International Student Services

Graduate (Master's Degree) Applicant

Academic Qualifications for Graduate Admission

All Applicants:

  • Must have completed a 4-year university degree equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree.  Equivalencies will be determined by the International Graduate Admission Evaluator.
  • Must have an undergraduate (bachelor's degree level) grade point average of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units and at least 3.0 in the last 30 units of course work completed.  A lower grade point average may be considered based on overall qualifications.  The grading system in the U.S. Educational System is on a four-point scale:
    • 0 = Failing Grade
    • 1.0 = Below Average
    • 2.0 = Average or Good
    • 3.0 = Above Average or Very Good
    • 4.0 = Excellent

Most programs require a GRE/GMAT score, letters of recommendation and statements of purpose.  For information about your program, refer to the Graduate Programs and Coordinators page.

Application Process

The application priority filing periods are as follows:

Fall Semester
October 1 - March 1

Spring Semester
August 1 - September 15

Certain graduate programs have admission only for the fall. Other programs have earlier closing dates. Please go to the Office of Graduate Studies website for details. Late applications may be accepted on a case-by-case basis.

In the event that a deadline falls on a day in which the campus is closed, the deadline will be extended to the next campus work day.

Fall semester begins in August and Spring semester begins in January

How to Apply

1) Apply online at Cal State Apply

Note: The CalStateApply online application is a new system and under revision.  If you have any difficulty completing the online application, pleas submit the paper application (PDF).  When submitting a paper application, the $70 fee may be paid at Flywire(opens in new window).

PLEASE BE SURE TO USE THE APPLICATION FOR INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS!! A $70 application fee should be submitted at the time of application.

2) Supporting Documents Required

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

Submit two sets of sealed official academic transcripts from all universities attended, University Registrar attested copies are also acceptable.  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.
  • Copy of passport bio data page or photo identification

3) Mail all supporting documents to:

International Education and Global Engagement
CSU, Chico
400 W 1st St
Chico CA 95929-0680

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.