Graduate Programs

How to Apply

"CSU Dominguez Hills had everything to do with where I am right now. I am currently employed as a research scientist for a start-up biotech company in Cambridge, MA. It was at CSUDH where I was first introduced to research. I think the small class size and the personal interaction with the professors is a big benefit to the students at CSUDH. The professors are very encouraging and want to see you succeed." -- David Puerta, PhD

Graduate Admission Requirements
Whatever your academic and professional background, the CSU wants to be sure that you are adequately prepared for your graduate experience. Admission into graduate programs is based on an assessment of each candidate's academic and personal/professional background.

In evaluating applications, the admissions committees consider not only the department's graduate programs admissions criteria, but also adherence to basic standards and policies set by the CSU.

The minimum requirements for admission to graduate, postbaccalaureate, and second baccalaureate studies at a California State University campus are in accordance with university regulations as well as Title 5, chapter 1, subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations. Specifically, you will qualify for admission if you:

  • Have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities;
  • Are in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  • Have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A = 4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted; and
  • Satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe.

If you meet the minimum requirements for graduate and postbaccalaureate studies, you will be considered for admission in one of the four categories detailed in the Categories of Graduate Students section on the next page.

Graduate students must apply to the university AND to a specific graduate program. Admission decisions are made at the program level by the faculty. Application to the CSU universities may be carried out online at CSUMentor.

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Last Update: June 06, 2016