The application process requires two steps: (1) University admission and (2) Program admission. First, candidates for the Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Program or the combined Preliminary Administrative Services Credential and Master of Arts Degree in Education (School Administration Concentration) Program must meet system-wide standards for advancement to graduate status. These general standards are: (1) having an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university; (2) being in good academic standing at the last college or university attended; (3) having a grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted; and (4) satisfactorily meeting the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study.

For admission to the University, submit the University application and fee, and official transcripts from each college or university previously attended. You must apply for admission to the University online at Cal State.  For more information regarding University, admission contact the Graduate School at (209) 667-3129 or email at

For admission to the Credential and/or MA Program, please submit the following items to the Advanced Studies Office (DBH 348).  Due to COVID, mail application materials to:

CSU Stanislaus - Advanced Studies School Administration Program
One University Circle
Turlock CA. 95382

  • Program application and receipt (or check made payable to CSUS) for the program application fee.
    (Use Cashier's Code PST 286) Printable Application (PDF)
  • Copy of valid California Credential (showing expiration date).

a) a clear or life California teaching credential that requires a baccalaureate degree and a program of professional preparation, including student teaching or the equivalent, and holds an English learner authorization; or

b) a clear or life California designated subjects teaching credential in adult education, career technical education, vocational education, or special subjects, provided the applicant also possesses a baccalaureate degree and holds an English learner authorization; or

c) a clear or life California services credential in pupil personnel services, school administration, health services for school nurse, teacher librarian services, or speech-language pathology or clinical or rehabilitative services requiring a baccalaureate degree and a program of professional preparation, including fieldwork or the equivalent.

  • One letter of sponsorship from a school, district, or county administrator. Example
  • Verification of at least two years of full-time certificated experience (requirement may be waived by the School Administration Program Coordinator).  Verification of experience may be included in the sponsorship letter.

A formal interview will be scheduled during program enrollment. SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID.

Students must maintain a 3.0 average or better on all coursework in order to continue with the program.

For additional information, please contact the School Administration Program Coordinator or the Academic Advisor.

Updated: February 03, 2022