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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 will be prompted to upload them through Cal State Apply during the application process.

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 2024 Graduate Programs & Deadlines

Fall 2024 Admission Opens on October 1st, 2023

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 Michael Walker 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2024 Yes
Art - Studio Art MFA Andrew Connelly 2.5 (Min GPA of 3.0 in Art courses) None February 1, 2024 Yes
Biological Sciences MA/MS Robert Crawford 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, 2024 Yes
Biological Sciences (Biotechnology) MS Robert Crawford 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, 2024
Yes
Business Administration MBA MBA Admissions 2.5 Cumulative None February 15, 2024 Yes
Business Administration (Business Analytics in Healthcare) MBA MBA Admissions 2.5 Cumulative None February 15, 2024 Yes
Business Administration (Entrepreneurship and Global Business) MBA MBA Admissions 2.5 Cumulative None February 15, 2024 Yes
Business Administration (Finance) MBA MBA Admissions 2.5 Cumulative None February 15, 2024 Yes
Business Administration - MS Accountancy MS Master of Science in Accountancy (MSA) Admissions 2.5 Cumulative GMAT/GRE (Contact Program about possible waiver) March 1, 2024 Yes
Business Administration - Business Analytics MS Claire Goldsby 2.5 Cumulative None F-1 or J-1 Deadline March 15, 2024
Domestic Deadline May 16, 2024
Yes
Business Administration - MS in Finance MS Claire Goldsby 2.5 Cumulative None May 16, 2024 Yes
Business Administration - MBA for Executives MBA EMBA Admissions 2.5 Cumulative None June 15, 2024 No
Business Administration (International) MBA International MBA (IMBA) Admissions 2.5 Cumulative None May 16, 2024 Yes
Chemistry MS Benjamin Gherman 2.5 and 2.5 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2024 Yes
Chemistry (Biochemistry) MS Benjamin Gherman 2.5 and 2.5 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2024 Yes
Child and Adolescent Development MA Patrick Pieng 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2024 Yes
Civil Engineering MS Cristina Poindexter 2.8 Overall and 2.8 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 March 1, 2024 Yes
Communication Sciences & Disorders MS Darla Hagge 2.75 Cumulative (min GPA of 3.0 in major courses) CBEST February 18, 2024 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, 2024
Final Deadline
March 1, 2024
Yes
Computer Engineering MS Nikrouz Faroughi 3.0 Last 60/90 Undergraduate GRE February 28, 2024 No
Computer Science MS Haiquan (Victor) Chen 3.0 Last 60/90 Units GRE F-1 or J-1 Deadline February 1, 2024
Domestic Deadline March 1, 2024
Outside agency transcript evaluations required for F-1 students. Click here for details
Computer Science (Software Engineering) MS Haiquan (Victor) Chen 3.0 Last 60/90 Units GRE F-1 or J-1 Deadline February 1, 2024
Domestic Deadline March 1, 2024
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 8, 2024 Yes
Counseling (Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling) MS Bita Rivas 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None January 8, 2024 Yes
Counseling (School Counseling) MS Bita Rivas 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None January 8, 2024 Yes
Counseling (Rehabilitation Counseling) MS Bita Rivas 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None January 8, 2024 Yes
Criminal Justice MS Yvette Farmer 3.0 Last 60/90 Units GRE (Analytical Writing) March 1, 2024 Yes
Doctorate in Audiology Au.D. Laura Gaeta 3.0 Overall and 3.0 in Pre-requisites GRE June 1, 2024 Yes
Doctorate in Education (Ed.D.) Ed.D Sheeva Sabati 3.0 and Masters GRE (Suspended) February 1, 2024 Yes
Economics MA Suzanne O'Keefe 3.0 Last 60/90 Units GRE (Optional) March 1, 2024 Yes
Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (Higher Education Leadership) MA Geni Cowan 2.5 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2024 Yes
Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (Workforce Development Leadership) MA Geni Cowan 2.5 Last 60/90 Units None  June 1, 2024 Yes
Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (TK-12 Educational Leadership) MA Geni Cowan 2.5 Last 60/90 Units GRE (Optional) March 1, 2024 Yes
Education (Curriculum and Instruction) MA Albert Lozano 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None June 1, 2024 Yes
Electrical and Electronic Engineering MS Preetham B. Kumar 3.0 Cumulative or 3.25 Last 60/90 Undergraduate None March 1, 2024 Yes
English – Composition, Rhetoric, and Professional Writing MA Nancy Sweet 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None February 20, 2024 Yes
English (Creative Writing) MA Nancy Sweet 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None February 20, 2024 Yes
English (Literature) MA Nancy Sweet 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None  February 20, 2024 Yes
Gender Equity Studies in Education MA Sherrie Carinci 2.5 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2024 Yes
Geology MS Steven Skinner 2.5 or 2.5 Last 60/90 Units (min GPA of 3.0 in upper division Geology courses) None March 1, 2024 Yes
History MA Michael Vann 3.0 Last 60/90 Units (min GPA of 3.25 in all History courses)  None February 15, 2024 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, 2024 Yes
History (Public History Joint Doctorate) Ph.D. Rebekkah Mulholland 2.5 and Masters  GRE March 1, 2024 Yes
Humanities MA Joel Dubois 3.0 Last 60/90 Units (min GPA of 3.3 in all Humanities courses)  None March 1, 2024 Yes
Language and Literacy MA Marcy Merrill 3.0 Last 60/90 Units GRE (Optional) February 28, 2024 Yes
Master of Arts in Special Education Teaching (Education Specialist Early Childhood) MAT Cindy Collado 2.5 Overall or 2.75 Last 60/90 Units For detailed information about the COVID-19 Impact on Admissions Requirements, please click here. February 18, 2024 Yes
Master of Arts in Special Education Teaching (Extensive Support Needs) MAT Kathy Gee 2.5 Overall or 2.75 Last 60/90 Units For detailed information about the COVID-19 Impact on Admissions Requirements, please click here. February 18, 2024 Yes
Master of Arts in Special Education Teaching (Mild to Moderate Support Needs) MAT Kathy Gee 2.5 Overall or 2.75 Last 60/90 Units For detailed information about the COVID-19 Impact on Admissions Requirements, please click here. February 18, 2024 Yes
Master of Arts in Teaching (Multiple Subject) MAT Brian Lim 2.5 Overall or 2.75 Last 60/90 Units For detailed information about the COVID-19 Impact on Admissions Requirements, please click here. February 1, 2024  Yes
Master of Arts in Teaching (Single Subject) MAT Sarah Ives 2.5 Overall or 2.75 Last 60/90 Units For detailed information about the COVID-19 Impact on Admissions Requirements, please click here. February 1, 2024  Yes
Mathematics MA Matthew Krauel 2.5 Cumulative and 2.5 Last 60/90 Units (min GPA of 3.0 in all Mathematics courses) None March 1, 2024 No
Mechanical Engineering MS Farshid Zabihian 3.0 Last 60/90 Units of Last Degree Completed None March 1, 2024 No
Multicultural Education MA Albert Lozano 2.5 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2024 Yes
Music (Composition) MM Robin Fisher 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None January 15, 2024 Yes
Music (Conducting) MM Robin Fisher 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None  January 15, 2024 Yes
Music (Performance) MM Robin Fisher 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None  January 15, 2024 Yes
Nursing MS Kara Shiner 3.0 Cumulative and 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None March 15, 2024 Yes
Nutrition & Food MS Mical Shilts 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None February 1, 2024 Yes
Nutrition & Food with Dietetic Internship MS Mical Shilts 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None February 15, 2024 "apply through DICAS: instructions here" Yes
Physical Therapy Doctorate (Approved Applicants Only) DPT Bryan Coleman-Salgado 3.0 Cumulative GRE February 15, 2024 Yes
Political Science MA David Andersen-Rodgers  3.0 Last 60/90 Units GRE (Aptitude) February 28, 2024 Yes
Psychology - Applied Behavioral Analysis MS Alexandra Morrison 3.0 Cumulative GRE January 15, 2024 Yes
Psychology - Industrial Organization MA Alexandra Morrison 3.0 Cumulative GRE January 15, 2024 Yes
Psychology (General) MA Alexandra Morrison 3.0 Cumulative GRE January 15, 2024 Yes
Public Health MPH Heather Diaz 3.0 Cumulative for Last Degree Completed  None Priority Deadline December 1, 2023
F-1 or J-1 Deadline March 1, 2024
Domestic Deadline May 1, 2024
Yes
Public Policy and Administration MPPA Rob Wassmer 2.75 Cumulative or 2.75 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2024 Yes
School Psychology Ed.S. Melissa Holland 3.0 Cumulative GRE February 1, 2024 Yes
Social Work MSW Arturo Baiocchi 2.8 Last 60/90 Units None January 12, 2024 Yes
Sociology MA Amanda Shigihara 3.0 Last 60/90 Units None March 1, 2024 Yes
Spanish MA Miguel Bota 3.0 Last 60/90 Units Graduate Examination February 14, 2024 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, 2024 Contact OGS for Approval to Apply
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA Mi-Suk Seo 3.0 Cumulative  and 3.0 Last 60/90 Undergraduate None March 1, 2024 Yes
Universal Design for eLearning (UDEL MA Corinne Rowland 2.5 Last 60/90 Units  None June 1, 2024 Yes

Fall 2024 Certificate Program Deadlines

Program Degree Department Contact Minimum GPA Requirement Required Tests Deadline Supplemental Materials Required
Music - Performer's Certificate Certificate Robin Fisher 3.0 Last 60/90 Units  Audition March 1, 2024 Yes

Fall 2024 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 2.5 Cumulative or 2.75 Last 60/90 Units None February 18, 2024  Yes
Preliminary Administrative Services Credential Geni Cowan 2.5 Last 60/90 Undergrad Units CBEST or equivalent March 1, 2024 Yes

Spring 2024 Graduate Programs & Deadlines

Spring 2024 Admission Opens August 1, 2023

  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 Hugh Pforsich 2.5 Cumulative GMAT/GRE October 1, 2023 Yes
Business Administration MBA Oliver Liu 2.5 Cumulative None September 15, 2023 Yes
Business Administration (Business Analytics in Healthcare) MBA Oliver Liu 2.5 Cumulative None September 15, 2023 Yes
Business Administration (Entrepreneurship and Global Business) MBA Oliver Liu 2.5 Cumulative None September 15, 2023 Yes
Business Administration (Finance) MBA Oliver Liu 2.5 Cumulative None September 15, 2023 Yes
Business Analytics MS Min Li 2.5 Cumulative None December 1, 2023 Yes
Business Administration (International) -  Online MBA Eric Lin 2.5 Cumulative None December 1, 2023 Yes
Business Administration for Executives MBA Tyra Shao 2.5 Cumulative None December 1, 2023 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, 2023 Yes
Communication Studies  MA Shawna Malvini Redden 3.0 Cumulative or 3.25 in the L60/90 Units completed Optional GRE September 15, 2023  Yes
Computer Engineering MS Nikrouz Faroughi 3.0 L60/90 Undergraduate GRE September 15, 2023 No
Computer Science MS Haiquan (Victor) Chen 3.0 Cumulative GRE September 15, 2023 Outside agency transcript evaluations required for F-1 students. Click here for details
Computer Science- Software Engineering MS Haiquan (Victor) Chen 3.0 Cumulative GRE Closed 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 GRE (Optional) September 15, 2023 Yes
Educational Leadership & Policy Studies (Workforce Development Leadership) MA Geni Cowan 2.5 Last 60/90 Units None  November 1, 2023  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, 2023 Yes
English (Creative Writing) MA Nancy Sweet 3.0 L60/90 Units or 3.0 in undergraduate English courses  None September 15, 2023 Yes
English (Literature) MA Nancy Sweet 3.0 L60/90 Units or 3.0 in undergraduate English courses  None September 15, 2023 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, 2023 Yes
Geology MS Steven Skinner 3.0 in upper division Geology courses  None September 15, 2023 Yes
History MA Michael Vann 3.0 L60/90 Units and 3.25 in History courses  None September 15, 2023 Yes
History- Public History MA Rebekkah Mulholland 3.0 L60/90 Units and 3.25 in History courses None September 15, 2023  Yes
Humanities MA Joel Dubois 3.0 L60/90 Units and 3.3 in Humanities courses or related field  None September 15, 2023 Yes
Mechanical Engineering MS Farshid Zabihian 3.0 L60/90 Undergraduate  None September 15, 2023 No
Music (Composition) MM Robin Fisher 3.0 L60/90 Units  Auditions Required  September 15, 2023 Yes
Music (Conducting) MM Robin Fisher 3.0 L60/90 Units  Auditions Required September 15, 2023 Yes
Music (Performance) MM Robin Fisher 3.0 L60/90 Units  Auditions Required September 15, 2023 Yes
Nursing + School Nurse Credential through CCE MSN Kara Shiner / Kirsten Munk 3.0 L60/90 Undergraduate Nursing courses  None Priority Deadline
August 31, 2023
Final Deadline
September 15, 2023
Yes
Political Science MA David Andersen-Rodgers 3.0 L60/90 Units and 3.0 in the major None September 15, 2023 Yes 
Spanish MA Miguel Bota 3.0 L60/90 Units  None September 15, 2023 Yes
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) MA Mi-Suk Seo 3.0 Undergraduate and 3.0 L60/90 units  None September 15, 2023 Yes

Spring 2024 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 Robin Fisher 3.0 L60/90 Units Audition Required September 15, 2023 Yes

Spring 2024 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 Kirsten Munk 3.0 L60/90 Undergraduate Nursing courses  None Priority Deadline
August 31, 2023
Final Deadline
September 15, 2023
Yes