The graduate application process is a two-step process.
We recommend you submit all documents in a timely manner in order to review your application for an admission decision - incomplete applications cannot be processed. International Student should review the Checklist for International Graduate Applications (PDF).
Step 1: Apply online at CSU Mentor or email email@example.com to request a paper application. Once you have applied please submit the supporting documents listed below. If you have applied using a paper application, please submit supporting documents along with your application to the Office of International Education.
- Official transcripts
- Academic records evaluation (Credential Evaluation)
- English Proficiency (TOEFL or IELTS score reports)
- Certification of Finance Form
- Health Insurance Promissory Contract
- Copy of your passport identification page (picture)
Step 2: Apply to the program (department) of your choice. Please review program website for details.
- Program application
- Test Scores – GMAT, GRE, MAT, etc.
- Letters of Recommendation
- Personal Statement
To send your score reports to California State University, Stanislaus please use the following codes.
Transcripts, certificates, diplomas, mark sheets, and test scores must be sent directly from the issuing institution or in a sealed envelope to the Office of International Education or Enrollment Management Office to be considered official. All records submitted become the property of the University.
Records submitted by students who do not enroll are retained for only one year. The University reserves the right to determine what constitutes an official document. Certified English translations must accompany all non-English original documents
Degrees and Majors
See all graduate majors, minors, and programs offered.
English Proficiency Requirements
All graduate and post baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English, must demonstrate competence in English by taking one of the following exams and meeting the score requirement:
Evaluation of Academic Credentials (Credential Evaluation)
All students with coursework from countries other than the United States need to provide a report of course work and degree equivalency to U.S. standards – through a credential evaluation.
Foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the approved organizations listed on the Checklist for International Graduate Applications (PDF). These organizations are private enterprises that have been approved by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and they charge a fee for their services. In all instances, original, official documentation will be required when requesting an evaluation.
When seeking the evaluation be sure to request a Comprehensive/Detailed Report, which must include the following:
- Identification of institution(s) attended, dates of attendance, credential(s) earned, and the United States educational equivalent.
- Individual courses taken with semester units
- Individual course grade equivalents
- Course levels in terms of lower and upper division, graduate and professional level for each post-secondary course evaluated
- Overall grade point average (GPA)
For convenience, you can also contact the International Education Office to apply and pay for a credential evaluation.
In addition to Graduate admission, program admission is required to pursue a graduate degree or post baccalaureate credential. Students should apply at the same time to the Program and the Graduate School.
Program admissions are competitive and many have specific application deadlines. Some programs have one admission date per year. For these reasons and to ensure full consideration, students are encouraged to apply to the program as early as possible.
Master’s degree and credential program applicants may also be required to provide additional transcripts and test scores to their graduate program department or the Credentials Office. To determine your specific program’s requirements go to the Graduate School website and select your program.
If you have any further questions or concerns regarding the items you need to submit to your program, please contact the Program Coordinators.
If you are in the U.S. as an F-1 or J-1 non-immigrant student, or wish to enter the U.S. with a visa, you will need to demonstrate evidence of financial support to cover all the costs associated with your full-time study. Please download the additional documents (see Instructions below) and submit them to the International Admission Office with your application for admission.
When students are granted a visa, it is with the expectation that financial obligations will be met for the entire period of proposed study. Immigration Regulations for F-1 students provide limited opportunity for student employment in the U.S., and legal student status in the United States is dependent in part on the ability to enroll in, pay for, and complete full-time coursework.
As a condition of receiving an I-20 or DS-2019, all F-1 and J-1 visa applicants must agree to obtain and maintain health insurance as a condition of registration and continued enrollment in the California State University. Such insurance must be in amounts as specified by the United States Information Agency (USIA) and NAFSA: Association of International Educators.
The campus president or designee shall determine which insurance policies meet these criteria. For more information, contact the Office of International Education at (209) 667-3117 or IntlStudent@csustan.edu.