Graduate Studies

Graduate Admissions

Fall 2024 Admissions

The Office of Graduate Studies will accept applications from eligible graduate, credential, and certificate applicants beginning October 1, 2023, for fall 2024 admissions. Please review our list of Programs and Coordinators for an overview of the admission requirements. The application deadlines vary by program. Carefully review our list of Important Dates & Deadlines to ensure all application material is submitted accordingly.

Applicants must apply online at Application and admission questions should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies at 530-898-6880 or via email at

Application deadlines may vary for International applicants. All admission and application questions should be directed to International Admissions and Outreach at +1 530-898-5415 or email

Graduate Admissions

To be admitted to graduate and postbaccalaureate study, a student must hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association or must have completed an equivalent acceptable to the Office of Graduate Studies at California State University, Chico.

Applicants who wish to pursue a master's degree or teaching credential must have a grade point average of at least a 2.5 on the last degree completed or a grade point average of at least a 2.5 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted. Always refer to the University Catalog for specific requirements.

Application Filing Periods: Applications for the fall semester may be submitted between October 1 and March 1 of the preceding academic year. Applications for the spring semester may be submitted between August 1 and September 15 of the preceding year. Please view our website or contact us for current information and exceptions.

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.

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Admissions Decisions: All Applicants will receive their admissions decisions by electronic mail.

Office of Graduate Studies – Admissions Appeal Procedure

Consideration for appeals is based on new and compelling information regarding your academic record. Your appeal should include a statement indicating what special information should be taken under consideration, and may also include other relevant documentation. Any letters of recommendation must include the Letter of Recommendation Waiver Form (PDF). You may only appeal once per semester.

The appeal must be submitted within 15 business days from the date that appears on your denial letter. You may expect to hear the result of your appeal request within 45 business days from the receipt of the appeal.

You may submit your appeal by either emailing the appeal to: or by mailing the appeal to:

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

If you wish to inquire as to the basis for this original decision, please contact the Graduate Coordinator of the discipline to which you applied or view more information.

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