Admissions

Fall 2022   Application filing period begins: October 1, 2021Spring 2022   Application filing period begins: August 1, 2021

The first step in preparing a successful application to graduate school is to research your intended graduate program.

Graduate Studies strongly recommends you research admission criteria, the academic department or graduate program mission, faculty profiles including research interests, area of specialization and scholarship, and degree requirements prior to beginning your application. Conducting this research and understanding program deadlines right below, before you prepare application materials, will ensure that you are able to present yourself as an exceptional candidate for the program and faculty.

      Check out our Graduate Program Coordinators and Explore Programs by College to get started.


Program Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Accountancy [MS] May 1 October 1
Anthropology [MA] May 1 No Spring Admission
Art [MFA] February 1 No Spring Admission
Asian American Studies [MA] * March 15 No Spring Admission
Biology - Cell and Molecular Biology [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Biology - Integrative Biology [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Biology - Physiology and Behavioral Biology [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Biomedical Science – Biotechnology [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Biomedical Science - Stem Cell Science [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) [MA] *
April 15
No spring admission
Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) [MFA]
February 1
No spring admission
Business Administration [MBA] May 1 October 15
Business Administration (Biotech Professionals) [MBA] May 1 October 15
Business Administration (Executive MBA Part-Time) [MBA] May 1 October 15
Business Analytics [MS] May 1 October 1
Chemistry [MS] March 1 No Spring Admission
Chemistry (Biochemistry) [MS] March 1 No Spring Admission
Chinese [MA] August 15 January 15
Cinema [MFA] May 1 No Spring Admission
Cinema Studies [MA]
February 1
No Spring Admission
Classics [MA] July 1 November 1
Communication Studies [MA] Mary 1 No Spring Admission
Communicative Disorders (w/Speech-Lang. Path) [MS/Credential] December 15 No Spring Admission
Comparative Literature [MA] June 1 No Spring Admission
Computer Science [MS] March 1 October 1
Counseling [MS] January 1 No Spring Admission
Counseling (Clinical Mental Health Counseling) [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Counseling (Marriage, Family & Child Counseling) [MS] January 15 No Spring Admission
Creative Writing [MA] * July 31 December 1
Creative Writing [MFA] May 15 No Spring Admission
Curriculum and Instruction May 15 November 1
Curriculum and Instruction & Credential May 15 November 1
Data Science & Artificial Intelligence March 1 October 1
Design [MA] May 1 No Spring Admission
Education (Adult Education) [MA] May 1 December 1
Education (Early Childhood Education) [MA] May 1 November 1
Education (Educational Administration) [MA] No fall admission December 1
Education (Elementary Education) [MA] & Credential Close Close
Education (Equity and Social Justice) [MA] May 1 December 1
Education (Instructional Technology) [MA] May 1 December 1
Education (Language & Literacy) [MA] May 1 November 1
Education (Mathematics Education) [MA] May 1 November 1
Education (Secondary Education) [MA] May 1 November 15
Education (Single Subject / Secondary Ed.)[Credential/MA] May 1 November 15
Education (Special Interest) [MA] May 1 December 1
Educational Leadership (Community College) [EdD] April 1 No Spring Admission
Educational Leadership (K 12) [EdD] April 1 No Spring Admission
Engineering (Civil) [MS] May 1 November 1
Engineering (Embedded Electrical and Computer Systems) [MS] May 1 November 1
Engineering (Energy Systems) [MS] May 1 November 1
Engineering (Mechanical) [MS] May 1 November 1
Engineering (Structural / Earthquake Engineering) [MS] May 1 November 1
English (Composition) [MA] * July 31 December 1
English (Linguistics) [MA] * July 31 December 1
English (Literature) [MA] * July 31 December 1
English (TESOL) [MA] * July 31. December 1
Ethnic Studies [MA] February 1 No Spring Admission
Family & Consumer Sciences [MA] April 1 December 15
French [MA] Close Close
Geographic Information Science [MS] April 15 November 1
Geography (Resource Mgmt & Environmental Planning) [MA] April 15 November 1
Geography [MA] April 15 November 1
Geosciences [MS] April 15 November 1
Gerontology [MA] August 1 December 1
History [MA] February 15 October 15
Humanities [MA] May 1 November 15
Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Science - RIPTIDES [MS] March 1 No Spring Admission
Interdisciplinary Study [MA] August 15 January 15
Interdisciplinary Study [MS] August 15 January 15
International Relations [MA] March 1 No Spring Admission
Kinesiology [MS] May 1 November 1
Mathematics [MA] March 1 December 10
Museum Studies [MA] February 1 No Spring Admission
Music [MA] June 1 December 1
Music [MM] June 1 December 1
Nursing (Accelerated Entry Level Nursing) [MS] No Fall Admission No spring admission
Nursing (Entry Level/Generic Non-RN MSN) [MS] January 15 No Spring Admission
Nursing (Family Nurse Practitioner) [MS] January 15 No Spring Admission
Nursing (RN-MSN) [MS] January 15 No Spring Admission
Philosophy [MA] May 15 December 1
Physical Therapy (Joint DPT w/UCSF) [DPT] Contact Department No Spring Admission
[Summer Admission: Contact Department]
Physical Therapy (Joint DPTSc w/UCSF) [DPTSc] Contact Department No Spring Admission
Physics [MS] May 1 No Spring Admission
Physics(Astronomy) [MS] May 1 No Spring Admission
Political Science [MA] May 1 November 1
Psychology (Clinical Psychology) [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Psychology (Developmental Psychology) [MA] February 1 No Spring Admission
Psychology (Industrial / Organizational Psychology) [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Psychology (Mind, Brain, and Behavior) [MA] February 1 No Spring Admission
Psychology (School Psychology) [MS] February 1 No Spring Admission
Psychology (Social Psychology) [MA] February 1 No Spring Admission
Public Administration [MPA] April 15 November 1
Public Health [MPH] * March 27 No Spring Admission
Quantitative Economics [MS] May 1 November 1
Recreation, Parks, & Tourism [MS] Close Close
Sexuality Studies [MA] * April 1 No Spring Admission
Social Work [MSW] January 9 No Spring Admission
Spanish [MA] August 15 January 15
Special Education [Credential & MA] April 1 October 1
Special Education [Joint PhD w/UCB] Contact Department Contact Department
Special Education [MA] April 1 November 1
Statistical Data Science [MS] May 15 November 15
Theatre Arts [MA] April 1 November 1
Theatre Arts (Design) [MFA] April 1 November 1
Women and Gender Studies [MA] * March 1 No Spring Admission

* Program conducts rolling admission, [posted deadline represents final date to file application. Applicants are encouraged to file before the priority filing date posted on the Cal State Apply program page.

Program Fall/Spring Deadline SF Scholars Coordinators
Accounting: Business Administration [ B.S. + M.S. in Accountancy] Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Jung Hoon Kim
Anthropology: B.A. in Anthropology + M.A. in Anthropology Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Cynthia Ann Wilczak
Chemistry & Biochemistry: B.S. in Chemistry & Biochemistry + M.S. in Chemistry & Biochemistry Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Andrew Ichimura
Chinese: B.A. in Chinese + M.A. in Chinese Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Chris Wen-chao Li
Communication Studies: B.A. in Communication Studies + M.A. in Communication Studies Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Fatima Alaoui
Comparative World Literature: B.A. in Comparative World Literature + M.A. in Comparative Literature Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Dane Johnson
BS in Business Administration Concentration in Decision Sciences + Business Analytics M.S. Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Julia Miyaoka
Design: BS in Industrial Design: Concentration in Product Design and Development Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Hsiao-Yun Chu
Design: B.S. in Visual Communication Design + M.A. in Design Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Hsiao-Yun Chu
Earth Sciences: B.S. in Earth Sciences + M.S. in Geosciences Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Mary Leech
Economics: B.A. Economics + M.S. Economics Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Anoshua Chaudhuri
Engineering: B.S. in Civil Engineering + M.S. in Engineering: Concentration in Structural/Earthquakes Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Cheng Chen
Engineering: B.S. in Computer Engineering + M.S. in Engineering: [Embedded Electrical & Computer Systems] Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Xiaorong Zhang
Engineering:B.S. in Electrical Engineering + M.S. in Engineering: [Embedded Electrical & Computer Systems] Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Hamid Mahmoodi
English Literature Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Sara Hackenberg
Ethnic Studies: Africana, Latina/Latino, Asian American Studies [ B.A. + M.A. in Ethnic Studies ] Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Katynka Martinez
History Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Sarah Curtis & Jessica Elkind
Humanities: B.A. in Humanities + M.A. in Humanities Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Cristina Ruotolo
International Relations: International Relations [ B.A.+ M.A.] Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Amy Skonieczny
Kinesiology: B.S. Concentration in Exercise and Movement Sciences + M.S. Kinesiology Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Jimmy Bagley
Biology Concentration in Marine Science + Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences [ B.S.+ M.S.] Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Ellen M Hines
Political Science: B.A. in Political Science + M.A. in Political Science Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Nicole Watts
Philosophy: B.A. in Philosophy + M.A. in Philosophy Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Alice Sowaal & Carlos Montemayor
Psychology: B.A. in Psychology + M.A. in Psychology: (Concentration in Developmental Psychology) Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Jeff Cookston
Social Work & Gerontology:B.A. in Social Work + M.A. in Gerontology Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Jocelyn Clare Hermoso & Darlene Yee-Melichar
Sociology & Gerontology:B.A. in Sociology + M.A. in Gerontology Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Christopher Bettinger & Darlene Yee-Melichar
Spanish:B.A. in Spanish + M.A. in Spanish Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Michael F. Hammer & Ana Luengo Palomino
Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences: B.S. + M.S Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Laura Epstein
Theater Arts: B.A.+ M.A. in Theater Arts Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Kim Schwartz
Women & Gender Studies: B.A.+ M.A. in Women & Gender Studies Contact SF Scholars Coordinator Martha Kenney
Program Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Administrative Services Credential June 1 November 1
Designated Subjects Credential May 1 No Spring Admission
Early Childhood Special Education April 1 November 1
Extensive Support Needs April 1 November 1
Multiple Subject Credential March 1 November 1
Mild/Moderate Support Needs April 1 November 1
Pupil Personnel Services - School Counseling Credential Contact department Contact department
Pupil Personnel Services - School Psychology Credential Contact department Contact department
Pupil Personnel Services - Social Work Credential Contact department Contact department
Reading & Language Arts Specialist Credential Contact Department November 1
Single Subject Credential May 1 November 15
Special Education Autism Spectrum Added Auth. Credential April 1 Contact Department
Special Education Credential April 1 Contact Department
Special Education Orthopedically Impaired Added Auth. Credential April 1 November 1
Speech-Language Pathology Service Credential December 15 No spring admission
Visual Impairments April 1 November 1
Program Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Accounting May 1 October 1
Augmentative and Alternative Communications December 15 No spring admission
Autism Spectrum April 1 November 1
Business in Ethics and Compliance May 1 October 1
Business Principles May 1 October 1
Clinical Laboratory Science November 15 July 1
Clinical Rehabilitation Credential (Orientation & Mobility) April 1 October 1
Computational Linguistics * July 31 December 1
Conflict Resolution May 1 November 1
Dietetics Contact Department No Spring Admission
Enterprise Information Systems May 1 October 1
Ethnic Studies February 1 No spring admission
Ethical Artificial Intelligence May 1 No spring admission
Family Nurse Practitioner January 15 No Spring Admission
Finance May 1 October 1
Genetic Engineering May 1 November 1
History Education May 1 November 1
Immigrant Literacies * May 1 November 1
Inclusive Early Childhood Practices April 1 November 1
International Business and Global Leadership May 1 October 1
Marketing in the Digital Economy May 1 October 1
Pre-Health Professions May 1 October 1 - [Summer Admission: February 1]
Pre-Nursing May 1 October 1 - [Summer Admission: March 1]
Reading May 1 November 1
Rehabilitation Counseling January 15 No Spring Admission
Software Engineering May 1 January 15
Sustainable Business May 1 October 1
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages July 31 December 1
Teaching Critical Thinking May 1 November 1
Teaching of Composition May 1 November 1
Teaching Post-Secondary Reading May 1 November 1
Technical and Professional Writing May 1 November 1
Training Systems Development May 1 November 1
Youth and Human Services Nonprofit Administration May 1 November 1
Program Fall Deadline Spring Deadline
Dietetics (Second Baccalaureate) March 1 November 1
Nursing (ON-CAMPUS) [Second Baccalaureate] November 30 August 31
Nursing (RN to BS) [Second Baccalaureate] December 4 August 31
Nursing (SEQUOIA) [Second Baccalaureate] Contact Department Contact Department
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