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FAQ_GS_updated_February_06 - FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS...

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F REQUENTLY A SKED Q UESTIONS A BOUT G RADUATE A DMISSIONS --2006 1. H OW MANY STUDENTS ARE IN THE PROGRAM ? There are approximately 80 students active in the program in a given year and another 50 to 60 students admitted each fall semester. 2. A RE STUDENTS PRIMARILY PART - TIME OR FULL - TIME , OR A MIX ? Students are mostly part-time, hence, most classes are available during the evening (6:30 p.m. to 9:15 p.m.) or late afternoon (5:00 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.). See the suggested program of study (on the Economics Department website) for the length of time it takes to complete the 31 units as full-time and part-time students. 3. D O YOU THINK THE PROGRAM IS A GOOD STEPPING - STONE INTO GRAD PROGRAMS AT OTHER SCHOOLS , OR IS IT MORE OF AN END IN ITSELF ? We send an average of three graduate students per year to Ph.D. programs at institutions such as George Mason University, U.C. Davis, Irvine and Santa Cruz, Stanford University, Georgia State University, Northwestern, Carlton, NYU-Albany, Washington University, Saint Louis. We are proactive in helping interested students prepare for graduate studies. Since the main emphasis of the program, however, is on applied policy analysis, it is viewed by most of our students as a terminal degree. 4. W HAT DO YOUR GRADUATES GO ON TO DO ? Since most of our graduate students are already employed, the master’s degree is regarded as an investment in upward advancement. Students, who have been out of the workforce for a few years, also use the master’s degree to reenter or to transition to a new industry. The Department does not have a placement program for students. In industry, students typically work as project managers or in the finance departments. Several of our alumni have become prominent CFOs. In the public sector, students work for the Labor Department or Internal Revenue Service or Federal Reserve Bank. Students also work in local city economic development sectors. Of course, the master’s degree will not guarantee placement in any job. The degree, particularly when coupled with a policy study, signals potential employers about your commitment to be in the labor pool and ability to do higher level work. 5. H OW MANY LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION DOES THE DEPARTMENT REQUIRE ? (S EE QUESTION #7) None. We do not accept letters of recommendation. 6. I S THE GRE NEEDED ? (S EE Q UESTION #7) Copyright San Jose State University, Department of Economics, all rights reserved 2006
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The GRE is not needed if your grade point average in the last 60 semester units of coursework is 3.0 or better. The GRE may be used if your grade point average in the last 60 units of coursework falls between 2.5 and 2.99. In this case, you have two options. Option 1. Go to a community college and take sufficient additional courses to change the composition of the last 60 units and boost your grade point average. Note: this is only cost effective if you are replacing poorer grades (earned early in your academic career) with the new better grades.
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