On-Campus Software Engineering Admissions

Students considered for admission into the MS Software Engineering program have academic degrees and/or industry professional experience in computer related fields including Computer Science, Software Engineering, Computer Engineering, and Information Systems. Students are expected to have math and physics background consistent with an Engineering or Sciences undergraduate degree program. A prospective student must have degree(s) equivalent to a four-year U.S. undergraduate Bachelor's degree.

The MS Software Engineering program is looking for students that have achieved a GPA of at least 3.0 (or equivalent) but will consider applicants that have GPAs as low as 2.75 (or equivalent). The GPA that is used is determined by Graduate Admissions (GAPE). GPA calculations by WES are not considered.

Prospective students applying for admissions must meet a minimum English skills requirement. This can be demonstrated by having:

  • An undergraduate degree from a U.S. university; OR
  • Passed the TOEFL exam with a score of at least 550 paper based, 213 computer based, or 80 for the Internet based test; OR
  • Passed the IELTS with a score of 7 or better.

Conditional admits are not given if you do not meet the minimum English skills requirement. Test scores must be submitted before the Document Deadline published by Graduate Admissions at http://www.sjsu.edu/gape/prospective_students/deadlines/.

GRE scores are not required for students with an undergraduate degree from an ABET accredited university. GRE scores are required from other universities. The following minimum scores are required to be considered for admissions into the MS Software Engineering Program:

  • Quantitative + Verbal = 294 or higher
  • Analytical Writing = 3.0 or higher

Scores must be from a single test date. Higher scores may be required for admission because of the competitive nature of MSSE admissions. Applicants that have at least five years of professional software development experience can request a GRE test waiver.

Letters of Recommendation from Academic and professional references are not required.

Students that want to transfer from another university need to apply like any other applicant. There is no transfer application. If you are admitted, some of the credit from your current university might be transferrable to SJSU as described here.

Open University

The Computer Engineering department does not enroll Open University students in Computer Engineering department classes. 

Spring 2015 Admissions

Admissions for the on-campus MS Software Engineering degree program for all applicants is closed for Spring 2015. 

Switching from Special Session to Regular Session        

Switching to the Regular Session (on-campus) MS Software Engineering program from a Special Session (off-campus) program requires that you reapply to the Regular Session program via CSUmentor.org for the next available semester. Admission standards for the Regular Session program may be different than the special session program and your admission is not guaranteed. For example, you may be required to provide GRE scores for the on-campus program.  In addition, if you are admitted you may be given admission conditions that need to be met.


See http://www.sjsu.edu/gape/prospective_students/deadlines/ for admission deadlines. Note that admission deadlines can change without notice. Please apply online at CSUmentor.org as soon as possible to avoid missing an admission deadline.

Information for International Applicants

The MS Software Engineering program has an expedited admissions process and can evaluate an application for admission (and the necessary I-20) before final transcripts or mark sheets are available. If you have questions about admission document submission, please contact SJSU Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE).

Prior to Submitting an Application

Prospective students wishing to apply should first read the information for prospective students on the University Graduate Studies and Research Web site at http://www.sjsu.edu/gape/prospective_students/. Deadlines and other important information are available on this Web site. Prospective students in the San Francisco Bay Area are also strongly urged to attend one of the weekly advising sessions for prospective students (see MSSE Advising).

Submitting an Application

Applications are submitted using the graduate admissions selection at CSUmentor.org. The following will are some hints for filling in the application pages:

  • Page 1: Applicants should select Engineering-Software Engineering (MS) as the Major/Program Objective. You do not need to specify a specialization you wish to pursue.
  • Pages 8 and 9: Enter your Work Experience, list of references, and Statement of Purpose in the fields on Pages 8 and 9 of the online application. 
Note: The MS Software Engineering program does not accept Statements of Purpose, resumes, CVs, or Letters of Recommendation outside of the CSUMentor.org online application.

Test Scores

GRE and TOEFL test scores should be routed to San Jose State University, code=4687. No department code is required.

Additional Information

Additional information about admissions can be found in the FAQ on this site. There are also regular Q&A and advising sessions for prospective students. Click here for details. If you need further information, please email Dan Harkey at dan.harkey@sjsu.edu.