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Graduate Programs

To apply for our graduate and advanced credential programs, please visit the CEHHS Student Services page for more information. 

Frequently Asked Questions

What are “options” within the Master of Arts in Education?
Currently CSUSM offers one Master of Arts in Education. However, we have developed 4 different “options” or specializations to best suit your educational needs. Your diploma and transcripts will only list “Master of Arts in Education” and will not list your selected option.

Can I apply to the School of Ed without applying to the university?
Candidates must apply both to the School of Education as well as California State University San Marcos.

Do I need to take the GRE?
Our MA program does not require you to take the GRE.  

Can I have my credential courses count towards my MA?
If a candidate completed the SB2042 Credential at CSUSM in the last 5 years, he/she can request to have up to 9 units of coursework approved for transfer. At this time the School of Education does not accept other credential program courses towards our MA in Education. 

How do I submit the California State University San Marcos Graduate Application?
You will be required to submit the CSUSM Graduate Application through Cal State Apply at https://www2.calstate.edu/apply

How do I access the School of Education Supplemental Application?
To access the Application go to: http://www.csusm.edu/cehhs/studentservices/admission/howtoapplyma.html and download the PDF Supplemental Application based upon which option you are applying to.

What is the application receipt process?
When you successfully submit the CSUSM Graduate Application through Cal State Apply, you will be given a confirmation screen.  When you successfully submit your complete School of Education Supplemental Application, you will be sent a Confirmation and Email.

Why is it that I cannot apply via Cal State Apply?  
If you are having difficulty with Cal State Apply, you may contact the Office of Admissions: http://www.csusm.edu/admissions

Are International students eligible for this program?
F-1 visa International students, please note: The Master of Arts in Education does not meet F-1 visa full-time status requirements. Therefore, California State University San Marcos will not be able to issue an I-20 to sponsor International students for this program. For additional questions, please contact Colleen Manthey at cmanthey@csusm.edu.

Do I need a K-12 credential to be considered for the MA Program?
Currently the School of Education MA Program requires a K-12 credential because the focus of our program is on K-12 education. To request special consideration candidates must explain in the Statement of Purpose how our K-12 MA Program will help the candidate meet his/her education and professional goals.

If I graduated from CSUSM, do I still need to resubmit official transcripts? 
Yes; prior transcripts from institutions - other than CSUSM are not kept on file for an indefinite amount of time. You will NOT need to submit transcripts from CSUSM.

Can I transfer in graduate courses from another program?
Yes, you can have previous Master of Arts graduate level coursework (600 level courses at CSU) reviewed for transfer consideration. To have your coursework considered submit the Course Transfer/Waiver Form, a course description, syllabus and an official transcript. 

Can a Professional Development Course I took through CSUSM Extended Learning be considered for the MA Program? 
No, professional development courses offered through Extended Learning (those numbered 1000 or above) do not meet the graduate level requirement. 

Can I have my credential courses count towards my MA?
If a candidate completed the SB2042 Credential at CSUSM in the last 5 years, he/she can request to have up to 9 units of coursework approved for transfer. At this time the School of Education does not accept other credential program courses towards our MA in Education. 

How much will the program cost?
The CSUSM Financial Aid Office provides some basic information about the Cost of Attendance on their website: http://www.csusm.edu/finaid/financialaid/attendancecost/index.html

How do I request Financial Aid?  
http://www.csusm.edu/finaid/
Cougar Central, Craven Hall, Room 3900
Monday – Thursday 8 am to 5pm and Friday 8 am to noon
(760) 750-4850 or finaid@csusm.edu