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San José State University attracts students to Silicon Valley from around the world to earn graduate degrees and certificates in over 100 programs, from Aerospace Engineering to Music Education. Inspired by a faculty of active researchers and creators, SJSU scholars reach high, lifting families and communities as they achieve in numbers rarely matched elsewhere. The oldest public institution of higher education on the West Coast awards more than 3,000 Master’s degrees yearly (and a growing number of Doctorates) in fields that fuel but are never limited by the booming industries stretching from our sunny home at the southern end of the San Francisco Bay up the peninsula to the Golden Gate. No doubt there is a graduate program here that is the right launching pad for your dreams.

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Melissa Canela, Justice Studies

"As a first-generation Latina, I can say that my graduate school journey thus far has been a challenging and eye-opening experience on an academic, professional, and personal level. The Justice Studies program has allowed me to transform frustrations about systemic injustices into drive and determination to effect change in my community. I am very appreciative to be a part of such an amazing cohort of justice studies peers and brilliant faculty!"

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Mike McFarlin, Ecology and Evolution

"[At SJSU] I have been able to collaborate with international researchers during my research, take courses at SJSU and other institutions, and work with undergraduate students in laboratory courses. Teaching at SJSU has been fulfilling and energizing. It has helped me within my own research and I would be honored to continue working with younger scientists during my studies." 

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Dahyeon Jung, Child and Adolescent Development

“ChAD professors in the graduate program always encourage students to take different perspectives and elaborate [on] their views and insights. I’ve learned so much from not only professors, but also classmates. I want to work in the research field and the graduate program provided me with the first step for my research journey.”

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Steps to Graduation

Learn how to complete your graduate degree.

Graduate Advisors and Evaluators

Find out how your graduate advisor and evaluator can support your progress throughout graduate school.

Learn Anywhere

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Thesis and Dissertations

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Funding Opportunities

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