This page describes the admission standards and process for applying to the MS and certificate programs.

Admission standards

Master of Science

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

  • An undergraduate degree from an accredited institution. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is strongly prefered, 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.
  • GMAT or GRE scores that are preferably at or above the 50th percentile in both the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam. (The GMAT program code for reports specific to the MSTM program is: TGQ-ML-83.)
    • ​Upon conditional approval of the Program Director the GMAT/GRE may be waived if the applicant has an interview with the MSTM director and meets any one of the following conditions:
      • ​​Earned a master’s degree or Ph.D. in the United States.
      • ​Has at least five years of relevant full-time professional work experience in the transportation sector or a related field.
      • Graduated with honors from the Lucas College of Business Gary J. Sbona Honors Program within the last five years.
      • All graduate applicants whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a bachelors or masters degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). NOTE: The MSTM program does not admit applicants who are not already living in the U.S.
      • Applicants who have earned a degree outside of the US may be required to have their transcripts evaluated by WES prior to submission for admission to a graduate program. 

Graduate certificates

Admission to the graduate certificate programs requires an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution (any major) with a GPA of at least 2.5. Those who do not possess a bachelors or masters degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must also submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores (minimum score of 550). 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

MSTM applicants

Prospective students for the Master of Science in Transportation Management (MSTM) program must apply for admission to San Jose State University (SJSU) through Cal State Apply.

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Applicants are required to submit a number of items for the application process. BE SURE TO SEND THE EACH ITEM TO THE CORRECT PLACE, so that your materials do not get lost.

  • Some items, such as transcripts, must be sent to the GAPE office (address below)
  • Some items, such as the letter of recommendation, must be emailed to
The following items are required to apply:
  • A CalState Apply application
    Complete this form online, here.

  • CSU Application Fee
    Applicants must pay this $70 fee in order to submit a Cal State Apply application. Payments are accepted by credit card or Paypal only.

  • Transcripts
    Submit one set of official transcripts from all higher educational institutions attended (even those where you did not get a degree). Be sure to follow the instructions here (Step 4). E-Transcripts should be sent to

  • A statement of purpose
    A statement of one to two pages explaining 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.)

  • A resume detailing your professional and academic experiences
    Email your resume to

  • A 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. 

  • GRE or GMAT scores
    Fall 2020 applicants: Because the COVID-19 crisis is interfering with administration of standardized tests like the GRE and GMAT, all applicants may request the option to substitute an interview with the MSTM Director for the GRE/GMAT test score requirement. To do so, you must complete this waiver request.

  • ONLY for applicants without a prior degree from an English-language institution: scores from the TOEFL or IELTS test
    Sumbit original scores from the testing office, following the instructions in Step 5 of the document here

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