Community Impact Programs
Make a Difference with Your Graduate Degree
Our graduate students are transformative leaders who care deeply about creating positive change in their communities. SJSU offers numerous graduate programs that empower students to make a difference in the lives of others. Whether you’re launching a new nonprofit, trying out innovative counseling techniques or advocating for criminal justice reform, a graduate degree can help you sharpen your skills and passions to create a better world.
Chicana and Chicano Studies, M.A.
Chicana and Chicano Studyists examine social realities faced, experienced, and created by Mexican Americans from diverse perspectives. Each year, several of our students are accepted into doctoral programs. This spring our students have been admitted to University of Texas, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, University of Utah, and University of Washington
This M.S. program is designed to prepare students for careers as environmental professionals or to pursue further academic training in Ph.D. and other advanced degree programs. Our interdisciplinary curriculum embraces both quantitative and qualitative research and some of the topics that we focus on include human ecology, environmental policy, coastal environments, restoration, resource management and others.
This M.S. program prepares graduates for careers in criminal justice administration, research and policy centers, public institutions, community organizations, and nonprofit agencies, as well as for doctoral programs and research positions in public agencies.
The program prepares nurses to assume the highest levels of professional nursing practice via courses which cover advanced theoretical knowledge, leadership development, assessment skills, and advanced teaching-learning practice. Our position in the heart of the Silicon Valley provides a unique opportunity to serve a diverse population. Many of our students go on to work for one of our local healthcare agencies.
The MPA program educates and trains individuals to become the leaders, managers and analysts in public and non-profit agencies that serve the Silicon Valley and its diverse population, using tools that enable them to recognize and value diversity, behave with high ethical standards, manage personnel resources fairly, recognize and manage risk, and manage programs and policies efficiently and cost-effectively.
This MSW program is dedicated to the achievement of social change, and social, economic, and political justice. Guided by social work values, the goal of the MSW program is to prepare competent graduates for leadership and practice from a transcultural perspective with multiple systems at an advanced professional level.
The M.A, in Special Education prepares students for leadership roles in special education through a core curriculum and elective coursework in areas of specialization. This rigorous program is designed for candidates with experience in the field to ask questions about practices, policies, educational strategies or attitudes that can be answered by conducting a research project.
Transportation Management, M.S.
This M.S. program is rooted in curriculum designed by nationally-recognized instructors who are academic or industry experts. Students may choose among three graduate certificate options, including High-Speed and Intercity Rail Management, Transportation Security Management, or Transportation Management.
SJSU offers the only accredited MUP degree in Silicon Valley. Urban planners balance visionary thinking with pragmatic problem solving to address problems related to affordable housing, climate change, economic development, environmental protection, public health, and transportation. The program often partners with local communities to address their planning needs.