Second Baccalaureate Admission

(NOTE: Due to enrollment limitations, Cal State LA is only accepting second baccalaureate applicants for Nursing programs, and select programs offered at the Downtown LA campus. All other applicants may apply to a graduate/post-baccalaureate program. For more information about graduate studies at Cal State LA.)

Who is considered a Second Baccalaureate Applicant?

Students who have earned a baccalaureate from an accredited institution may earn a second baccalaureate at Cal State LA. They are considered postbaccalaureate applicants, and in accordance with university regulations as well as Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations, applicants must meet the admission requirements for graduate and postbaccalaureate students:
To qualify for admission, a 2nd baccalaureate applicant must meet the following by the time of enrollment at Cal State LA:
  1. have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities;
  2. be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  3. have earned a grade point average of at least 2.5 on the last degree completed by the candidate or have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted; and
  4. satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe.
Also, regardless of residency status, if a student does not possess a baccalaureate (or advanced) degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction, s/he must obtain a minimum English Language Proficiency Exam score by the application term's testing deadline.

Ready to apply?

You can apply to Cal State LA online by visiting Since you are applying for a second bachelor's degree, please submit the undergraduate admission application.

When to apply - Dates & Deadlines

Deadlines vary by admission term. View the deadlines for the term you would like to begin your studies at Cal State LA.