Admission Requirements for MST

The Admissions Committee reviews an applicant's overall qualifications and takes the following factors into consideration:

  • Completion of an Undergraduate Degree: A four year Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a recognized institution if the degree was earned outside of the U.S.
  • English Language Proficiency: Applicants who have earned a degree from a higher education institution outside of the United States must take an English-language proficiency exam. You must score a minimum of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL, 7.0 on the IELTS, or 68 on the PTE. 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:
    • Received a Bachelor's or Master's degree from an accredited U.S. institution
    • Received a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree from an accredited institution for which English is the official and primary language of that country
    • Completed 3 years of full time coursework in an accredited U.S. institution
  • Grade Point Average: A candidate's GPA should be at 3.0 or above. Circumstances may exist which offer explanation for a GPA below a 3.0; candidates are encouraged to submit a statement of explanation if this is the case. An absolute minimum GPA of 2.5 is required for graduate admission to San Jose State University.
  • GMAT, GRE or LSAT: A total GMAT score of 500 or better is required, including scores equal to or above the 50th percentile on both the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam. For the GRE, a comparable score is 148 in Verbal Reasoning and 149 in Quantitative Reasoning. The LSAT score should be 145 or above. The testing requirement is waived if you have successfully passed the CPA exam in the United States. SJSU Sbona honor students may also be able to waive the GMAT/GRE; see details at the bottom of this page.
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume
  • Letters of Recommendation (optional): For certain candidates these may be requested.
  • Required Undergraduate Courses

Applicants who have earned an undergraduate degree in accounting have completed all the prerequisite courses for the MST program.

Applicants who have not earned an undergraduate degree in accounting must complete the following undergraduate courses (or equivalent) prior to admission.

The San José State University course numbers for these courses are in parenthesis:

•    Financial Accounting (BUS1 020)

•    Managerial Accounting (BUS1 021)

•    Intermediate Accounting (BUS1 121A)

•    Tax Factors of Business and Investment Decisions (BUS1 123A)

The following courses are highly recommended prior to the beginning of the MS Taxation program:

•    Business Law (BUS3 080)

•    Computer Tools for Business (BUS4 091L)

•    Fundamentals of Finance (BUS1 170)

These requirements may be fulfilled at a community college. See a list of local community college courses that will fulfill the above requirement from Acceptable Classes for Tax admissions(pdf).

If you have any questions about our Admissions Requirements, we encourage you to contact us or to attend one of our information sessions.  Connecting to our department can be an essential step in your MST decision making process.


SJSU Gary J. Sbona Honors Students

Students who successfully complete the SJSU College of Business Gary J. Sbona Honors Program, are granted a waiver for the GMAT/GRE requirement for the application to the Lucas MST program, provided they meet the following conditions:

  1. Graduate from the Gary J. Sbona Honors Program, as verified by the Program Director. 
  2. Apply for admission in the MST program within five years of the graduation date.