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Application Process

In order to be admitted to a graduate program at Cal State L.A., you must meet the University admission criteria and the specific academic department requirements. This requires you to submit two (2) application packages to the University. Please send them only after submitting the online application at and receiving your Campus Identification Number.
  1. Review the admission criteria for a graduate applicant (University criteria listed below, and the specific academic program applying for).

  2. Submit the University online application at . Please read the instructions carefully and complete all appropriate sections. Each application is only good for the term you are applying. Please enter your personal information correctly. The name you enter on the application should match as it is listed in your passport.

  3. Within 7-10 days after submitting the application, you will receive an email with your Cal State L.A. Campus Identification Number. If you did not pay the $55 application fee online, you can send in a bank draft or money order (payable to 'CSU Los Angeles') to the Office of Admissions and Recruitment. Include your CIN on all documents submitted to Cal State L.A.

  4. Submit the required documents to the appropriate offices by its deadlines.

Office of Admissions and Recruitment

Academic Department Application

International Office for I-20 Processing

Admission Criteria

Graduate applicants must meet all of the following requirements for admission consideration.

Acceptable English Language Exams and Scores: (institution code 4399)

TOEFL: 80 ibt or higher

PTE: 53 or higher

IELTS: Band 6 or higher

TESOL program applicants: TOEFL (100 ibt); IELTS (7.5)

All graduate and postbaccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose preparatory education was principally in a language other than English, must demonstrate competence in English. Those who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must complete and submit satisfactory English Proficiency Exam scores. A statement verifying English as the medium of instruction will be required from the institution.

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Last Update: 03/11/2014