Mechanical Engineering Masters Program FAQ

Prospective Applicants 

-How do I apply for admission?
-Do I qualify for the MSME program?
-My degree is not in engineering, can I still get admission?
-I have a Bachelor of Science (BS) in an engineering major other than mechanical, can I get admission?
-What is the application deadline?
-What are the tuition fees?
-Are letters of recommendation required to apply?
-I am a foreign student and just got admitted, what courses should I take?
-What if I am an International student, where do I submit my transcript?
-Do you have any financial assistance available for me?
-What is a Conditional Classification?
-What is Classified status?
-What is the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)?

Current Students

-Where can I get the Candidacy form?
-Where can I get the Course Substitution form?
-I have opted for the Comprehensive Exam, how many units do I need to complete before I can take it?
-How many times can I take the Comprehensive Exam?
-Can I take ME295A or the Comprehensive Exam before my Candidacy Form is Approved?
-How do I start on my ME295A/299 project?
-Do I need advising every semester in order to register for classes?
-Who is my program adviser?
-I have received a notice of being placed on probation, what should I do?
-I have received a notice of being disqualified what should I do?
-I have completed most of the courses; what forms do I need to submit for graduation?
-Are all your graduate course offered in the evenings?
-What is Culminating Experience?

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Prospective Applicants

Q. How do I apply for admission?
A. Go to the following link for the admission process 

-For Domestic Applicants
http://www.sjsu.edu/gape/prospective_students/domestic
-For International Applicants
http://www.sjsu.edu/gape/prospective_students/international/ 

Q. Do I qualify for the MSME program?
A. To be eligible for the admission you must satisfy the ME department requirements along with the University requirements.
Go to the SJSU admission requirements.

Q. My degree is not in engineering, can I still get admission?
A. See the non-engineering applicant information page.

Q. I have a Bachelor of Science (BS) in an engineering major other than mechanical, can I get admission?
A. For more information visit the non-mechanical engineering applicant information page.

Q. What is the application deadline?
A. See the GAPE applications deadline page.

Q. What are the tuition fees?
A. Visit the GAPE page for a list of tuition fees site for each semester. 

Q. Are letters of recommendation required when I apply for admission?
A. No. Letters of recommendation are not required.

Q. I am a foreign student and just got admitted, what courses should I take?
A. You should attend the New Students Orientation before taking any classes. The orientation is scheduled at the beginning of a semester. You will be notified by email, detailing the schedule and place of the meeting.

Q. I am an International student, do I submit my transcript to the ME department?
A. No. The department does not accept any applications. All application materials and related questions must be submitted to the admissions office. Please visit the following website for more information http://www.sjsu.edu/gape/faq/#1

Q. Do you have any financial assistance available for me?
A. Almost all of the graduate students in the department are self-supporting, The department doesn't offer any scholarship or financial assistance. However, there are some limited opportunities as lab assistants and graders. Check with the department after you have been admitted and enrolled for classes.

Q. What is a Conditional Classification?
A. Conditional Classification status means that you have not satisfied all the required conditions for admission. The GAPE office provides you a letter which specifies the conditions being placed on your admission. You are not allowed to take more than 12 units of graduate courses until the conditions are satisfied.

Q. What is Classified status?
A. Classified status indicates that your admission is without any conditions. If there were no conditions imposed on your admission originally, you were granted a classified status. However, if there were some conditions placed on your admission, you have to satisfy those conditions and have the graduate advisor process a Change of Condition form, which will change your admission from conditional to the classified status.

Q.
What is the Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)
A. See the following GAPE site for information regarding the
GWAR http://www.sjsu.edu/gradstudies/policy/gwar/

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Current Students

Q. Where can I get the Candidacy form?
A. You may obtain the Candidacy form from the GAPE forms site.

Q. Where can I get the Course Substitution form?
A. You can obtain the course substitution form from the GAPE forms site.

Q. I am opting for the Comprehensive Exam, how many units do I need to complete before taking it?
A. See the MSME Comprehensive Exam Information site.

Q. How many times can I take the Comprehensive Exam?
A. See the MSME Comprehensive Exam Information site.

Q.  Can I take ME295A or the Comprehensive Exam before my Candidacy Form is Approved?
A. No. You must have an approved Candidacy form before you can sign-up for the project/ thesis course or the Comprehensive Exam.

Q.  How do I start on my ME295A/299 project?
A. See the handout on starting on ME 295/299 project. The handout is available in the ME office.

Q. Do I need advising every semester in order to register for classes?
A. Yes, you are required to get advising every semester and have the academic hold removed.

Q. Who is my program adviser?
A. The graduate advisor for all graduate students is Dr. Raghu Agarwal. Please visit the following link for his contact information http://www.sjsu.edu/me/facultystaff/faculty/index.html

Q.  I have received a notice of being placed on probation, what should I do?
A. Probation is a warning that you can be disqualified from the program. It's a serious matter. Once you are on probation, you must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or better in the subsequent semesters, otherwise you would be disqualified from the program. Discuss your options with the graduate advisor.

Q. I have received a notice of being disqualified what should I do?
A. Disqualification means losing your admission status and must reapply for re-admission. However, before you can apply, you need to get reinstated. See the university policy for reinstatement. 

Q.  I have completed most of the courses; what forms do I need to submit for graduation?
A. You need to file the Candidacy form, which has to be approved by the Graduate Advisor. The other form is the Graduation form, which doesn't require approval from the department. It can be submitted directly to the Bursar's office. 

Q.  Are all your graduate course offered in the evenings?
A. Yes, all the graduate course are scheduled to start at 4:30 PM and after.

Q.  What is Culminating Experience?
A. Culminating Experience Form is required by the university to show that you have met the necessary skills to obtain an MSME degree. The form is processed by the graduate advisor after you have satisfied one of the followings two conditions:
a. Passed the Project or Thesis course successfully and your final report has been approved by your graduate committee or
b. Passed the comprehensive exam