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An international Master's applicant is a student who wishes to study at our university on an F-1 (student) visa, who has received a post-secondary degree from a regionally accredited college or university within the United States or outside the Unites States that meets our accreditation standards. 

How to Apply

Graduate programs may require two applications, one to the university and one to the academic department, and a two-part application process. You must visit the respective graduate program website and follow the instructions carefully for any program-specific admission requirements and deadlines. Application deadlines vary.


Visit your master's degree program website for admission criteria , application instructions, and deadlines:


Use the paper application for the spring term – Application fee automatically waived. Please return completed form via email to:

SUMMER 2018 - MBA only

Business Administration (MBAApplication Guide for online application. If you are having difficulty completing the online application, please use the paper application  – Application fee automatically waived. Please return completed application to us via email:


FALL 2018 

No application fee!  You can use ONE of the following methods to apply:  

Start Online application at Email when you get to the payment section and we will send you the application fee waiver code to finish the application. Application Guide for online application
Use the paper application Application fee automatically waived. Please return completed form via email to:

Minimum University Admission Requirements

NOTE: This information below is the minimum univeristy requirements.  Applicants must meet the specific admissions criteria for the program of their choice.  Please visit the links above for detailed admission criteria for each master's program at CSUSM.  

  • Equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree from an institution that meets our accreditation standards
  • Overall 2.5 GPA or higher in the overall degree or last 60 units attempted
  • Satisfy English Language Proficiency Requirement for admission purposes with one of the following:
    • TOEFL score of 80 iBT
    • IELTS overall band score of 6.0, writing score no lower than 6.0 and no section score below 5.5 
    • Bachelor's or master's degree from a U.S. university
    • Bachelor’s degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction (confirm with International Admission Office to see if your school is eligible)
  • Graduate programs may have higher than minimum GPA requirements and additional admission criteria. Some will require GRE, GRE subject tests or GMAT, depending on the program.

If you do not meet the English language proficiency for graduate admission you may apply for conditional admission for select graduate programs through our American Language & Culture Institute. To be eligible for ALCI conditional admission, you must meet the undergraduate English language proficiency requirement.  Please contact the International Admission Office for more details at

*Appeal process for special consideration due to extenuating circumstances/demonstrable hardship may be considered, submit appeal to:

Contact Information:

California State University San Marcos - Office of International Admissions
Global Programs & Services
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 USA