San Jose State University

San Jose State University Admissions and School Information

San Jose State University is located in San Jose, California, a city situated in Silicon Valley, which is dominated by the technology industry. SJSU offers bachelor's and master's degree programs in over 130 areas of study, including business, education, engineering and science.

San Jose State University General Information

Opened as a school to train teachers in 1857, San Jose State University now serves over 32,000 undergraduate and graduate students in over 134 degree and certificate programs. U.S. News and World Report ranks San Jose State University 38th among all universities offering master's degree programs in the West, and 12th among master's-granting public schools in the West.

Seven colleges and five schools make up San Jose State University. Among the most popular degree programs available at SJSU are computer software engineering, business, nursing, library science and education.

Admissions and Enrollment Information

A member of the California State University System (CSUS), SJSU uses the California State University online application, which can be submitted via the CSUS website. For students who choose to download and mail the application, it should be mailed directly to San Jose State University. An application fee is assessed. After submitting the application, students in need of on-campus housing should contact the housing department.

San Jose State University Academic Departments

College of Applied Sciences and Arts

The College of Applied Sciences and Arts presents 22 degree programs through its four schools, seven departments and four independent programs. Major subjects covered include journalism and mass communications, library science, social work and nursing. This college also includes departments and programs in aerospace, health science, food science and gerontology.

College of Business

The College of Business at San Jose State University was opened in 1928 and received international accreditation by the American Assembly of Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) International in 1967. Business degree programs are offered in subjects such as management information systems, finance, accounting, marketing, and organization and management. Master's degree programs in taxation, business administration, accounting and transportation management are offered at Donald and Sally Lucas Graduate School of Business.

Connie L. Lurie College of Education

College of Education Degree programs include majors in child development, communicative disorders and speech pathology. The Department of Child and Adolescent Development hosts a laboratory preschool open to children 2-5 years old. Programs for current teachers include teaching credential and specialized graduate programs.

Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering

At the Charles W. Davidson College of Engineering students can study aviation, chemical, computer, civil, electrical, mechanical and general engineering. San Jose's undergraduate computer engineering program ranked fifth in U.S. News and World Report's 2010 best colleges specialty rankings. Several master's programs are interdisciplinary, such as the bioinformatics and bioengineering program. Dual degree programs, such as the Master of Business Administration/Master of Science in Engineering, are geared toward technical management professionals.

College of Humanities and the Arts

Two professionally accredited schools and six departments make up the College of Humanities and the Arts. The Martha Heasley Cox Center for Steinbeck Studies, the Center for Literary Arts and the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, are academic centers available to SJSU students and to the public for touring and research. The Beethoven Center holds many artifacts such as a lock of Beethoven's hair and part of his skull.

College of Science

Students study subjects such as biology, chemistry, computer science, geology, meteorology and physics at the College of Science. Marine science graduate students may enroll in an interdisciplinary program to earn the Master of Science in Marine Science degree through Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. MLML is located in Moss Landing, California, and operated by a group of California State University campuses.

College of Social Sciences

Degree programs offered through the 13 departments in the College of Social Sciences include African American studies, counseling, ergonomics, environmental restoration, public administration, geography and urban planning. Students interested in an intercultural work experience may choose a study abroad program in Bath, England.

Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Washington Square, San Jose, CA 95192
  • Phone Number: (408) 283-7500