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How To Apply

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You must apply to the program through this website ONLY. To receive full consideration for admission, please read the instructions below carefully. We look forward to reviewing your application and all supporting documents.


  1. Click the application link
  2. Create your CSU Apply account
  3. Complete your profile (keep your username and password)
        -Select "Graduate" for the level of degree you are seeking
        -Select "Master's degree or higher" for the type of degree
  4. Start your application
        -From the program selection page, select "Cal State San Marcos"
        -Select "Cybersecurity" under San Marcos Extended Learning
        -Follow instructions to complete all 4 quadrants of the application
        -You will be prompted to pay a $55 non-refundable application fee.
  5. Program Materials Section
    Upload the following items:
        -Official Score Report of the General GRE (if applicable)
        -One-page personal statement* describing reason for pursuing a                    Master of Cybersecurity.
        -Full name and email of two evaluators/references**

    *NOTE: Include answers to the applicant questions in your personal statement along with any other information you think the Review Committee would find pertinent.

    **NOTE: Each applicant is to provide the full name and email address of two evaluators/references. At least one recommender should be from an academic source and one should be from a professional source. The recommenders should be familiar with the applicant's capacity for academic and professional success. Once you have saved the evaluation request, an email request will be sent to the evaluator on your behalf.


In addition to submitting the University application and application fee, you must request and submit one official transcript from each academic institution attended.

Electronic delivery is the preferred transcript delivery method. Verify with your school if an electronic transcript is available. Electronic transcripts can be provided through external or third party vendors (Credential Solutions, eTranscriptCA, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, etc.). When ordering your transcript, please choose California State University San Marcos as the intended recipient from the school name dropdown. If California State University San Marcos is not listed, please use as the recipient email address.

If you select to mail your transcript, all official transcripts must be mailed or delivered in sealed envelopes to the address below. 

Office of Admissions and Recruitment
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096
ATTN: Cyber

Previous CSUSM students who have not completed coursework at CSUSM in the last year should resend all official transcripts as the originals may have been archived.

Revised/New Transcripts: Students submitting updated transcripts or transcripts from institutions not listed on the original application should email to indicate the transcript has been sent. Please include your full name, the school from which the transcript was sent and the program name of Cyber.

International students: You must submit academic records from foreign institutions.  The original foreign transcript must be on file and if they are not written in English, they must be accompanied by certified English translations. Official transcripts from foreign institutions MUST be sent through postal mail to the address listed above.


All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. Typically, applicants demonstrate the English Proficiency requirement by submitting results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam, or Cambridge English score report. Submission of these test scores should be sent to the following address:

California State University San Marcos
ATTN: Extended Learning, Cyber
333 South Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

*NOTE: We encourage applicants to submit the documents listed above in one packet; however, we understand this may not be possible. Please review your Student Center at
 MYCSUSM to ensure we have received your documents in a timely manner.

Provided below are the CSU required minimum scores for each option:

  • TOEFL score of 80iBT
  • IELTS overall band score of 6.0, writing score no lower than 6.0 and no section score below 5.5
  • Cambridge English C1 Advanced (CAE), C2 Proficiency (CPE)-certificate awarded with a Cambridge English score of 180 or higher.


Once you apply to your program there are several steps a student must take to be set up for success in their first semester and beyond. Please visit our applicant resource page for more information about your next steps. 


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State Authorizations

California State University San Marcos is only approved to offer online programs to students in specific states.  Please view the current list of authorized states before applying.