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This page describes the admission standards and process for applying to the MS in Transportation Management or one of the transportation management graduate certificate programs.

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Admission Standards

MS in Transportation Management

Candidates for the Master of Science in Transportation Management (MSTM) program must meet the following minimum requirements: 

  • Have a 4-year undergraduate degree (any major) from an accredited institution. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is strongly preferred, though students with a GPA above 2.5 will be considered.
  • Live in California or any state that permits its residents to register in the program. More details here.
    NOTE: The MSTM program does not admit applicants who are not already living in the US

Graduate Certificates

Admission to the graduate certificate programs requires a 4-year undergraduate degree (any major) from an accredited institution (any major) with a GPA of at least 2.5.

Those who do not possess a bachelor's or master's degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the primary language of instruction must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (minimum score of 550) and a WES transcript evaluation.

NOTE: The certificate programs do not admit applicants who are not already living in the U.S. 

Please complete this short application if you would like to pursue one of our graduate certificates. 

The Application Process

MS in Transportation Management 

The MSTM program admits students twice a year. Admissions deadlines are listed on the graduate admissions website. 

For an overview of steps required to apply to any SJSU program, see this how to apply website from SJSU's Office of Graduate Admissions office and Program Evaluations (GAPE).

MSTM applicants must complete the following steps:

  • Complete the online CalState application and pay the $70 application fee

  • Submit transcripts to Graduate Admissions
    Submit one set of official transcripts from every institution of higher education you have attended, even those where you did not get a degree.
    (See details in Step 4 GAPE website)

  • Submit a statement of purpose directly to the MSTM program
    In a statement of one to two pages, explain how a Master of Science in Transportation Management will help you to achieve your career objectives. This statement should indicate which semester you are applying for (e.g. Spring 2020) and your current contact information, including mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address. If you have already taken MSTM classes, or previously applied to the program and are re-applying, include your SJSU Student ID number. Email your statement to (Note: The statement can be the same as the one you submit through Cal State Apply.)

  • Submit a resume to the MSTM program
    Email your resume detailing your professional and academic experiences to

  • Submit a current letter of recommendation
    The letter should be written by a supervisor who has managed you in paid or volunteer work or by a university instructor who taught you. Ask your letter writer to include an evaluation of your writing and analysis skills. The letter should be emailed to directly from the recommender. 

  • Interview
    After submitting all written application materials, applicants will schedule an online interview with the Program Director

  • Applicants with a GPA below 3.0 may submit GMAT or GRE scores to demonstrate readiness for graduate work

Applicants with foreign university degrees must also do the following:

  • Have university transcripts evaluated by WES
    See details in Step 4 of the GAPE website
  • Submit evidence of English language proficiency
    This is required for applicants who have not earned a bachelor's or master's degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the primary language of instruction. See details in Step 5 of the GAPE website.



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