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GRADUATE AND POST-BACCALAUREATE APPLICATION PROCEDURESAll graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants (e.g., master's degree applicants, those seeking credentials, and those interested in taking graduate-level courses for personal or professional growth) must file a complete graduate application as described in the graduate and post-baccalaureate admissions booklet. Applicants who completed undergraduate degree requirements and graduated the preceding term are also required to complete and submit an application and the $55 nonrefundable application fee. Applicants for post-baccalaureate programs are limited to the choice of a single campus on each application. To be assured of initial consideration by more than one campus, it is necessary for an applicant to submit separate applications (including fees) to each. Applications may be obtained from the Graduate Studies Office of any California State University campus in addition to the sources noted for undergraduate applications.
General Requirements: The minimum requirements for admission to graduate and post-baccalaureate 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; and (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.
TOEFL Requirement. All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a post-secondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified: To enroll in graduate courses for professional or personal growth, a student must be admitted as a post-baccalaureate unclassified student. By meeting the general requirements, she/he is eligible for admission as a post-baccalaureate unclassified student. Some departments may restrict the enrollment of unclassified students in classes due to heavy enrollment pressure. Admission in this status does not constitute admission to, or assurance of consideration for admission to, any graduate degree or credential program. For procedures to change to classified graduate status in a master's program, see Change of Major section (consult Index for page reference).
Post-Baccalaureate Classified: If a student wishes to enroll in a credential or certificate program, s/he will be required to satisfy additional professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus or program.
Graduate Conditionally Classified: A student may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authority, the student can remedy deficiencies by additional preparation.
Graduate Classified: To pursue a graduate degree, a student is required to fulfill all of the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus.
NOTE: No more than twelve semester units of work completed prior to being formally admitted by the university to classified status in a master's program may be applied to meet the requirements of that program, and even these units must have approval of the major department.
Students who attend Summer Sessions only need not file transcripts unless they plan to earn degrees or credentials at this university or wish to earn credit which can be identified as post-baccalaureate degree work on transcripts issued by this institution.
The Registrar's Office will provide transcripts to the major department for those applicants who have completed course work at this university.
This university honors an initial filing period for accepting admission applications (see Application Filing Periods under General Admissions Requirements and Procedures). A post-baccalaureate application filed during the initial open filing period (defined as the months of November for the following fall semester and August for the following spring semester respectively) will be given every consideration for admission. When a program does not receive sufficient applications, the filing period will remain open until a deadline date announced by the program is reached. As a result, certain programs will be closed to applications before others.
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