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Admission Requirements

General Requirements

The minimum requirements for admission to graduate and post-baccalaureate studies at a California State University campus are in accordance with University regulations as well as Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations. In order to be admitted to CSU San Marcos as either a post-baccalaureate student or as a graduate student, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Have completed a four-year college course of study and hold a baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities;
  • Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  • Have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted; and
  • Satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as determined by each graduate program.


Supplementary Criteria for Admission into the MPH Program:

  • Copy of official transcript(s) from all college work.
  • Two letters of recommendation from persons familiar with the student’s academic qualifications and/or professional experience relevant to the MPH degree.
  • A 300-500 word narrative statement describing how the program relates to applicant's professional goals.
  • A current resume demonstrating experience (paid or volunteer) in public health, health education, health science, or a related area if Bachelor’s degree is not in a health-related area.
  • A grade of C (2.0) or better in the following courses:
          ♦ Statistics
          ♦ Introduction to Psychology


Visit the How To Apply page for information on application submission and deadlines.