International Graduate Admission Criteria

Who is an International Graduate Student?

San Diego State University accepts applications from Graduate or Post-baccalaureate applicants who hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or one approved by a Ministry of Education and will study in the U.S. on an F-1 Visa.

To be considered for admission to SDSU, international graduate applicants must meet the minimum SDSU requirements listed in the Graduate Bulletin as well as the requirements for individual programs.

A minimum U.S. equivalent GPA (grade point average) of 3.0 (B grade or about 80%) or higher is required to be considered for admission.

Which term do you want to start your studies?

+Spring 2018

SDSU's San Diego campus is now accepting applications for a small number of programs:

  • External degree/self-support programs, which are not subsidized by the state of California. Student fees will vary by program.
  • Business Administration graduate degree programs. Applications from international students are not accepted for the spring. International applicants are encouraged to apply for the fall 2018 term, which opens October 1, 2017.

The application deadline is November 1, 2017.

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

+Fall 2018

SDSU begins accepting applications for fall 2018 on October 1, 2017. Deadlines differ by program. Please see individual program pages for details.