Master’s degree students must complete and submit two required SJSU steps by the posted deadlines for the semester of planned graduation.
- Step 1 Candidacy Approval form
- Step 2 Application for Award of Graduate Degree process done through MySJSU
Make sure you read and understand the instructions for the two separate steps since they will be submitted differently to different offices.
When to Start the Process
The Candidacy Approval form can be submitted at any time after you have completed nine units. The deadline to submit is approximately 4–5 months before the beginning of the semester you plan to graduate. Once the Candidacy form is approved by GAPE, the student will be prompted through their MySJSU account to complete the graduation application (Step 2) online.
The Application for Award of Master’s Degree form is usually due at the start of the semester you plan to graduate. It is your responsibility to keep track of these deadline dates and submit all forms before the deadline for that form. These deadlines are set by the University and are not flexible. There is no recourse for a missed deadline. Missing a deadline means that SJSU will delay your effective graduation date to a future semester.
See the left menu for directions on completing both steps.
Tools to Help Complete the Graduation Application Process
Video Overview of the Graduation Process
Also make sure to go to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations office (GAPE) site at sjsu.edu/gape/ and read the Current Students/Steps for Completing Your Master’s Degree and the Frequently Asked Questions sections for more information about acceptable grades, required academic standing, transcripts, diplomas, etc.
Per the office of Graduate Admissions & Program Evaluations (GAPE), it takes a while following graduation to have degrees posted to transcripts. You will receive an email from GAPE when your degree has been awarded and posted on your transcript. Calling the GAPE office staff before then slows down the process for everyone and does not result in your own degree getting posted more rapidly. Please DO NOT CONTACT the GAPE office or staff for the two months following the month you graduate. However, you can check your status on MySJSU under “Other Indicators” or check your unofficial transcript from time to time. The graduation processing timeline is:
Spring: late June – late July
Fall: late January – end of February
Summer: Mid September – late October
This form is formally called the Petition for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy. It tells SJSU that your department is advancing you for review for candidacy for a graduate degree.
Note: Students are to upload this form to the candidacy dropbox in the Canvas iSchool Advising and Administration site — do not send this form directly to the Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations office (GAPE). Do Not FAX to the iSchool — FAXes will not be accepted.
The Graduation Date Change Request is now online!
If you change the date you plan to graduate after you have submitted an Application for Award of Graduate Degree, you must submit a Change of Graduation Date Form and pay the $10.00 fee online.
Once a student submits the online graduate date change request, a confirmation email will be sent to the student.
If you take classes other than the ones listed on your approved candidacy form, you must file a Course Substitution Form (also known as the Request for Course Substitution in Master’s Degree Program. If you are only changing the semester that you take the course, not the actual course, it is not necessary to submit the form.
Note: The SJSU Petition for Advancement to Graduate Candidacy form has changed. Please be sure you are using the most current form, available from this location.
Must be completed online by the posted deadline Paper forms are no longer accepted by GAPE
- Due date for May graduation: February 1
- Due date for August graduation: March 1
- Due date for December graduation: September 1
You must apply to graduate with GAPE for graduation after your candidacy has been approved.
The Ken Haycock Award for Exceptional Professional Promise
Open for applications February 1 – March 15
The deadline for the Ken Haycock Award has been extended until March 15, 2021. Nominate yourself or submit a nomination now!
The SJSU School of Information normally participates in the onsite University commencement ceremony held once a year in spring (May) to honor all fall, spring and summer graduating students. Graduates from summer, fall and spring will receive information from SJSU inviting them to participate in university-wide hybridized celebration events for all university graduates.
iSchool graduates can choose to participate in any or all of the three virtual opportunities iSchool provides to honor graduates: 1. Virtual Graduation Zoom Celebration, 2. Graduate Video, 3. Virtual Graduation Website.
For information about the onsite ceremony see the onsite graduation page of our website.