Graduate Admissions

The MSEE Program

San José State University is situated in the heart of the world-renowned Silicon Valley and supplies more engineers to Silicon Valley companies like Lockheed Martin and Space Systems, Hewlett Packard, IBM, Intel, National Semiconductor, Advanced Micro Devices, etc., than any other university in the country. The graduate program in Electrical Engineering is the largest graduate program in the University with more than 400 graduate students and over 20 full time faculty members. Approximately 150 students receive their MSEE degrees every year. The program is known for its high academic standards and its partnership with the local electronics industry. Many of our graduate students are working engineers in the valley. All graduate courses and many undergraduate courses are taught early in the morning or in the evening to accommodate working professionals. Our Full time professors are among the best in academics. Our part time instructors are also very prominent researchers and practicing engineers in private industry. They bring valuable practical experience to classrooms and relate course subjects to industry applications and practices. They are an integral part of our outstanding faculty.

The curriculum is continually updated to keep abreast of advances in the engineering profession and industry. Along with the traditional emphasis on fundamental scientific knowledge, the current engineering practice using computer design tools is integrated into the curriculum. The rapid pace with which high technology industry has developed in recent years has meant changes and modifications to our program almost on a yearly basis. We offer over 30 different graduate courses every year. Some graduate courses are offered through Television Education Network on campus and at various off campus sites. Off-campus students use a telephone talkback system to interact with the instructor.

Applying for MSEE Program

Anyone with a BS degree in Electrical Engineering or a related field who wishes to study for an MS degree in Electrical Engineering at San José State University may apply for admission. A graduate student currently enrolled in another department related to Electrical Engineering may not need to reapply for admission to the MSEE program. See section on "Applicants from other Graduate Program within the University." However, a student who was previously admitted to the Master's degree program at San José State University but was not enrolled in any course at San José State University for one or more semesters (not counting summer), must file a withdrawal form during the semester of absence and file an application for admissions and be readmitted to the program.

Application Procedure

Application must be completed online at Cal State Apply. Deadlines for application for admission for the fall and spring semesters are announced every year. There are special instructions and requirements for foreign students, students with a GPA less than 3.0, and students with a degree other than BSEE. These requirements are described in the following sections. DO NOT send Letters of Recommendation. They are not a factor of the application evaluation process.

All documents should be forwarded to the Admission Office. For more detailed information and to apply for admission use the following link Cal State Apply. To get more information regarding International student admission, please visit the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluation website

Classified Admitted Students

A student with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from an ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology) accredited university, who's GPA (Grade Point Average) in the last 60 units is higher than 3.0 may be admitted as a Classified Graduate Student. This status allows the student full participation in the program. A student with a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from a foreign university may be admitted as Classified based on GPA and GRE score.

Conditionally Classified Admitted Students

Applicants who do not qualify for Classified standing, but fall into the categories discussed below, may be admitted as Conditionally Classified Graduate Students. They must petition for Classified Status after completing the common core graduate courses. A maximum of 15 units earned before the student attains the Classified Status may be counted towards the MSEE degree requirements.

Applicants with a BSEE Degree from an Accredited University in the USA with GPA less than 3.0

An applicant with a BSEE degree from an accredited university within the United States, whose GPA in the last 60 units is less than 3.0 but higher than 2.75 is required to submit his/her general GRE scores with the application. If accepted, student will be admitted as Conditionally Classified Graduate Student. Such a student may petition for admission to classified standing after successfully completing two of the three core courses: EE 210, EE 221 or EE 250 with "B" or better grade in each course.

Applicants with a BS degree in a field related to Electrical Engineering from an Accredited University in the USA:

An applicant who possesses a baccalaureate degree in a field related to Electrical Engineering, such as Physics, Mathematics, or another branch of Engineering with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 units, is required to submit his/her general GRE score with the application. If accepted, the student will be admitted as a Conditionally Classified student. Such a student may be required to complete four undergraduate courses. The four undergraduate courses are specified in the admission letter and are selected from EE 118 (Digital Logic Design), EE 120 (Microprocessor Based System Design), and EE 110 (Circuits and Systems), EE 112 (Introduction to Signal Processing), EE 122 (Electronic Design I), EE 124 (Electronic Design II) and EE 140 (Principles of Electromagnetic Fields). Following undergraduate courses, student must successfully complete two of the three graduate core courses: EE 210, EE 221 or EE 250 with "B" or better grade in each course. He/ she may not enroll in more than two other graduate courses before completing these requirements. Units for the undergraduate courses are not counted for the MSEE degree unit requirements.

Applicants with Undergraduate Degrees from Foreign Universities

Are to be considered for admission to the MSEE program, a foreign graduate applicant must have all of the following:

  • A minimum score of 550 (or 213 if computer based, or 80 if Internet-based) in the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language).
  • General GRE score. There are no hard cut-offs on the GRE scores but the scores will be used with applicants' degree and GPA to rank the candidates for admission.
  • A baccalaureate degree in Electrical Engineering with a minimum computed GPA (Grade Point Average) of 3.0 on a 0 to 4.0 scale in the last 60 semester units. The university from which the transcripts were submitted computes the GPA.

Applicants satisfying these requirements may be admitted as Conditionally Classified Graduate Students with the condition that they must complete two of the three core graduate courses EE 210, EE 221 or EE 250 with “B” or better grade in each before enrolling in any other graduate course. However, a student with a high GPA and GRE may be admitted as classified.

Applicants from Other Graduate Programs within the University

A graduate student who has been admitted to another department in San José State University has to complete at least one semester of work in that department before asking for transfer to the Electrical Engineering Department. Transfer applications are considered using the same admission criterion, such as GPA and GRE, as for new applicants (See above). A "Change of Major Form" has to be first approved by the other department and the files transferred to the Electrical Engineering Department before the student may be considered for transferring into the Electrical Engineering program.

Credit for Courses Completed as an Undergraduate Student

An undergraduate student in senior standing in Electrical Engineering may request award of Graduate Credit for courses taken as an undergraduate if all of the following apply:

  • Fewer than 14 units are still needed to complete the BSEE degree at San José State University.
  • None of the courses to be taken for graduate credit is required for the BSEE degree.
  • The student has a GPA of at least 2.5 on all work completed in upper-division standing at San José State University.
  • The student does not enroll in more than 15 units for the term in which this work is taken.
  • The student has completed the graduation check (Registrar’s Office). The student agrees not to take letter-graded courses as CR/NC.
  • The student agrees that not more than 6 units of graduate credit earned by this process be applied towards the Master’s degree program.
  • The student submits a “Request for Award of Graduate Credit for Units Completed as an Undergraduate” form and the Graduate Studies Office approves it before the student completes the baccalaureate degree.
  • The Electrical Engineering department must approve the courses in order to be counted towards the MSEE degree.