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San José State University attracts students to Silicon Valley from around the world to earn graduate degrees and certificates in over 100 programs, from Aerospace Engineering to Music Education. Inspired by a faculty of active researchers and creators, SJSU scholars reach high, lifting families and communities as they achieve in numbers rarely matched elsewhere. The oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast awards more than 3,000 Master’s degrees yearly (and a growing number of Doctorates) in fields that fuel but are never limited by the booming industries stretching from our sunny home at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay up the peninsula to the Golden Gate. No doubt there is a graduate program here that is the right launching pad for your dreams.

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Melissa Canela, Justice Studies

"As a first-generation Latina, I can say that my graduate school journey thus far has been a challenging and eye-opening experience on an academic, professional, and personal level. The Justice Studies program has allowed me to transform frustrations about systemic injustices into drive and determination to effect change in my community. I am very appreciative to be a part of such an amazing cohort of justice studies peers and brilliant faculty!"

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Mike McFarlin, Ecology and Evolution

"[At SJSU] I have been able to collaborate with international researchers during my research, take courses at SJSU and other institutions, and work with undergraduate students in laboratory courses. Teaching at SJSU has been fulfilling and energizing. It has helped me within my own research and I would be honored to continue working with younger scientists during my studies." 

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Dahyeon Jung, Child and Adolescent Development

“ChAD professors in the graduate program always encourage students to take different perspectives and elaborate [on] their views and insights. I’ve learned so much from not only professors, but also classmates. I want to work in the research field and the graduate program provided me with the first step for my research journey.”

In the News

Our Growing Reputation As Silicon Valley’s Public Graduate School

September 9, 2021

Read about recent highlights from the College of Graduate Studies and see what we’re doing to serve graduate students, expand program offerings, and grow our reputation for graduate study at SJSU.

SJSU Launches New Combined Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees

August 24, 2021

The new Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Programs allow students to pursue the two degrees simultaneously by earning graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year.

2021 Fall Welcome Address from President Mary A. Papazian

August 19, 2021

In her virtual Fall 2021 Welcome Address, President Papazian summarized recent highlights of graduate study at SJSU.

San José State University Hosts First CSU-Wide Grad Slam

May 4, 2021

SJSU collaborated with several California State University campuses to organize the inaugural CSU Grad Slam, an exciting virtual event highlighting the best of graduate student research across California.

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Grace Shefcik, ‘20 MA speech-language pathology

Grace Shefcik, Lurie College of Education Alumna, Wins Outstanding Thesis Award

Grace Shefcik (‘20, speech language pathology) has been selected as the 2020-2021 recipient of the Outstanding Thesis Award for her work entitled Assessment of Non-binary Individuals’ Self-perception of Voice. Shefcik’s research study resulted in the first validated assessment tool that measures self-perception of voice and voice-related experiences for non-binary individuals. We are pleased to recognize Shefcik’s valuable contribution to the world of transgender voice and communication services. Just before she graduated from SJSU, the Lurie College of Education featured Shefcik in a student spotlight podcast episode.

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