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How to Apply

We are Now Accepting Applications for Spring 2018!

The spring cohort begins January 2, 2018.  Complete Application deadline is December 8th.

Apply Now!

  1. Click the button above to complete the online application. 
  2. Once you have submitted your application, you will be prompted to pay the non-refundable $55  Application Fee. You should receive both an email confirming your application submission and your payment. 
  3. When you are offered admission into the program, you will be asked to pay a $150 "intent to enroll" fee upon acceptance. This fee will be credited towards your first semester's fees.
  4. Official, hard copy transcripts should be sent to: 

California State University San Marcos Extended Learning

333 South Twin Oaks Valley Rd. San Marcos, CA  92096-0001 

Attn: Applied Behavior Analysis (BCBA or BCaBA)

Note:  For your initial evaluation please compile all official, hard copy transcripts from each college and university attended in one single package.  This prevents any delay of the evaluation/admissions process.  It is preferred that all transcripts are collected and mailed together in one single package.  Please ensure that all official, hard copy transcripts from all colleges and universities attended have been sent directly from the institution to the student's home address.  Once you receive all official, hard copy transcripts, please mail them to Extended Learning at the address listed above.  Please do not open the transcripts or they will be deemed "unofficial". 

Admissions Requirements

BCBA  Requirements outlined by the BACB

BCaBA Requirements outlined by the BACB

  • Possession of a minimum of a bachelor's degree from an accredited university

International Student Admissions Requirements 

For all Extended Learning degree programs, "foreign students" include those who hold U.S. visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other nonimmigrant classifications. You must submit academic records from foreign institutions. The original foreign transcript must be on file and if they are not written in English, they must be accompanied by certified English translations. In addition, all foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies. List of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies. A course by course evaluation is requested from one of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies. Please note that the evaluation and the original foreign transcript must be submitted to Extended Learning.

International students, please note: With a part-time RN-BSN, RN-MSN, MSN program Cal State San Marcos will not be able to sponsor F-1 students as the requirement to be an F-1 is full-time student status. However, the program will still be open to other non-immigrant visa holders who do not need an I-20 document for their status (including H-1 and E-1).

Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

As required by Sections 40752.1, 40802.1, and 41040 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, campuses of the California State University require that English competence be established by applicants for admission who have not attended for at least three years an education institution at the secondary level or beyond where English is the principal language of instruction. Most frequently, such students document competence in the English language via results on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). This test (TOEFL) has been and is available in three scoring formats.

Provided below are the CSU minimum scores for each TOEFL total score format:





Undergraduate  500  173


Graduate  550  213


Application to the University

Students admitted to the ABA program will be required to submit an admission application to CSUSM. Please do not apply to the University until you have received explicit instructions to do so.