Steps to Apply

Cal State Apply Application Checklist

Have the following items on hand before you begin your application:

  • Your Social Security Number, if you have one.
  • Your citizenship status.
  • Credit card. Application fees are due at the time of submission and are paid by credit card.
  • Annual income.

SDSU uses the California State University common admission application through the Cal State Apply website. The application requires a $55 fee that is non-refundable and may not be transferred to another term. Application fee waivers are not available to graduate applicants. If you cannot apply online, contact the Office of Admissions to make special arrangements to apply electronically with campus assistance.

Guidelines for Completing the Cal State Apply Application

  1. Your application will only be reviewed for the intended program indicated on your Cal State Apply application.
  2. Only one application per student will be considered. Do not submit multiple applications as this will result in processing delays.
  3. Review the list of academic programs to confirm you are applying to the correct program.
  4. Provide an accurate and valid email address. If you fail to provide us with a valid email address, you will not receive information critical to your status as an applicant. Please adjust your privacy settings to ensure you receive emails from SDSU.
  5. After you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email.

Within two weeks of submitting your Cal State Apply application, you will receive an email from San Diego State University that includes your RedID number, which is your SDSU student identification number. You will use this number to create your SDSU WebPortal account. You will use your RedID number and SDSU WebPortal account to check the status of your application.

Create SDSU Webportal Account

Guidelines for Creating an SDSU WebPortal Account

  1. You must have a valid email address to create your SDSU WebPortal account.
  2. Check your spam and junk email folders to ensure your privacy settings are not preventing you from receiving email from SDSU. Your email privacy settings should be adjusted to receive SDSU emails.
  3. If you need additional assistance activating your SDSU WebPortal account, please contact the SDSU Office of the Registrar at (619) 594-6871 or by email at [email protected].

Graduate applicants are required to submit official transcripts in sealed envelopes (issued by the school) from all post-secondary schools attended. Do not send transcripts before submitting the Cal State Apply application as this may result in processing delays.

Institution Required Documents
U.S. Postsecondary Institutions
  • Official transcripts must have been issued within the last year. Transcript received with print dates older than one year will not be accepted.
  • 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.
  • Electronic transcripts are acceptable. Please ensure that you indicate this preference when making your request. If you are required to provide an email address to send the secure online document to SDSU, please use [email protected].
International Institutions
  • If you have international coursework, you must have your school send one official original-language record of all academic coursework and proof of degree in the original-language.
  • For each original-language 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. Failure to submit the exact country-specific documents listed will result in your application being canceled

Transcripts Deadline

The deadline to submit official transcripts will be indicated in your SDSU WebPortal account under Admission Status. Official documents should be submitted to:

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

SDSU requires all applicants for admission to advanced degree programs to submit one of the following test scores to be considered for admission:
Test Requirements
GRE
(Graduate Record Exam)
  1. Exam score must be sent electronically from Educational Testing Service (ETS) to SDSU using the SDSU institution code: 4682.
  2. All sections of the exam (Verbal, Quantitative, Analytical Writing) must be completed. Scores missing any one of the three sections are considered incomplete and not acceptable.
GMAT
(Graduate Management Assessment Test)
  1. Score must be sent electronically to SDSU using the institution code:
    9LT-2P-73.
  2. Applicants to the College of Business Administration must submit either GMAT or GRE scores. All sections of either exam must be completed.
  3. Applicants to the Master of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management or the Master of Public Health concentration in Health Management and Policy must submit either GRE or GMAT scores. All sections of either exam must be completed.
LSAT
(Law School Admission Test)
  1. Applicants to the MSW/JD program may submit LSAT scores in lieu of the GRE.
  2. Scores can be sent using the SDSU institution code: 4682
English Proficiency

All graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants (regardless of citizenship status) applying to SDSU from an international institution where the medium of instruction was not English, must submit one of the following as proof of English proficiency:

  1. TOEFL minimum score of 80 iBT/ 550 PBT: Score must be sent electronically from Educational Testing Service (ETS) using the SDSU institution code: 4682. Test score must be from within the past two years.
  2. IELTS overall score of 6.5 or higher: Score report must be sent directly to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Test score must be from within the past two years.
  3. PTE minimum score of 58 or higher: Score report must be sent directly to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Test score must be from within the past two years.
  4. Official transcripts have been received indicating English as the principle language of instruction.

Program-specific supplemental documents (resume, personal statement, letter of recommendation) should be submitted directly to your graduate department. Please do not send supplemental documents to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Review the individual academic program for specific requirements and deadlines.

Questions regarding program specific documents should be directed to the department. Contact information for each department and links to the department website can be found on the academic programs page for your major.

Academic Programs