Graduate Program Test Requirements

Many of our graduate programs require that applicants take a standardized test before they may be admitted to the program. Refer to the following list to check whether the program you are applying to requires a particular test and what the specific score requirements are:

GRE | GMAT | TOEFL | IELTS

If you have additional questions, please contact the graduate advisor for that program. Our ETS code for the TOEFL and GRE is 4687.

NOTE: If your name is different from the name you listed on your university application, please notify our offices by emailing admissions@sjsu.edu and include an explanation.

 

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Programs that Require the GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

Aerospace Engineering
Only required if undergraduate degree is not from an accredited U.S./Canadian university. Old Exam: Combined score in Verbal and Quantitative must be equal to or greater than 1100, and Analytical Writing Score must be 3.5 or above. New Exam: Combined score in Verbal and Quantitative must be equal to greater than 312, and Analytical Writing Score must be 3.5 or above.

Biomedical Engineering
Only required for applicants whose major GPA is less than 3.0. Tests taken prior to Aug 1, 2011: Combined score in Verbal and Quantitative must be equal to or be higher than 1100, and Analytical Writing Score must be 3.5 or above. Tests taken after August 1, 2011: Combined score in Verbal and Quantitative must be equal to or be higher than 315, and Analytical Writing Score must be 3.5 or above.

Biological Sciences
Required if undergraduate degree is not from an accredited U.S./Canadian university. All applicants in the Molecular Biology and Microbiology concentration must submit general test scores and Advanced Subject Test score in Biology or Molecular Biology.

Biotechnology
General test plus Advanced Subject Test in a relevant subject of your choice required.

Chemistry
General test required.

Child and Adolescent Development
General test required.

Computer Engineering
Only required if undergraduate degree is not from an accredited U.S./Canadian university. Old Exam: Quantitative score must be 650 or better, minimum combined score must be 1000 or better, and Analytical score must be 4.0 or better. New Exam: Quantitative score must be 151 or better, minimum combined score must be 294 or better, and Analytical score must be 4.0 of better.

Computer Science
Check the Computer Science webpage for current requirements.

Electrical Engineering
Old Exam: Quantitative score must be 650 or better, minimum combined score must be 1100 or better, and Analytical score must be 3.5 or better. New Exam: Quantitative score must be 151 or better, minimum combined score must be 312 or better, and Analytical score must be 3.5 or better.

English and Comparative Literature
General test required.

Environmental Studies
General test required.

Journalism and Mass Communications
Old Exam: Combined minimum score of 1000 and at least a score of 550 on the verbal section required. New Exam: Combined minimum score of 297 and at least a score of 5156 on the verbal section required.

Kinesiology
General test required. Minimum scores: 150 - verbal; 141 - quantitative

Mechanical Engineering
Only required if undergraduate degree is not from an accredited U.S./Canadian university. Old Exam: Combined score in Verbal and Quantitative must be equal or greater than 1100, and Analytical Writing Score must be 3.5 or above. New Exam: Combined score in Verbal and Quantitative must be equal or greater than 312, and Analytical Writing Score must be 3.5 or above.

Meteorology
General test required.

Nutritional Science 
Old Exam: Combined minimum GRE score of 1000, minimum GRE verbal score of 450, and minimum writing score of 3.5. New Exam: Combined minimum GRE score of 297, minimum GRE verbal score of 150, and minimum writing score of 3.5. 

Occupational Therapy

Combined minimum GRE score of 297, minimum GRE verbal score of 153, and minimum writing score of 4.5 is desired. As an alternative to the GRE exam, a minimum score of 400 or above on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is required.

Psychology (Experimental)
General test required.

Psychology (Industrial/Organizational)
General test required.

Public Health
General test required.

Quality Assurance
Old Exam: Combined minimum score of 1000 required. New Exam: Combined minimum score of 297 required.

Software Engineering
Check the Software Engineering webpage for current requirements.

Urban and Regional Planning
General test recommended for all applicants but required of those whose cummulative undergraduate GPA was below 3.0 (but above the university graduate-school minimum of 2.5).

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Programs that Require the GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)


Accounting
500 or better with balanced verbal and quantitative score at the 50th percentile

Business Administration
500 or better with balanced verbal and quantitative score at the 50th percentile

Taxation
500 or better with balanced verbal & quantitative score at the 50th percentile OR passed all parts of the CPA exam OR score of 145 or better on the LSAT

Transportation Management
Score of 500 or better

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Programs with Higher TOEFL Requirement than the University Minimum

 

University Minimum
550 (Paper Based), 213 (Computer Based), 80 (Internet Based)

Biotechnology
250 (Computer Based), 100 (Internet Based)

Communicative Disorders and Sciences
90 (Internet Based).

Economics
575 (Paper Based), 240 (Computer Based), 90 (Internet Based)

English and Comparative Literature
610 (Paper Based), 253 (Computer Based), 102 (Internet Based)

Environmental Studies
580 (Paper Based), 237 (Computer Based), 92 (Internet Based)

French
580 (Paper Based), 237 (Computer Based), 92 (Internet Based)

Geology
575 (Paper Based), 240 (Computer Based), 90 (Internet Based)

Library and Information Science
600 (Paper Based), 250 (Computer Based), 100 (Internet Based)

Linguistics
570 (Paper Based), 230 (Computer Based), 88 (Internet Based)

Music and Dance
590 (Paper Based), 243 (Computer Based) and 5 (Writing Section), 96 (Internet Based).

Occupational Therapy
573 (Paper Based), 233 (Computer Based), 89 (Internet Based)

Psychology (MA Experimental, MS I/O, MS Clinical) 
570 (Paper Based), 240 (Computer Based), 90 (Internet Based)

Public Administration
577 (Paper Based), 233 (Computer Based), 90 (Internet Based)

TESOL
577 (Paper Based), 233 (Computer Based), 90 (Internet Based)

Theatre Arts
570 (Paper Based), 230 (Computer Based), 88 (Internet Based)

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Programs with Higher IELTS Requirement than the University Minimum

 

University Minimum
7.0.

Accountancy
7.5

Communicative Disorders and Sciences
8.0

Biotechnology
8.0

Library Science
8.0

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Programs with Higher PTE Requirement than the University Minimum

 

University Minimum
68

 

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