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Admission Requirements

Due to COVID 19, EDCS has made some modifications to the Admission Requirements.  Please email Julia Bavier with any questions ( The Cal State Apply and EDCS Program application deadlines for Fall 2020 admission have been extended to June 1, 2020. (updated 3/20 due to COVID-19)

Step 1: BA or BS Degree

Complete a Bachelor's degree with a minimum of 3.0 cumulative GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from an accredited university (Under special circumstances, provisional admission may be granted for applicants who do not meet this criteria.  If provisionally admitted, a student must maintain a minimum of 3.0 graduate GPA after 12 or more quarter units are completed). 

Step 2: Basic Skills Requirement for School Counseling/PPS only (not required for Student Affairs admission)

  1. Obtain passing scores on the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). CBEST registration, test information, and test preparation materials are available on the CBEST Web site:
  2. Meet other Option to Meet Basic Skills Requirement:  (see Appendix on page 5 for summary)

If you have valid documentation of meeting this requirement, please submit it with your application.

New modification due to COVID-19:  Per the California Education Code Section 44252.8, the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) has approved a one year deferment of the Basic Skills/CBEST requirement (BSR) under the following conditions:

  1. Students who have previously taken all three subtests (reading, writing, math) and failed to pass any or all of the subsets are NOT eligible for this deferral. 
  2. Students who have previously taken only one or two subtests and failed are eligible for this deferral.
  3. Students who have not previously taken any subtests are eligible for this deferral (i.e., you have never attempted the CBEST)

If you fit condition #2 or # 3, please note that on your program application.  (updated 5/20)

If you have previously taken all sections of the CBEST and passed, you have until August 24th to submit documentation of passing the exam.

Step 3: Statistics

Successful completion of an undergraduate statistics class within 7 years of application to the program with a grade of "C" or higher. 

Step 4: Mandatory Reporter Educator Training

Step 5: Certificate of Clearance

Evidence of Fingerprint Clearance from the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC). Provide a copy of a valid Certificate of Clearance, valid sub-permit or a California Credential.”

If you have a valid clearance, please submit it with your application.  Applicants can submit an EDCS application without a Certificate of Clearance with the understanding that it will supplied prior to August 24th (the first day of Fall 2020 classes).

Step 6: Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)  

All graduate students who apply for a master's degree must demonstrate upper-division writing competency. If you received your undergraduate degree from a college or university other than a CSU or a UC, you must show proof that you have satisfied this requirement. For more information about the GWAR, or to see if you are eligible to waive this requirement, visit Please be sure to Download the GWAR Policy for full details ( )

Step 7: University Application for Graduate Study

Choose your Graduate Master's in Educational Counseling Program: School Counseling/PPS or Student Affairs

Complete the university application online at:

The Cal State Apply application deadline for Fall 2020 admission haw been extended to June 1, 2020. 

Step 8: Counseling Program Application 

Submit a completed MS-School Counseling Program Application to Julia Bavier ( Here is the link to the application

The EDCS  Program application deadline for Fall 2020 admission has been extended to June 1, 2020

Please note:  If you have already submitted a paper application, you do not need to resubmit an electronic application.  Your previously submitted application will be given full consideration.

Step 9: Check the Status of your University and EDCS Program Application

You may check your admissions status online at myCSUB. You will receive an email from CSUB Admissions and Records acknowledging receipt of your application along with your specific CSUB ID number and login instructions. Pay particular attention to any outstanding "To-do" list items that you need to complete.

Step 10:  EDCS Program Admission Interview (updated 3/20 due to COVID-19)

Due to COVID-19, the usual practice of interviewing applicants in a group setting may be modified to meet Social Distancing guidelines.  You will be contacted if you are selected for an interview.

Step 11: Purchase Professional Liability Insurance

Due to COVID-19, this document must be submitted by admitted students prior to August 24, 2020.    It is good for 1 year from the date of purchase.

Please be advised that steps mentioned above are the MINIMUM requirements for admission - meeting them DOES NOT GUARANTEE program admission. Additional factors,  and notably budgetary constraints, may affect admissions decisions.