International Admissions & Outreach

Graduate (Master's Degree) Applicant

Application Deadlines
SemesterUndergraduate - Freshman and TransferGraduate - Master's
Fall (August Start)October 1 – May 1 
October 1 – March 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.

  • International applicants should mail two sets of sealed official or university-attested degree certificates and transcripts/marksheets from all universities attended post-secondary/high school.*
  • Proof of English language proficiency **
  • Official GRE** or GMAT score, CV/résumé, and/or other documents (if required by program)
  • Copy of passport bio data page or photo identification
  • Financial support documents*

* Documents issued in a language other than English must be accompanied by an original certified word-for-word English translation. 

** Select university code 4048 to electronically send official TOEFL and/or GRE test scores to CSU, Chico. For IELTS, scan and email a copy of the official score report. 

Final Official Transcript Submission Deadlines

  • Fall - July 15th
  • Spring - November 25th

Mail official academic records to:

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

All digital documents can be emailed to in new window), please type your name and student ID number in the email subject line.

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