Word Processing and Presentation Packages

Any program will work, as long as you can save your work in .doc or .docx formats. If using a presentation program other than PowerPoint, you will need to be able to save your files in .ppt format for sharing. Please see the Software package that is offered by SJSU to students.


This program will be used in specific courses. SJSU will provide students access to SPSS and SAS.


Adobe Creative Suite

As an SJSU student, you can download one free license for Adobe Creative Suite from the SJSU Bookstore. This is not required for your course work.

Backing Up

We strongly suggest backing up your important graduate school files on a daily basis; computer crashes are not excuses for late work. You may also want to consider a cloud-based alternative to complement your hard-drive back up (and for easy access away from your hard drive), such as Google Drive (free).

For questions or more information, please contact Robert Rinck (