Graduate Admission

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Fall 2015 application period begins on October 1, 2014
Spring 2016 Application period begins on August 1, 2015
Application deadlines vary
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 Application Process

Required Documents

 

Graduate Programs

International Application Deadlines

Academic Requirements

How to Apply

Your Application Status

Estimated Costs

 

 

Document Submission Form

English Requirement

Official Transcripts

Declaration of Finance

Passport Copy

GMAT or GRE Scores

Letters of Recommendation

Health Insurance


 

Application Process

Graduate Programs

Your first step towards becoming a graduate student is to explore the majors that interest you.

Graduate programs available to international students

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International Application Deadlines 

SJSU Graduate Majors open for Fall 2015 Admission

Review the list below and check the deadline dates carefully. 

Application deadlines for international students

IMPORTANT NOTE: If supporting documents are not received by the final deadline date, your application will be cancelled.

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Academic Requirements 

The minimum GPA requirement for admission to Graduate Studies programs at San Jose State University is 2.5 in your last 60 semester units of study.

Many graduate programs have higher than minimum GPA requirements. 

Departments make the final decision regarding admission to their majors.

Professional development courses and courses taken in non-accredited institutions are not included in the GPA calculation.

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How to Apply 

All students must apply to SJSU online through "CSU Mentor". This step must be completed regardless of any other requirements for your major.

To see how to apply to graduate programs online, please read the step-by-step tutorial carefully.

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Your Application Status 

After you have submitted your application, your must activate your MySJSU account to check your status.

NOTE: Your application will not be evaluated for admission to SJSU until ALL supporting documents have been received.

To activate your MySJSU account:

    • Go to MySJSU
    • Click on:  "Activate Your Account"
    • Follow these instructions:

application status

Then click on your "To Do List" to find information regarding missing documents or test scores that are needed to complete your application.

IMPORTANT: Your application will not be evaluated for admission to SJSU until ALL required documents have been received. If you have questions, please contact your International Graduate Application Evaluator: Kathleen.Simel@sjsu.edu

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Estimated Costs 

To maintain student visa status, undergraduates are required to enroll in 12 units of coursework every semester.

Estimated Costs for One Academic Year
Estimated costs for one academic year Masters Degree Teaching Credential
Tuition & Campus Fee $15,445.00 $15,055.00
Mandatory Health Insurance $  1,360.00 $  1,360.00
Living Expenses $14,156.00 $14,156.00
Total $30,961.00 $30,571.00

 
Note: Fees Are Subject to Change 

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Required Documents

Document Submission Form 

You must use the Document Submission Identification Form (pdf) to submit your documents to the Graduate Admissions Office.

All documents that have been submitted become the property of the San Jose State University and cannot be released to the student or anyone else.

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English Requirement 

Students who have graduated from a college or university in a country where the primary language is not English must submit the required English language test score before they can be officially admitted to San Jose State University.

The English proficiency exam is waived only if you have received a B.A. or M.A. degree from an accredited U.S. institution OR you have completed 3 years of full-time study in a U.S. institution.

SJSU Minimum Graduate English Requirement
English Tests Scores
TOEFL:Test of English as a Foreign Language 80(iBT)    550(PBT)
IELTS: International English Language Testing System 7.0
PTE: Pearson Test of English 68

 

*Some programs require higher test scores, so please check the Departmental Website or the Test Requirements page.  

Applicants who have not met the English language proficiency requirement are strongly encouraged to apply to the Conditional Admission Eligibility program before applying to San Jose State University.

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Official Transcripts 

Starting in Fall 2015, students applying for Graduate Studies to San Jose State University must obtain a WES "Document by Document" evaluation for all coursework completed at a university or college.

If you are still studying at a college or university at the time that you apply for admission you should still obtain a "work in progress" evaluation from WES. You must have grades for a minimum of 7 semesters evaluated to be considered. Please note: Grades for your final semester, your graduation certificate and/or degree will need to be submitted to WES for a revised evaluation. The deadline to submit the final WES evaluation can be found in your MySJSU account.

Please visit the WES website to learn how you may obtain your evaluation. You will need to order the "Document by Document" (Basic or ICAP) service. Please be sure to follow instructions listed for your country.  

 

All submitted documents become the property of San Jose State University and cannot be returned. 

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Declaration of Finance 

All International Graduate applicants HAVE TO submit a Declaration of Finance form (pdf) and a Bank Verification letter showing a minimum of $30,961.00 U.S. in funds available for study. All letters verifying funds must be dated within the current year.

  1. If your funds come from your government or a private agency:
    • you must complete and sign the Declaration of Finance (pdf)
    • you must attach a verification letter on letterhead paper from your  government or private agency indicating a minimum of $30,961.00 US in available funds
  2. If your funds are from an individual sponsor:
    • you must complete and sign the Declaration of Finance (pdf)
    • you must enter the required information regarding your parents or sponsor or provide a signed letter declaring his/her intent to sponsor you.
    • you must attach a letter from your sponsor's bank indicating a minimum of $30,961.00 US in available funds
  3. If your funds are from an individual sponsor:
    • you must complete and sign the Declaration of Finance (pdf)
    • you must attach a letter from your bank indicating a minimum of $30,961.00 US in available funds

Submit your Declaration of Finance and Bank Verification letter to this address:

San Jose State University
International Graduate Admissions
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA  95192-0016


All submitted documents become the property of San Jose State University and cannot be returned. 

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Passport Copy 

A copy of the biographic page of your current passport is required. The name listed on your passport must be exactly the same name that will appear on your I-20 if you are offered admission. There are no exceptions to this rule.

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GMAT or GRE Test Scores 

Graduate Program Test Requirements

Many graduate programs require that applicants to take an additional test or have a higher than minimum English language proficiency test score before they may be admitted to the program they have chosen.

Review the list below to find whether the program you have chosen requires a GMAT, GRE, or higher than minimum English test score.

GMAT, GRE, and minimum English test score

If you have questions, please contact the program Graduate Advisor

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Letters of Recommendation 

Some Graduate programs require letters of recommendation.

Find to your major's department website.Then check your major's website to find out whether letters of recommendation are required and where the letters must sent.

Only letters typed on agency or business letterhead paper and signed by an official will be accepted. A separate Right of Access to Letter of Recommendation Form (pdf)must accompany each letter of recommendation. 

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Health Insurance 

International students must have approved medical insurance before registering for classes each semester.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Most common "travel insurance" plans are not acceptable.

You will not be able to register for until you can show proof of adequate health insurance that includes coverage for accidental injury, sickness, medical evacuation, and repatriation.

San Jose State University offers a comprehensive low cost insurance program that is also valid when traveling outside the United States. This insurance can be purchased online at: www.csuhealthlink.com

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