Two-Step Process

To be admitted to a graduate program, individuals must first apply to the University as a graduate student, then apply to the graduate program* of their choice. There is a non-refundable application fee.

1 University Application via

Step 1 - Apply to the University as a Graduate Student

The first step is applying to the University through Cal State Apply.

  • A minimum of 2.5 cumulative GPA in your undergraduate degree coursework or the last 60 units of all coursework** is required for admission to the Graduate School. Please note that individual program requirements may be more stringent.
  • A Baccalaureate Degree from a regionally accredited university is required for admission**. While it is common for students to apply before a bachelor's degree has been posted on their transcript, a final transcript indicating degree completion date is required prior to the 20th day of instruction (the census date).
  • If you are an international student, please visit the Office of International Education.
  • In order to process your application, submit the official transcript from the institution that awarded you the Baccalaureate degree. If you are still attending an undergraduate program, you will submit an unofficial transcript for the initial application, and then submit an official transcript with your degree confirmed ASAP*. Stan State Alumni do not need to submit official transcripts. If your previous institute does not provide service for electronic official transcript delivery,

Send official transcripts to:
Stanislaus State
Graduate Admission Office
One University Circle
Turlock, CA 95382

*We require official transcripts. We do allow an unofficial transcript to make an admission decision; however, we must have an official transcript preferably by the first day of classes, but no later than the census date (the 20th date of instruction). If we do not receive an official transcript, no financial aid monies can be dispersed, and we will place a hard hold on the student record, and they may not continue in the program and/or register for the subsequent term.

** Your program may request additional official transcripts for program specific requirements. For example, if you have taken courses after your undergraduate degree completion and want them to be counted as either pre-requisites for your graduate degree program, or to be used to calculate your last 60 units GPA.

2 Program Application

Step 2 - Apply to a Graduate Program

The second step is applying to the graduate program of your choice. Some programs only require the Cal State Apply application.

  • Each graduate program has unique requirements and application processes. For more information, including program application questions contact the program directly.
  • The graduate program you applied to will notify you of your acceptance. Admission to the University is contingent upon receiving admission to the program.

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. 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.

Updated: January 25, 2024