Graduate Programs

Application Process

Seeking a graduate degree is a momentous step in your academic and professional career. We offer a large variety of high-quality graduate programs. We hope you consider becoming a Titan! Please read through the steps below to prepare for the application process. 


The application period opens on October 1 for fall admission and August 1 for spring admission. Deadlines vary for individual programs based upon program cycles and capacities. Locate the website for the program you are interested in for current deadline information.


To begin your application, all applicants are required to apply to CSUF through Cal State Apply. Submit your application and pay the $70 nonrefundable application fee. There are no application fee waivers for graduate applicants. Make sure you select the correct program in Cal State Apply; the program you apply for is the program you will be considered for, there are no transfers in graduate study. 


Submit official transcripts from all colleges or universities that you have attended. Transcripts that include transfer credit from a different institution is not sufficient evidence of course work taken elsewhere. Submitting your transcripts as soon as you apply is extremely important. Transcripts should be sent directly to Admissions and Records Office in a sealed envelope (or electronically from qualifying institutions) by the institution. Applicants should not open envelopes that contain official transcripts.

Some departments may also require another transcript sent to their department. Current CSUF students or alumni do not need to request official transcripts from CSUF. Once we receive your documents, they become official records of the university; such transcripts therefore cannot be returned or reissued. International transcripts must be accompanied by certified English translations.


For admissions to a master’s degree program, the minimum university admissions requirements are the following.  

  1. Completion of a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association or an equivalent academic preparation before enrollment in the program
  2. Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended
  3. Have earned a cumulative grade-point average of at least 2.5 from 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

For admission, any additional program requirements will also need to be met. Please visit the program website for the most up to date admissions criteria and application instructions.


After you submit your application in Cal State Apply, check your application status by logging into the student portal and viewing your application status. For more information, follow the instructions on Checking Application StatusOpens in new window .

The Office of Graduate Studies first reviews your application and transcripts to verify your eligibility based on the minimum university admission requirements. If these are met, your application is reviewed by the program for a final decision. Should you have any questions about your application decision, please contact the program first. In cases where an applicant believes there was a mistake in calculating GPA or verifying minimum university requirements, the Office of Graduate Studies may review the application again.


Some programs require a standardized test, like the GRE or GMAT. Please check the program requirements to determine if test scores are needed. To submit your official test scores to CSUF, our university code is 4589.  


Regardless of citizenship, all applicants whose native language is not English must submit proof of English proficiency. Information about English proficiency requirements can be found on the International Admissions website. The requirements may vary depending on your program of interest.


International students can visit International Student Services for questions about travel, visas, and other application requirements. General questions for international students can be directed to


Decision Process

Once all of your official documents are received, your application is reviewed to verify the minimum university admissions requirements are met. If these are met, your application is reviewed by faculty in the program for a final decision. The graduate advisor can best address any questions you have about their admission criteria or specific admission decisions.

Admission Appeal Process

Each application is reviewed extensively and decisions are made based on academic qualifications in the context of very competitive applicant pools. Every application is reviewed for maximum consideration. However, if you feel you have new, serious, and compelling information that shows you to be academically stronger than had been earlier evidenced, you may initiate an appeal of your admission decision. To appeal a graduate admission decision, please complete and submit the Graduate Admission Decision Appeal formOpens in new window . It is recommended that you provide attachments that support your appeal. You will be notified of appeal decisions within four to six weeks of your request.