Program Overview

Note: The Gateway program is currently closed to new applicants for the coming year. We are updating our application procedures for the following year and will post new information on the How to Apply page as soon as it is available.


Doctoral students can move through the San José Gateway PhD program on a part-time basis. The expected duration for completing the part-time PhD program is six years, including 24 months of provisional registration. However, the doctoral program is flexible and can be completed in a minimum of 48 months and a maximum of 96 months, including 24 months of provisional registration. Assessment for the doctoral award is based on a program of supervised research and investigation, culminating in a dissertation.


There is one required in-person residency per year – one week at San José State University in San José, California, at the beginning of August. Students are also required to attend a virtual residency in late winter in addition to monthly virtual meetings. These are the known dates (subject to change):

  • 2019 March 11-12 (virtual)
  • 2019 July 29-August 2 (San José, California)


You get to dive into research right away and learn from your fellow PhD students. – San José Gateway PhD graduate