Application Procedures for Admission to the Graduate Program in the Department of Mathematics

Welcome! A description of the Masters program in Mathematics and its requirements can be found in the most recent CSUSM General Catalog .

Applicants interested in the CSUSM graduate program in mathematics must apply to the CSU and the Department of Mathematics. If you have any questions about this process, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for mathematics. Below is a description of the two separate steps applicants need to follow to apply to graduate program in Mathematics:

Step 1: Apply to the CSU

All graduate applicants (e.g., master's degree applicants and those interested in taking courses for personal or professional growth) must file a completed graduate application as described in the California State University Graduate Application for Admission, or online.

  • Minimum requirements must be met to be accepted into a graduate program (undergraduate degree, GPA requirements, ...).
  • Official transcripts from each college or university attended must be sent o the CSUSM Addmissions Office at:
         Office of Admissions
         California State University San Marcos
         333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
         San Marcos, CA  92096
  • You can submit an application either online or in paper form to the CSU to become qualified to enroll in a graduate program.
    • Online: You will need an account with CSUMentor. New users can easily create a new account, just follow their directions.
    • Paper form: Please print and follow their instructions for completing the form.

Step 2: Apply to the Department of Mathematics

In addition to applying to the CSU to become qualified to enroll in a graduate program, you will need to apply to the Department of Mathematics to be accepted to our graduate program. Our application procedure requires three items:

  1. A letter of intent that expresses your interest in enrolling in the graduate program in our department. This letter would be a great opportunity to tell us briefly about your educational history and interests, too. We offer teaching opportunities to some graduate students to teach basic algebra courses. If you are interested in being a teaching assistant, then you could let us know in your letter of intent.
  2. Two letters of recommendation. Please supply each recommender a waiver form: Letter of Recommendation Waiver Form.
  3. A full set of official or unofficial undergraduate transcripts so that we can evaluate your mathematics background. 

These items (letter of intent, two letters of recommendation, and a set of transcripts) should be mailed to:
Graduate Program Coordinator
Dept. Of Mathematics
California State University San Marcos
San Marcos, CA 92096

Application Due Dates

For Fall admission, complete applications should be received by the department by April 15. However, applications will be accepted until June 30 provided that space is available in the program.  To be considered for Spring admission, complete applications should be received in the department by November 15 (but Spring admissions offers will not be made until the State budget is determined). Please see our link on "Policies" for information about Admission Requirements and Master of Science Degree Requirements.

NOTE: Once you are accepted to our mathematics graduate program, there are two ways we can classify your graduate status: Graduate Classified, or Graduate Conditionally Classified.

  • Graduate Classified--Students who meet all admission requirements to enroll in a graduate degree program may be accepted as Graduate Classified. Classified graduate students will be required to fulfill all of the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, as the campus may prescribe.
  • Graduate Conditionally Classified--Students who do not meet all requirements to enroll in a graduate degree program may, nevertheless, be accepted as Conditionally Classified. This classification will be granted if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authority, the student can remedy any deficiencies by additional preparation.