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Frequently Asked Questions

Am I required to send CSUSM my GRE scores before I am admitted to the program?

Yes. The scores for your General GRE must be received before the first day of class for formal admittance. You may submit your application via CSU Apply, and we can review your application without the GRE scores, but you must take the exam and get the scores sent to us before you can be admitted to the program.

Where should my official General GRE scores be sent to?

When you are in the GRE Testing Center, the system asks you where you want your scores to be sent to. You can choose different schools by name or code. There are several codes for CSUSM. The correct code for this program is: 4626- CSUSM MS Biotech.

If you have an unopened official copy of your GRE scores, they can be sent to the mailing address below:

California State University San Marcos
Attn: Extended Learning, MBt
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

What happens if my official General GRE scores were sent to an incorrect code at CSUSM?

If your GRE scores were sent to an incorrect institution/department code, please contact Extended Learning immediately via email at

Do all of the required documents have to be mailed to your office?

No, all of the required documents (listed below) can be uploaded and attached to your application via CSU Apply.

  • CV/Resume (upload in the program materials section)
  • Your personal statement (upload in the program materials section)
  • GRE Scores (submit in the academic history section)
  • Names of your evaluators/references (submit in the program materials section)*

*NOTE: Once you have saved the name and email address of your evaluator/reference, an email request will automatically be sent to them on your behalf. Please advise your evaluator to look for this email in their inbox, as well as their spam or junk-mail folder, as emails do occasionally get filtered out.


If I graduated from CSUSM, do I still need to send in official transcripts?

If you took classes at or graduated from CSUSM, we will be able to pull up your CSUSM grades on our system once your Program Application is received. If you attended any colleges or universities prior to attending CSUSM, transcript copies may be in our system but please email your advisor to verify this before omitting your official transcript requirement. If you graduated from CSUSM and later attended courses at other colleges or universities, you still need to send in official transcripts from these institutions.

I'm an international student - Who do I work with on my student status/admission at CSUSM?

All program requirements and correspondence are handled directly through Extending Learning. For questions, please contact (760) 750-4844 or

How do I request Financial Aid?

Visit the Financial Aid and Scholarships website or call (760) 750-4850.