Fall 2020 Graduate Admission Deferral Information

The California State University Chancellor’s Office has allowed San Jose State University to provide a deferral of graduate admission option to some students admitted for graduate study in Fall 2020 who face a COVID-19-related hardship that precludes them from attending any college or university in the fall 2020 semester. Only one deferral request will be accepted per student admitted for Fall 2020. Note that we cannot guarantee that deferral options will be available in future terms. 

Available terms from programs allowing deferral will be for either Spring 2021 or Fall 2021. In some cases, only Fall 2021 will be available. This is determined at the discretion of the department.

There are select graduate programs that are not able to defer students because each graduate program has unique needs regarding staffing of their classes and specific curricular requirements to maintain the high quality of instruction. 

Deferral FAQs

Programs NOT Offering Deferral (Partial List)

  • All Special Session Engineering Programs
  • Master’s of Social Work Programs
  • Data Analytics (MS) – Both Regular and Special Session
  • Human Factors/Ergonomics (MS)
  • Occupational Therapy (MS)
Program Start Date Deadlines Semester
Psychology I/O July 1, 2020 August 15, 2020 Fall 2021
Computer Engineering (MS) – Regular Session July 1, 2020 August 1, 2020 Spring or Fall 2021

Software Engineering (MS) – Regular Session

July 1, 2020 August 1, 2020 Spring or Fall 2021
Computer Science (MS) July 1, 2020 July 15, 2020 Fall 2021
Data Science (MS) July 1, 2020 July 15, 2020 Fall 2021
Bioinformatics (MS) July 1, 2020 July 15, 2020 Fall 2021
ISE (MS) July 1, 2020 August 10, 2020 Spring or Fall 2021
Engineering Management (MS) July 1, 2020 August 10, 2020 Spring or Fall 2021
Aerospace Engineering (MS) July 15, 2020 August 1, 2020 Spring or Fall 2021
Civil Engineering (MS) July 15, 2020 August 1, 2020 Spring or Fall 2021
Chemical Engineering (MS) July 15, 2020 August 1, 2020 Spring or Fall 2021
Materials Engineering (MS) July 15, 2020 August 1, 2020 Spring or Fall 2021

Electrical Engineering (MS) – Regular Session

July 15, 2020 August 10, 2020 Spring or Fall 2021

Biomedical Engineering (MS)

July 15, 2020 August 10, 2020 Spring or Fall 2021

Biomedical Devices (MS)

July 15, 2020 August 10, 2020 Spring or Fall 2021

All Business Programs

July 15, 2020 August 14, 2020 Spring or Fall 2021

Mechanical Engineering (MS)

July 24, 2020 August 10, 2020 Spring or Fall 2021

All Other Programs

August 1, 2020 August 24, 2020 Spring or Fall 2021*

*Unless the department program specifies they are only taking deferrals for Fall 2021 only. If necessary, please consult with your program about which admission term is available. Please note that there are some programs that are not able to defer students because each graduate program has unique needs regarding staffing of their classes and specific curricular requirements to maintain the high quality of instruction.