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Graduate Programs & Deadlines

For more information on How to Apply to California State University, Sacramento, please visit our Application Information & Procedures section, which goes into more detail.

Please note:

  • Sacramento State operates under a completion deadline process. Your application must be filed and all transcripts, test scores, and documents must be received by the Office of Graduate Studies by the close of business on the final application deadline for your department.
  • University applications are term specific, which means that Sacramento State will not defer or roll forward your application or admission from term to term.
    • If you do not attend Sacramento State in the term you applied for, then you must reapply for the term you wish to start attending Sacramento State.

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Supplemental Application Materials

If the department requires additional documents, you can upload them using your My Sac State account at https://gradsup.webhost.csus.edu/. Letters of Recommendations must be sent directly to the department in unopened envelopes from the recommender or by requesting it through the https://gradsup.webhost.csus.edu/

If your program requires supplemental materials to be submitted as part of your admission application, and you need an accommodation to help with the submission, please contact your graduate program to make the request.

Note: Special session is funded entirely from student fees and therefore the cost is greater than the tuition for regular session programs.

Applicants with Foreign Documents

Students with foreign documents must submit transcripts/mark sheets at least one month prior to the program deadline. Students with F or J visas must apply through International Admissions. Please contact the department for supplemental deadlines and applications.

For Applicants To Programs That Lead To Licensure Or Credentialing

Information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements are available from the department or program. Admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or taxpayer-identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements.

Applicant Information

Fall 2021 Programs & Deadlines

Spring 2021 Programs & Deadlines

Fall 2021 Graduate Programs & Deadlines

Fall 2021 Admission Opens on October 1st, 2020

Master's/Doctorate Program Deadlines (By Major)

  1. GPA calculated using last 60 semester units/90 quarter units attempted
  2. GPA calculated using last 60 semester units/90 quarter units of undergraduate work attempted
  3. 2.67 GPA in all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate coursework OR
  4. 2.75 GPA in the last 60 semester units/90 quarter units attempted.
  5. GPA calculated from the last undergraduate or graduate degree completed.

Please Note: For PRIORITY DEADLINES, applications received after the priority deadline, but before the final deadline, will be considered on a space available basis.

Major Degree Department Contact Information Minimum GPA Requirement Required Tests Deadline Supplemental Materials Required
Anthropology MA Jacob Fisher 3.01 GRE March 1, 2021 Yes
Art Studio MFA Andrew Connelly 2.51 None March 1, 2021 Yes
Biological Sciences MS Jim Baxter 2.5 GRE February 1, 2021 Yes
Biological Sciences (Ecology, Evolution and Conservation) MS Jim Baxter 2.5 GRE February 1, 2021 Yes
Biological Sciences (Molecular and Cellular) MS Jim Baxter 2.5 GRE February 1, 2021 Yes
Biological Sciences (Grant Proposal) MA Jim Baxter 2.5 GRE February 1, 2021 Yes
Biological Sciences (Internship Project Report - Stem Cell) MA Kimberly Mulligan 2.5 GRE February 1, 2021 Yes
Business Administration MBA MBA Program Services (MPS) 2.5 GMAT/GRE February 15, 2021 Yes
Business Administration (Business Analytics in Healthcare concentration) MBA MBA Program Services (MPS) 2.5 GMAT/GRE February 15, 2021 Yes
Business Administration (Entrepreneurship and Global Business concentration) MBA MBA Program Services (MPS) 2.5 GMAT/GRE February 15, 2021 Yes
Business Administration (Finance concentration) MBA MBA Program Services (MPS) 2.5 GMAT/GRE February 15, 2021 Yes
Business Administration (MS Accountancy) MSA Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) Admissions 2.5 GMAT/GRE March 1, 2021 Yes
Business Administration (MBA for Executives) MBA EMBA Admissions 2.5 GMAT/GRE June 26, 2021 No
Business Administration (International MBA) - ON-CAMPUS MBA International MBA (IMBA) On Campus Admissions 2.5 GMAT/GRE June 26, 2021 Yes
Chemistry MS Susan Crawford 2.5 None March 1, 2021 Yes
Chemistry (Biochemistry) MS Susan Crawford 2.5 None March 1, 2021 Yes
Child Development MA Patrick Pieng 3.01 None March 1, 2021 Yes
Civil Engineering MS Ghazan Khan 2.8 GRE scores if a student does not have an ABET-accredited engineering degree or meet the minimum 2.8 GPA requirement March 1, 2021 Yes
Communication Sciences & Disorders
(Formerly Speech Pathology)
MS Darla Hagge 2.75 GRE if GPA below 3.5 in Speech Pathology coursework
(Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
February 15, 2021 Yes
Communication Studies MA Shawna Malvini Redden 3.00 or 3.252 GRE
(Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
Priority Deadline: January 15, 2021
Final Deadline: March 1, 2021
Yes
Computer Engineering MS Behnam Arad 3.01 GRE March 1, 2021 No
Computer Science MS Jinsong Ouyang 3.01 GRE March 1, 2021 No
Computer Science (Software Engineering) MS Jinsong Ouyang 3.01 GRE March 1, 2021 No
Counseling (Career Counseling) MS Rachael Marshall 3.01 Contact Dept.
(GRE Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
December 20, 2020 Yes
Counseling (Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling) MS Jessica Moreno 3.01 Contact Dept.
(GRE Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
December 20, 2020 Yes
Counseling (School Counseling) MS HyunGyung Joo 3.01 Contact Dept.
(GRE Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
December 20, 2020 Yes
Counseling (Vocational Rehabilitation) MS Anthony Rivas

3.01 Contact Dept.
(GRE Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
March 1, 2021 Yes
Criminal Justice MS Yvette Farmer 3.01 GRE March 1, 2021 Yes
Doctorate in Audiology Au.D. Laura Gaeta 3.0 GRE February 15,
2021
Yes
Economics MA Daniel Burghart 3.01 GRE March 1, 2021 No
Education (Multicultural Education) MA Albert Lozano 2.51 Contact Dept.
(GRE Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
March 1, 2021 Yes
Education Doctorate (Community College) Ed.D. Vajra Watson 3.00 and Masters GRE
(Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
March 1, 2021 Yes
Education Doctorate (K-12) Ed.D. Vajra Watson 3.0 and Masters GRE
(Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
March 1, 2021 Yes
Education (Higher Education) MA Geni Cowan 2.51 Contact Dept.
(GRE Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
March 1, 2021 Yes
Education (Education Leadership and Policy Studies P-12) MA Geni Cowan 2.51 Contact Dept.
(GRE Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
March 1, 2021 Yes
Education (Education Specialist in School Psychology) Ed.S. Steve Brock 3.0 Contact Dept.
(GRE Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
February 1, 2021 Yes
Education (Special Education) MA Jean Gonsier-Gerdin

2.51 Contact Dept.
(GRE Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
Not Accepting Applications Yes
Education (Teacher Education - Behavioral Sciences; Gender Equity Studies) MA Sherrie Carinci 2.51
(GRE Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
March 1, 2021 Yes
Education (Teacher Education - Curriculum and Instruction) - ONLINE THROUGH CCE MA David Jelinek 3.01 Contact Dept.

March 1, 2021 Yes
Education (Teacher Education - Educational Technology - iMET) MA Mark Rodriguez 2.51 Contact Dept.
(GRE Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
Not accepting applications No
Education (Teacher Education - Language and Literacy) MA Porfirio Loeza 2.51 Contact Dept.
(GRE Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
April 1, 2021 Yes
Electrical and Electronic Engineering MS Preetham B. Kumar 3.0 or 2.52   March 1, 2021 No
English – Composition, Rhetoric, and Professional Writing MA Doug Rice 3.001   March 1, 2021 Yes
English (Creative Writing) MA Doug Rice 3.001   March 1, 2021 Yes
English (Literature) MA Doug Rice 3.001   March 1, 2021 Yes
Geology   Amelia Vankeuren 2.5   February 1, 2021 Yes
History (Standard) MA Nikolaos Lazaridis 3.01   February 15, 2021 Yes
History (Public History) MA Anne Lindsay 3.01   February 1, 2021 Yes
History (Public History Joint Doctorate) Ph.D. TBA 3.01   December 15, 2020 Yes
Humanities MA Harvey Stark 3.01   March 1, 2021 Yes
Kinesiology (Exercise Science) MS Katherine Jamieson 2.8 or 3.01   March 1, 2021 Yes
Kinesiology (Movement Studies) MS Katherine Jamieson 2.8 or 3.01   March 1, 2021 Yes
Master of Arts in Special Education Teaching w/ Early Childhood Education Credential MAT Cindy Collado  2.673/2.75 For detailed information about the COVID-19 Impact on Admissions Requirements, please click here. March 1, 2021  
Master of Arts in Special Education Teaching w/ Moderate/Severe Credential MAT Kathy Gee  2.673/2.75 For detailed information about the COVID-19 Impact on Admissions Requirements, please click here. March 1, 2021  
Master of Arts in Special Education Teaching w/ Mild/Moderate Credential MAT EunMi Cho  2.673/2.75 For detailed information about the COVID-19 Impact on Admissions Requirements, please click here. March 1, 2021  
Master of Arts in Teaching w/ Multiple Subject Credential MAT Mae Chaplin  2.673/2.75 For detailed information about the COVID-19 Impact on Admissions Requirements, please click here. February 1, 2021  
Master of Arts in Teaching w/ Single Subject Credential MAT Mae Chaplin  2.673/2.75 For detailed information about the COVID-19 Impact on Admissions Requirements, please click here. February 1, 2021  
Mathematics MA Tracy Hamilton 2.5   March 1, 2021 No
Mechanical Engineering MS Kenneth Sprott 2.5   March 1, 2021 No
Music (Composition) MM Matthew Morse 3.01   February 1, 2021 Yes
Music (Conducting) MM Matthew Morse 3.01   February 1, 2021 Yes
Music (Performance) MM Matthew Morse 3.01   February 1, 2021 Yes
Nursing MS Samantha Blackburn 3.0 or 3.01   May 1, 2021 No
Physical Therapy Doctorate (Approved Applicants Only) DPT Bryan Coleman-Salgado 3.0   February 15, 2021 Yes
Political Science (formerly Government) MA David Andersen-Rodgers 3.0 GRE
(Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
March 1, 2021 Yes
Psychology (Industrial Organization) MA Lisa Bohon 2.5 GRE
(Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
Not Accepting Applications Yes
Psychology (ABA) MS Lisa Bohon 2.5 GRE
(Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
January 15, 2021 Yes
Psychology (General) MA Lisa Bohon 2.5 GRE
(Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
January 15, 2021 Yes
Public Health MPH Heather Diaz 3.0   March 1, 2021 Yes
Public Policy and Administration MPPA Rob Wassmer 3.0 or 3.01  GRE
(Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle)
Priority Deadline: December 1, 2020
Final Deadline: March 1, 2021
Yes
Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration MS Lisa Jorgensen-Easterla 2.75   March 1, 2021 Yes
Social Work MSW Tyler Arguello 2.81  GRE(Suspended for Fall 2021 admission cycle) January 10, 2021 Yes
Sociology MA Jacqueline Carrigan 3.01   Not accepting applications Fall 2021 Yes
Spanish MA Miguel Bota 3.01   March 1, 2021 Yes
Special Major (Approved Applicants Only) MA/MS Office of Graduate Studies Email 3.0   February 15, 2021 Contact OGS for Approval to Apply
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA Julian Heather 3.0   March 1, 2021 Yes
Urban Land Development MS Rob Wassmer 3.0   Not accepting applications Fall 2021  

Fall 2021 Certificate Program Deadlines (By Major)

  1. GPA calculated using last 60 semester units/90 quarter units attempted
  2. GPA calculated using last 60 semester units/90 quarter units of undergraduate work attempted
  3. 2.67 GPA in all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate coursework OR a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 semester units/90 quarter units attempted

Major Dept. Degree Department Contact Minimum GPA Requirement Required Tests Deadline Supplemental Materials Required
Music (Post-Master's Performer's Certificate) MUSC Certificate Matthew Morse 3.0   February 1, 2021 Yes

Fall 2021 Credential Program Deadlines (By Major)

  • GPA calculated using last 60 semester units/90 quarter units attempted
  • GPA calculated using last 60 semester units/90 quarter units of undergraduate work attempted
  • 2.67 GPA in all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate coursework OR a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 semester units/90 quarter units attempted

Major Dept. Degree Department Contact Minimum GPA Requirement Required Tests Deadline Supplemental  Materials Required
Preliminary Administrative COE Credential Geni Cowan 2.5   March 1, 2021 Yes
PPS School Counseling COE Credential Carly Scarton 2.5 and 3.01   December 20, 2020 Yes
PPS School Psychology COE Credential Steve Brock
(916) 278-6639
2.5 and 3.01   February 1, 2021 Yes

Spring 2021 Graduate Programs & Deadlines

Spring 2021 Admission Opens on August 1st, 2020

Spring 2021 Master's/Doctorate Program Deadlines (By Major)

  1. GPA calculated using last 60 semester units/90 quarter units attempted
  2. GPA calculated using last 60 semester units/90 quarter units of undergraduate work attempted
  3. 2.67 GPA in all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate coursework OR a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 semester units/90 quarter units attempted

Major Dept. Degree Department Contact Minimum GPA Requirement Required Tests Deadline Supplemental Materials Required
Anthropology ANTH MA Jacob Fisher 3.01   September 15, 2020 Yes
Business Administration BUS MBA MBA Program Services (MPS) 2.5   September 15, 2020 Yes
Business Administration (MS Accountancy) BUS MSA   2.5   October 1, 2020 Yes
Business Administration (Business Analytics in Healthcare concentration) BUS MBA MBA Program Services (MPS) 2.5   September 15, 2020 Yes
Business Administration (Entrepreneurship and Global Business concentration) BUS MBA MBA Program Services (MPS) 2.5   September 15, 2020 Yes
Business Administration (MBA for Executives) BUS MBA EMBA Program Services 2.5   January 15, 2021 No
Business Administration (Finance concentration) BUS MBA MBA Program Services (MPS) 2.5   September 15, 2020 Yes
Business Administration (International MBA - On-Campus) BUS MBA  IMBA Program Services 2.5   December 1, 2020 Yes
Civil Engineering CE MS Ghazan Khan 2.8 GRE scores if a student does not have an ABET-accredited engineering degree or meet the minimum 2.8 GPA requirement September 15, 2020 Yes
Communication Studies COMS MA Shawna Malvini Redden 3.020 or 3.25 in last 60/90   September 15, 2020 Yes
Computer Engineering CPE MS Behnam Arad 3.01   September 15, 2020 No
Computer Science CSC MS Jinsong Ouyang 3.01   September 15, 2020 No
Computer Science (Software Engineering) CSC MS Jinsong Ouyang 3.01   September 15, 2020 No
Economics ECON MA Daniel Burghart 3.01   September 15, 2020 No
Electrical and Electronic Engineering EEE MS Preetham B. Kumar 3.02   September 15, 2020 No
English (Composition, Rhetoric, and Professional Writing) ENGL MA Doug Rice 3.001    September 15, 2020 Yes
English (Creative Writing) ENGL MA Doug Rice 3.001   September 15, 2020 Yes
English (Literature) ENGL MA Doug Rice 3.001   September 15, 2020 Yes
Geology GEOL   Dave Shimabukuro 2.5   September
15, 2020
Yes
History (Standard) HIST MA Nikolaos Lazaridis 3.01   September 15, 2020 Yes
History (Public History) HIST MA Anne Lindsay 3.01   September 15, 2020 Yes
Humanities HUM MA Harvey Stark 3.01   September 15, 2020 Yes
Master of Arts in Special Education Teaching w/ Mild/Moderate Credential COE MAT EunMi Cho   Jean Gonsier-Gerdin 2.673/2.75   September 15, 2020 Yes
Mechanical Engineering ME MS Kenneth Sprott 2.5   September 15, 2020 No
Music (Composition) MUSC MM Matthew Morse 3.01   September 15, 2020 Yes
Music (Conducting) MUSC MM Matthew Morse 3.01   September 15, 2020 Yes
Music (Performance) MUSC MM Matthew Morse 3.01   September 15, 2020 Yes
Nursing (School Nurse through CCE) CCE MS Samantha Blackburn 3.0/3.01   January 15, 2021 No
Political Science (formerly Government) POLS MA David Andersen-Rodgers 3.01    September 15, 2020 Yes
Spanish SPAN MA Miguel Bota  3.0    September 15, 2020  Yes
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) ENGL MA Julian Heather 3.0   September 15, 2020 Yes

Spring 2021 Certificate Program Deadlines (By Major)

  1. GPA calculated using last 60 semester units/90 quarter units attempted
  2. GPA calculated using last 60 semester units/90 quarter units of undergraduate work attempted
  3. 2.67 GPA in all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate coursework OR a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 semester units/90 quarter units attempted

Major Dept. Degree Department Contact Minimum GPA Requirement Required Tests Deadline Supplemental Materials Required
Music - Post-Master's Performer's Certificate MUSC Certificate   3.01   September 15, 2020 Yes

Spring 2021 Credential Program Deadlines (By Major)

  1. GPA calculated using last 60 semester units/90 quarter units attempted
  2. GPA calculated using last 60 semester units/90 quarter units of undergraduate work attempted
  3. 2.67 GPA in all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate coursework OR a 2.75 GPA in the last 60 semester units/90 quarter units attempted

Major Dept. Degree Department Contact Minimum GPA Requirement Required Tests Deadline Supplemental  Materials Required
School Nursing through CCE CCE Credential   3.01   January 15, 2020 No