Graduate Studies

International Applicants

Welcome to Chico State! We are delighted that you are considering joining our diverse and globally-minded community. As an international student, you will find a warm and inclusive environment that celebrates cultural exchange and fosters personal growth. Our dedicated faculty and staff are here to support you every step of the way, providing resources for academic success and cultural adjustment. Chico State offers a rich and rewarding academic experience, with top-notch facilities, research opportunities, and a vibrant campus life. We are excited to welcome you to Chico State and help you achieve your academic and professional aspirations in an inspiring and supportive environment.

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)(opens in new window) by the posted application deadline along with the $70 nonrefundable application fee.

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F-1 or J-1 Visa

If you are an international applicant planning to study on an F-1 or J-1 visa, please apply online at Cal State Apply(opens in new window)(opens in new window) using the international application(opens in new window)(opens in new window). For information, requirements and application procedures, please visit the Office of International Admissions website.

Official Academic Documents

Any applicant with coursework or a degree from a college/university outside the United States but does not require a student visa (F-1 or J-1) must submit the academic documents listed below in order for your application to be considered for admission. We cannot make admission decisions on the basis of unofficial international documents. Third-party international evaluations cannot be used as a basis of admission.

  • Submit one official transcript from all post-secondary colleges attended.
  • Documents issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by an original certified word-for-word English translation.
  • Applicants using a marks-based system of grading must submit university-attested semester format mark sheets and a degree certificate. 

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.

Any applicant that will require a student visa (F-1 or J-1) should consult the Office of International Admissions for the necessary documents you will need to provide to them.

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.