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

For the purpose of admission, international applicants are those that intend to study on a student visa. Please ensure you select applying for F1 or J1 visaif you belong to the following categories:

(1) Applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa and currently reside abroad.

(2) Currently hold an F-1 or J-1 visa and currently reside in the U.S.

(3) B visa holders, as you will need an F-1 visa to study in the U.S.

*U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees, H4, H1, and F2 visa holders must use the Domestic Applicants link to apply.

New for Spring 2018! Important International Application Information:

The California State University system has a new application system ( starting with Spring 2018 applicants. International applicants will need to pay close attention to the Step 3 instructions listed below.

Needful Notes

  • International applicants must inform Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations of their current visa status by indicating the status at the time of application. Please note that International applicants do not qualify for resident tuition and will be subject to non-resident tuition.
  • International applicants who have been awarded a 4-year bachelor’s degree from an institution of higher education in a country outside of the U.S., U.S. Territories, or Canada will need to have a WES (World Education Services) evaluation done, regardless of additional degrees earned in the U.S.
  • Please take special note that Bologna Accord degrees or 3-year bachelor’s degrees from India are not deemed as comparable to a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree at SJSU (see “Notes” Step 5 in the instructions below).


Admissions Eligibility – International 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 4-year bachelor’s degree from a recognized, accredited and approved institution from a foreign country, or the completion of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

-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.

-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 Cal State Apply.   

IMPORTANT: In order to successfully apply for an international student visa, you will need to correctly designate yourself as an international applicant planning to study on an F-1 or J-1 visa at the beginning of your Cal State Apply application during the “Complete Your Profile” section.

If you do not follow the steps to designate yourself as an international applicant, your application may get withdrawn.  If you mistakenly apply as a domestic applicant and intend to study on an international student visa for a program that is NOT being offered to international students, your application will be withdrawn.

Choose “Non Resident” as your U.S. Citizenship Status in your profile. If you have already started your application and need to change your U.S. Citizenship status, simply go to your extended profile within your Cal State Apply application and it will take you directly to this page again.  This step is needful and should be done before you select a graduate program.

How to identify yourself as an International Applicant On Cal State Apply

*U.S. citizens, permanent residents, refugees, H4, H1, and F2 visa holders must use the Domestic Applicants link to apply.

*Please note that the name on your passport MUST be the exam name used on your application and all required documents and test scores. 

*You may only apply to one program per application term. Your application will be processed for only the primary major listed on your application.

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 WES evaluation OR official U.S./Canada Transcripts to SJSU:

International School Work and Degrees: GAPE requires that all international applicants provide a WES (World Education Services) evaluation for any educational work  taken outside of the U.S. and Territories & 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.

  • SJSU prefers the WES document-by-document evaluations (Basic or ICAP) but will also accept course-by-course evaluations (Basic or ICAP).
  • View detailed illustrated instructions on how to send documents through WES.  
  • 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 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 the 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 and therefore will not meet the CSU eligibility requirements.

STEP 6 – Submit Test Scores:

English Language Proficiency: SJSU does not accept “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.

TOEFL/IELTS/PTE will only be waived once the official transcripts have been reviewed proving that one of the criteria below has been met.        

  • 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.


-Our ETS code for the TOEFL and GRE is 4687.

-Request your IELTS scores be sent to:

Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations

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

-For proper identification, be sure to register for tests using the name you provided on your application. Test scores received with slightly different names will cause a delay in processing and may prevent your application from being reviewed.

Other Test Scores

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

STEP 7 – Submit Declaration of Finance Form

In addition to the online application, all international applicants MUST submit a completed, signed, and dated Declaration of Finance form by the posted document deadline. Students must use the SJSU Declaration of Finance form, no other forms will be accepted. Please email in pdf format to

STEP 8 – Submit Bank Letter or Bank Statement

In addition to the Declaration of Finance, all international applicants MUST submit financial support documents by the posted document deadline. Please email these documents in pdf format to

Federal immigration regulations require that all international students provide evidence of adequate funds to meet the financial obligations of enrollment at a U.S. university. The combined U.S. dollar amount from you or your sponsor(s) must equal or exceed the minimum listed for the applied term. Currently, applicants must list at least $38,500 U.S. dollars per year (The College of Business and Special Session programs may have different amounts. Please check program websites for fee information). Please add $5,000 for each requested dependent. 

Returning applicants that have previously applied must submit a new declaration of finance form with new bank statements.

Requirements for all financial support documents:

  • Current date [note: new forms must be submitted each application term].
  • Account holder’s name, along with the type of account with the overall monetary amount.
  • Documents on official letterhead with signature and stamp of an administrative official.

The types of funds that are accepted include:

Bank Letter or Statement: A letter from your bank, or a copy of your bank statement, that shows the amount of money in your account is required. If you have multiple types of accounts with a bank (i.e. Fixed Deposits, Savings, and Checking), please note that the bank statement must clearly separate the amount for each account.  The letter/statement must have been issued within the previous six months and must be reported in U.S. dollars. If you have a sponsor, the name listed on the bank letter or statement must match your sponsor’s name.  

 Acceptable accounts include:

  • Checking or savings account
  • Fixed/time/term deposits with a statement that funds may be withdrawn at any time without penalty
  • Letter of solvency
  • Approved educational loan

Funds from the government or private agencies - Student must attach a verification letter on letterhead from the government or agency stating the specific amount that will be received. This includes scholarships. 

STEP 9 – Submit a Copy of your Current Passport

Submit a copy of your current passport with your current legal name. The name on your passport MUST match the name you used when you submitted your application.  Your passport must be current and not less than six months from expiring.

STEP 10 – Submit a Copy of your Current VISA

All international applicants that currently reside in the U.S. on a visa must email a copy of their current VISA to The VISA copy must be received by the posted document deadline. 

Tip: International students must show documentation to Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations of their current VISA. This is the status at the time of the application and will assist in issuing the correct paperwork at the time of admission.