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International Graduate Applicants

International graduate applications are accepted for both Fall and Spring semester intakes, however, not all programs are open for each term. Please refer to the Office of Graduate Studies for the program of interest and respective application filing deadlines. *Please consult the program for confirmed application deadlines and requirements as some dates may be sooner than what is posted below.

  • Fall Intake (late August start date) Application Filing Period: October 1 – February 1 thru March 1*
  • Spring Intake (late January start date) Application Filing Period: August 1 – September 15*

Applicants must submit the international application online at Cal State Apply. We strongly recommend that applicants review the Cal State Apply International Student Guide before applying. A non-refundable application fee of $70 USD will need to be paid before submitting the application online using a credit/debit card or PayPal account. Checks or money order are not accepted.

Please submit your application documents to us as clearly scanned PDFs via email directly to intldocs@csus.edu Please include your full name (as entered in the application) and Sacramento State ID when reaching out via email. We recommend that you submit unofficial copies of your test scores (TOEFL, IELTS, GRE/GMAT) with your other supporting documents so that our team may forward your application to the graduate program as soon as possible.

The document deadline for application processing is September 19, 2022. Please note that all required exams such as TOEFL/IELTS or GRE must have be taken and a final score received by the processing deadline of September 19.

Take note that important emails from our office may end up in your spam or junk folder and we kindly ask that you frequently check all areas of your email inbox to ensure that you are getting the most up to date communication from our office.

***Please note that official documents will be requested at the time of enrollment and become property of the university. Official documents will not be returned to the admitted student.

International Graduate Applicant Requirements

Applicants must posses the equivalent of a U.S. bachelor degree to apply for a graduate program. International Admissions conducts in-house review of foreign credentials for F-1 and J-1 applicants. A WES evaluation is not required*, but accepted if applicants choose to submit official transcripts and degree certificates through WES (please review the exception for Computer Science below). Other Sacramento State accepted credential evaluation services are ACEI and ECE. Applicants electing to have one of these agencies proceed with the evaluation do so at their own expense. Sacramento State will not reimburse applicants. Please note that if your transcripts are not translated, you will be required to seek the services of a translation agency. We recommend checking in with your home university first to see if they can provide you with both a translated and original transcript.
Graduate level applicants are ineligible to apply for a second Master's degree in a field which they already hold a Master's diploma.

*Applicants who apply for the M.S. in Computer Science or M.S. in Computer Science (Software Engineering) are required to submit a WES, ECE, or ACEI evaluation. The ICAP report is required if ordering through WES.

Required Document GPA or score requirement
All post-secondary transcripts (includes all colleges and universities attended) GPA requirements vary from 2.5 - 3.25, see Spring 2023 Graduate Programs & Deadlines.

NOTE TO GRADUATE APPLICANTS OF COMPUTER SCIENCE MS AND COMPUTER SCIENCE (SOFTWARE ENGINEERING):

You are required to:

1. Have attained an undergraduate degree in Computer Science, Software Engineering or equivalent degree, and a minimum GPA of 3.25, and

2. Have official transcripts and diploma certificate evaluated by WES, ECE, or ACEI. Please see details below under Agency/Agency Evaluation Type.

NOTE TO GRADUATE APPLICANTS OF DOCTOR OF PHYSICAL THERAPY

1. Have official transcripts and diploma certificate evaluated by WES if any coursework has been taken outside of the United States.  
Degree certificate (provisional degree certificate accepted if final degree has not been awarded) If you have not yet graduated, this requirement does not apply to you Must accompany transcript if you have already completed your academic program
English Proficiency Exam (only one of the following is required)
Countries where TOEFL or IELTS not required
TOEFL: minimum 80 ibt or 550 pbt  (MyBest score not accepted. ETS code: 004671)
IELTS: minimum 6.5
PTE Academic: minimum 65

GRE or GMAT Will vary by program, see Spring 2023 Graduate Programs & Deadlines..
Additional supplemental documents (recommendations, personal statements, portfolio, etc.) Will vary by program, see Spring 2023 Graduate Programs & Deadlines.
Passport Biographical Page Copy Attach the copy to your application documents
Financial Affidavit Complete the form and attach to your application documents
Financial Statement Minimum $29,300 USD proof of funds required for I-20 to be issued.* Proof of funds may be demonstrated via financial or bank statement that has been issued in the last 6 months.
*$3,000 USD additional funds required for any dependents.

Minimum $34,340 USD proof of funds required for I-20 to be issued for MBA program.* Proof of funds may be demonstrated via financial or bank statement that has been issued in the last 6 months.
*$3,000 USD additional funds required for any dependents.

Please refer to the department for program costs related to additional MBA concentrations. 
Agency Agency Evaluation Type
World Education Services (WES)
P.O. Box 5087 Bowling Green Station
New York, NY 10274-5087

Telephone: (212) 966-6311
Fax: (212) 739-6100

Email: http://www.wes.org/support/
Website: http://www.wes.org
Please select the: WES INTERNATIONAL CREDENTIAL ADVANTAGE PACKAGE (ICAP) Course-by-Course Evaluation

Price $208

The package above includes the long term storing of evaluations
Academic Credentials Evaluation Institute (ACEI)
P.O. Box 6908
Beverly Hills, CA 90212
Toll Free: (800) 234-1597 (USA Only) or (310) 275-3530
Fax: (310) 275-3528

Email: acei@acei-global.org
Website: http://www.acei-global.org
Please select the: Comprehensive Report

Price $195

Evaluations are held for a limited time
Educational Credential Evaluators, Inc. (ECE)
P.O. Box 514070
Milwaukee, WI 53203-3470

Telephone: (414) 289-3400
Fax: (414) 289-3411

Email: eval@ece.org
Website: http://www.ece.org
Please select the: Course-by-Course Evaluation

Price $235

Evaluations are held for a limited time