Graduate Admission Applications for Spring 2013 will no longer be available through CSU Mentor beginning March 22, 2013. CSUB is still accepting Summer and Fall 2013 graduate admission applications for open majors.
A post-baccalaureate or graduate student is one who holds a Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution and wishes to continue his or her education for the purpose of personal enrichment or meet professional needs via a certificate, credential,
second Bachelor's degree, or a Master's degree.
Graduate students must apply to the university AND to a specific graduate program. Each program establishes its own minimum admission requirements and makes its own admission decisions based on these and other criteria.
1. Application Acknowledgment: After your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation email indicating the receipt of your application. In approximately two weeks, you should receive an acknowledgment email that will provide you with a unique applicant ID number and information to log on to the one-stop student portal called myCSUB.
This information is sent to the email address you provided on your application so it is very important that the email address you provided is current. You are expected to track the status of the submitted application and the receipt of all required documents using this online tracking system.
2. Submit Application Materials: Most, if not all post-baccalaureate programs require both a program specific application and a university application (CSUMentor). Each program is different, therefore you are encouraged to apply early and pay close attention to the specific requirements of the academic program you are seeking.
3. Evaluation of Eligibility: Upon receipt of all necessary documents, the Graduate Programs Admissions Coordinator will review your eligibility based on the minimum university requirements. If you are deemed eligible, your academic program will be notified. A decision letter will be sent upon completion of the departmental review of your qualifications.
4. Application Decision: Your status will also be reflected on myCSUB. Be sure to monitor your "To-Do" list regularly even after you have been admitted; there may be additional documents or requirements you will need to submit.
To help you complete the application process as quickly and smoothly as possible, please refer to the simplified Checklist for your quick reference:
The minimum requirements for admission into a post-baccalaureate or graduate program include the following:
1. Have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation
as determined by appropriate campus authorities;
2. Been in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
3. Having attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted; and
4. Have satisfactorily met the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe.
Graduate / Post baccalaureate TOEFL Requirement: All graduate and post baccalaureate 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 post secondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must receive a minimum score of 550 on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Some campuses or programs require a higher score. Visit the international students programs website at www.csub.edu/isp.
In unusual circumstances, a campus may make exceptions to these criteria.
If you are admissible, you will be classified as one of the following:
Graduate Conditionally Classified: You may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authority, you can remedy deficiencies by additional preparation.
Graduate Classified: To pursue a graduate degree, you will be required to fulfill all of the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus.
California State University, Bakersfield offers several credentialing programs accredited by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Visit the School of Education
department for more information. If you wish to enroll in a credential or certificate program, you will be required to satisfy additional professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying
examinations, prescribed by the campus.
Frequently Asked Questions
I've recently graduated from CSUB. Do I need to reapply to enter a post-baccalaureate or graduate program?
You must reapply to the university just like a new student. You must complete a graduate application and submit appropriate supporting documentation such as transcripts if necessary. There are several ways to apply
to CSUB. We encourage you to apply to CSUB by visiting CSUMentor. If you do not have access to the Internet, you may request an admissions application packet be sent to you. Just call the University Graduate Student Center office at (661) 654-2786 or
e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org and let them know you need a graduate application sent to you. If you are graduating as an undergraduate student and wish to continue for the subsequent quarter, you are highly encouraged to apply early to facilitate your course registration for next term. You must still meet the admission requirements of the university and the program you are seeking.
The application fee requires a non refundable $55.00 filing fee whether sent via CSUMentor or on paper. Fee waivers are available if you qualify.
Is there a deadline to apply?
California State University, Bakersfield does not have an application filing deadline. However, submitting your application early is strongly encouraged so you can take advantage of any other requirements such as placements
tests, entrance exams, etc. you may need to fulfill before the term begins. Also, make sure to check with the specific graduate department you are pursuing for any deadlines they may have.
What transcripts or other previous institutional records will I need to submit?
Transcripts will be required of all institutions attended in order to determine graduate eligibility and admission. Transcripts may be enclosed with your application, however they must be sealed in a separate envelope.
Other documents may include a residency questionnaire, immigration documents, or proof of California residency. Visit the Residency page under Admissions to obtain more information about California Residency.
For non U.S. applicants, please submit an official translation of transcripts. Please submit foreign transcripts in the original language accompanied by a certified English translation. Foreign transcripts must be professionally evaluated by a reputable company. A suggested list of companies that evaluate foreign transcripts is found at: http://www.ctc.ca.gov/credentials/leaflets/cl635.pdf.
Three year degrees from India are generally not considered the equivalent of a four year degree from the U.S. Exceptions would be degrees in areas such as science and engineering. For additional information regarding foreign student requirements, please contact the Director of International Students and Programs, at (661) 654-6113.
*The minimum requirements for admission to graduate and post baccalaureate studies at a California State University campus are in accordance with university regulations as well as Title 5, chapter 1, subchapter 3 of the
California Code of Regulations.