International Graduate Application and Admission

You are considered an international graduate applicant if you:

  1. Require a 'F visa' to study at Cal State LA; and
  2. Hold a Bachelor’s degree, and wish to continue your graduate/post-baccalaureate studies in a graduate, certificate, or credential program at Cal State LA.

What is new for Fall 2018 admission?

As you review the information below, please take note of the following:

  • The CSU has launched a new application system called Cal State Apply. You can find helpful CSU information at Cal State Apply.
    • When filing out the application, make sure to select 'Non-Resident' for U.S. Citizenship Status.
    • For some additional tips on how to complete the application, visit our Application Tips webpage.
  • We continue to require a foreign credential evaluation report.  To satisfy this requirement, international graduate applicants may submit their non-US academic records/transcripts to the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) or World Education Services (WES)  for evaluation.

where do i find information on graduate, credential, and post-Baccalaureate programs?

We encourage you to explore the information on the Graduate Studies webpage, including the list of Degrees and Programs.  The programs page includes helpful links to department websites as well as the University catalog.

ADmission Eligibility for International Graduate, Credential, and Post-Baccalaureate Applicants

To qualify for admission to these programs, you must meet the general university admission requirements as well as the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards as determined by the specific graduate/post-bac program.

The general university minimum admission requirements are:

  • Completion of a four-year Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university by the end of summer for Fall admission, or by the end of Fall for Spring admission;
  • Good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  • Grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 in an acceptable earned Bachelor's degree (or a GPA of at least 2.5 (out of 4.0) in the last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units attempted);
  • Meet English Language Proficiency if the Bachelor’s degree was not earned at an accredited college/university where English is the only language of instruction.

2nd Bachelor's Nursing Applicants: In addition to meeting the CSU post-bac admission requirements, Cal State LA Nursing programs are in very high demand and have specific admission requirements and application procedures. Please consult the School of Nursing for details.

How Will Students Be Considered for Admission?

Each program has their own departmental review process, which may include a supplemental program application. Students recommended for admission by the department must meet the minimum admission eligibility requirements to be offered admission to Cal State LA.

Be Aware:  Provisional offers of admission made to applicants with a degree in progress, will be subject to verification of degree conferral based on official transcripts.  Admission offers will be withdrawn if degree verification is not provided by the requested deadline.

Application Process

  1. Apply to the University through Cal State Apply by the program deadline
  2. Apply to the Graduate/Post-Baccalaureate Program through their Supplemental Program Application
  3. Submit official academic records/transcripts from foreign institutions to IERF or WES; official academic records/transcripts from U.S. institutions, and other requested information, should be submitted directly to the Admissions Office.
  4. Submit official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE test scores, if you do not possess a Bachelor's (or advanced) degree from a postsecondary college/university where English is the only language of instruction.

Apply online by the deadline

Visit Admissions Deadlines for specific deadline information about your program of interest. Applicants must apply during the appropriate CSU filing period (starting August 1 for Spring admission; starting October 1 for Fall admission). To apply to Cal State LA, visit Cal State Apply. Once the application is submitted, we will send you a notification by email to acknowledge the receipt of your application.

Supplemental Program Application

Each graduate program has their own departmental review process, which may include a supplemental program application. Supplemental application materials are due by the same deadline as the application.  Some programs may also require specific admission/entrance exams (e.g., GRE, GMAT, etc.).  Please check with the program department and submit as requested.

2nd Bachelor's Nursing Applicants: In addition to meeting the CSU post-bac admission requirements, Cal State LA Nursing programs are in very high demand and have specific admission requirements and application procedures. Please consult the School of Nursing for details.

Submit official academic records/transcripts and foreign record evaluation report

Foreign Credential Evaluation Report - International applicants (those requiring a F/J visa to study in the US) to a graduate/postbaccalaureate program with non-US academic records/transcripts are required to submit their international documents to IERF or WES for evaluation. If you have studied at an institution outside of the US, please submit your official foreign academic records with ATA certified English translations(s) to the International Education Research Foundation (IERF) or World Education Services (WES) for initial evaluation to expedite the admissions process. Reports must be sent directly from the agency to the Cal State LA Admissions Office.

Transcripts from institutions in the United States do not need to be sent to an International Credential Evaluation agency. They must be sent directly to the Cal State LA Admissions Office. Visit Submitting Documents for information about sending in your academic records and test scores to Cal State LA.

For Fall admission, transcripts should include coursework completed through the preceding fall term (usually ending in December). For Spring admission, transcripts should include coursework completed through the preceding summer term (usually ending in August).

Additional documents may be required in certain circumstances:

  • If you do not possess a Bachelor's (or advanced) degree from a postsecondary college/university where English is the only language of instruction, you will need to submit official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE test scores.

Admissions Notifications

Once the application is submitted, we will send you a notification by email to acknowledge the receipt of your application.

Cal State LA uses email as the official means of communication with applicants. Applicants are required to maintain a current email address on file with the University, and to check their email regularly. You may update your email address at any time by visiting your Golden Eagle Territory (GET) Self-Service Student Center.

Please also regularly check your email, and GET To Do list to see if additional information is needed to complete your application.

What if I am not offered admission to Cal State LA?

In addition to applying to Cal State LA, we hope you have considered applying to one or two other colleges so that you will have alternatives in the event that you are not offered admission. If you are interested in pursuing another CSU as your backup, it may be in your best interest to submit a separate application with that campus during the initial filing period, as many campuses have early filing deadlines.

Next Steps

Here are some important items to consider if you are offered admission and decide to attend Cal State LA:

Applying for your I-20 or SEVIS transfer: Applicants holding or applying for an F-1 or J-1 visa must complete and submit the online New Student I-20 Verification Form with signatures and appropriate documentation to show proof of funding. If you are interested in attending Cal State LA, please do not wait for your admission decision before submitting these documents. The advance submission of the verification form, and financial documentation, will help expedite the issuance of the I-20; if your I-20 paperwork is complete, the International Programs Office can issue the I-20 immediately after your admission to the University.

If you are currently studying in the US, please request to transfer your SEVIS to Cal State LA by completing and submitting the Transfer to Cal State LA Form. Please do not transfer the SEVIS until you receive the offer of admission, and you know that you plan to attend the University for the admit term. 

For other important information, including the deadline for the I-20/SEVIS transfer process, please contact the International Programs Office at (323) 343-3170, international@calstatela.edu, or visit the International Office.

Submit your Final Transcripts: Final, official transcripts with Bachelor’s degree posted, as well as all post-baccalaureate coursework, must be submitted to the Admissions Office.

Campus Housing: If you plan to live on-campus, Cal State LA offers apartment-style residence halls that are within walking distance to classrooms, sports facilities, and the library. For more information, visit the Housing Services webpage.

Admitted Student Information: If you have already been offered admission, refer to the Information for Newly Admitted Graduate Students.

Orientation, Advising, and Registration: Newly admitted international graduate students will be contacted by their departments regarding orientation, advising, and registering for classes.

Application PRocess at a Glance

Graduate admissions process at a glance for international applicants

Click here to download a PDF copy of the graduate admissions process.