Prospective Graduate Students

Thank you for considering California State University, East Bay as you investigate potential graduate programs.   Cal State East Bay offers over fifty professional and research graduate programs.  These include master's and doctoral degrees, credential programs, and certificate programs.

Please see the resources below to learn about CSUEB Graduate Programs, Graduate School Admissions, cost of attendance and Financial Aid, and Graduate Admissions Tests.

Is Graduate School Right for you? (video)

Cal State Apply - Graduate Applications (slides)

Cost of Attendance and Financial Aid (slides)

The Right Essay (slides)

GRE and GMAT Preparation (slides)


The Office of Graduate Studies coordinates several graduate events for prospective and current graduate students.   Please attend to learn more about our programs.

Apply to the University via Cal State Apply AND apply to a Specific Graduate Program by the published application deadlines.  Please see the Graduate Admissions site for more information and instructions.

Note: Degree and Certificate programs thru Self Support and/or Open University are via Continuing Education. These programs do not receive any California subsidization. Separate registration, enrollment, and/or fee may be required. Contact the department of Continuing Education for complete information about admissions, costs, deadlines, policies, requirements, etc. (Continuing Education aka University Extension).

General Admission Requirements:

The minimum requirements for admission to graduate or post-baccalaureate studies at a CSUEB are in accordance with university regulations as well as Title 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3 of the California Code of Regulations. Specifically, you will qualify for admission if you:

  • have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate;
  • are in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  • have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree;
  • have attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A = 4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted;
  • meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations and specific course and/or grade prerequisites, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe.
If you meet the minimum requirements for graduate and post-baccalaureate studies, you will be considered for admission. Due to enrollment demands, most programs cannot admit second baccalaureate degree students.


Departmental Admission Requirements:

Please visit the Colleges and Departments of your Graduate Program and/or contact the Program Coordinator.

College of Business & Economics

 College of Education & Allied Studies

 College of Letters, Arts, & Social Science

 College of Science

The International Admissions Office handles the matters pertaining to the admission of international students regarding student visas, eligibility for employment, special academic requirements, policies, etc.
The CSU must assess the academic preparation of international students. For this purpose, “international students” include those who hold U.S. temporary visas as students, exchange visitors, or in other non-immigrant classifications. California residents and U.S. citizens with international transcripts are also classified as “international students” for admission evaluation purposes. Cal State East Bay uses separate requirements and application filing dates in the admission of “foreign students”. Verification of English proficiency, financial resources, and academic performance are each important in consideration for admission.

English Language Requirements:

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 postsecondary 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) or 80 on the Internet based (TOEFL iBT). Some programs require a higher score.

A student is considered a Graduate Student at Cal State East Bay if they have been admitted as:

  • A Post-Baccalaureate Student
  • A Master’s Student
  • A Doctoral Student
Graduate and Post-baccalaureate Admission Categories:

Students who meet the minimum requirements for graduate and post-baccalaureate studies may be considered for admission in one of the four following categories:

  • Graduate Classified - To pursue a graduate degree, applicants are required to fulfill all of the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus; or 
  • Graduate Conditionally Classified - Applicants may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authority, deficiencies may be remedied by additional preparation; or
  • Post-Baccalaureate Classified (e.g. admission to an education credential program) - Persons wishing to enroll in a credential or certificate program will be required to satisfy additional professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus; or
  • Post-Baccalaureate Unclassified - To enroll in undergraduate courses as preparation for advanced degree programs or to enroll in graduate courses for professional or personal growth, applicants must be admitted as post-baccalaureate unclassified students. By meeting the general requirements, applicants are eligible for admission as post-baccalaureate unclassified students. Admission in this status does not constitute admission to, or assurance of consideration for admission to, any graduate degree or credential program.