Steps to Apply
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 $70 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
- Your application will only be reviewed for the intended program indicated on your Cal State Apply application.
- Only one application per student will be considered. Do not submit multiple applications as this will result in processing delays.
- Review the list of graduate programs and the program descriptions in the University Catalog carefully, to confirm you are applying to the correct program.
- 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.
- 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 SDSUid. Your SDSUid is an identifier to securely access many campus IT services, including my.SDSU, the official online portal for student admissions, student records, financial aid, tuition and fee payment, and more. Please follow the instructions provided in the email to activate your SDSUid account.
Visit my.SDSU and select my.SDSU Login. Enter your SDSUid and password, and select Sign In to log in to my.SDSU.
- Keep your email address updated on your my.SDSU account, as email is SDSU's official form of student communication. It is recommended that you check your email account regularly.
- Use the Profile tile to review and update your contact information, if needed.
- Track Your Status
- Use the Admissions tile to check the status of your application.
- Use the Tasks tile to review any checklist items (To Do's) you need to complete.
If you have questions or problems with your SDSUid, please visit the SDSUid Help page. Additionally, please reach out to the SDSU Computing Hub (the Hub) if you are experiencing difficulties with your account.
For help with my.SDSU, review the my.SDSU Student Resources page.
Graduate applicants are required to submit transcripts from all post-secondary schools attended. Do not send transcripts before submitting the Cal State Apply application, as this may result in processing delays.
Transcripts from U.S. Institutions
- Submit official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from all colleges and universities attended.
- Transcripts must have been issued within the last year. Transcripts received with print dates older than one year will not be accepted.
- Hard copy transcripts for SDSU coursework are not required.
- 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].
Transcripts from International Institutions
If you have international coursework, you are required to submit transcripts (academic record) and proof of degree (diploma/degree certificate) both in the original-language and an English translation, for all post-secondary schools attended.
- Post-Secondary Transcripts—Transcripts/grade reports are required from all post-secondary schools attended. Review the Graduate: Requirements by Country for country-specific information. Failure to submit the required country-specific documents listed will result in your application being canceled.
- Diploma/Degree Certificate—For each post-secondary degree completed, submit a copy of your diploma/degree certificate or provisional degree certificate. Review the Graduate: Requirements by Country for country-specific information. Failure to submit the required country-specific documents listed will result in your application being canceled.
- English Translation—For each original-language document submit a certified literal English translation. The translation must be from the university or a certified translator and should contain all information shown on the original-language documents and in the same format.
Submit international transcripts and diploma/degree certificate in one of the following options:
- Option 1: Evaluation Report (Highly Recommended)—Submit a foreign evaluation report from one of the following:
- Option 2: Official Documents (Recommended/Encouraged)—Submitting official international documents is not required but recommended/encouraged. Official documents must arrive in a sealed/unopened envelope (to the mailing address listed below), stamped or signed by the appropriate official from the issuing institution. Please do not send your only original academic record(s) and/or diploma(s)/degree certificate(s). All documents received become property of SDSU and will not be returned. If admitted, additional documents will likely not be required unless a degree is in progress.
- Option 3: Unofficial Copies (Acceptable for Admission Purposes)—Scanned copies of the official international documents can be submitted. Please note these must be official documents and not print-outs from online student portals. Copies can be uploaded using my.SDSU. If admitted, official documents will be required prior to enrollment.
Mailing International Documents
If you are mailing international documents to the Graduate Admissions Office, we recommend using a guaranteed delivery services such as Federal Express or DHL. This allows you to track and confirm delivery of your documents to the Graduate Admissions Office. Documents should be mailed to the exact address listed below. Failure to send documents to the Graduate Admissions Office mailing address may result in your documents not being delivered in a timely manner or not being received at all:
Graduate Admissions Office
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-8225
Deadline to Submit Transcripts and Diploma/Degree Certificate
The deadline to submit transcripts and diploma/degree certificate will be indicated in your my.SDSU account.
How Long Will it Take to Process My Documents?
Allow at least three weeks for processing after documents have been submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. The status of documents and test scores will be updated in your my.SDSU account after they have been evaluated. Please do not submit your documents multiple times, as this will cause delays in processing.
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:
- TOEFL minimum score of 80 iBT/ 550 PBT: Score can be sent electronically from Educational Testing Service (ETS) using the SDSU institution code: 4682. Test score must be from within the past two years.
- IELTS overall score of 6.5 or higher: Score report must be submitted directly to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Test score must be from within the past two years.
- Duolingo English Test score of 105 or higher: Score can be sent electronically from Duolingo, to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Test score must be from within the past two years.
- PTE minimum score of 58 or higher: Score report must be submitted directly to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Test score must be from within the past two years.
- Transcripts have been received indicating English as the principal language of instruction.
A copy of your official score report or unofficial transcript can be submitted through your my.SDSU account.
Program-specific supplemental documents (resume, personal statement, letter of recommendation) should be submitted directly to your graduate department and not the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Please note the supplemental documents are separate from those required by Graduate Admission and not updated in your my.SDSU account. Review the individual graduate program for specific instructions, 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 graduate programs page for your major.
Check your application and admission status periodically through my.SDSU.
What does my admission status mean?
Incomplete Application File*: A document (transcript and/or diploma/degree certificate) or test score required by the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office is missing or has not been completed. An incomplete application status indicates further action is required by the applicant.
University Evaluating File for Preliminary Eligibility*: Admission file is complete and being evaluated by the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office to determine if the applicant has met the minimum SDSU requirements for admission. Review the University Catalog for minimum requirements. There is no further action required of the applicant.
Department Reviewing File for Program Eligibility*: The SDSU Graduate Admissions Office has completed the initial evaluation and the applicant's file has been forwarded to the graduate department for review. Each graduate department makes admission recommendations based on an applicant's completed file (transcripts, diploma/degree certificate) and any required supplemental documents (resume, personal statement, letter of recommendation). There is no further action required of the applicant.
*Please note this status only applies to required documents submitted to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Applicants should check with their individual department for the status of required supplemental documents.
How long will it take to process my documents?
Allow at least three weeks for processing after documents have been submitted to the Graduate Admissions Office. The status of documents and test scores will be updated in your my.SDSU account after they have been evaluated by the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Please do not submit your documents multiple times, as this will cause delays in processing.