Welcome to Graduate School

You are invited to our Welcome to Graduate School orientation series. This extended compilation of videos and webinars, which replaces our traditional in-person orientation, will inform you of university-wide policies and resources beyond those of individual departments and colleges. Importantly, this series will help to establish you as an integral part of our SJSU community. Our multi-part series of videos and seminars will allow you to absorb essential information easily and conveniently. The recommended material will take approximately 5-1/2 hours to complete. However, each module contains further information if you are interested. The program roadmap for Spring 2021 is viewable here.

This series will include sessions on the following topics:

  • The San José State Graduate Experience 
    Dean Marc d'Alarcao welcomes you to SJSU and describes the unique Silicon Valley opportunities available to you as a graduate student.
  • Graduate School: Different Expectations, Different Mindset
    Students discuss their experiences transitioning to graduate school, including the challenges they faced and the tips they wish they had known as a new student themselves. 
  • Online Learning at SJSU
    San José State offers a wealth of tools to help you navigate your online learning experience. Make the most of what we have to offer.
  • Using the Martin Luther King Jr. Library
    The library is your go-to research partner. Find out how best to utilize this comprehensive resource.
  • Meet Your Support Team: College of Graduate Education, GAPE, How to Work Effectively with your Graduate Advisor
    Get familiar with the policies and procedures you'll need on your path to graduation. Learn how to establish a valuable relationship with your graduate advisor.
  • Academic and Professional Writing
    Develop your toolkit of writing skills to meet the rigors of your graduate program.
  • Diversity and Inclusion
    SJSU is a rich, multicultural environment dedicated to inclusion and social justice. Find out how to become an active member of our community.         
  • Funding Your Graduate Education
    Learn different strategies to obtain funding and maximize your resources.

  • Research and Innovation
    The Research and Innovation Division works with the entire campus to seek internal and external support for student and faculty research, scholarship and creative activity (RSCA). Learn what they can do for you.

  • Graduate Mental Health: Tips for Thriving
    Combat the stressors of graduate life and gain practical techniques for building resilience, life balance, mindfulness and wellness.
  • Career Development
    Explore the wide array of services available to you through the Career Center.

If you registered for Spring 2021 courses prior to January 4, 2021, you will be sent an email notification on or about January 6 you to accept an invitation to the Welcome to Graduate School Canvas course. Please accept this invite if you have not done so already.

If you register for Spring 2021 classes after January 6, 2021, you will be able to request access to the Canvas course associated with this program by submitting this Google Form.*

*Any students who enroll in the Canvas course after its initial rollout in early January will still be able to view all modules and materials.