Graduate Admission Requirements 

Each graduate degree program has its own admissions requirements.  Please refer to the information below to determine the requirements for the program you wish to apply. CSU San Marcos has the following general admissions requirements for all graduate programs.

Academic Records

All graduate applicants must have earned an acceptable four-year baccalaureate degree from an accredited U.S. institution or hold the equivalent of a U.S. bachelors degree. Applicants must be in good standing at the last university they attended and have attained the equivalent of at least a 2.5 grade point average (4.0=A) in the last 60 semester units they attempted. Submit official transcripts from all schools attended in a sealed enevelope.

TOEFL/IELTS Requirement

All applicants must have a TOEFL score of 80 iBT or above (213 on the computer-based examination, 550 paper-based), or an IELTS score of 6.0, unless they possess a bachelors degree from a post-secondary institution where English was the principal language of instruction. Conditional admission is available to students who do not meet this requirement.

GRE/GMAT Scores

All graduate programs require an official report of either the GRE or GMAT (for the MBA) scores. No minimum GRE score is required, but these scores are an important element of admissions decisions. The MBA program requires a minimum GMAT score of 500.

Financial Resources

All international applicants are required to submit a financial affidavit that certifies they have the financial resources to provide for all expenses as indicated under Estimated Expenses. This form is part of the application for admission.

Letters of Recommendation

Some graduate departments require 2-3 letters of recommendation. These letters should come from current or former professors who can provide information about your academic ability and potential. Please do not send character references or letters from persons who do not have direct knowledge of your academic performance.

Personal Statement

Some graduate programs generally require a personal statement that outlines your academic objectives and professional goals.

Graduate Program Requirements

Biology
Computer Science
Education
History
Literature and Writing Studies
Mathematics
Psychology
Sociological Practice
Spanish
MBA

  Biological Sciences Computer Science
TOEFL 80 iBT; 213 CBT; 550 PBT 80 iBT; 213 CBT; 550 PBT
GPA 2.5 in last 60 semester units. 2.75 in all math & science courses or 3.0 in most recent 35 semester units of math and science 2.5 in last 60 semester units. 3.0 in all computer science classes.
GRE/GMAT Subject Test in Biology or in Biochemistry, Cell and Molecular Biology. General Test not required. General Test Required; Computer Science Subject Test recommended, but not required.
Degree/Courses Bachelor’s degree in biological science or related science from a four-year university. Bachelor’s degree from a four-year university. Computer Science degree not required, but students may have to take undergraduate computer science classes to satisfy admission graduate requirements
Recommendations 2 letters from persons who are familiar with applicant’s academic performance. 3 letters of recommendation
Personal Statement Yes; part of Biology Department application form No
Other Requirements No No
Notes    
Admission and Deadlines Deadline for Fall admission is February 15. No spring admission. Fall and Spring admission

Fall Deadline: May 1 Spring Deadline: November 15



  Education History
TOEFL 80 iBT; 213 CBT; 550 PBT 80 iBT; 213 CBT; 550 PBT
GPA 2.5 in last 60 semester units. 3.0 in last 60 semester units.

3.0 in undergraduate major

GRE/GMAT Not Required General Test Required.

Minimum verbal score of 500.

Degree/Courses Bachelor’s degree from a four-year university. Teaching certificate or credential. Bachelor’s degree from a four-year university.
Recommendations 2 letters of recommendation 3 letters of recommendation
Personal Statement Statement of purpose 750 word statement of research interests.
Other Requirements Teaching experience preferred. One academic writing sample, preferably from previous college work.
Notes Transcript must be evaluated by professional evaluation service  
Admission and Deadlines Fall and Spring admission Fall Deadline: November 15 Spring Deadline: March 15 Fall and Spring admission Fall Deadline: November 15 Spring Deadline: March 15


  Literature and Writing Mathematics
TOEFL 80 iBT; 213 CBT; 550 PBT 80 iBT; 213 CBT; 550 PBT
GPA 2.5 in last 60 semester units. 2.5 in last 60 semester units. 3.0 in last 30 units of major
GRE/GMAT General Test Required. Minimum verbal score of 500 and analytical writing score of 2. Not required
Degree/Courses Bachelor’s degree in English, Literature, Comparative Literature, Linguistics, or similar program from a four-year university. At least 5 advanced undergraduate courses in literature or writing. Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics or related field from a four-year university.
Recommendations 3 letters of recommendation 2 letters assessing on the applicant’s mathematical ability.
Personal Statement 750-1000 word "Statement of Purpose" addressing career goals and educational background Part of "Request for Entry" letter.
Other Requirements Sample analytical essay of no less than 5 pages on a literary topic. A "Request for Entry" letter that includes a description of the applicant’s academic preparation and career goals.
Notes   This department does not use an application form. Applicants should send a Request for Entry letter.
Admission and Deadlines Fall and Spring admission Fall Deadline: November 15 Spring Deadline: March 15. Fall and Spring admission; Fall Deadline:  May 1Spring Deadline: November 15


  Psychology Sociological Practice
TOEFL 80 iBT; 213 CBT; 550 PBT 80 iBT; 213 CBT; 550 PBT
GPA 3.0 in last 60 semester units. 3.0 in advanced undergraduate psychology classes 3.0 in last 60 semester units. 3.0 in advanced undergraduate sociology classes.
GRE/GMAT General Test required with a combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000. Psychology Subject Test recommended with a score above 50th percentile. General Test optional
Degree/Courses Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from a four-year university. Or a Bachelor’s degree in another field with four advanced Psychology classes and one statistics class. Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from a four-year university.
Recommendations 3 letters of recommendation 3 letters of evaluation
Personal Statement No Statement explaining career goals and describing academic preparation.
Other Requirements Computing skills. Some research experience preferred. Computing skills. One formal writing sample from a previous class.
Notes    
Admission and Deadlines No spring admission. Deadline for fall admission is February 1. No spring admission. Deadline for fall admission is March 15.


  Spanish MBA
TOEFL 80 iBT; 213 CBT; 550 PBT 80 iBT; 213 CBT; 550 PBT
GPA 2.5 in last 60 semester units. 3.0 in Spanish classes 3.0 in last 60 semester units
GRE/GMAT General Test Required with a combined verbal and quantitative score of 1000. GMAT Required.
Degree/Courses Bachelor’s degree in Spanish or related field from a four-year university. Bachelor’s degree from a four-year university.
Recommendations 2 letters of recommendation

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www.csusm.edu/mba

Personal Statement 1-2 page statement of purpose describing educational experience and career goals

FIND All Additional MBA Admission & Application Requirements:

www.csusm.edu/mba

Other Requirements Writing sample of at least 7 pages in Spanish dealing with an aspect of Hispanic literature or culture. A speech sample (recording) of at least 5 minutes with applicant speaking Spanish on a topic of their choice. 3 years full-time professionally relevant Work experience required.
Notes  

June 1, 2013 Start Date Only


Admission and Deadlines

Fall and Spring admission Fall Deadline: 

March 15 Spring Deadline: November 15

All Documents:

March 1, 2013*

*For students already in the U.S. on an F-1 visa, the deadline for all documents is May 1, 2013