Graduate Admissions

Below is information about graduate (master's and doctoral) degree and credential programs. Undergraduate majors, minors, and preprofessional programs are listed on the academic majors and programs page.

Graduate Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission to SDSU, graduate applicants must meet the minimum CSU eligibility requirements and SDSU requirements listed on the Graduate Bulletin website as well as the requirements for the specific degree or credential program they are applying to.

Read the steps to apply below. The application is located on the CSUMentor website. Visit the program pages below for each department's admission criteria, deadlines and contact information. International students should review and follow the International Graduate Steps to Apply.

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  • Spring 2017—SDSU's San Diego campus is now accepting applications for spring 2017 from students seeking degrees, or certificates through the SDSU self-support programs. These programs are not subsidized by the State of California and students are expected to pay the full tuition fees.

    The application deadline for SDSU’s self-support programs is November 1, 2016.

    SDSU’s San Diego and Imperial Valley campuses (located 120 east of San Diego) are not accepting applications for all other programs. Please consider applying to the programs in the fall term.

  • Fall 2017—We will begin accepting applications for fall 2017 on October 1, 2016. Deadlines differ by program. Please see individual program pages for details.

Fall 2017 Steps to Apply

Step 1—Apply to the University

Submit the California State University common application and $55 nonrefundable application fee electronically at CSUMentor beginning October 1.

Step 2—Submit Documents to Graduate Admissions

Graduate Admissions
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

1.  Transcripts: Send official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) issued within the last year from all U.S. postsecondary institutions attended.

  • Do not send transcripts before submitting the CSUMentor application as this may result in processing delays.
  • If you previously attended SDSU, you need only submit transcripts for work completed since last attendance. If you are a current SDSU student you are not required to submit an SDSU transcript.

2.  International documents: If you have international coursework, you must have your school send us one official original-language record of all academic coursework and proof of degree. For each document you must also send a certified literal English translation, which can come directly from the school itself or from a professional, certified translator. The translation must contain all information shown on the original-language documents. For details on which documents are required, visit the Requirements by Country page.

3.  Test scores: Submit official scores to SDSU using the information below:

Test Who must take it Website SDSU Institution Code
GRE – Graduate Record Exam
  • Applicants for admission to advanced degree programs must submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test. 
  • All sections (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical Writing) must be completed. 
  • Applicants to the College of Business Administration may submit GRE scores in lieu of the GMAT. 4682
GMAT – Graduate Management Assessment Test
  • Applicants to the College of Business Administration may submit scores from the Graduate Management Assessment Test or GRE.
  • Applicants to the Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management or the Master of Public Health concentration in Health Management and Policy may take the GMAT in lieu of the GRE. 9LT-2P-73
LSAT – Law School Admission Test
  • Applicants to the MSW/JD program may use Law School Admission Test (LSAT) scores in lieu of the GRE. 4682

4.  English Language Proficiency (for international students only): All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English must demonstrate competence in English. Those applicants who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must submit official TOEFL or IELTS results:

Test Passing score required Website SDSU Institution Code
TOEFL – Test Of English as a Foreign Language The minimum required score for admission is 80 for the iBT test or 550 for the PBT test. Please note scores must be recent; within the past two years. 4682
IELTS – International English Language Testing System The minimum required score for admission is 6.5.  Please note scores must be recent; within the past two years. See IELTS website for instructions
Step 3—Submit Program-Specific Application Materials

Submit to the department any program-specific supplemental materials listed on the program's page below. Admission criteria, deadlines, and contact information vary by department.

Graduate Degree Programs

Below is a list of graduate (master's and doctoral) degree programs and graduate credential programs. Undergraduate majors, minors and preprofessional programs are listed on the majors and minors page.

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Credential Programs