The Two-Step Application Procedure

The application to the MSIS program is a two step process. A  prospective student must:

  • First, apply to the University through CSU Mentor to be admitted to pursue graduate studies at Cal State LA. This opens the door for the prospective student to pursue graduate studies at Cal State LA, but yet to be admitted to a specific program in the University. 
  • Second, apply to one of the colleges in the University,  which in this case would be the College of Business & Economics, for admission to a specific degree program, which in this case would be the MSIS program. 
  • Both applications can be submitted at the same time. 

University Level Application to Pursue Graduate Studies

As the first step for admission to the University, applicants must: 

  1. Submit an official CSU Graduate Application through CSU Mentor to the University. (You will need to create an account in order to fill out the application.)
  2. Send two official transcripts of a baccalaureate degree (Bachelor's Degree) obtained from an accredited institution that indicates a  Grade Point Average (GPA) of at least 2.5 (4.0=A) in the latest 90 quarter (or 60 semester) units attempted, and good standing at the last college attended. 
  3. Send the scores of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination to the University. TOEFL is required in the case of applicants who earned a bachelor's degree in a school where English was not the principal language of instruction. A score of at least 213 in the computer version or 550 in the paper version of the examination is required. 
Items 2 and 3 must be sent directly to the University. 

College Level Application to Enroll in the MSIS Program

As the second step for admission to the program, applicants must: 

  1. Fill and submit a separate Graduate Program Online Application (Please create an account and fill in an online form)  to the College of Business & Economics. 
  2. Make arrangements to send the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) score or the Graduate Record Examination Score (GRE) directly to the College. Either one of the two scores is acceptable. The desired minimum scores for GRE and GMAT are 300 and 500 respectively. Enter the college code as 4399 to send the scores directly to the College, but check for any recent change in the college code on the GMAT and GRE websites. The GMAT website can be accessed at and the GRE at
  3. Send three, if not two, letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant's ability to pursue graduate studies. References from employers and faculty members are acceptable. You can download the Recommendation Form and ask those writing the recommendations to send the forms directly to the College of Business and Economics or you may ask them to write a formal recommendation letter and send it directly to the College. 
  4. Send a resume or curriculum vitae.
  5. Send an official copy of the bachelor's degree transcript directly or in a sealed official envelope to the College. 
The application package to be sent to the College should contain items 1 and 4 and may also include items 3 and  5 if they are sealed and included in separate official envelopes. The package marked MSIS Application should be mailed to:  
  • Associate Dean Edward Hsieh, The Dean's Office, College of Business and Economics, Simpson Tower, California State University at Los Angeles, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, California 90032, USA.
A copy of the filled Graduate Program Application Form and a resume should be emailed to: 
  • Professor Joseph Otto, Chair - The subject line should include the words "MSIS Application" and the Quarter for which admission is being sought. Example: MSIS Application Fall 2013
Note: The Admission Committee takes a holistic approach to evaluating the applicants where strengths in some areas can offset deficiencies in other areas of admission criteria. Therefore, it is important to send all the information before the deadlines as requested by the University and the College to ensure that the admission file is complete with the required forms and references. Our suggestion would be for the applicants to submit the applications as early as possible in order to be able to meet the deadlines. Information on deadlines can be obtained from the web page entitled Deadlines on this website. 

Delayed Entry 

Students accepted at Cal State LA for graduate study must enroll in the quarter for which application was made. Applicants who do not register for the quarter for which they have been accepted will have their admission canceled;  The application fee may not be transferred or used to apply to another term. 

Students who are admitted but do not register in the quarter for which they applied must reapply to the University and pay another application fee if seeking admission to any future quarter. There is no deferred admission. 
Reapplication to the MSIS program is not necessary if readmission is sought within one academic year. Students who seek to reactivate their MSIS graduate program application file for admission consideration must send a letter to the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Resources, Professor Edward Hsieh, indicating the quarter for which they seek admission. A copy of the letter should be sent to Professor Nanda Ganesan. With the letter they must include information about any activities they have undertaken since the first application. 

Loss of Continuing Registration Privileges 

Note that, unless granted a formal leave of absence, continuing graduate students who fail to attend at least two quarters in a given calendar year lose their continuing registration privileges and must submit a new application and compete for readmission with all other applicants. 

Students who are admitted but do not register in the quarter for which they applied must reapply to the University and pay another application fee if seeking admission to any future quarter. There is no deferred admission. 

Useful Links

1. Frequently Asked Questions
2. Admission Requirements
 3. Enrollment Deadlines  
 4. Admission Home Page  
 5. CSU Mentor Application  
 6. College of Business and Economics Application


7. Other useful information 

  • GRE is accepted in place of GMAT
  • The reference letters may be sent by email addressed to