Graduate Application and Admission

You are considered a graduate applicant if you 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. If you are an international applicant who will need a 'F' visa to study in the U.S., please see the International Graduate Applicant webpage.

Important Information for admission

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

  • Applicants must apply via the online Cal State Apply application. For some tips on how to complete the application, visit our Application Tips webpage.
  • Admission to graduate/post-baccalaureate programs is a two-step process. Applications are reviewed by the Admissions Office and the Academic Program department. Applicants must meet both university and program admission criteria, which may include program specific admission/entrance exams (e.g., GRE, GMAT, etc.). 
  • In addition to the Cal State Apply admission application, some Academic Programs also require a separate supplemental program application. Please plan ahead. Supplemental application materials are due by the same deadline as the Cal State Apply application. To view which programs require a separate supplemental application, visit the Admissions Deadlines webpage and select the desired graduate admission term.

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 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.

Be aware: For minimum CSU admission eligibility, doctorate programs may also require an advanced degree, a specialized GPA, and/or a higher minimum GPA. Please check with the individual program for details.

 

2nd Bachelor's Nursing Applicants: In addition to meeting the above general university post-baccalaureate admission requirements, Cal State LA Nursing programs are in very high demand and have specific admission requirements and application procedures. Please consult the Patricia A Chin School of Nursing (PACSON) for details.

How Will Students Be Considered for Admission?

Applicants must submit the appropriate admission application(s) and related materials by the indicated deadline. Each program has their own departmental review process. Students recommended for admission by the department must meet the minimum university 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 on official transcripts. Admission offers will be withdrawn if degree verification is not provided by the requested deadline.

Application Process

  1. Apply online at Cal State Apply by the program deadline
  2. For programs with separate supplemental applications, also submit the additional Supplemental Program Application by the stated application deadline
  3. Submit official academic records/transcripts and other requested information to the Admissions Office

STEP 1: Apply online at Cal State Apply by the program deadline

Visit Admissions Deadlines for specific deadline information for 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.

STEP 2: For programs with separate supplemental applications, also submit the additional Supplemental Program Application by the stated application deadline

In addition to the Cal State Apply admission application, some Academic Programs also require a separate supplemental program application. Please plan ahead. Supplemental application materials are due by the same deadline as the Cal State Apply application. To view which programs require a separate supplemental application, visit the Admissions Deadlines webpage and select the desired graduate admission term.

STEP 3: Submit official academic records/transcripts and other requested information to the Admissions Office.

In addition to the admission application(s), all supporting academic records (and if applicable,test scores) must be submitted to the Admissions Office within 3 weeks of Cal State Apply application submission. 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).

Visit Submitting Documents for information about sending in your academic records and test scores to Cal State LA.

Additional documents may be required in certain circumstances:

  • For purposes of determining California residency, some students may be required to submit additional documents. Review the Residency site for information regarding the establishment of California residency for CSU tuition purposes.
  • 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 to the Cal State LA Admissions Office. Be aware, scores are only valid for two years from exam date.

Admissions Notifications

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.

To help prevent these important emails from being flagged as spam/junk mail by your email provider, please mark the calstatela.edu domain as a safe sender in your email account.

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, please also apply to that campus during the initial filing period, as many campuses have early application deadlines.

Next Steps

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

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.

Financial Aid: Check out Financial Aid to explore the programs that can assist in making Cal State LA affordable. Be sure to review the application procedures and priority deadlines.

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 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

Click on the picture above for the Graduate Application Process at a Glance pdf.