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How to Apply

Applicants interested in the CSUSM graduate program in mathematics must apply to the CSU and the Department of Mathematics. Below is a detailed description of the two separate steps that need to be completed in order to apply.

Questions can be sent to the Graduate Coordinator at Please verify that you meet the CSU minimum admission requirements before applying.  

Step 1: Apply to the CSU

Applicants must submit a graduate application online at Cal State Apply.  Applicants will need an account with CSUMentor, which new users can create by following the directions.  In addition, official transcripts from each college or university attended must be sent to the CSUSM Admissions Office.  Electronic submission via email to is preferred.  Alternatively, hard copies may be sent to: 

Office of Admissions
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA  92096

Step 2: Apply to the Department of Mathematics

In addition to applying to the CSU to become qualified to enroll in a graduate program, you will need to apply to the Department of Mathematics to be accepted to our graduate program.

Our application procedure requires three items:

  1. A letter of intent that expresses your interest in enrolling in the graduate program in our department. This letter would be a great opportunity to tell us briefly about your educational history and interests, too. We offer teaching opportunities to some graduate students to teach basic algebra courses. If you are interested in being a teaching associate, then you could let us know in your letter of intent.
  2. Two letters of recommendation. Please supply each recommender a waiver form: Letter of Recommendation Waiver Form.
  3. A full set of official or unofficial undergraduate transcripts so that we can evaluate your mathematics background. 

Electronic submission of these items (letter of intent, two letters of recommendation, and a set of transcripts) to is preferred.  Alternatively, they can be mailed to:

Graduate Program Coordinator
Department of Mathematics
California State University San Marcos
San Marcos, CA 92096