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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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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.

Fall 2023 Graduate Programs & Deadlines

Fall 2023 Admission Opens on October 1st, 2022

Master's/Doctorate Program GPA Requirements

All GPA requirements are listed with the overall GPA requirements.

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

*Pending WASC and Chancellor’s Office approval

Program Degree Department Contact Information Minimum GPA Requirement Required Tests Deadline Supplemental Materials Required
Anthropology MA Jacob Fisher 3.0 Last 60/90 Units GRE March 1, 2023 Yes
Art - Studio Art MFA Andrew Connelly 2.5 (Min GPA of 3.0 in Art courses) None February 1, 2023 Yes
Biological Sciences MA/MS James Baxter 2.5 Cumulative or 2.5 Last 60/90 Units (Min GPA of 2.75 in all biology coursework and min GPA of 3.0 in upper division biology coursework) None February 15, 2023 Yes
Biological Sciences (Ecology, Evolution and Conservation) MS James Baxter 2.5 Cumulative or 2.5 Last 60/90 Units (Min GPA of 2.75 in all biology coursework and min GPA of 3.0 in upper division biology coursework) None February 15, 2023 Yes
Biological Sciences (Molecular and Cellular) MS James Baxter 2.5 or 2.5 Last 60/90 Units (Min GPA of 2.75 in all biology courses and min GPA of 3.0 in upper division biology courses) None February 15, 2023 Yes
Biological Sciences (Stem Cell) MA James Baxter 2.5 or 2.5 Last 60/90 Units (Min GPA of 2.75 in all biology courses and min GPA of 3.0 in upper division biology courses) None Priority Deadline
December 8, 2022
Final Deadline
February 15, 2023
Yes
Business Administration MBA MBA Admissions 2.5 Cumulative GMAT/GRE
(Suspended for Spring 2023 /Fall 2023 admission cycle)
February 15, 2023 Yes
Business Administration (Business Analytics in Healthcare) MBA MBA Admissions 2.5 Cumulative GMAT/GRE
(Suspended for Spring 2023 /Fall 2023 admission cycle)
February 15, 2023 Yes
Business Administration (Entrepreneurship and Global Business) MBA MBA Admissions 2.5 Cumulative GMAT/GRE
(Suspended for Spring 2023 /Fall 2023 admission cycle)
February 15, 2023 Yes
Business Administration (Finance) MBA MBA Admissions 2.5 Cumulative GMAT/GRE
(Suspended for Spring 2023 /Fall 2023 admission cycle)
February 15, 2023 Yes
Business Administration - MS Accountancy MS Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) Admissions 2.5 Cumulative GMAT/GRE March 1, 2023 Yes
Business Administration - Business Analytics MS Claire Goldsby 2.5 Cumulative None May 16, 2023 Yes
Business Administration - MS in Finance MS Claire Goldsby 2.5 Cumulative GMAT May 16, 2023 Yes
Business Administration - MBA for Executives MBA EMBA Admissions 2.5 Cumulative GMAT May 16, 2023 No
Business Administration (International) - FULLY ONLINE* MBA International MBA (IMBA) FULLY ONLINE* Admissions 2.5 Cumulative GMAT/GRE May 16, 2023 Yes
Chemistry MS Katherine McReynolds 2.5 and 2.5 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2023 Yes
Chemistry (Biochemistry) MS Katherine McReynolds 2.5 and 2.5 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2023 Yes
Child and Adolescent Development MA Patrick Pieng 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2023 Yes
Civil Engineering MS Cristina Poindexter 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, 2023 Yes
Communication Sciences & Disorders MS Darla Hagge 2.75 Cumulative (min GPA of 3.0 in major courses) GRE and CBEST February 15, 2023 Yes
Communication Studies MA Shawna Malvini Redden 3.0 Cumulative or 3.25 in the Last 60/90 Units completed GRE
(Optional)
Priority Deadline
January 15, 2023
Final Deadline
March 1, 2023
Yes
Computer Engineering MS Xiaoyan (Sherry) Sun 3.0 Last 60/90 Undergraduate GRE February 28, 2023 No
Computer Science MS Haiquan (Victor) Chen 3.25 Last 60/90 Units of Last Degree Completed GRE February 1, 2023 Outside agency transcript evaluations required for F-1 students. Click here for details
Computer Science (Software Engineering) MS Haiquan (Victor) Chen 3.25 Last 60/90 Units of Last Degree Completed GRE February 1, 2023 Outside agency transcript evaluations required for F-1 students. Click here for details
Counseling (Career Counseling) MS Bita Rivas 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None January 6, 2023 Yes
Counseling (Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling) MS Bita Rivas 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None January 6, 2023 Yes
Counseling (School Counseling) MS Bita Rivas 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None January 6, 2023 Yes
Counseling (Rehabilitation Counseling) MS Bita Rivas 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None January 6, 2023 Yes
Criminal Justice MS Yvette Farmer 3.0 Last 60/90 Units GRE (Analytical Writing) March 1, 2023 Yes
Doctorate in Audiology Au.D. Laura Gaeta 3.0 and Masters GRE January 15, 2023 Yes
Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) Ed.D Vajra Watson 3.0 and Masters GRE February 1, 2023 Yes
Economics MA Suzanne O'Keefe 3.0 Last 60/90 Units GRE (Optional) March 1, 2023 Yes
Multicultural Education MA Albert Lozano 2.5 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2023 Yes
Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (Higher Education Leadership) MA Geni Cowan 2.5 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2023 Yes
Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (Workforce Development Leadership) MA Geni Cowan 2.5 Last 60/90 Units None  June 1, 2023 Yes
Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (TK-12 Educational Leadership) MA Geni Cowan 2.5 Last 60/90 Units GRE (Optional) March 1, 2023 Yes
Education (Educational Technology - iMET) MA Albert Lozano 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None Not accepting applications for Fall 2023 No
Electrical and Electronic Engineering MS Preetham B. Kumar 3.0 Cumulative or 3.25 Last 60/90 Undergraduate GRE (If requirments are not met) February 1, 2023 Yes
English – Composition, Rhetoric, and Professional Writing MA Nancy Sweet 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None February 20, 2023 Yes
English (Creative Writing) MA Nancy Sweet 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None February 20, 2023 Yes
English (Literature) MA Nancy Sweet 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None  February 20, 2023 Yes
Gender Equity Studies in Education MA Sherrie Carinci 2.5 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2023 Yes
Geology MS Amelia Vankeuren 2.5 or 2.5 Last 60/90 Units (min GPA of 3.0 in upper division Geology courses)  None Priority Deadline
February 1, 2023
Final Deadline
March 1, 2023
Yes
History MA Michael Vann 3.0 Last 60/90 Units  None February 15, 2023 Yes
History (Public History) MA Rebekkah Mulholland 3.0 Last 60/90 Units (min GPA of 3.25 in all History courses)  None March 1, 2023 Yes
History (Public History Joint Doctorate) Ph.D. Rebekkah Mulholland 2.5 and Masters  GRE March 1, 2023 Yes
Humanities MA Joel Dubois 3.0 Last 60/90 Units (min GPA of 3.3 in all Humanities courses)  None March 1, 2023 Yes
Kinesiology (Exercise Science) MS Gwenaelle Begue & Matt Brown 2.8 or 3.0 Last 60/90 Units CSCS/NSCA exam and GRE March 1, 2023 Yes
Language and Literacy MA Marcy Merrill 3.0 Last 60/90 Units GRE (Optional) February 28, 2023 Yes
Master of Arts in Special Education Teaching (Education Specialist Early Childhood) MAT Cindy Collado 2.5 For detailed information about the COVID-19 Impact on Admissions Requirements, please click here. March 1, 2023  Yes
Master of Arts in Special Education Teaching (Extensive Support Needs) MAT Kathy Gee 2.5 For detailed information about the COVID-19 Impact on Admissions Requirements, please click here. March 1, 2023  Yes
Master of Arts in Special Education Teaching (Mild to Moderate Support Needs) MAT Kathy Gee  2.5 For detailed information about the COVID-19 Impact on Admissions Requirements, please click here. March 1, 2023  Yes
Master of Arts in Teaching (Multiple Subject) MAT Brian Lim 2.5 For detailed information about the COVID-19 Impact on Admissions Requirements, please click here. February 1, 2023  Yes
Master of Arts in Teaching (Single Subject) MAT Sarah Ives  2.5 For detailed information about the COVID-19 Impact on Admissions Requirements, please click here. February 1, 2023  Yes
Mathematics MA Tracy Hamilton 2.5 Cumulative and 2.5 Last 60/90 Units (min GPA of 3.0 in all Mathematics courses) None March 1, 2023 No
Mechanical Engineering MS Farshid Zabihian 3.0 Last 60/90 Units of Last Degree Completed None March 1, 2023 No
Music (Composition) MM Andrew Kreckmann 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None January 15, 2023 Yes
Music (Conducting) MM Andrew Kreckmann 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None  January 15, 2023 Yes
Music (Performance) MM Andrew Kreckmann 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None  January 15, 2023 Yes
Nursing MS Bronwyn Fields 3.0 Cumulative and 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2023 Yes
Nutrition & Food MS Mical Shilts 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None February 1, 2023  Yes
Physical Therapy Doctorate (Approved Applicants Only) DPT Bryan Coleman-Salgado 3.0  GRE February 15, 2023 Yes
Political Science MA David Andersen-Rodgers  3.0 Last 60/90 Units GRE (Aptitude) February 28, 2023 Yes
Psychology - Applied Behavioral Analysis MS Lisa Bohon 3.0 Cumulative GRE January 15, 2023 Yes
Psychology - Industrial Organization MA Lisa Bohon 3.0 Cumulative GRE Not accepting applications for Fall 2023 Yes
Psychology (General) MA Lisa Bohon 3.0 Cumulative GRE January 15, 2023 Yes
Public Health MPH Heather Diaz 3.0 Cumulative for Last Degree Completed  None Priority Deadline December 1, 2022
Final Deadline
May 1, 2023
Yes
Public Policy and Administration MPPA Rob Wassmer 2.75 Cumulative or 2.75 Last 60/90 Units  GRE
(Contact Dept. about possible waive)
Priority Deadline December 1, 2022
Final Deadline
March 1, 2023
Yes
Recreation Administration MS Abhijeet Shirsat 2.75 (min GPA of 3.0 in all major courses) None March 1, 2023 Yes
School Psychology Ed.S. Steve Brock 3.0 GRE February 1, 2023 Yes
Social Work MSW Arturo Baiocchi 2.8 Last 60/90 Units  GRE (Analytical Writing) January 20, 2023 Yes
Sociology MA Amanda Shigihara 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None Not accepting applications for Fall 2023 Yes
Spanish MA Miguel Bota 3.0 Last 60/90 Units Graduate Examination February 14, 2023 Yes
Special Major (Approved Applicants Only) MA/MS Office of Graduate Studies Email 3.0 Cumulative and 3.0 Last 60/90 Undergraduate  None March 1, 2023 Contact OGS for Approval to Apply
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA Julian Heather 3.0 Cumulative  and 3.0 Last 60/90 Undergraduate  None February 1, 2023 Yes
Urban Land Development MS Rob Wassmer 3.0 Cumulative   GMAT/GRE Not accepting applications Fall 2023  

Fall 2023 Certificate Program Deadlines


Program Degree Department Contact Minimum GPA Requirement Required Tests Deadline Supplemental Materials Required
Music - Performer's Certificate Certificate Andrew Kreckmann 3.0 Last 60/90 Units  Audition January 15, 2023 Yes

Fall 2023 Credential Program Deadlines



Program Degree Department Contact Minimum GPA Requirement Required Tests Deadline Supplemental  Materials Required
Early Childhood Special Education - Added Authorization Credential Cindy Collado 2.67 Cumulative or 2.75 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2023  Yes
Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Geni Cowan 2.5 Last 60/90 Undergrad Units  None March 1, 2023 Yes

Spring 2023 Graduate Programs & Deadlines

Spring 2023 Admission Opens August 1, 2022

  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
  4. 3.0 GPA in all baccalaureate and post-baccalaureate coursework OR a 3.25 GPA in the last 60 units completed.
  5. Please Note: For PRIORITY DEADLINES, applications received after the priority deadline, but before the final deadline, will be considered on a space available basis.

Program Degree Department Contact Minimum GPA Requirement Required Tests Deadline Supplemental Materials Required
Accountancy MS CBA Grad Services 2.5 Cumulative GMAT/GRE October 1, 2022 Yes
Business Administration MBA MBA Program Services 2.5 Cumulative None September 15, 2022 Yes
Business Administration (Business Analytics in Healthcare) MBA MBA Program Services 2.5 Cumulative None September 15, 2022 Yes
Business Administration (Entrepreneurship and Global Business) MBA MBA Program Services 2.5 Cumulative None September 15, 2022 Yes
Business Administration (Finance) MBA MBA Program Services 2.5 Cumulative None September 15, 2022 Yes
Business Analytics MS Claire Goldsby 2.5 Cumulative None December 1, 2022 Yes
Business Administration (International) -  Online MBA  IMBA Program Services 2.5 Cumulative None December 1, 2022 Yes
Business Administration for Executives MBA EMBA Program Services 2.5 Cumulative None December 1, 2022 Yes
Civil Engineering MS Cristina Poindexter 2.8 Cumulative and in upper division engineering courses. GRE scores (If a student does not have an ABET-accredited engineering degree or meet the minimum 2.8 GPA requirement). September 15, 2022 Yes
Communication Studies  MA Shawna Malvini Redden 3.0 Cumulative or 3.25 in the L60/90 Units completed Optional GRE September 15, 2022  Yes
Computer Engineering MS Xiaoyan (Sherry) Sun 3.0 L60/90 Undergraduate GRE September 15, 2022 No
Computer Science MS Haiquan (Victor) Chen 3.25 Cumulative GRE September 15, 2022 Outside agency transcript evaluations required for F-1 students. Click here for details
Computer Science- Software Engineering MS Haiquan (Victor) Chen 3.25 Cumulative GRE September 15, 2022 Outside agency transcript evaluations required for F-1 students. Click here for details
Economics MA Suzanne O'Keefe 3.0 L60/90 Units completed and 3.0 in undergraduate economics work None September 15, 2022 Yes
Electrical & Electronic Engineering MS Preetham Kumar 3.0 Cumulative in EEE undergraduate program or 3.25 in L60/90 in EEE undergraduate program or equivalent  None September 15, 2022 Yes
English (Creative Writing) MA Nancy Sweet 3.0 L60/90 Units or 3.0 in undergraduate English courses  None September 15, 2022 Yes
English (Literature) MA Nancy Sweet 3.0 L60/90 Units or 3.0 in undergraduate English courses  None September 15, 2022 Yes
English – Composition, Rhetoric, and Professional Writing MA Nancy Sweet 3.0 L60/90 Units or 3.0 in undergraduate English courses  None September 15, 2022 Yes
Geology MS Steven Skinner Ame lia (Paukert) Vankeuren 3.0 in upper division Geology courses  None September 15, 2022 Yes
History MA Michael Vann 3.0 L60/90 Units and 3.25 in History courses  None September 15, 2022 Yes
History- Public History MA Rebekkah Mulholland 3.0 L60/90 Units and 3.25 in History courses None September 15, 2022  Yes
Humanities MA Joel Dubois 3.0 L60/90 Units and 3.3 in Humanities courses or related field  None September 15, 2022 Yes
Mechanical Engineering MS Farshid Zabihian 3.0 L60/90 Undergraduate  None September 15, 2022 No
Music (Composition) MM Andrew Kreckmann 3.0 L60/90 Units  Auditions Required  September 15, 2022 Yes
Music (Conducting) MM Andrew Kreckmann 3.0 L60/90 Units  Auditions Required September 15, 2022 Yes
Music (Performance) MM Andrew Kreckmann 3.0 L60/90 Units  Auditions Required September 15, 2022 Yes
Nursing + School Nurse Credential through CCE MSN Samantha Blackburn / Kirsten Munk 3.0 L60/90 Undergraduate Nursing courses  None Priority Deadline August 31, 2022 Final Deadline Sept. 15, 2022 Yes
Political Science MA David Andersen-Rodgers 3.0 L60/90 Units and 3.0 in the major None September 15, 2022 Yes 
Spanish MA Miguel Bota 3.0 L60/90 Units  None September 15, 2022 Yes
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA Julian Heather 3.0 Undergraduate and 3.0 L60/90 units  None September 15, 2022 Yes

Spring 2023 Certificate Program Deadlines

  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

Program Degree Department Contact Minimum GPA Requirement Required Tests Deadline Supplemental Materials Required
Music (Post-Master's Performer's Certificate) Certificate Andrew Kreckmann 3.0 L60/90 Units Audition Required September 15, 2022 Yes

Spring 2023 Credential Program Deadlines

  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

Program Degree Department Contact Minimum GPA Requirement Required Tests Deadline Supplemental Materials Required
School Nurse Credential through CCE Credential Samantha Blackburn Kirsten Munk 3.0 L60/90 Undergraduate Nursing courses  None Priority Deadline August 31, 2022 Final Deadline Sept. 15, 2022 Yes