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Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars programs are combined bachelor’s and master’s programs at SJSU (per University Policy F19-1). Sometimes they may also satisfy the requirements for a credential. Students in these programs pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. These program allow students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree. View the SAGE Scholars Program flyer for more information.
The Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education Scholars Programs offer:
To provide an accelerated route to a graduate degree and earn an undergraduate and graduate degree in as early as 5 years.
In some programs, to allow the double counting of graduate-level courses for the undergraduate degree which effectively decreases the total unit requirements for both degrees (contingent upon the finalization of CSU policy and University approval following review).
To provide a seamless process whereby students can progress from undergraduate to graduate status without having to apply through the Admissions Office (thereby eliminating the need to pay the application fee).
To provide a meaningful capstone experience that in some cases integrates the senior project with the graduate thesis or project.
SAGE scholars are required to maintain good academic standing per University Policy S16-16. Additionally, SAGE scholars are expected to meet with their SAGE advisor each semester to review their academic progress and standing. When a student does not maintain academic standing as required in their SAGE program, the student will be placed on academic probation in the SAGE program. The advisor will document the probation and outline measures the student must take in order to be removed from SAGE academic probation. Typically, the student will have one semester to address these measures and return to acceptable academic standing. If these measures are not met, the advisor will notify either the Office of the Registrar or the Office of Graduate Admissions and Program Evaluations (GAPE) to disqualify the student from the SAGE program; the student will subsequently be placed in the home department’s undergraduate or graduate program to allow completion of the respective degree.
Students must adhere to the following minimum admissions requirements:
- Successfully complete a minimum of 60 undergraduate degree applicable units and not more than 120 undergraduate degree applicable units at the time of admission into the SAGE program;
- Be enrolled in or have completed the undergraduate Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (100W/GWAR) prior to admission into the SAGE program; and
- Satisfied any additional program specific admissions requirements as identified on their pages; and
- SAGE students in the undergraduate career must have completed all lower division courses (designated as 0-99, including lower division general education courses and American Institutions courses) BEFORE transitioning into the SAGE graduate degree objective status. Students who have completed 120 degree eligible units but not completed all lower division courses will be removed from the SAGE program and will complete the standalone undergraduate degree. Students may then enter the standalone masters program, but will have to apply to the graduate program separately and are subject to graduate admissions requirements at SJSU. Additionally, any graduate courses used to meet undergraduate degree requirements may not be used in the graduate program.
Students who have reached up to their first semester as classified seniors will remain eligible for entry into the SAGE program. Second semester, senior-level students enrolled in the term they expect to graduate from their baccalaureate degree are not eligible to enter into the SAGE program as these students will not gain the accelerated graduate-level benefit offered through the SAGE blended program option.
- African American Studies BA + Minor in U.S. History + Single Subject Credential in Social Science + Teaching MAT
- Art, Preparation for Teaching, BA + Single Subject Credential + Teaching MAT
- Chicana and Chicano Studies + Single Subject Credential in Social Studies + Teaching, MAT
- Child and Adolescent Development, BA + Special Education, MA + Early Childhood Special Education Credential
- Kinesiology, Preparation for Teaching, BS + Single Subject Credential + Teaching MAT
- Liberal Studies, Preparation for Teaching, BA + Multiple Subject Credential + Teaching MAT
- Liberal Studies, Preparation for Teaching, BA + Education Specialist: Mild/Moderate Disabilities Credential + Special Education MA
- Liberal Studies, Preparation for Teaching, BA + Education Specialist: Moderate/Severe Disabilities Credential + Special Education MA
- Social Science, Preparation for Teaching, BA + Single Subject Credential + Teaching MAT
Step 1A Department Evaluation and Admission to the SAGE Program
Student submits department specific application to the SAGE program with the advisor. Contact the department for details, including application deadlines.
Advisor Responsibilities: Complete the SAGE Program Worksheet (formerly Career Academic Planner) from the beginning of the student’s academic career (including degree applicable transfer units). The student must be advised using the SAGE Scholars Program Student Worksheet which should be reviewed and updated each semester. Students should consider applying for their undergraduate degree upon completion of 85 units. Advisors should review the review SAGE Advisor Information and SAGE Scholars Process.
Step 1B Transition into SAGE Program
The SAGE advisor will submit the SAGE Transition form with the student. This form is to be submitted twice in two different steps during the student’s participation in the SAGE program. The form is to be submitted twice during the student’s participation in the SAGE program.
Step 2 Transition into Graduate Classified Standing & Advance to Candidacy
During the semester in which a student expects to complete at least 120-degree applicable units, the advisor and student submit the SAGE Transition form and attach the student’s SAGE Program Worksheet.
Advisor Responsibilities: During the semester in which a student expects to complete at least 120-degree applicable units, SAGE Scholars must complete Step 2. The graduate advisor will prepare the SAGE Program Worksheet to upload when filling out the Step 2 SAGE Transition form. Advisors should review the review SAGE Advisor Information and SAGE Scholars Process.
Fall Semester Start (completing 120-degree applicable units in prior Spring semester)
Opens February 1
Closes March 1
Fall Semester Start (completing 120-degree applicable units in prior Summer semester)
Opens June 1
Closes July 1
Spring Semester Start (completing 120-degree applicable units in prior Fall semester)
Opens September 1
Closes October 1