Graduate Studies

Domestic Applicants

Welcome to Chico State! We're thrilled that you're considering joining our vibrant community of scholars and innovators. As a domestic student, you'll find a supportive and inclusive environment that values your unique perspectives and contributions. Our distinguished faculty are committed to your success, offering mentorship and guidance throughout your academic journey. At Chico State, you'll have access to state-of-the-art facilities, research opportunities, and a network of accomplished alumni. Whether you're seeking to advance your career or delve into a new field, Chico State provides the resources and community you need to thrive. We look forward to welcoming you to our campus and helping you achieve your academic and professional goals.

Please read the following information carefully. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Graduate Studies at or 530-898-6880.

Applying to Graduate Studies

Complete and submit an online application via Cal State Apply(opens in new window) by the posted application deadline along with the $70 nonrefundable application fee.

Click here to view videos of the CalStateApply Application process.

Official Academic Documents

Applicants to graduate programs who earned their Bachelor's degree in the United States an initial admissions decision can be made on the basis of unofficial transcripts. Electronic copies of unofficial transcripts from every college/university attended since graduating from high school will be uploaded in Cal State Apply. If admitted, official transcripts must be sent to the Office of Graduate Studies before beginning your program.

Chico State graduates do not need to send official transcripts.

Applicants seeking admission as a Conditionally Classified Credential student must send official transcripts before being evaluated for admission (exception: Chico State graduates do not need to send official transcripts).

If sending official electronic transcripts they must be sent directly from the campus or their clearinghouse to

Official paper transcripts must be received sealed in an original envelope from the issuing institution and be less than two years old. Official paper transcripts may be mailed to:

Office of Graduate Studies
California State University, Chico
400 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929-0875

You may email specific questions to or contact us at 530-898-6880.

Supplementary Application Material

Carefully review Program/Department admission requirements online at Programs and Coordinators to determine if your program requires supplementary application materials (letters of recommendation, writing samples, statements of purpose, test scores, etc.). Supplementary materials will either be collected electronically via Cal State Apply or sent directly to the Program Department. GMAT, GRE and English language proficiency test scores should be submitted directly from the testing company to CSU Chico. Incomplete applications will be denied.

English Language Proficiency Requirements (TOEFL / IELTS / PTE)

All graduate and postbaccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English, must demonstrate English language proficiency. To demonstrate your English language ability, you should submit an official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) score report to the Office of Graduate Studies. If you earned a U.S. Bachelor's or Master's degree, the English language testing requirement will be waived.

Exceptions to English Language Proficiency Requirements:
Students who have completed a degree (or three years of full-time academic study at secondary and/or post-secondary schools) in Australia, Great Britain, Anglophone Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, or the United States.

Minimum English Proficiency Levels:
CSU, Chico minimum English language proficiency levels for postbaccalaureate admission are:

Minimum English Proficiency:

TOEFL - paper*


TOEFL - internet based test (IBT)*




PTE Academic


*Chico state's institutional code for electronic test score submission is 4048. Note: some graduate programs may require higher English language testing scores for admission.

Admission Decisions

All Applicants will receive their admissions decisions by electronic mail.