We are pleased that you are considering CSUSM for graduate school. CSUSM offers 22 Master's degrees and a Joint Doctoral Program with UCSD. Most programs allow you to customize your program of study to focus on your particular area of interest.
The Office of Graduate Studies and Research staff serve as the liaison for your graduate administrative needs and resources, and answers general inquiries.
The Graduate Coordinator (or Program Director) are faculty members serving as your direct contact for the specific program. They are among your first important campus connections. For program specific inquiries and their admission requirements, contact the Graduate Coordinator.
|Admissions Term||Application Open||Deadline to Apply||Programs|
|Spring||August 1||October 31||Select programs only.|
|Summer||August 1||May 30||Select programs only.|
|Fall||October 1||Varies||Please check your program's website|
While the Graduate Studies office does not offer academic advising for choosing your graduate program or class schedule, we offer general information sessions regarding graduate school resources and can help identify programs that relate to your academic and career goals. Please see our calendar for upcoming presentations and/or workshops.
Here is a helpful article on How to Choose a Graduate School.
The application process is composed of two parts; University Admissions and Program/Departmental Admissions. When you apply on Cal State Apply, the application will be sent to both the University Admissions office and to the Program you applied for. You must meet both Admissions requirements.
Please follow departmental instructions on how to submit supplementary materials and information and department specific material, a statement of purpose, and letters of recommendation.
Deadlines for programs do vary. Spring applications are only accepted by a few departments. Check the Programs and Advisors page for more information.
The application fee for graduate applications is $70 and is paid through Cal State Apply.
Testing requirements are determined by the program. Please see individual program websites for information on deadlines.
GRE School Code for CSUSM: 4155
You will be required to submit (1) official transcript AND (1) unofficial transcript from each college or university 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 email@example.com. 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.
Yes, you can! In order to do so, you must be:
See the Graduate Admissions Policies for more detailed information.