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Admitted Graduate Students
Accept your offer of admission and reserve your place for fall 2022 by completing the Steps to Enroll.
Steps to Enroll
Complete Your Intent to Enroll
To officially accept your offer of admission, you must submit the online Intent to Enroll by the deadline indicated in your SDSU WebPortal. While some programs may require admitted students to notify them if they intend on attending, the official acceptance of the offer of admission can only be done through the online Intent to Enroll in the SDSU WebPortal. In these cases admitted students must complete both requirements to officially accept the offer of admission. If you do not submit the Intent to Enroll in your SDSU WebPortal by the deadline, it will be assumed that you do not plan to attend SDSU and your offer of admission will be canceled.
The Intent to Enroll requires a $400 nonrefundable and nontransferable deposit, paid electronically through your SDSU WebPortal. The $400 deposit will apply toward your fall basic tuition and fees.
Once you submit your Intent to Enroll, you will receive an email with instructions on how to activate your SDSUid account. Complete the steps in the email to activate your account.
It is very important that you complete this step. You will use your SDSUid to log in to multiple systems at SDSU, which are used for business and academic purposes.
Final Official Transcripts
Please check your SDSU WebPortal account for the status of your transcripts.
- Degree in Progress: if your bachelor's degree was in progress as the time of admission, you are required to complete the degree prior to enrolling in your first semester at SDSU. A final official transcript with proof of degree, must be provided to Graduate Admissions as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the first semester of enrollment. Failure to submit the final transcript will result in a registration hold being placed on you record, which will prevent you from registering the following term. Do not wait until the end of the term to submit your final transcript. If you do not complete the bachelor's degree prior to enrolling, then you are not eligible for admission. There are no exceptions to this policy.
- Unofficial International Documents: if you were admitted with unofficial transcripts and proof of degree, you are required to provide official documents to Graduate Admissions by the Intent to Enroll deadline listed in your WebPortal. Failure to submit official transcripts and proof of degree by the Intent to Enroll deadline, will result in a registration hold being placed on your record.
- Other Coursework: if you have any other coursework in progress at the time of admission, you are required to provide a final official transcript to Graduate Admissions as soon as possible, but no later than the end of the first semester of enrollment.
For an exact listing of the transcripts required by Graduate Admissions, please log in to your SDSU WebPortal account.
SDSU provides federal and state financial aid programs (grants, part-time jobs, and student loans), as well as private alternative loans and a variety of scholarships for eligible students. Please visit the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information on the different types of aid.
Apply for Financial Aid
To begin the financial aid application process complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) as soon as possible. Be sure to use the IRS data retrieval option when completing your FAFSA to reduce errors and list SDSU's federal school code (001151) on your FAFSA.
SDSU receives your information electronically one week after you submit your FAFSA online to the Federal Student Aid Processing Center.
Apply for Scholarships
A scholarship is free money that is usually awarded based on your achievements and qualifications. External scholarships may be awarded to students at any university. They are administered by organizations other than SDSU.
Apply for Fellowship Programs
Fellowships provide financial support to graduate students and are usually awarded based on academic achievements and qualifications. To be awarded, you must apply.
There are countless fellowships offered both by SDSU and other organizations. Fellowships are competitive and considered the most prestigious form of financial support available. Each requires a separate application and additional requirements. Review each fellowship's application requirements carefully.
To get started, visit Funding Opportunities on the Graduate Studies website.
All students must meet specific immunization requirements, including the university's COVID-19 requirement. An email notification will be sent to you when the HealtheConnect portal is available for uploading documents. Once you receive the email, log in to the HealtheConnect portal and upload your proof of immunizations and complete your Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment. Review the Immunization Requirements website ahead of time to review the requirements that apply to you and begin working with your healthcare professional to ensure you have completed all of the required immunizations. Make sure you have acceptable proof of completed immunizations available for submission. Acceptable proof includes records from your high school, private healthcare provider, local health department, or campus health center.
Health Care Insurance
Life without health insurance carries serious risk to your health, wellness, and personal finances. To ensure that all graduate students carry adequate health coverage, San Diego State University has introduced the comprehensive Graduate Student Insurance Program (GSHIP). GSHIP expands your coverage options to include an excellent health insurance plan the university has contracted with the insurance carrier Anthem, designed and priced for our graduate student population.
The federal Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires taxpayers and their dependents to carry health insurance. The health and wellness fee you pay each semester provides access to Student Health Services (SHS), but is not a health insurance plan under ACA guidelines. SHS is a healthcare facility that can address basic health care needs while on campus, in Calpulli Center. SHS offers quality and convenient healthcare by certified healthcare professionals. The health and wellness fee also supports Well-being & Health Promotion, Counseling & Psychological Services, as well as Student Ability Success Center.
Beginning with the Fall 2021 semester, all SDSU graduate students will be required to provide proof of ACA-compliant health insurance coverage. Students with existing health insurance through an employer, family member, or any other source are required only to provide evidence of coverage once per year.
Dedicated SDSU staff are available to counsel students without health care coverage (or temporarily between plans), and provide advice on selecting among a range of health insurance options. To request a one-on-one appointment with our Healthcare Coverage Coordinator, please fill out the online Healthcare Connection Coordinator Virtual Assistance form. Those struggling to afford any of the available options may be eligible for financial support from SDSU ECRT.
Registration for fall 2022 classes will begin in July 2022. An email notification will be sent to you in late June, with additional information.
- Full-time enrollment for a graduate student is a minimum of 9 units of coursework numbered 500 through 999.
- Half-time enrollment for a graduate student is a minimum of 5 units of coursework numbered 500 through 999.
Please contact your graduate program for assistance in selecting your classes. You should also consult the University Catalog for a full listing of classes required by your program of study.
SDSU is committed to offering advanced student programs of the highest quality with a wide range of faculty expertise, research opportunities, and academic support services.
New Graduate Student Orientation is offered the summer before graduate students begin their program at SDSU for the fall 2022 semester and is optional.
Information for fall 2022 admitted students and summer New Student Orientation will be available in March 2022.
Additionally, some graduate departments offer program specific orientations leading up to the start of the academic year. You will be notified by your department of your program's orientation date and time. You are also expected to review the Handbook for New Graduate Students, which provides an overview of graduate programs and policies.
The Student Ability Success Center (SASC) at San Diego State University authorizes and provides a variety of services and accommodations, which are determined on a case-by-case basis and in consultation with an SASC counselor. Their goal is to remove barriers that disability creates so that all students have an equal opportunity to be successful in college. If you will be applying for services from the SASC, you are encouraged to apply as early as possible to assure that accommodations are in place by the time you begin your academic journey. Visit Applying to the Student Ability Success Center to learn more about the process.