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An international Master's applicant is a student who wishes to study at our university on an F-1 (student) visa, who has received a post-secondary degree from a regionally accredited college or university within the United States or outside the Unites States that meets our accreditation standards. 

It's important to note that the individual academic departments make decisions on all graduate admissions and each department has its own admissions criteria. Before you apply, make sure that you know the entrance requirements for your desired program and that you can provide the necessary information to ensure full consideration of your application. 

Quick Reference - Graduate Requirement Grid

Graduate Studies at CSUSM

Minimum University Admission Requirements

  • Equivalent of a Bachelor's Degree from an institution that meets our accreditation standards
  • Overall 2.5 GPA or higher in the overall degree or last 60 units attempted
  • Satisfy English Language Proficiency Requirement with one of the following:
    • TOEFL score of 80 iBT
    • IELTS overall band score of 6.0
      •  CSUSM requires IELTS sub-scores: writing score no lower than 6.0 and no section score below 5.5
    • Bachelor's Degree from a U.S. university
  • Many graduate programs have higher than minimum GPA requirements. Some will require GRE, GRE subject tests or GMAT, depending on the program.

Conditional admission may be available for select graduate programs through our University English Pathway program. Contact the International Admission Office for more details at

How to Apply

Remember, some graduate programs require two applications, one to the university and one to the academic department, and a two-part application process. You must visit the respective graduate program website and follow the instructions carefully for any program-specific admission requirements. 

Stateside master's degree programs:  Use the online application:

Extended Learning master's degree programs: Visit the program website below to apply

Contact Information:
California State University San Marcos - International Admissions
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road, San Marcos, CA 92096-0001 USA
P: (760) 750-4844  F: (760) 750-3138