Steps to Apply

Application Checklist

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

  • Transcripts/Academic Records: You will be asked to list the institutions you attended, dates of attendance and any degrees earned.
  • English-Language Exam Results: You will be asked to provide any test scores available or dates of any future tests.
  • A Method of Payment: You will be asked to pay a $70 application fee at the time of submission.

Steps

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 $70 USD fee that is non-refundable and may not be transferred to another term.

Guidelines for Completing the Cal State Apply Application

  1. The name on your Cal State Apply online application must match the name on your passport.
  2. Your date of birth must be submitted in Month/Day/Year format (mm/dd/yyyy).
  3. Your application will only be reviewed for the program you selected on your Cal State Apply application.
  4. Only one application per student per term will be considered. Do not submit multiple applications as this will result in processing delays.
  5. Review the list of graduate programs and the program descriptions in the University Catalog carefully, to confirm you are applying to the correct program.
  6. 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.
  7. After you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email.

Apply to SDSU

After completing the Cal State Application, visit SDSU's Graduate: Requirement by Country web page. Carefully review your country of study to determine the exact academic records SDSU requires in order for you to be considered for admission. Once the Graduate Admissions Office has received all required documents, your application will be considered complete and will be forwarded to the program you are applying to for consideration. If your country of study is not listed or if you have questions about the documents required of you, please contact the International Admissions Office.

Graduate: Requirements by Country

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 your SDSU WebPortal account

  1. Visit the SDSU WebPortal home page and select Create New Account.
  2. Enter your RedID, which is listed in your acknowledgment email, and your birthdate, and then select Activate.
  3. Once you select Activate, an email with a temporary password will be sent to you.
  4. Go back to the SDSU WebPortal home page and select Log In.
  5. On the Account Authentication screen, enter your RedID in the RedID/User Name field, and the temporary password that was just emailed to you.
  6. Select Log In.

Returning Applicants

If you previously applied to SDSU and have an existing SDSU WebPortal account, Log In, and enter the password that you previously created. Do not select Create New Account.

If you cannot remember your password:

  1. Go to the SDSU WebPortal home page
  2. Select Log In
  3. Select Can't Log In
  4. Select Reset Password
  5. Once you select Reset Password, an email with a temporary password will be sent to you.
  6. Go back to the SDSU WebPortal home page and select Log In.
  7. 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 just received.

If you need assistance, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Help With Your SDSU WebPortal Account

  • You must have a valid email address to create your SDSU WebPortal account.
  • Check your spam and junk email folders to ensure your privacy settings are not preventing you from receiving email from SDSU. Email is SDSU's official form of student communication.
  • You will be asked to enter your Social Security Number (SSN) to create your SDSU WebPortal account. If you do not have a SSN or if you did not report your SSN on the application, enter your RedID number in this field instead.
  • Your RedID was provided in your application acknowledgment email. If you cannot find it, use the Forgot RedID? web page. Contact the Office of Admissions if your RedID is not found.
  • If you need additional assistance activating your SDSU WebPortal account, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Graduate applicants with international coursework are required to submit transcripts (academic record) and proof of degree (diploma/degree certificate) both in the original-language and an English translation, from all post-secondary schools attended, to the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office. Documents uploaded to the Cal State Apply and/or Interfolio applications are separate from those required by Graduate Admissions and are not updated in the SDSU WebPortal.

Required Documents:

International Institutions

  • Submit Post-Secondary Transcripts—Transcripts/grade reports are required from all post-secondary schools attended. Unofficial transcripts/grade reports can be submitted for evaluation purposes. If admitted, official transcripts/grade reports will be required prior to enrollment. 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.
  • Submit Diploma/Degree Certificate—For each post-secondary degree completed, submit a copy of your diploma/degree certificate or provisional degree certificate. Unofficial copy of diploma/degree certificate or provisional degree certificate can be submitted for evaluation purposes. If admitted, an official certified/attested copy of diploma/degree certificate will be required prior to enrollment. Applicants with a degree in progress must submit an official certified/attested copy of their diploma/degree certificate after completion of the degree. 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.
  • Submit 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.
  • Unofficial copies of all international documents can be submitted through your SDSU WebPortal under Upload Admission Documents. Uploading international documents through your SDSU WebPortal is the preferred method of submission.
  • Unofficial copies of all international documents can be mailed 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 not being received at all:

    Graduate Admissions Office
    San Diego State University
    5500 Campanile Drive
    San Diego, CA 92182-8225

U.S. Institutions

  • If you have U.S. coursework, submit official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from all colleges and universities attended.
  • 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. 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].

Deadline to Submit Transcripts and Diploma/Degree Certificate

The deadline to submit transcripts and diploma/degree certificate will be indicated in your SDSU WebPortal account under Admission Status.

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 WebPortal after they have been evaluated. Please do not submit your documents multiple times as this will cause delays in processing.

Graduate: Requirements by Country

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 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Official 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 SDSU WebPortal account under Upload Admission Documents.

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 Admissions and are not updated in the SDSU WebPortal. 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.

Graduate Programs

Check your application and admission status periodically.

  1. Log into your SDSU WebPortal and select Admission Status.
  2. Deadlines to submit required documents will be listed under Documents Required for Admission.
  3. A green checkmark (icon green checkmark) indicates the required document has been received and determined to be complete.
  4. A red "X" (icon red X) indicates a required admission document or test score is missing or an admission requirement has not been completed.

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 Graduate Bulletin in 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). If the graduate department makes an admissions recommendation, the decision will be indicated in the applicant's SDSU WebPortal and an email notification will be sent. 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 up to three weeks for processing after documents have been delivered to SDSU. The status of documents and test scores will be updated in your SDSU WebPortal after they have been evaluated by the SDSU Graduate Admissions Office.