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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

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 and the CBEST?
Our MA program does not require you to take the GRE or CBEST.  

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 CSU Mentor at https://secure.csumentor.edu

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 select the Supplemental Application.

What is the application receipt process?
When you successfully submit the CSUSM Graduate Application through CSU Mentor, you will be given a confirmation screen.  When you successfully submit the School of Education Supplemental Application, you will receive a Confirmation Screen and Email.

Why is it that I cannot apply via CSU Mentor?  
If you are having difficulty with CSU Mentor, you may contact the Office of the Registrar: http://www.csusm.edu/enroll/

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 send in official transcripts? 
Yes; prior transcripts are not kept on file for an indefinite amount of time.

Can I transfer in graduate courses from another program?
Yes, you can have previous Mater 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