MARA Application Process

IMPORTANT: The notice of admission from the San José State University School of Information will only come via email. Make sure you set your spam filter to accept all correspondences from the .sjsu.edu domain.

Application Period for Spring 2015

  • Opens August 1, 2014
  • Closes for Applications: November 1, 2014
  • Document Deadline: November 15, 2014
     

Application Period for Fall 2015
 

• Opens: October 1, 2014
• Closes: April 1, 2015

Application Procedures

Please be sure to complete all 3 steps.

  1. Complete the university's online graduate application. Note: Non-US citizens do not use the "International Admissions Application;" they use the normal "Graduate Admissions Application." Before completing the online CSU Graduate Application, read the following – and then apply on www.csumentor.edu.
    • For assistance with the CSU Graduate Application, an online tutorial is available.
    • Apply to "San José State University Graduate."
    • The Major/Program objective is "Archives and Records Admin (MARA Special Session)." The degree objective is "Other Masters."
    • A GRE, work experience, academic references, academic honors, and a statement of purpose are not necessary. In the boxes provided on the form, leave these boxes blank. For the "Statement of Purpose" box, only type in the words "not applicable".
    • The application is electronically submitted to the SJSU Office of Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluation (GAPE).
  2. Pay the CSU Graduate Application fee of $55. We strongly encourage payment by credit or debit card. Credit card payments may be made when completing the CSU Mentor online application. If paying by check, mail the check to:
    Attn: Jessica
    San José State University
    Graduate Admissions & Evaluations
    One Washington Square
    San José, CA 95192-0017
    (Use of any other zip code will cause misdirection and/or loss of transcripts)
  3. If your degree is from the United States or Canada, obtain one sealed transcript for your Bachelor's degree and for each school you attended after you received your Bachelor's degree. Send transcripts to:
    Graduate Admissions & Evaluations
    San José State University
    One Washington Square
    San José, CA 95192-0017
    (Use of any other zip code will cause misdirection and/or loss of transcripts) If you attended SJSU: DO NOT send SJSU transcript.
  4. If you attended a university outside the United States or Canada, you must submit your transcripts to WES.  The Graduate Admissions office requires that all international applicants (except Canada) provide a WES course-by-course evaluation.  Do not send your transcripts to the address above.

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Evaluating Your Application

After Graduate Admissions and Evaluations has received all of your required documents, they will evaluate your application. This may take from 6 to 8 weeks. If there are any problems, they will send you a message on your Student Center web page at MySJSU.

Tracking Your Application

When you submit your CSU Mentor application online, you will receive instructions on how to retrieve your SJSU ID and password and activate your student self-service MySJSU account. Soon afterwards, you will receive a User ID and password in an email. When you receive this information, you will be able to log on to MySJSU (my.sjsu.edu) and check the status of your application online. Your application status is located at the bottom of your Student Center web page.

Notification of Admission

If you are offered admission to San José State University, you will receive two notices of admission: first an email and a letter from Graduate Admissions & Evaluations and then an email from the School of Information. The School of Information email, signed by Dr. Sandra Hirsh, will give academic advisor contact data and other pertinent information which you will need before you begin your first semester. IMPORTANT: The notice of admission from the School of Information will only come via email. Make sure you set your spam filter beforehand to accept all correspondences from the .sjsu.edu domain.

Deferred Enrollment

New Students Cannot Defer Enrollment. Applicants admitted into the iSchool cannot defer class enrollment. Graduate Admissions & Evaluations requires new students to register for at least one credit unit for the semester indicated on the application. Students cannot take classes in any semester before the semester they have been accepted into. New students who do not enroll but wish to return for a later semester must reapply.

Reapplying for Admission

If you are reapplying for admission, please submit:

  1. A CSU Graduate Application (online)
  2. A check for $55.00 made out to SJSU. Send to:
    Attn: Jessica
    San José State University
    Graduate Admissions & Evaluations
    One Washington Square
    San José, CA 95192-0017
    (Use of any other zip code will cause misdirection and/or loss of transcripts)
  3. Transcripts. Transcripts are held for one year. If you are still within this one-year period but you have taken more classes since you sent in your original transcripts, you need to send in transcripts that show the new classes. If you have not applied for one or more years, you need to send in all your transcripts again.

     


International Applicants

For instructions on how to apply, international applicants need to read the information for non-US citizens found above under Application Procedures.

Effective Fall 2014

Beginning Fall 2014, SJSU will require all applicants who have completed coursework outside of the United States and Canada to provide a WES (World Education Services)  ICAP, course-by-course evaluation. Mark sheets/transcripts must be sent directly to WES for evaluation. (SJSU must receive the academic record and the evaluation directly from WES.)  The fee for this service will be $205.
 

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