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Submission deadlines vary by program. Please visit the program website for more information on specific requirements.

Application Requirements

A complete application is composed of the following elements:

  1. Complete the application to the CSU and submit online through Cal State Apply
  2. Complete the Department application.  Please note that each program has its own requirements, consult with the department for guidelines, requirements and deadlines. Information about personal statements, letters of recommendation, and test scores can be found on the department website.
  3. Official copies of all college transcripts submitted to Admissions: Attn: Graduate Admissions, Office of Admissions & Student Outreach, California State University San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 (If you graduate from CSUSM you do not need to do this.)
  4. Official copies of all college transcripts submitted to the department. Please see program websites for more information.

See the Graduate Admissions Policies for more detailed information.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What types of graduate programs are available at CSUSM?

A list of programs offered is available on the Programs and Advisors page.

Q: How can I apply to graduate school?

Contact the department for information about the program in which you are interested, or review the information on the Department's website. You can find contact information including links to the websites for each program on the Programs and Advisors page.

Q. How does the admissions process work at CSUSM? 

The application process is composed of two parts. You must apply to both the University and the Department on or before the deadline for the program you are applying to. Deadlines for programs do vary. Spring applications are only accepted by a few departments. Check the Programs and Advisors page for more information.

Please follow departmental instructions on how to submit supplementary materials and information and department specific material, a statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation.

Q: What is the application fee?

The application fee for graduate applications is $55 and is paid through Cal State Apply.

Q: What is the application deadline?

Deadlines vary by program and can be found on the program website. To view a list of programs offered at CSUSM visit the Programs and Advisors page. You are strongly advised to submit your online application and all required supporting materials well in advance of the official deadline.

Q: Can I start a program in the spring semester?

Please see individual program websites for more information about start dates.

Q: Can I apply to more than one program?

You can only apply for one program per term.

Q: Is the GRE or TOEFL Required?

Testing requirements are determined by the program. Please see individual program websites for information on deadlines.

Q: Where do I send my transcripts?

One (1) official copy of all college transcripts are required. Please send transcripts to: 

Attn: Graduate Admissions
Office of Admissions & Student Outreach
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA. 92096-0001

Q: If I attended CSUSM as an undergraduate do I need to send my transcripts?

No, if you graduated from CSUSM the university and the department has access to your transcripts.

Q: I've already earned a bachelor’s degree, how do I take pre-requisite courses without matriculating (or applying to) a masters program?

You can absolutely take courses at CSUSM without matriculating into a masters program.  Extended Learning offers post-baccalaureate students (a.k.a. students who have already earned a bachelors degree) the opportunity to enroll through Open University.  Open University is a CSU system-wide program that allows anyone, on a space-available-basis, to take undergraduate and graduate classes without being formally admitted to California State University San Marcos. The program is available fall, spring, and summer semesters.

Last Updated: 11/15/2017