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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. 

It's important to note that the individual academic departments make decisions on all graduate admissions and each department has its own admissions criteria. Before you apply, make sure that you know the entrance requirements for your desired program and that you can provide the necessary information to ensure full consideration of your application. 

Graduate Studies at CSUSM

Minimum University Admission Requirements

  • 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 intappl@csusm.edu.

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

How to Apply

Remember, some graduate programs 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. 

Application deadlines vary.

We are currently accepting applications for the Spring 2018 term for select graduate programs. Please visit check the program websites below for application deadlines.

The Fall 2018 application filing period will open on October 1, 2017

Stateside master's degree programs:  Apply online at: www.calstate.edu/apply 

Extended Learning master's degree programs: Visit the program website below to apply

 
Contact Information:
California State University San Marcos - International Admissions
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 USA
P: (760) 750-4844  F: (760) 750-3138