Professional Degree Programs (PDP) allow working people and students to earn graduate degrees and certificates at their own pace and schedule, often online or off campus. It’s a new way to go to college.

The courses are offered online, in the Silicon Valley and at our downtown campus. Students can earn a degree without devoting precious hours traveling outside the Valley or sitting in a classroom. While most San José State University (SJSU) students pay a yearly tuition to attend courses, PDP students pay by the unit so they can take as long as they want to finish their studies and come out in the end with the same degree as a regular student. Most PDP degrees provide opportunities for master's degrees and certificates in your profession. Rather than just taking an extension course, you will actually be working toward a degree that is likely to increase your chances of career advancement.

PDP News & Updates

New PDP Degree

New for Fall 2018, get an MS in Data Analytics through SJSU. MSDA is listed on Cal State Apply as Interdisciplinary Studies.

Attend one-on-one advising sessions on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5 pm, Room 1004, Student Union West to learn more. 

Distance Education State Authorization

For you to participate and receive credit from online classes at San Jose State University, your state of residence must have a reciprocity agreement in place with CSU. This agreement provides online students with consumer protection. For a complete list of participating states and details on the regulation, please visit