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Online Application Submission

General Admissions Process

  • Use Cal State Apply to file all application materials before the deadline  
  • Pay a non-refundable $70 fee 
  • Submit your official transcripts
  • Await notification

If you have any questions or need help with the application process, please contact the College of Education Graduate Studies Office at

NOTE: The Statement of Purpose prompt and other required materials may be found under "Program Materials - Documents Tab in Cal State Apply"


Application Deadline

Completed applications must be submitted via Cal State Apply by the following deadline:

Fall 2021

Application period begins: October 1, 2020

Application due date: June 1, 2021*

Applications are not accepted after the deadline.

*Please note that international applicants (F1 or J1 visa) have an earlier deadline of April 1, 2021 for Fall 2021 consideration.

Cal State Apply Application

Use Cal State Apply to apply and be sure to complete all components of the application by the published deadline.

The Cal State Apply dashboard is divided into four sections:

  • Personal Information: contact information, biographic information and financial information, etc.
  • Academic History: colleges attended, GPAs, etc.; do not hand-enter transcript information
  • Supporting Information: enter “I am not adding any experiences”
  • Program Materials: statement of purpose, recommendations, etc.

Please refer the tutorial on the GSO Tutorials and Tips for Applying website for tips on filling out these sections of Cal State Apply. Please also refer below for detailed information for what documents to submit for the program materials.

Lastly, there is a non-refundable $70 application fee. Your application will not be processed until this fee has been paid. Please note that the CSU system does not offer a fee waiver for graduate level applications.

Important: you may only apply to one graduate program per CSU.  If you are unsure about which program is best for you, contact the Graduate Studies Office.

For technical assistance with Cal State Apply, please contact the Cal State Apply Help Desk:  (857) 304-2087, or visit the Cal State Apply Applicant Help Center.  Cal State Apply Application Support is available Monday – Friday, 6AM – 5PM PT.

Program Materials – Documents Tab in Cal State Apply

Section 4 of Cal State Apply application requires you to submit supplementary program materials for the Admissions Review Committee. Upload the following on the 'Documents' tab in the Program Materials section of Cal State Apply:

  • Statement of purpose (prompt provided below)
  • A copy of your credential (if held) in the same file with statement of purpose

IMPORTANT: The accepted file formats for uploading your documents are MSWord (.doc, .docx), JPEG (.jpeg, .jpg), PNG (.png), Rich Text Format (.rtf), Portable Document Format (.pdf), and ASCII Text file (.txt). The size limit for each file upload is 15MB. Macintosh Users: Please be sure that the appropriate extension (e.g., .doc, .docx, .pdf) is at the end of the file name you select.

Statement of Purpose Prompt

Submit a 2-3 page, double-spaced, 12-point font response addressing the following two questions:

  • What are your professional and academic experiences that led you to apply to the program?
  • What are your professional and academic goals and how will this program help you achieve them? 

Each question may be answered sequentially or you may integrate your responses to all questions into one central discussion.

Need help with writing your Statement of Purpose? Visit our website for tips and resources: GSO Tutorials and Tips for Applying

Copy of Teaching Credential

Please upload a copy of your teaching credential, if held, in the same file with statement of purpose. 

Program Materials: Recommendations Tab in Cal State Apply

Section 4 of Cal State Apply application requires you to submit supplementary program materials for the Admissions Review Committee. Be prepared to enter the name and email contact information for two people who will complete letters of recommendation for you in the ‘Recommendations’ tab in the Program Materials section of Cal State Apply.

  • Recommendations are preferred from a supervisor in a professional setting or a university faculty member.
  • We encourage you to seek the strongest possible letters regardless of the source. Therefore, we suggest speaking with your recommenders before completing this section.

Once you have entered and saved information for a recommender, an email request will automatically be sent to the recommender on your behalf. Please advise your recommender to look for this email in their inbox, as well as their spam or junk-mail folder, as emails do occasionally get filtered out.

Deadline for Fall 2021: June 1, 2021

Lastly, Cal State Apply allows you to enter a note to the recommender. Please copy and paste the instructions below to be included in the email request to your recommenders.

Please comment on the following topics to address the applicant’s suitability for succeeding in graduate study. Also, please indicate if you do not have a basis for a comment on a particular topic:

  • Academic abilities and  intellectual capacity;
  • Personal qualities and maturity;
  • Ability to work with culturally and linguistically diverse groups.