Professional Education

In collaboration with SJSU faculty, CPGE creates new programs that reach across disciplines. These programs address the increasingly complex issues facing professionals in many fields.

Some innovative formats include the cohort format, online delivery, independent study, blended independent study with traditional classroom enrollment or with cohort retreats. Web supplements to "on-ground" seminars, or movement of program classes to varying locations. 

Open University

Without formal admission, students can access SJSU courses through Open University. Credits earned may be applied toward a degree. 

Hundreds of courses are available in: 

  • Business
  • Mathematics
  • Engineering 
  • Literature
  • Computer Science
  • Art and many other fields



Winter Session is a compacted session between the Fall and Spring semesters, offering degree credit courses and some short courses. Enrollment is not limited to full-time and part-time SJSU students. Any adult member of the community is eligible to enroll.

*Note - Winter 2013 registration fees will not be posted to your account at the time of registration. Your registration fees will be posted to your account on or before December 1, 2012 and the payment due date will be December 15, 2012.

Summer Session allows both matriculated and non-matriculated (Open University "OU" students, those who do not have official admission to San José State University), to enroll in Summer classes at San José State University. The program offers hundreds of courses to choose from across three sessions:

Session I: June 4 – July 6 (five-week)
Session II: July 9 – August 10 (five-week)
Session III: June 4 – August 10 (ten-week)

Spartans Online 

Spartans Online offers online education opportunities ranging from single courses to complete degree and certificate programs through the College of Professional and Global Education (CPGE) at San José State University (SJSU).  Spartans Online envisions the growth of online courses and programs as a natural progression of higher education to meet the demands for quality educational opportunities



Special Session 

Special sessions are academic programs provided to matriculated students on a self-support basis at times and locations not supported by the state general fund appropriations. 

Current Special Session Programs: 

  • MLIS - Master of Library and Information Science
  • M.S. Occupational Therapy
  • MPH - Master of Public Health
  • MBA
  • MBA One
  • M.S. Taxation
  • M.S. Transportation Management 
  • MBA/MSE and many more