Incoming Students

Newly admitted MSE students should learn about the university graduate studies requirements and MSE program requirements (follow the Academic Programs link above). This is particularly important if students’ original major objective is not MSE.   

Incoming MSE students should enroll in classes before arriving on campus. Students will be able to see their enrollment appointment date/time in their MySJSU sometime in June for fall admission. Most new MSE students take ENGR201 and two elective course in the first semester at SJSU. Students should try to enroll in these classes before arriving on campus. Students can discuss the selection of the elective course with the MSE Director or MSE advisor by email or in-person soon after they arrive. Students can adjust their class selection before the add/drop deadline which is at least a week after the first day of class. Conditionally admitted students should take the pre-requisite course(s) as stated in their admission condition in their first semester study at SJSU. 

New MSE students are encouraged to plan out their program of study for the MSE program before arriving on campus. However, it is not always possible or necessary to finalize this plan in such an early stage given that various classes may not be available every semester. Students should fill out the MSE Program of Study Proposal Form and discuss it with the Program Director before the end of the first semester at SJSU.

A new MSE student orientation/advising session is held typically a week before the start of the semester. The time/room is announced by email to all newly admitted students and on the MSE web site. In this session, a MSE advisor will explain the MSE degree requirements and  answer any question students might have. There is also a separate university level new graduate student orientation for which students need to register. Visit International Student and Scholar Services for more information. 


FAQ for Incoming MSE students