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Post Baccalaureate and 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 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.

Application Steps

1. Application Acknowledgment: After your application is submitted, you will receive a confirmation e-mail indicating the receipt of your application. In approximately two weeks, you should receive an acknowledgment e-mail 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 e-mail address you provided on your application so it is very important that the e-mail address you provided is current. You are expected to track the status of the submitted application and the receipt of all required documents using the myCSUB online tracking system.

2. Submit Application Materials: Most post-baccalaureate programs require both a program specific application and a university application via Cal State Apply. 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: Graduate/Post-baccalaureate Application Checklist.

Minimum requirements for admission into a post-baccalaureate or graduate program

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 and Programs website for more information.

In unusual circumstances, a campus may make exceptions to these criteria.

Admission to a Post baccalaureate Program and Classification

Graduate Conditionally Classified: You may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in the opinion of the 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.

Credential Programs: California State University, Bakersfield offers several credentialing programs accredited by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Visit the School of Social Sciences & Education website 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.

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


Application Deadlines

Applications deadlines may vary from each graduate program. 

Visit Cal State Apply for information on program offerings or call the Graduate Student Center at 661 654-2786 for detailed information.


Visit the Graduate Student Center website for detailed questions on program offerings and applications.