Graduate Programs Application Process

Ready to Seek an Advanced Degree? 

Apply to CSULB to pursue your master's or doctoral degree! CSULB offers a variety of master's degree and doctoral degree programs in over 65 fields. Explore the Graduate Studies pages for a complete listing of available programs to see which experience is right for you. Plus, read through FAQs and additional support resources uniquely geared to potential grad students. 

Be sure to review each program’s eligibility and application requirements before you apply. Keep in mind that in addition to the university application (Cal State Apply), most CSULB grad programs have supplementary application requirements.

When ready to apply, follow the steps to below:

The application period for Spring admission begins on August 1, and the application period for Fall admission begins on October 1. Not all graduate programs are open for admission each spring or fall term, and application deadlines vary by program. Visit the Graduate Studies website for a complete list of available programs, admission terms, and application deadlines.

When you are ready to apply, visit Cal State Apply - Graduate to submit the university admission application and pay the $70 nonrefundable application fee online by the application deadline for your program. Be aware that the CSU does not offer application fee waivers for graduate applicants. CSULB graduates or candidates must reapply to the university under the same conditions and deadlines as all other applicants. The CSULB Admissions Office will send you a notification by email to acknowledge receipt of your university application. Students may only be considered for one application per academic term and will only be considered for the program for which they initially applied.

Please submit one set of official transcripts only from the college or university you have earned your bachelor’s degree. Only one set of official transcripts is required, and they must be submitted to Enrollment Services. Official transcripts may be submitted electronically directly from a U.S. college or university to Official transcripts may also be sent in a sealed envelope to the address below: 

Enrollment Services/Admissions
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840

Important Note: You must provide only official transcript from the college or university you earned your bachelor’s degree. Failure to provide all transcripts by the program deadline will result in withdrawal due to an incomplete application.

Are you a CSULB degree holder? CSULB degree holders applying for CSULB graduate programs do not need to submit their CSULB transcripts as those particular transcripts are already on file with the university.

In addition to the University application (Cal State Apply), most CSULB grad programs require supplemental applications or information. You must check with the program for specific information on these requirements. Visit the Graduate Studies page to learn more.

The CSULB Admissions Office will review your application and transcripts to verify your eligibility based on the minimum University admission requirements. If you meet these minimum requirements, your application will be forwarded to your academic program for review. You will receive notification of your admission status after the department has made their decision.

CSULB uses email as the official means of communication, so applicants are required to maintain a current email address on file with the university and check their email regularly. You may update your email address or check the status of your admission application by visiting the Applicant Self-Service webpage.

What is Provisional Admission?

Graduate applicants may be offered admission on a provisional basis if certain requirements (such as the baccalaureate degree) are in progress at the time of admission. These requirements must be completed prior to enrollment in the program, and failure to meet these requirements will result in the rescission of the admission offer.

What is a student standing of “Conditionally Classified”?

Graduate applicants who have deficiencies in prerequisite preparation for their program may be admitted with a standing of “Conditionally Classified” if deemed appropriate by the program’s faculty. This standing means that continued enrollment in the program is contingent upon meeting additional requirements specified by the academic department. The program advisor will communicate the conditions of admission to newly admitted students. 

How will I know if I have met all of the Conditions of Admission?

  • Provisional Admits:
    • A final official transcript showing the conferral date for the baccalaureate degree must be submitted no later than August 15 (for students admitted for Fall) and January 15 (for students admitted for Spring).
    • After receipt of the final transcript, the admission decision will be audited to ensure all requirements have been met. If the requirements have not been met, the student will receive notification that the offer of admission has been rescinded.
    • Students will be allowed to enroll for classes prior to receipt of the final transcript; however, if proof of degree completion is not received by the deadline, classes will be administratively dropped.
  • “Conditionally Classified” Student Standing:
    • At the end of the term, departments will monitor the progress of students in “Conditionally Classified” standing.
    • Upon successful completion of the specified prerequisites, the student standing will be changed to “Classified”.
    • Students will be allowed to enroll for classes; however, if the required preparation is not completed within the timeframe established by the department, the student may be immediately dismissed from the program.

Denials of admission are made only after an extensive review of academic qualifications, weighing those qualifications against the competitive nature of our applicant pool, and considering the recommendation of the department. Therefore these decisions are rarely overturned and are considered only for extraordinary reasons beyond the control of the applicant. We review every application for maximum consideration. 

For an appeal to have merit, it must contain new, serious and compelling information that clearly shows you to be academically stronger than you had been earlier evidenced. Mistakes made on the application are not basis for an appeal or the reversal of a decision. Additionally, the prospect of a stronger academic performance in a current term is not sufficient basis for an appeal.

Submit an Admissions Appeal


  1. Complete the Admissions Appeal Process form requesting we reconsider your application. The form must come from you (the applicant) and be submitted no later 15 days after receipt of your original admissions decision. Appeals submitted via hard-copy letter, email or fax are not acceptable, and will not be considered.
  2. Your submission must clearly outline your reason for appealing the decision and the information you present should be new and compelling.
  3. You must include supporting documentation.
  4. You cannot appeal being waitlisted, or your position on a waitlist.

Once your appeal is submitted, we will carefully consider the information presented and, if you meet CSU minimum requirements, we will consult with the department on whether the admission decision should be overturned. We will notify you by email within 4-6 weeks of our response to your appeal request. Only one appeal may be submitted for an academic term so your appeal packet must be clear and compelling when submitted.