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How To Apply

To receive full consideration for admission, please read the instructions below carefully. We look forward to reviewing your application and all supporting documents.

Participants who only wish to complete the course below and do not want to pursue the degree, please register using the links below. Add all desired courses to your cart before checking out.

Term Priority Deadline Application Link
Spring 2020 Open Until Filled FIRE 101 Registration
Spring 2020 Open Until Filled FIRE 105 Registration
Spring 2020 Open Until Filled FIRE 210 Registration
Spring 2020 Open Until Filled FIRE 353 Registration
Spring 2020 Open Until Filled FIRE 354 Registration
Spring 2020 Open Until Filled FIRE 355 Registration
Spring 2020 Open Until Filled FIRE 402 Registration

Applicants who wish to pursue the degree program, please apply below:

Term Priority Deadline Application Link
Spring  2020 10/16/2019 Spring Application

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.

STEP 1: SUBMIT YOUR APPLICATION

A. Select the term application you'd like to apply for
B. Create your CSU Apply account
C. Complete your profile (save your username and password)
      -Select "Undergraduate" for the level of degree you are seeking
D. Start your application
      -From the program selection page, select "Cal State San Marcos" 
      -Select the "Wildfire" program under San Marcos Extended Learning
      -Follow instructions to complete all 4 quadrants of the application
      -Once complete, submit your application. You will be prompted to pay a $55 non-refundable application fee.

NOTE: Your application is not officially submitted until payment has been received. You will receve a confirmation email within 48 hours upon successful submission of your application. If you don't receive a confirmation email, log in to your CSU Apply account and ensure the status of your application is "Posted." Any other status indicates your application has not been successfully submitted to the university.

STEP 2: SUBMIT OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS

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 transcripts@csusm.edu 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: Wildfire

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.

AP Scores: If you have completed AP coursework and sat for the exam, please understand that official AP scores may be required in the case that we cannot find specific coursework to meet a requirement. In order to avoid delays in determining your eligibility we recommend you send your official AP scores when you send your transcripts.

Revised/New Transcripts: Students submitting updated transcripts or transcripts from institutions not listed on the original application should email el@csusm.edu 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 Wildfire.

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.

STEP 3: SATISFY ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT:
(APPLICANTS WHO HAVE TAKEN COURSEWORK INTERNATIONALLY ONLY)

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, ABSK
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 61 iBT with writing score no lower than 19 and no section score below 14
  • IELTS overall band score of 5.5, writing score no lower than 5.5 and no section score below 5.0 
  • Cambridge English B2 First (FCE), C1 Advanced (CAE), C2 Proficiency (CPE) minimum score of 168.  (160 and above eligible for pathway program)

STEP 4: AFTER SUBMITTING YOUR APPLICATION

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.