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 semester they are to initially begin studies. Only one deferral request will be accepted per student. Note that we cannot guarantee that deferral options will be available in future terms. 

The available term for Spring 2024 deferral is Fall 2024. The decision to allow deferral is at the discretion of the program department.

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 December 15, 2023. The deadline to submit a request is January 19, 2024.

Programs NOT Offering Deferral

  • All Engineering Special Session Programs
  • All Master of Social Work Programs
  • Artificial Intelligence (MS)
  • Bioinformatics (MS)
  • Computer Engineering (MS)
  • Computer Science (MS)
  • Data Analytics (MS) – Both Regular and Special Session
  • Data Science (MS)
  • Human Factors/Ergonomics (MS)
  • Human Factors/Ergonomics, User Experience (MS)
  • Master of Design
  • Occupational Therapy, (MS)
  • Software Engineering, (MS)

Formal Admission Deferral Request

The deadline to submit a request is January 19, 2024. The form is now closed.