university admission requirements. The minimum GPA is 2.5 (from the 0.0-4.0 U.S. grading scale) in the last degree completed, or a GPA of 2.5 in the last two years of full time study.  Professional development courses and courses taken in non-accredited institutions are not counted in this calculation. We will compare all international marks earned to the U.S. GPA standard using your university or college grading scale. Take note that many of our graduate programs have higher GPA standards. Your intended major department will make the final admission decision if you meet our university minimum requirements. The GAPE application process takes 4-6 weeks after you have submitted all of your required documents.  If your application is referred to the program for their review, this will add additional time before an admission decision is made.