CSULA Graduate Admission Requirements

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Graduate and postbaccalaureate applicants may apply for a degree
objective, a credential or certificate objective. Depending on the
objective, Cal State L.A. will consider an application for admission as

General Requirements:

The minimum requirements for admission to graduate and postbaccalaureate
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. Specifically, a student shall:

  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 attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A =
    4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted;
  4. satisfactorily meet the professional, personal,
    scholastic, and other standards for graduate study,
    including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus
    authorities may prescribe. In unusual circumstances, a
    campus may make exceptions to these criteria.

you meet the minimum requirements for graduate and postbaccalaureate
studies, you will be considered for admission in one of the following
four categories:

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you wish to enroll in a credential or certificate program, you will be
required to satisfy additional professional, personal, scholastic, and
other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the
campus; or

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Conditionally Classified

You may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in
the opinion of appropriate campus authority, you can remedy deficiencies
by additional preparation; or

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pursue a graduate degree, you will be required to fulfill all of the
professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including
qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus.


English Proficiency Requirement

If you do not possess a baccalaureate degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction, you must obtain a minimum English Proficiency Exam score as follows:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):  80 ibt or higher
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic:  53 or higher
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS):  Band 6 or higher
  • For TESOL program applicants: TOEFL (100 ibt) or IELTS (7.5)


NOTE: Exam scores are only valid for two years after the test date. Official scores must be sent to the University.


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Last revised: September 1, 2003