Fall 2021 Graduate Admission Deferral Information

The California State University Chancellor’s Office has allowed San Jose State University to provide a deferral of graduate admission option to students admitted for graduate study who face personal and/or COVID-19-related hardship that precludes them from attending any college or university in the Fall 2021 semester. Only one deferral request will be accepted per student admitted for Fall 2021. Note that we cannot guarantee that deferral options will be available in future terms. 

The available terms for deferral are Spring 2022 and Fall 2022. For programs which enroll fall cohorts only, Fall 2022 will be the only option. The decision to allow deferral is at the discretion of the department. Computer Science and Bioinformatics students are allowed to defer their admission toward Spring 2022 only.

There are select graduate programs that are NOT able to defer students due to unique needs regarding staffing of their classes and specific curricular requirements to maintain the high quality of instruction. A list of these programs can be found after the FAQ section on this page.

Please review the following information for details about your options. The Deferral Request Form will become available at the bottom of this page by July 1, 2021.

Programs NOT Offering Deferral (Partial List)

  • All Special Session Engineering Programs
  • Master’s of Social Work Programs
  • Data Analytics (MS) – Both Regular and Special Session
  • Human Factors/Ergonomics (MS)
  • Occupational Therapy (MS)

Formal Admission Deferral Request

The deadline for deferral requests has passed. If you would like to be considered for a future term, please reapply through Cal State Apply.