Prospective Students

Prospective Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Engineering (BSIDE) Students

 

Interdisciplinary Engineering (IDE) is a much broader view of engineering than traditional engineering disciplines.  IDE requires the same basic skills and knowledge as other engineering fields but with emphasis placed on a more system perspective and working with other non-engineering groups. While traditional engineering will always be required for existing and new technologies, IDE is a growing discipline applied in a variety of engineering opportunities, such as: consulting, research, law, medicine, engineering, project management, business, space and more.  BSIDE program offers students the opportunity of obtaining a minor degree or following a 'track', for example, the pre-law track for students who are interested in a career in the intellectual property law area. 

An important aspect of the curriculum for a BS in IDE is that it can be customized based on a student’s career goal.   It is designed to ensure that not only the basic math and science skills are acquired but also courses necessary for communication and working in teams which are necessary skills for successfully accomplishing engineering projects.  The greater challenges of new and emerging technologies will require working with non-engineering groups as well.  For BSIDE program description, please follow the link on the navigation bar  above, ‘Academic Programs -> BSIDE'.   

The following web pages provide information on admission application, cost, and scholarship opportunity.

Admission application and requirement

Cost of Attendance

Scholarship opportunity

 

FAQ from prospective BSIDE students

 

I am a former SJSU student.  I wish to re-enroll and change major to IDE.  What do I need to do? 

You should follow the procedures for re-admission as described on this catalog page.   You can also make an appointment with an IDE advisor to discuss your plan.  

 

Prospective Master of Science in Engineering (MSE) Students 

 

MSE program is an interdisciplinary program that provides a platform for those students who are interested in learning subjects that cross boundaries between traditional engineering disciplines.   Students who are interested in obtaining a MS degree in a specific engineering discipline (such as MS in Computer Engineering or MS in Civil Engineering) should visit the program's website for information. 

For MSE program description, please follow the link on the navigation bar  above, ‘Academic Programs -> MSE'.

  

Requirements for Admission to MSE with Classified Standing

Students seeking admission to MS Engineering programs must submit a ‘Statement of Purpose’ in the admission application process and must meet the general university requirements for admission as outlined in this page: General Admission information. Applicants who meet the following requirements beyond university requirements will be considered for admission into the MSE program.  

  • A student who possesses a BS degree in an engineering field from an accredited institution with a grade point average of 2.75 or better in the last 60 units of the student’s undergraduate studies. 
  • A student whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must obtain a score of 21 or higher in the writing section of the TOFEL iBT test (or 7 for IELTS test). 

 

Requirements for Admission to MSE with Conditionally Classified Standing

Applicants who meet the following requirements beyond university requirements will be considered for admission to conditionally classified standing in the MSE program.  

  • A student who possesses a BS degree in a STEM field.
  • A student who does not meet the TOFEL or IELTS writing requirement as stated above but otherwise is eligible for admission to MSE with classified standing..
  • A student who possesses a non-STEM baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of 2.75 or better in the last 60 units of the student’s undergraduate studies and has earned a GPA above 3.0 from four college-level courses, one in each of the following four areas:  physics, calculus, statistics, and computer programing. 

Students with conditionally classified standing will take a series of prerequisite courses based on their evaluation by the MSE Graduate Advisor. A student who possesses a non-STEM baccalaureate degree will be required to complete the calculus sequence up to Differential Equation. 

 

MSE Application Deadline 

 

Information Regarding Graduate studies at SJSU

Following web sites contain important information regarding graduate studies at SJSU.

 

 

FAQ from prospective MSE students

 

What are the admission requirements to the MS Engineering program?

The requirements for MSE program is explained on this page above.    Please visit this web page for the university requirements.    You must first meet the university requirement before your application is considered by the department.  

 

I am a former SJSU graduate student.  I wish to re-enroll and change my program to MSE.  What do I need to do? 

You should follow the procedures for re-admission as described on this catalog page.   You can also make an appointment with an IDE advisor to discuss your plan. 

 

Is GRE required for admission to MSE?

No.

 

I am an international student.   Do I need to take an English Language Proficiency Exam? 

Most likely.  See this page for detail.  

 

I have a BS in Physics (or any other science major).  Am I eligible for admission to MSE program?

Yes, see detail in the section “Requirements for Admission to MSE with Conditionally Classified Standing” above.

 

I have a BA in Philosophy (or any other non-engineering or non-science major).  Am I eligible for admission to MSE program?

Yes, see detail in the section “Requirements for Admission to MSE with Conditionally Classified Standing” above.

 

I am an international student. Would I be eligible for Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and/or Optional Practical Training (OPT) after I graduated from MSE program?
Yes.

 

I like to focus my MS study in Mechanical Engineering (or any one of the ‘traditional’ engineering programs).     Is MSE the right program for me?

No. You should apply for admission to the ‘Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering’ (MSME) program, not the MS Engineering (MSE) program.   MSE program is a platform that offers the opportunity for students to take classes from other engineering programs (including Mechanical Engineering).   SJSU College of Engineering offers many MS programs.  MSE is one of them.  If you are interested in any specific traditional engineering program, you should apply admission to that program.

 

I understand that MSE students are able to take classes from other departments.  Can I talk all my classes from Computer Engineering department (or another one department)?  

No, you can’t.  MSE program requires 10 courses including 6 electives courses.   Among the 6 elective courses, MSE students can take up to 3 courses from the same department.  

 

My career goal is in the area of robotics.  For that, I plan to take some classes from Electrical and some from Mechanical engineering department.   Will my degree be MS in Robotics or MS in Electrical and Mechanical engineering?

You can certainly take elective courses from EE and ME.  However, ‘MS Engineering’ is the only name of the degree on the diploma regardless your focus area.  

 

How long will it take me to complete the MSE program?

If you take full load, 9 units (3 courses) per semester, you can complete the program in 2 years.   

 

Is it possible to complete the program in less than 2 years?  

It is possible but very unusual.   If you have a strong academic background and can complete more than 3 courses (9 units) with a high GPA in the first semester, you can discuss this with an MSE advisor.  Normally, students complete 6 approved graduate courses in the first year before enrolling in the year-long MS project course.   This makes the program 2 years long.

 

I am working full time and don’t mind to stretch out my time in the MSE program.  Can I do that?

If you are a US resident, you can take less than 9 units per semester and extend your study length.   If you plan to complete the program in more than 3 years, you should discuss it with an MSE advisor.   Students can petition for a short-term leave (1 or 2 semester).  International students should discuss this with an advisor in ISSS.

 

Can I complete the program entirely online?

No.  Some of the courses are offered ‘in-person’ only.

 

I am interested in studying some business courses in my MSE study.  Is it possible? 

Yes.  The elective courses are not limited to engineering courses provided that the majority of the elective courses are in engineering or science. You must obtain an MSE advisor’s approval.

 

For the six elective courses, can I take any 6 courses as I wish?

No, all elective courses requires an MSE advisor’s approval.  See FAQs on ‘Current Students -> Current MSE Students” and ‘Current Students -> Incoming MSE Students” pages for more information regarding course selection.