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How to Apply


You must apply to the program through this website ONLY. The instructions must be followed exactly to receive full consideration for admission to the MPH program. We look forward to reviewing your application and all supporting documents by the deadline. Please note that we are accepting applications for online courses for Global Health and for Health Promotion and Education for the Fall 2020 start. If you wish to join us with a face-to-face course format please consider applying for our Fall 2020 admissions cycle.

STEP 1: Submit your application 

  1. Applicants MUST complete the online application through Cal State Apply prior to submitting transcripts. This will avoid delays in the processing of your application packet. All prospective students are required to apply to the CSUSM MPH Program using the instructions below. 

     *We recommend that you print these instructions so that you can follow along while completing the application.   

  2. Upload the below required documents* to your CSU Apply application. 

      • Personal Essay
      • Resume
        • Prospective students can send updated versions to after submission.
  3. Reference Contact Information - CSUSM requires each applicant to provide two (2) letters of recomendation. One (1) recommender should be from an academic source and one (1) should be from a professional source. The recommenders should be familiar with the applicant's capacity for academic and professional success. The recommenders are required to complete the letter via the CSU Apply portal. (Recommenders will be provided a link to submit their letter as the application is submitted). 
    *All letters of recommendation are to signed and submitted on letterhead; otherwise they will not be counted toward your application materials.
  4. Once you have completed your application online, you will be prompted to pay a non-refundable program application fee ($55.00 for Spring 2020, $70.00 for Fall 2020). Your application will not officially be submitted until payment has been received. Upon submission of your application, you will receive an email within 48 hours confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive a confirmation email, log into your account and ensure the status of your application states "Posted". An application in any other status than "Posted" has not been successfully submitted to the University.

 Fall 2020 Application & Spring 2021 Application          

**(Incomplete application files will not be reviewed)

STEP 2: Submit official transcripts to CSUSM

We are temporarily accepting unofficial transcripts.  Please visit our Unofficial Transcript webpage to learn more.

Request and submit one official transcript from each academic institution attended. CSUSM transcripts do not have to be requested or sent as we have these on file. Foreign transcripts that are not written in English must be accompanied by certified English translations.  All foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies.

The following submission options are:

Mail: All official transcripts must be enclosed in sealed envelopes and mailed or delivered to:

Office of Admissions and Recruitment
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

NOTE:  International transcripts and coursework must be submitted via postal mail.

Electronic: Electronic transcripts provided through external, or third party vendors (Credential Solutions, Docufile, Parchment, etc.) must email to: 

Revised/New Transcripts: Students submitting updated transcripts or transcripts from institutions not listed on the original application should email to indicate the transcript has been sent. Please include your full name, the school from which the transcript was sent, and the program name: MPH

Step 3: International Student Admissions Requirements

(Applicants who have taken coursework internationally only)

For Extended Learning degree programs, "foreign students" include those who hold U.S. visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other nonimmigrant classifications. Foreign students must submit academic records/transcripts from all foreign institutions they have attended.  If the records are not written in English, they must be accompanied by certified English translations. You must send your foreign transcripts to be evaluated by one of eight CSUSM-approved foreign transcript evaluation agencies.  Both the evaluation and the original foreign transcript must be submitted to Extended Learning.

Satisfy English Proficiency Requirement

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. Typically, applicants demonstrate the English Proficiency requirement by submitting results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or Cambridge English score report. Submission of these test scores should be sent to the following address:

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

*NOTE: We encourage applicants to submit the documents listed above in one packet; however, we understand this may not be possible. Please review your Student Center at MYCSUSM to ensure we have received your documents in a timely manner.

Provided below are the CSU required minimum scores for each option:

  • TOEFL score of 80iBT
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.0, writing score no lower than 6.0 and no section score below 5.5
  • Cambridge English C1 Advanced (CAE), C2 Proficiency (CPE)-certificate awarded with a Cambridge English score of 180 or higher.

Fall 2020 Application & Spring 2021 Application  

**(Incomplete application files will not be reviewed)