International Students

Admission Requirements

To qualify for Graduate/Post Baccalaureate admission, applicants must meet the following MINIMUM requirements:

  1. Completion of a four-year Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
  2. Good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  3. 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 (90 quarter) units attempted);
  4. Regardless of residency status, if you do not possess a Bachelor's (or advanced) degree from a postsecondary college/university where English is the principal language of instruction, you must satisfy the English Language Proficiency requirement by obtaining a qualifying exam score on the TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE; AND
  5. Meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, as determined by the desired graduate/post-bac program.

Application Steps

Step 1: Apply to the University through Cal State Apply.

Step 2: Apply to the Graduate Program through their Supplemental Program Application.

  • Each graduate program has their own departmental review process, which may include a supplemental program application.
  • For a specific program's admission and application requirements, visit the Admissions Deadlines webpage.

Step 3: Submit academic records/transcripts within two weeks of university application submission.

  • Academic Transcripts
    • 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).
    • 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 (effective Spring 2018) 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. For more information, visit the Document Submission webpage.
  • Some programs may also require specific admission/entrance exams (e.g., GRE, GMAT, etc.) - please check with the program department and submit as requested.
  • If you do not possess a Bachelor's (or advanced) degree from a postsecondary college/university where English is the principal language of instruction, please also submit official TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE test scores.

Step 4: Regularly check your email and GET To Do list to see if additional information is needed to complete your application.

I-20 / DS-2019 for F and J Visa Applicants

Contact Us

Cal State LA Admissions
Sandoval Student Services Center, Student Affairs Building, Room 101
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA  90032

Phone: (323) 343-3901