STEP ONE - Admission to School of Education

Graduate application for California State University San Marcos - submitted online: If this is the first time you have created an account, please write down your user name and password for future use. A $55 fee is required to submit this application. These tips on properly completing application fields will assure success in the application process:

  • Major/Program objective; CREDENTIAL ONLY
  • Degree objective: NONE
  • Education credential objective: Applying to a credential program now
  • Program choices: on drop-down menus list MA and Multiple Subject (or Single Subject, or Special Education, depending on which credential program you wish to enter)
  • You do not need to provide the following information on this application (SKIP THESE SECTIONS):
    EMPLOYMENT Information/History
    Academic Honors
    Test Information
  • When asked for a Statement of Purpose, simply put, "N/A." This will allow you to move forward in the application.

TRANSCRIPTS - Two sets of official (unopened) transcripts are needed for each application. One set should be sent directly to the CSUSM Office of Admissions from every college/university attended, even if it was just one course taken years ago.  One set should accompany your paper application to the School of Education as outlined in Step Two.  We cannot emphasize strongly enough how important it is to include each institution when ordering transcripts. You will not be fully admitted to the university or able to register for courses until all transcripts are submitted and reviewed.

*If you do not yet have a transcript with degree posted, please submit an official transcript for your work completed to date and provide an official transcript when degree is posted. It is not necessary to submit transcripts for courses taken at CSUSM.

International Student Admissions Requirements

For all Extended Learning degree programs, "foreign students" include those who hold U.S. visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other nonimmigrant classifications. You must submit academic records from foreign institutions.  The original foreign transcript must be on file and if they are not written in English, they must be accompanied by certified English translations.  In addition, all foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies.   A course by course evaluation is requested from one of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies.  Please note that the evaluation and the original foreign transcript must be submitted to Extended Learning.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

As required by Sections 40752.1, 40802.1, and 41040 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, campuses of the California State University require that English competence be established by applicants for admission who have not attended for at least three years an education institution at the secondary level or beyond where English is the principal language of instruction. Most frequently, such students document competence in the English language via results on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This test (TOEFL) has been and is available in three scoring formats.

Provided below are the CSU minimum scores for each TOEFL total score format:

Paper-Based Computr Based Internet-Based
Undergraduate 500 173 61
Graduate 550 213 80

STEP TWO - Admission to a Specific Credential Program - One additional application to SoE

Once you are admitted for the School of Education, as outlined in Step One, you will be a continuing SoE student.  To remain a SoE student and enter a credential program, you must submit a SoE application to the Education Services Center for the program you are interested in entering.  Please refer to the following Timeline for this 2nd SoE application.

Priority Application period begins January 15th for Fall entry.

 Applications to specific programs.  Applications should be sent to: Education Services Center, School of Education (UH 221), CSU San Marcos, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001. Please refer to program brochures for specific admissions requirements for each program.