Applying to the Graduate Program



The department enrolls approximately 10 new graduate students annually.  A student who wishes to enroll for graduate study in this department must meet the general requirements for graduate standing in the University as outlined in the San José State University Catalog. Basically, this means that the student must possess a B.A. or B.S. degree from an accredited college or university. In addition, the student must be accepted by the Departmental Graduate Committee. We realize that students from different schools will have different backgrounds. However, before receiving the M.S. degree in Geology, all candidates must complete the equivalent of the requirements of the San José State University B.S. degree in geology with a minimum total of 42 semester units in related sciences, mathematics, and engineering, including a minimum of four weeks of field camp. Equivalency is determined by the Graduate Advisor in consultation with the student, and deficiencies can be made up once accepted into the program.

For further information, please refer to San Jose State University's Graduate Admissions website or contact the Geology Department Graduate Advisor.


The Application Process


To apply to any graduate program, you must submit paperwork to both the university and the department in question. For more detailed information, visit the Graduate Admissions' Admission Requirements webpage. All applicants must also be mindful of any and all relevant Deadlines.


To the University:

    • Complete the online application form.
    • Submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities.

For specific information about applying to the university as well as directions on getting started on your application process, visit the Graduate Admissions' Want to Apply webpage.

To the Department:

The Geology Department requires hard copies of the graduate questionnaire and the transcripts.  These should be sent to:

(C/O Graduate Advisor, San José State University, Department of Geology, One Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192-0102)

The letters of recommendation (and the releases) can be sent to the address above as well or they can be emailed to:

The annual deadline for application materials submitted to the Geology Department is April 1.


Financial assistance and opportunities

Financial assistance is available on a competitive basis in the form of graduate assistantships and departmental grants. Research assistantships funded by faculty grants are also available. Many graduate students also take advantage of the part-time employment opportunities with government agencies and consulting firms in the immediate area.