The M.S. Engineering degree is an interdisciplinary program with the primary objectives of offering the practicing engineer the opportunity to develop a wide range of knowledge and skills needed to function in today's complex industrial environment.

The program is designed to provide flexibility for students who need coursework that is truly interdisciplinary and not available through the other engineering programs in the college. The M.S. Engineering program typically includes courses from at least three different programs in the College of Engineering and may also use courses in the College of Science or the College of Business.

There are some specialized programs offered off-campus, such as the accelerated joint degree MBA/M.S.Engineering, which is offered in coordination with the College of Business. 

Program Learning Outcomes

PLO 1 ‐ Work collaboratively with various disciplines of engineering, science and business.
PLO 2 ‐ Apply advanced theory and analysis for problem solving and synthesize and integrate information in the engineering process.
PLO 3 ‐ Effectively communicate for problem analysis and solution.
PLO 4 ‐ Deliver effective presentations of engineering activities in written and oral formats.
PLO 5 ‐ Be aware of ethical, economic and environmental implications.

Students that complete the M.S. Engineering will also meet the University Learning Goals.

Degree Requirements

Students must complete 30 units of coursework, including a culminating experience (thesis or project), as described in the SJSU Catalog.

Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into the M.S. Engineering program, graduate applicants must meet the following requirements:

  1. The completion of a bachelor’s degree in an engineering or science discipline.
  2. Hold a GPA of at least 3.0 in the last two years of full time study.*
  3. If you hold a degree from a country where English is not the primary language, you must satisfactorily meet the minimum test scores for the English Language Proficiency Exam.
  4. Complete the General Program of Study statement indicating your educational objectives and proposed coursework for the degree (not required for applied computing emphasis).
  5. Two letters of recommendation describing your aptitude for your educational objectives (recommended but not required). 

*Students that hold a GPA between 2.5 and 3.0, may be considered for conditional admission. Further details regarding conditional admission status are described in the SJSU Catalog.

Mailing Address for Statement and Letters:

Director of General Engineering
Engineering Building, Room 491
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0205

Applicants having difficulty developing Educational Objectives for the General Program of Study statement can meet with the General Engineering Director to facilitate the description of the objectives.

Submission of GRE scores are not accepted for consideration.

Information regarding the application procedure and deadlines is available at

Current SJSU students that want to change majors into the M.S. Engineering program must be in good academic standing, complete a General Program of Study statement, as well as an Application for Change of Graduate Major form.

Electronic Materials and Devices Concentration

The General Engineering department also offers an M.S. Engineering, concentration in Electronic Materials and Devices. The concentration in Electronic Materials and Devices provides students with an in-depth education in electronic materials processes and the design of semiconductor devices. This concentration includes elective emphases in the areas of Electronic Materials, Custom Analog VLSI and Custom Digital VLSI. Students may also choose to combine concentration electives to develop a custom emphasis, such as Mixed Signal VLSI.

Degree requirements for the concentration are available in the SJSU Catalog.

Applicants to the concentration must meet the admission requirements outlined above.