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Admission Requirements for Graduate Students

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 to meet professional needs via a certificate, credential, second Bachelor's degree, or a Master's degree.

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. Have been in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  3. Have 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.

Post-Baccalaureate and Graduate Student 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 web page for more information.

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.

Office of Admissions and Records

Student Services Building, 47SA
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA 93311-1022

Phone: (661) 654-3036
Fax: (661) 654-3389

Division of Enrollment Management



To learn more about the Graduate Student application process at CSUB, see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Credential Programs

California State University, Bakersfield offers several credentialing programs accredited by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Visit the School of Social Sciences and Education web pages for more information.