How to Apply: Categories of Graduate Students
To enroll in graduate-level courses for professional or personal growth, you must
be admitted as a postbaccalaureate unclassified student. By meeting the general
requirements, you are eligible for admission as a postbaccalaureate unclassified
student. Some departments may restrict enrollment of unclassified students due to
heavy enrollment pressure. Some CSU campuses do not admit students to the postbaccalaureate
unclassified category. Admission in this status does not constitute admission to, or
assurance of consideration for admission to, any other graduate degree or credential
If you wish to enroll in a credential or certificate program, you will be required to
satisfy additional professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including
qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus.
Graduate Conditionally Classified
You may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in the opinion
of appropriate campus authority, you can remedy deficiencies by additional preparation.
To pursue a graduate degree, you will be required to fulfill all of the professional,
personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed
by the campus.
Some graduate programs are able to admit all qualified applicants who apply during the
filing period. Others have established higher standards for admission to specific programs.
A few high-demand programs are unable to admit all students who apply and meet the established
minimum qualifications. Generally, your chances of being accommodated will be better the
earlier you apply in the filing period.