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How to Apply

Fall 2017 Priority Application Deadline March 17, 2017 

Admissions Requirements

  • Completion of the equivalent of 60 semester units of study at a community college or university
  • Minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA from all transfer coursework
  • Completion of CSU general education transfer requirements (for articulated classes, visit the Assist Web site)
  • Completion of the Criminology & Justice Studies Program Application
  • Official, hard copy transcripts from all institutions attended

Additional Requirements

  • Completion of SOC 201 — Introduction to Statistics for the Social Sciences, or its equivalent. This course must be completed by the third semester of the program.             

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Criminology & Justice Studies Application

All prospective students are required to submit the Criminology & Justice Studies Program  Program Application. Submission of the Program Application will allow Extended Learning to provide each prospective student with an educational plan for program acceptance. Each applicant will receive an individualized advising worksheet showing course requirements completed and outstanding requirements that need to be met. Before submitting your application, you will be prompted to pay the non-refundable $55 Application Fee. You should receive an email confirming your application submission and payment.

Applications will not be processed until the application fee has been paid and submission of official hard copy transcripts from all previously attended academic institutions have been received.

Note: Should you be offered admission into this program, you will be asked to pay a $150 "intent to enroll" fee upon acceptance. This fee will be credited towards your first semester's fees. 

Official Transcripts

CSU San Marcos receives electronic transcripts through e Transcript California from many California Community College (Palomar, MiraCosta, Southwestern, etc.).  Participating institutions will provide electronic transcripts through the established process.

Electronic transcripts provided through external, or third party, vendors (Credential Solutions, Docufide, Parchment, etc.) should be emailed to the following address:

All other official transcripts must be enclosed in sealed envelopes and mailed or delivered to:

Office of Admissions and Recruitment
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA. 92096-0001

The administration of the B.A. in Criminology and Justice Studies program is contingent upon having the appropriate number of qualified candidates. In the event the number of minimum qualified candidates is not satisfied, the program may be delayed or cancelled prior to the program’s stated start date.  Accepted applicants will be notified in writing if the program is cancelled or delayed.  We encourage you to visit our website frequently for the most up-to-date information. 

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. If not in English, the transcripts must have certified English Translations. Transcripts must also be evaluated course-by-course by an approved Foreign Transcript Evaluation agency. Original Foreign transcripts, with English Translations, and the Transcript Evaluation must be submitted to Extended Learning.

International students, please note: With the part-time BSBA program Cal State San Marcos will not be able to sponsor F-1 students as the requirement to be an F-1 is full-time student status. However, the program will still be open to other non-immigrant visa holders who do not need an I-20 document for their status (including H-1 and E-1).

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:




Undergraduate  500  173


Graduate  550  213