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How to Apply

The DEADLINE to apply for Fall 2018 will be May 1st, 2018

*However, if there are remaining open spots after the deadline, applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the cohort is full.

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

  1. Click the "Application" button (blue button)
  2. 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.
  3. 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: Fall 2018
      • Program: Graduate Program
      • Plan: Master of Public Health 
      • Click the 'Start Application' button.
  4. Attach the below required documents* to your application.
      • Personal Essay
      • Resume
  5. 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 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.

(*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.)

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.

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.

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

The California State University system requires that foreign applicants demonstrate English language competency if they have not attended a secondary level (or higher) educational institution where English is the principal language of instruction for a least three years.

Most frequently, students document English language competence via results on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This test is available in three scoring formats:  paper-based, computer-based, and Internet-based.

CSU minimum scores for each TOEFL format are provided below:

  Paper-based                 Computer-based              Internet-based (IBT)         
Undergraduate                500 173 61
Graduate 550 213 80


Fall '18 Application 

**(Incomplete application files will not be reviewed)

♦  We are continually accepting applications!

Fall '18 Application

**(Incomplete application files will not be reviewed)