Admission as a classified graduate student in Government requires:

  • A baccalaureate degree and 
  • A minimum 3.0 grade point average in the last 60 units attempted and 3.0 in the major.

Applications are accepted as long as room for new students exists. However, students are strongly urged to apply by March 1, 2015 for Fall 2015 in order to allow time for admission before the registration deadline.  All prospective graduate students, including CSUS graduates, must file the following with the CSUS Admissions Office:

  • An online application for admission and
  • Two sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended, other than CSUS.
    Go to the Office of Graduate Studies website for details

At the same time, each applicant should forward to the Government Graduate Coordinator (see address below) the following:

  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's potential for successful graduate study.  We prefer letters from faculty familiar with your academic work, but we understand some people applying have been out of school for several years.  Please have the letter writer fill out the Letter of Reccomendation Form and attach a seperate letter.
  • A written statement explaining the applicant's purposes and goals in pursuing a Master's degree in Government.  This letter can also be used to provide context to your academic record.
  • An example of written work which the applicant considers evidence of his/her best scholarship regardless of the grade received.   
  • Students can provide Graduate Record Examination scores, but inclusion of GRE scores is optional.
  • Sending an unofficial copy of your trascripts to the Government Department may speed up your application decision.  

Applicants who have deficiencies on admission requirements, whose qualifications are otherwise acceptable, may be granted conditional or deferred status while they take coursework to remove these deficiencies. All such courses are treated as prerequisites and cannot be counted towards the degree requirement.

Applicants are urged to contact the Graduate Coordinator to introduce themselves and discuss admission and the program. Email is the best way to reach the Coordinator.  Approximately three weeks after the application deadline, a decision regarding admission will be emailed to the applicant from the graduate studies department.  Make sure you check the email you provided to graduate studies.

Jim Cox
Professor and Graduate Coordinator
Phone: (916)278-6378; E-mail:

California State University, Sacramento
Government Department
6000 J Street
Sacramento, CA 95819-6089
Telephone: (916) 278-6202
Fax: (916) 278-6488