International Admissions & Outreach

Graduate (Master's Degree) Applicant

Application Deadlines
SemesterUndergraduate - Freshman, Transfer, and 2nd Bachelor'sGraduate - Master's
Fall (August Start)October 1 – May 1 
October 1 – April 1*
Spring (January Start)August 1 – September 30August 1 – September 15

NOTE: Late applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis. Please email

*IMPORTANT: Master's program deadlines vary and some have priority deadlines. Certain graduate programs offer fall admission only. Please check the application deadline(opens in new window) for your specific program on Cal State Apply. Details are also available at Graduate Studies Programs & Coordinators.

How to Apply

Step 1: Are you academically eligible for admission?

Please review academic qualifications before applying.

Step 2: Submit an Online Application

Apply online at Cal State Apply: in new window). When creating your account, please select "F-1 visa" as an international student. A $70 fee is payable online at the time of application.

IMPORTANT: Statement of purpose and recommenders' email addresses are required to complete the application.

For help completing your application, please use the International Student Application Guide (PDF) (PDF), or email us with questions:

Step 3: Submit Supporting Documents

Please be advised that all materials submitted during the application process become University property.

Submission Deadline

Submit all required documents/exam scores within two weeks of the application deadline. Only complete applications will be reviewed.

Send official academic records by international mail/courier:

Official degree certificates and transcripts from all universities attended after high/secondary school
  • Applicants with an Indian bachelor's degree must submit university-attested academic records (not college-attested)
  • Applicants with a Chinese bachelor's degree must also submit a graduation certificate


International Graduate Admissions
California State University, Chico
940 West First Street
Chico, CA 95929-0680

Upload digital supporting documents:

Document upload page

  • Professional word-for-word English translation of academic records (if university issued in a language other than English)
  • CV/résumé, and/or other documents (if required by program)
  • Copy of passport biographical information page
  • Financial support documents

Transmit digital exam scores:

Proof of English language proficiency 
  • TOEFL: select university code 4048 to electronically send official scores to Chico State.
  • IELTS: contact IELTS or upload a digital copy of the Test Report Form. 
GRE (if required by program): select university code 4048 to electronically send official scores to Chico State.

Admission Decision

An Admissions Evaluator will communicate with you throughout the admissions process and inform you via e-mail when a decision has been made by the department to which you applied.

Admission Denials – Appeal Process

If you feel there is new, serious, and compelling information that might affect our admission decision, you may submit an appeal