Master's Degree - Second

Graduate students who have completed one master's degree program at San José State University may, with the approval of the new department, complete requirements for a second master's degree at this institution.

A student interested in undertaking a second graduate degree after finishing another master's degree must apply for admission to the second graduate degree program after the first degree is completed and recorded on the permanent record. All policies and procedures listed in this catalog applicable to satisfactory completion of a master's degree apply to completion of requirements for a second master's degree, including that requirements must be completed within a seven-year period. The Graduate Division at SJSU will not admit an applicant in pursuit of a master's degree if it is determined that the applicant has a similar degree already.

Pursuit of two simultaneous master's degrees is permitted only under the following circumstance. A student in good standing enrolled in one master's program may pursue a second master's degree without the need to formally reapply to the university through Cal State Apply. The stipulation, however, is that the student may not apply for and be awarded either degree until the second degree program is complete. Therefore, both degrees must effectively be completed at the same time, and diplomas are issued for both degrees. If a student changes majors into a second degree program while still pursuing the first degree and applies for graduation before finishing the second program, he or she will be awarded the first master's degree and then lose matriculated status. Student status will thus be revoked and pursuit of a second degree prohibited. To satisfy this procedural requirement, a student should simply delay the request for award of the first degree until the second degree program requirements have been fulfilled.

Alternatively, if a second master's degree is desired but will not be completed at the same time as the first, the student must file for graduation from the first degree program and formally apply for admission into the second program. That would require a full application, submission of all documentation required by the university and the department of the second master's program, and acceptance by both entities. Pursuit of a second master's degree will receive a lower priority for admission.

An approved program for a second degree should be prepared by the student and graduate advisor in the new field. If the new program happens to include course work taken in the first degree, a maximum of 33% of the total units required for the new degree may be courses completed in the previous degree at this institution. Thus, for example, a student might be permitted to apply up to 10 units toward a 30-unit program. Such courses must have been completed by the student with a grade of "A," "B," or in special cases, "CR." The courses must be approved by the graduate advisor, who may limit the number of transferred units. The 33% level is allowed only for transfer of units from master's degree programs taken at SJSU. Transfer from completed degree programs at other institutions is not allowed at all.