MST FAQ

 


 

Does the MST program require a specific undergraduate degree for admission?No. The MST welcomes applicants from all disciplines. Most applicants have an undergraduate degree in accounting.
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Are there prerequisite courses?
Four accounting courses are required: Financial Accounting, Managerial Accounting, Intermediate Accounting (at least the first semester) and an undergraduate tax course. You’ll find more details on how to complete the prerequisites on our website. 

If you already have an undergraduate degree in accounting, you have satisfied the prerequisite courses. 
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How many courses are required to complete the degree?
Thirty units are required. Most classes are three units, while a few are one or two units.
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When do I need to complete the prerequisite courses?
You must complete all four courses and submit your transcript to the Lucas Graduate School prior to orientation. The deadline for fall classes is mid-August, and the deadline for spring classes is mid-December.
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How long will it take to complete the program?
The full-time MST program takes 12 months. The part-time MST program takes 24-36 months.
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What does the program cost?
Estimated program cost is $19,350, not including textbooks.
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When do classes meet?
Classes meet in the evening once a week for eight to 10 weeks with an occasional Saturday class.
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Where do classes meet?
At the Lucas Business Complex in nearby Santa Clara.
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Is there a minimum GMAT or GRE score required?
A total GMAT score of 500 or better is required, including scores equal to or above the 50th percentile on both the quantitative and verbal sections of the exam. For the GRE, we require a comparable score is 148 in Verbal Reasoning and 149 in Quantitative Reasoning.
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Can you waive the GMAT or GRE requirement?
We can waive the GMAT or GRE requirement if you:

  • Submit evidence of passing all four parts of the CPA examination in the United States
  • Scored 145 on the LSAT
  • Have earned a PhD, JD or LLD in the United States
  • Graduated with honors from the Lucas College of Business Gary J. Sbona Honors Program within the past five years
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Is there a minimum GPA required for admission?
Ideally, your GPA should be a 3.0 or above for admission to the MST program. The last 60 units or 90 quarter units are used to calculate your GPA. An absolute minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for graduate admission at SJSU. 
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What is the profile of the class most recently admitted?
Average age – 27, Average GMAT – 578, Average GPA – 3.47, 27% male, 73% female
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I earned my undergraduate degree outside the U.S. Who will evaluate my degree?
Graduate Admissions requires a World Education Services document-by-document evaluation for all transcripts and degrees earned outside the United States, (Basic or ICAP). This applies to all applicants with international credentials, both domestic and foreign, with the exception of Canada. WES is a non-profit organization that conducts research on international education and trends and provides expert credential evaluation services. You can find an application and directions on the WES website
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Do I need an English language proficiency examination (TOEFL)?
If you graduated from a higher education institution in a country where the primary language is not English, you will need to take an English-language proficiency exam. The University minimum entrance is 213 (computer-based) or 80 (internet-based). The minimum score required on the IELTS is 7.0, and the minimum PTE score is 68.

SJSU does not accept English-medium of instruction as a substitute for an English-language proficiency exam

We can waive the examination if you have:

  • Received a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited U.S. institution.
  • Received a bachelors or masters degree from an accredited institution for which English is the official and primary language of that country.
  • Completed three years of full time coursework in an accredited U.S. institution.
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When does the Lucas Graduate School accept applications?
Twice a year for fall and spring admission.
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What are the application deadlines?
Applications are open Aug. 1–Nov. 1, 2015 for spring 2016 admission.
The application deadline for spring 2016 is Nov. 1, 2015.
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Applications are open Oct. 1, 2015–May 1, 2016 for fall 2016 admission.
The application deadline for fall 2016 is May 1, 2016.
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How do I apply?
The Lucas Graduate School’s website contains step-by-step instructions on the application process.
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Which application do I use, domestic or international?
Domestic students are defined as U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents (Green Card holders) or H-4 or H1-B visa holders. If you fit one of those categories, use the Domestic Students application.

International students are defined as those who hold F-1 or J-1 visas. If you fit one of those categories, use the International Students application.
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Do I need to complete the four accounting prerequisites and take the GMAT or GRE before I apply? 
No. We recommend that you apply early and obtain a SJSU ID. This will enable you and the Lucas Graduate School to monitor the progress of your application.

Please secure a test date for the GMAT or GRE well in advance to ensure that your scores are submitted by the published document deadline.
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Does the Lucas Graduate School offer scholarships for MST students?
Once you’re enrolled, you will be eligible for partial scholarships, based on need. You will need to complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form.

You can find other MST scholarships at:
CSEA Education Foundation 
CalCPA Education Foundation 

The MST program coordinator will alert you about scholarship opportunities as they arise. You may also visit the Financial Aid and Scholarship section of our website more information on SJSU scholarship opportunities.
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What type of Financial Aid is available?
MST students may be considered for Federal Direct Stafford Loans. If you need additional funds, you may apply for the Graduate Plus Loan based on your credit rating.
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Who is eligible for Financial Aid?
Graduate students who are U.S. citizens or eligible non-citizens, meaning individuals who have been issued an alien registration number.
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How do I apply for Financial Aid?
You must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid form by March 2, 2016, for priority consideration. If you will not complete your federal tax return by the priority filing date, use an estimated income on your FAFSA. You may still complete the FAFSA application after the priority filing date of March 2.
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Questions? Contact the Lucas Graduate School.