May 25, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

College of Professional and Global Education

Formerly International and Extended Studies

Office: Student Union West

Telephone: 408-924-2670




Ruth Huard, Dean
Namrata Shukla, Associate Dean and Director of Operations and Finance
Sandra Hirsh, Associate Dean for Academics


In the College of Professional and Global Education, we provide access to relevant educational programs that allow individuals to gain knowledge and skills that create a solid foundation for them to be engaged and productive members of a global society. We offer a learning environment that is dynamic and innovative, ensuring that we are responsive to the ever-evolving workforce and industry demands. Our college is the nexus for connecting professionals, institutions, businesses and industries, locally and from around the world, to the knowledge, resources, and talents of Silicon Valley’s premier public university.


The College of Professional and Global Education offers interdisciplinary and forward-looking academic programs that prepare professionals to address the world’s increasing challenges around analyzing, managing, protecting, securing, designing, organizing, and preserving data, information, records, and archives through technology-oriented and user-focused practices. The two academic units within the College of Professional and Global Education are the Department of Applied Data Science  and the School of Information . Students have the opportunity to study full-time or part-time, learn in person or online, and pursue their education through master’s degrees, a credential program, and certificate programs.

Our college offers the following graduate programs:

Professional Education

At our College, we provide career-minded students and working professionals with the real-world knowledge, experience, and access they need to compete and succeed in a contemporary work force. Within the California State University (CSU), we have the most extensive portfolio of graduate, academic programs, with the highest enrollments. Through our College or in partnership with six academic colleges, we offer a total of 22 professional degree programs at the Masters level and 15 advanced certificate, and three credential programs.

In addition to our degree programs, we offer credit-earning courses to augment and complement regularly scheduled classes. Through Open University individuals from outside the university can enroll in university courses on a space-available basis and gain college credit. In winter intersession and summer intersession, we have a robust offering of courses, including General Education (GE) courses. These accelerated-format university courses are perfect for satisfying prerequisites, completing GE or major course requirements, or enabling a faster pace towards graduation.

Finally, we offer continuing education courses for professionals (such as teachers and project managers) to meet their industry’s continuing education requirements for maintaining credentials or career advancement.

Global Education

In our College, we are committed to internationalizing our campus in order to cultivate an environment of diversity and inclusion, and to graduate students who are prepared to live and lead in an increasingly globalized world.

Our College serves more international students than any other master’s granting university in the U.S. Students have high success in obtaining internships and work opportunities in Silicon Valley via curriculum practical training during their studies, and once they graduate with over 2,000 students participating in OPT/STEM OPT.

Our International Student & Scholar Services office (ISSS) offers comprehensive immigration advising and co-curricular support programming for our international students and scholars. The goal of ISSS is to enhance the students’ experience in the United States and integrate them into our community, while also contributing to their success during their tenure at SJSU and beyond.

In addition, our Study Abroad and Away office offers an extensive portfolio of off-campus globally focused programs that strive to meet the personal, academic, and professional goals of our students. We aim to provide programs for all SJSU students to learn and discover other cultures first-hand, including study abroad (international) and away (domestic), short-term (winter, spring, and summer breaks) and long-term (semester and year-long) options.

Our International Gateways unit provides comprehensive support services and instruction to help non-matriculated international students thrive at our University. Through International Conditional Admissions, we help students apply for Conditional Admission/Eligibility to SJSU undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Our non-credit Academic English and Test Preparation courses prepare students to meet the SJSU English language admission requirements and learn American academic culture. International students interested in studying abroad in Silicon Valley can participate in our Semester at SJSU program. In addition to regularly scheduled programs, we partner with global universities and SJSU academic departments to develop and deliver customized non-credit programs for students and professionals.

For more information about programs offered in CPGE, please visit

Study Abroad and Away (SAA)

Student Union

SJSU International House

Student Union

International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS)

Services and programs for international students

Student Union