A: Yes—the graduate courses are offered in the late afternoons and evenings. You have
up to 7 years (!) to finish the degree, although we naturally don't recommend that
you actually take that long. Many of our students are professionals who obtain the
MS degree while working full-time.
A: Unfortunately, financial assistance is very limited. The department does not offer
full scholarships or tuition waivers. A limited number of teaching associate, grader
and lab assistant positions are available. However, these positions are generally
not open to incoming students. The salary for these positions is not high, and you
should not rely on them for financial support. You may also be able to obtain more
information from the Financial Aid department.
A: You may consider enrolling in the BS in Software Engineering (BSSE) program. If
you already have another college degree, the "Second Baccalaureate" program may be
appropriate for you. Note that San Jose State University is currently not offering
admissions for Second Bachelors programs.
A: Second bachelor students are students that possess a bachelors degree in another
field. When pursuing a second bachelors degree, these students are exempt from the
core GE courses—except that they have to take US and California history and government
(usually 6 units) if they haven't already. They are expected to satisfy all of the
major requirements. The Software Engineering program allows courses taken elsewhere
to count just as for ordinary transfer students. Applications are made for an undergraduate
degree at http://csumentor.org (please indicate the current degree you possess). Foreign students are required to
have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (or 213 computer based). For more information on
the BSSE degree.
A:"Open University" at SJSU allows individuals that are not registered in a degree
program to take university courses. There are a number of restrictions.
- There must be space available in the course after all degree program students have
- The instructor must agree to admit the student
- The student must fulfill all prerequisites to the course
- Students who have been denied admission in a graduate program cannot register for
Open University classes are not available to students that intend to apply for a degree
program. Note also that open university courses must be transferred into a degree
program. Requests to transfer open university courses to the MS Software Engineering
degree program will be denied if an application to the MS Software Engineering program
was submitted while the course was in progress.