Program Overview


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):

  • 2018 March 12-13 (virtual)
  • 2018 July 30-August 3 (San José, California)


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