Apply Now - Domestic

Step by Step Application Instructions


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

MBA programs, MS in Accountancy and MS in Taxation Programs


Step 1

 Complete your application online at CSUMentor:

For MBA: For MS Accountancy: For MS Taxation:
Indicate Application Term - Fall or Spring Indicate Application Term - Fall Indicate Application Term - Fall or Spring
For Major Program/Objective select:
  • Business Admin (MBA for Professionals, Special Session) (Fall or Spring)
  • Business Admin (Early Career MBA) (Fall only)
For Major Program/ Objective select: Accountancy (MS) For Major Program/Objective select: Taxation (MS Special Session)
Leave the concentration option blank. The Lucas MBA programs do not offer concentrations. Leave the concentration option blank. Leave the concentration option blank.
For Degree Objective select other master's (MBA, MFA, MPA, etc.) For Degree Objective select MS. For Degree Objective select MS.


Step 2: Continuing on CSU Mentor

Test Information (8) - Fill in whatever applicable to you.  You need not have taken or scheduled the GMAT/GRE/TOEFL in order to complete the application.  Be sure to list San Jose State University as a score recipient of each exam you take.

Miscellaneous Information (9) - You do not need to enter work experience or list references as this information is sent directly to the Lucas School. However, you must answer "Do you hold or have you ever held a valid California teaching credential" as yes or no to proceed to the next page of you application.

Statement of Purpose (10) - Fill in "Sent directly to Lucas School" so that you may proceed to review and submit your application.

Submit your application and save your confirmation number!

Step 3

You will receive an important email from GAPE (Graduate Admissions) in 7-10 business days which includes your nine digit San Jose State ID and instructions on how to set up your SJSUONE account. If you do not receive your ID within that time period, contact Include your full name, birth date, and mailing address for identity verification purposes.

After receiving your ID, submit your official transcripts to GAPE

  • For transcripts from institutions in the United States and Canada:

    • Collect your official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) 


    • Please include your assigned nine-digit SJSU ID# on the requested transcripts. Submit one transcript from ALL higher education institutions attended (even if you did not get your degree) to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations Office by mail or in-person. All transcripts must be sealed and unopened in order to be accepted as official documents. COPIES OF TRANSCRIPTS OR OPENED TRANSCRIPTS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED.   Please mail documents to:

San Jose State University – Graduate Admissions

One Washington Square

San Jose, CA 95192-0017

  • For transcripts or a degree earned at an institution outside of the United States or Canada
    • Graduate Admissions (GAPE) requires that you submit a WES document by document (Basic or ICAP) evaluation. You may find an application and directions on the WES (World Education Services) website located at When completed, WES will submit a copy of your transcripts, degree, and credential evaluation directly to GAPE electronically. Transcripts sent directly to GAPE will not be considered for admission.

Check your MySJSU account frequently to review the items on you "to do" list and to monitor the status of your application. Your MySJSU account is the first and best place for information on your application status. SJSU communicates almost entirely by messages with important and timely notices on admission, fees, financial aid, testing, transcript information, and deadlines.

Absolute Document Deadlines

  • February 20th for the MS in Accountancy program
  • May 20th for the Early Career MBA, MBA for Professionals, and the MS in Taxation programs.

Step 4

Lucas School's Program Specific Required Items: (Please note that these items do not appear on your MySJSU "to do" list)

GMAT/GRE score - Be sure to indicate San Jose State University as a score recipient of the exam. This will enable us to access the score on the ETS or GMAT secure website. The GRE school code is 4687.


Two letters of reference - (see step 5)

CPA (MS Tax applications only-in lieu of GMAT/GRE) - confirmation of passing all four parts of the exam or license.

Statement of Purpose - Please state your purpose for applying to the Master of Science in Accountancy, MBA or Master of Science in Taxation program.  Include your plans for future occupation or profession, and any additional information that may aid the Admissions Committee in evaluating your preparation and your aptitude for study in your graduate business program.  It should be 1.5 pages spaced and limited to approximately 500 words.

Send your Resume, Statement of Purpose and CPA verification as attachments by email to:  Include your nine digit SJSU ID and name in the body of the email message.

Step 5

Letters of reference - Required for the MSA, Optional for the MBA and MS Tax.

  • Two letters of reference from either faculty members and/or current or former employers. The Lucas School does not have a standard recommendation form.
  • We ask that each recommender submit their letter on either University or Company letterhead. Please include contact information.
  • The recommendation letter should contain information about you that the Admissions Committee would not otherwise know by reviewing by the basic University application. The recommender's insights could include information about your ability to succeed in a rigorous program such as this, your leadership ability to succeed in a rigorous program such as this, your leadership ability, maturity, motivation and possibly a character trait that would benefit you while attending the program.  Citing examples that demonstrate the above would be helpful.
  • Send to:

Lucas Graduate School of Business
San Jose State University
Business Tower, Room 350
One Washington Square
San Jose, CA 95192-0162
attn: Margaret Farmer