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Application Process

Thank you for your interest in Graduate Degree and Advanced Credential programs offered by the CSULB College of Education.  We are pleased to know you are considering furthering your education at CSULB.

At the graduate level, two applications are required:

  1. One application is submitted online to the University for graduate admission. Visit the Cal State Apply Application Tutorial.
  2. One application is to the specific program to which you are applying. Visit Deadlines and Application Packets.

Both the university application and program application deadline are the same. You may apply to only one CSULB graduate program per admission cycle.

University Application

Applications for admission to the University may be completed online on Cal State Apply

If possible, please submit your University application BEFORE submitting the program application. Both the university application and program application are due no later than the deadline. Visit Deadlines and Application Packets.

Questions about completing your University application on Cal State Apply?  We have helpful tutorials!

If you are applying to a Master's Degree or a Master's Degree + Advanced Credential program, please utilize this: How to Submit CSA Application for Master Degree (PDF) tutorial.

If you are applying to an Advanced Credential-only program, please utilize this: How to Submit CSA Application for Advanced Credential (PDF) tutorial.

For technical assistance contact the hotline:

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts should be submitted to CSULB immediately after you complete the university application on Cal State Apply. This includes all community college(s) attended, bachelor’s degree(s) coursework, and all post-baccalaureate or extension coursework. Note that if you received your bachelor’s degree from CSULB and have not attended any other university or college since, you will most likely not need to provide transcripts. You will be notified by Enrollment Services if a transcript is needed.

Submit official transcripts to Enrollment Services either (1) electronically or (2) mail.

(1) Official transcripts may be submitted electronically directly from a U.S. college or university to

(2) Official transcripts may be delivered in a sealed envelope to the address below:

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

You are not required to submit transcripts to the College of Education Graduate Studies Office. It is critical that you submit your university application and the transcripts prior to the program application deadline. This will allow the College of Education faculty and staff access to your transcripts as part of the review of your program application. 

Program Application

You may download College of Education Graduate Degree and Advanced Credential program applications on the Program Deadlines and Application Packets page.

Due to the ongoing considerations surrounding the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, for the remainder of the semester, many staff will be asked to continue to work remotely on most days. Therefore, for candidates applying to programs with an April 15, 2020 or June 1, 2020 deadline, please submit program application materials to the Graduate Studies Office electronically via email to: ced-gradstudies@csulb.eduPlease note that Letter of Recommendation forms and narrative letters should be submitted directly by recommenders via email to

The College of Education Graduate Studies Office will send you an email once we have processed your application. Please note that this may take several days.

International Applicants

We encourage international applicants to consider our graduate degree and advanced credential programs. International applicants planning to attend on a J1 or F1 VISA have additional requirements for admission, and can find admission information at the Center for International Education. For specific questions about the admissions process, please send an e-mail to the Center for International Education at

Please note that some of our programs have earlier deadlines for international (F1 or J1 VISA) applicants. Please verify all deadline dates in the application packet on the Program Deadlines and Application Packets page.

Interested in Teaching or Doctoral Study?

Ed. D. in Educational Leadership Program

CSULB offers a Doctor of Education degree, specifically an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership. For additional information about the Ed.D. program, please call 562-985-4998 or visit the Educational Leadership website. Applications for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership are submitted to the Educational Leadership Department office located in Academic Services (AS) Building, Room 206.

Initial Teaching Credentials

Applicants interested in a credential to teach elementary, middle or high school, or to teach special education will need to earn an initial teaching credential (Multiple Subject Credential, Single Subject Credential, or Education Specialist Credential). For additional information about initial teaching credential program, please call 562-985-1105 or visit the Teacher Preparation Advising Center (TPAC) website. Applications for teaching credential programs are submitted to the TPAC office located in Ellis Education (EED) Building, Room 67.