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Graduate Admissions

General Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association or equivalent.
  • Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended.
  • A grade point average of at least 2.5 on the last degree completed by the candidate or have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted.
  • Satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, i.e. GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, IELTS, etc.*

*Please note that each program has its own requirements, consult with the department for guidelines, requirements and deadlines. Information about statement of purposes/personal statements, letters of recommendation, and test scores can be found on the department website.

Application Requirements

A complete application is composed of the following elements:

  • Completed University application for admissions through Cal State Apply
  • Completed Program (Supplemental) application.*  (For Spring 2019, please check your program's website. For Fall 2019, the supplemental portion is completed on Cal State Apply).                                                
  • Official copies of all college transcripts and test scores. Order them from all institutions that you have attended and have one copy sent directly to CSUSM at transcripts@csusm.edu. Alternatively, hard copies may be sent to:

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

Unofficial Transcripts are submitted on Cal State Apply during the application process. 

GRE School Code: 4155

*Please note that each program has its own requirements, consult with the department for guidelines, requirements and deadlines. Information about statement of purposes/personal statements, letters of recommendation, and test scores can be found on the department website.

Frequently Asked Questions  

See the Graduate Admissions Policies for more detailed information.   

  • What types of graduate programs are available at CSUSM?

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

  • What is the application fee?

    The application fee for graduate applications is $55 and is paid through Cal State Apply.
  • 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.
  • Can I start a program in the spring semester?

    Please see individual program websites for more information about start dates.
  • Can I apply to more than one program?

    You can only apply for one program per term.
  • Is the GRE or TOEFL Required?

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

    GRE School Code for CSUSM: 4155

  • Where do I send my transcripts?

    You will be required to submit (1) official transcript AND (1) unofficial transcript from each college or u niversity attended in order to be considered for admission. No official transcripts from CSUSM will be required.

    To Submit Your Official Transcripts:

    Order them from all institutions that you have attended and have one copy sent directly to CSUSM at transcripts@csusm.edu. Alternatively, hard copies may be sent to: 

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

    Unofficial Transcripts are submitted on Cal State Apply during the application process. 

  • If I attended CSUSM as an undergrad do I need to send my transcripts?

    No, if you graduated from CSUSM the university and the department has access to your transcripts.
  • I already earned a B.A./B.S., can I take courses w/o matriculating 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.

Applications

2019 Spring applications are open August 1st-October 31st.  Select programs available. 

2019 Fall applications are open October 1st. Deadlines vary. 

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