Feb 29, 2024  
MyRoadmaps Catalog 
MyRoadmaps Catalog


Electrical Engineering, BS + MS (2021-2023)

The Electrical Engineering Spartan Accelerated Graduate Education (SAGE) Scholars Programs  enables qualified students in the BSEE program to complete simultaneously the requirements for both the BSEE and MSEE degrees. Students progress from undergraduate to graduate status seamlessly, with a simplified application process and no application fee, and complete both degrees in one fewer semester than would occur if completing them separately. This program thus provides a substantial cost savings to the student.

The Electrical Engineering Department at San José State University is a leading provider of engineering talent to Silicon Valley’s high-tech industry, providing more EE graduates to this region than any other college or university in the nation. Most of our EE graduates are employed in diverse areas of hi-tech engineering, including internet technologies, semiconductor electronics, analog, digital, and embedded systems, image and signal processing, and wireless communication technologies. Our curriculum is designed to prepare our graduates for the dynamic global society. Students develop an understanding of science and mathematical fundamentals and electrical engineering principles, analysis, and design. A very highly qualified and dedicated EE faculty is the strength of the department. The state-of-the-art laboratories, sponsored by industry partners, provide opportunities for our students to prepare for their profession.

The master’s program in Electrical Engineering is one of the largest graduate programs in the university. The curriculum is continually updated to keep abreast of advances in the engineering profession and industry. Along with the traditional emphasis on fundamental scientific knowledge, the current engineering practice using computer design tools is integrated into the curriculum. Graduate students have opportunities to explore specialized areas of concentration, including analog electronics, digital and embedded systems, networking and communication, signal processing, machine learning, integrated circuit design and fabrication, autonomous control and robotics, power electronics, and energy storage systems.

Information about the MSEE program can be found on the department website.

Admissions Requirements

  1. Be enrolled in or have completed the undergraduate Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (100W (WID) /GWAR prior to admission into the SAGE Scholars program);
  2. Successfully completed a minimum of 75 Electrical Engineering BS applicable units and not more than 123 undergraduate degree applicable units at the time of admission in the program;
  3. Completed EE 110 EE 112 , and EE 118  with grades of “B” or better;
  4. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA at time of admission. GPA is calculated by the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units taken or a student’s cumulative GPA, whichever is higher; and, 
  5. Completed all lower-division work (designated 1-99, including lower- division general education courses and American Institutions courses).

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.

Academic Standing

Requirements for program continuation and advancement to candidacy in the graduate program, include:

  • Meeting every semester with an academic advisor to plan and track coursework and graduate status. Once the BS degree is conferred, students meet every semester with their graduate advisor to plan a formal course of study;​
  • Students must maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • The proposed graduate program must be approved by the graduate coordinator before the student may be considered a candidate for the MS degree.

Advising Roadmap

The following roadmap is a sample advising map to complete the SAGE Scholars program in 5 years. Please consult your MyPlanner and major advisor as you develop your individualized academic plan. Students must have completed 60+ units in order to enroll in SJSU Studies courses.

Year 1

Fall Semester (15 units)

Spring Semester (16 units)

Year 2

Fall Semester (16 units)

Year 3

Year 4

Fall Semester (15 units)

Student admitted to BS + MS program.

Spring Semester (13 units)

Year 5

Fall Semester (12 units)

BS degree posted.

Spring Semester (9 units)

Roadmap Notes

* The traditional MS Electrical Engineering degree requires 33 units. Students in the SAGE program are only required to satisfy 30 units for the master’s portion of the degree. The standalone BS Electrical Engineering and MS Electrical Engineering programs both require the completion of 9 units of Technical Electives. Students satisfy these courses in this SAGE Scholars Program by completing these Technical Electives. These 9 credits are considered to count toward both the graduate and undergraduate degrees, thus allowing SAGE students to meet the minimum unit requirements for both degrees.