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How to Apply

You must apply to the program through this website ONLY. Instructions to apply to each type are included below. 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.

STEP 1:  Submit your application to CSUSM

A.  Click the "Application" button (blue button)

B.  Click the "Register" link and follow the instructions to create your account. Be sure to write down your username and password to use at a later time.

C.  Click the "Start New Application" link and update the fields with the following information:

  • Country of Citizenship
  • Career: Graduate or Second Bachelor Degree
  • Admit Term: Spring 2017
  • Program: Graduate Program
  • Plan: Master of Public Health 
  • Click the 'Start Application' button.

D.  Attach the below required documents* to your application.

  • Personal Essay
  • Resume

E.  Click on Validate to confirm all required fields are complete.

  • Fill in all required fields, then click on Validate again. Once all the fields have been validated, check the box certifying that your application is accurate and click the Submit button.

Once you have completed your application online, you will be prompted to pay a non-refundable $55.00 program application fee. 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.

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 and either (a) mail the letter back to CSUSM at the address below or (b) email the letter to: el@csusm.edu.

(*Personal Essay and Resume, if not attached to online application, may be mailed in AFTER application is complete to the address noted in Step 3 below.)

Spring '18 Application

Fall '18 Application 

**(Incomplete application files will not be reviewed)


*** DO NOT PROCEED TO STEP 2 WITHOUT SUBMITTING A COMPLETED PROGRAM APPLICATION ***


STEP 2:  Submit official transcripts to CSUSM

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: transcripts@csusm.edu 

Revised/New Transcripts: Students submitting updated transcripts or transcripts from institutions not listed on the original application should email el@csusm.edu 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:  Satisfy English Proficiency Requirement (Applicants who have taken coursework internationally only):

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) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam.  *TOEFL score of 61 on the internet based test with a score no lower than 19 on the writing section and no section score below 14 OR IELTS overall band score of 5.5, writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section below 5.0 *

Submission of these test scores should be sent to:
Conditional Admission Application

California State University San Marcos
Attn: Extended Learning / MPH
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

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.

NOTE:  Should you be offered admission into this program, you will be asked to pay a $150.00 "intent to enroll" fee upon acceptance. This fee will be credited towards your first semester's fees.

Spring '18 Application

Fall '18 Application 

**(Incomplete application files will not be reviewed)

♦  We are continually accepting applications!


Spring '18 Application

Fall '18 Application

**(Incomplete application files will not be reviewed)