Steps to Apply
Complete the California State University online application on the Cal State Apply website. Submit the application to SDSU before submitting any other documents. The application requires a $55 USD fee* that is non-refundable and may not be transferred to another term.
Guidelines for Completing the Cal State Apply Application
- The name on your Cal State Apply online application must match the name on your passport.
- Your date of birth must be submitted in Month/Day/Year format (mm/dd/yyyy).
- Your application will only be reviewed for the program you selected on your Cal State Apply application.
- Only one application per student per term will be considered. Do not submit multiple applications as this will result in processing delays.
- Review the list of graduate academic programs and the program descriptions in the Graduate Bulletin 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.
*Beginning fall 2020 the application fee increases to $70.
Within two weeks of submitting your Cal State Apply application, you will receive an acknowledgment 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 and in the future, you will use this number to log in to your SDSU WebPortal account to check the status of your application.
- Visit the SDSU WebPortal home page and select Create New Account.
- Enter your RedID, which is listed in your acknowledgment email, and your birthdate and then select Activate.
- Once you select Activate, an email with a temporary password will be sent to you.
- Go back to the SDSU WebPortal home page and select Log In.
- On the Account Authentication screen, enter your RedID (which is listed in your acknowledgment email) in the RedID/User Name field, and the temporary password that you received in the email (which was sent to you after selecting Activate).
- Select Log In.
Applicants with international coursework are required to submit one official record of all academic coursework (transcripts) and proof of degree (diploma/degree certificate) both in the original-language, directly to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. An official English translation must accompany all academic records.
- Official Post-Secondary Transcripts
Graduate applicants are required to submit official post-secondary transcripts issued by the school in sealed envelopes to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Official 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 exact country-specific documents listed will result in your application being canceled.
- Official Diploma/Degree Certificate
Graduate applicants who have completed their post-secondary degree must submit an official attested copy of their diploma/degree certificate or a provisional degree certificate in a sealed envelope issued by the school to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Applicants with a degree in progress must submit an official attested copy of their diploma/degree certificate after completion of the degree.
- English Translation
If official transcripts and diploma/degree certificates are not issued in English, applicants must submit a certified literal English translation of each document. The translated documents must be sent to SDSU from the university or certified translator in sealed envelopes. The translation must contain all information shown on the original language documents in the same format. SDSU recommends applicants request more than one official transcript if a certified English translation is needed.
Guidelines for Submitting Official Transcripts and Diploma/Degree Certificate
- Transcripts and diploma/degree certificates are defined as "official" when the documents are submitted in sealed envelopes (unopened) issued by the school.
- SDSU accepts university attested copies of transcripts and diploma/degree certificates when submitted in sealed envelopes (unopened) issued by the school.
- Transcripts and diploma/degree certificates cannot be submitted by email.
- Official transcripts must be submitted from all universities attended.
- Official transcripts must be mailed directly from the university. If the university is unable to mail the transcript directly, the sealed envelope (unopened) issued by the school may be placed in another envelope and mailed to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office.
- If official transcripts are mailed from an international location, we recommend using a guaranteed delivery service such as Federal Express or DHL. This allows you to track and confirm delivery of your documents to the Graduate Admissions Office.
- Official transcripts and diploma/degree certificates should be mailed to the exact address listed below. Failure to send documents to the Graduate Admission Office mailing address may result in your documents not being delivered in a timely manner or not being received at all.
Deadline to Submit Transcripts and Diploma/Degree Certificate
The deadline to submit official transcripts and diploma/degree certificate will be indicated in your SDSU WebPortal account under Admission Status. Official documents should be submitted to:
Graduate Admissions Office
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7416
How Long Will it Take to Process My Documents?
Allow up to three weeks for processing after documents have been delivered to the Graduate Admissions Office. The status of documents and test scores will be updated in your WebPortal after they have been evaluated.
SDSU requires all applicants for admission to advanced degree programs to submit one of the following test scores to be considered for admission:
(Graduate Record Exam)
(Graduate Management Assessment Test)
Note: Professional work experience cannot be used in lieu of official test scores. No exceptions will be made.
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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Official transcripts have been received indicating English as the principal language of instruction.
Guidelines for Submitting English Proficiency Results
- The name on your TOEFL/IELTS/PTE results must match the name in your SDSU WebPortal account. If the name does not match exactly, there will be a delay in matching the score to your file. If the name on your exam does not match the name on your application, submit a copy of your TOEFL/IELTS/PTE score report with your RedID number to [email protected].
- If you did not specify SDSU as an institution to receive your test results at the time of your TOEFL testing, contact the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at (609) 771-7267 to have the scores sent to SDSU (institution code: 4682). ETS charges a fee for the additional request.
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 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 academic programs page for your major.