Graduate Admission Requirements

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You may apply for a Graduate program if you have earned the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor’s degree.

The graduate admission application to Cal State East Bay is a two part process. You must meet the requirements of both the university and the graduate department to be considered for admission. 

Check the Requirements below:

  • Have the equivalent of a minimum 2.5 GPA. Some graduate departments have higher GPA requirements.
  • Have the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree. If you were educated outside of the U.S., you must have earned a degree equivalent to a 4-year U.S. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Some graduate departments may consider highly qualified candidates with 3-year bachelor’s degrees that have been evaluated by WES. See Q4 of the International Admissions FAQ for a list of programs that may consider 3-year degrees.
  • Some graduate programs require additional test scores (such as GRE or GMAT) or supplemental documents as part of their admission process.  When these documents are required, they must be submitted directly to the department by whichever means they specify (e.g. some departments collect materials via Cal State Apply 4th quadrant; some departments require that letters of recommendation be emailed to the department, etc.)
  • Visit the Graduate Program page for a list of Cal State East Bay program/department websites to verify departmental admission requirements for your desired program.
  • Contact the Graduate Department if you have questions about their academic requirements and deadlines.  
  • Please note: Some Graduate Departments have earlier deadlines than the standard International Admissions deadline.  

We accept the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) iBT version or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic version of the exams.TOEFL Essentials, IELTS General Training, PTE, or Duolingo English tests are not accepted.

Accepted English Proficiency Exams:


Minimum Score

TOEFL iBT Total Score


IELTS Academic Overall Score


*Please note scores are only valid for two years from the exam date.

Applicants may fulfill the English language requirement by submitting:

An official transcript showing graduation with a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university, or an international college or university in a country where English is the official language, as given in the list below.

List of countries with official English medium instruction accepted by Cal State East Bay:
Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada (except Quebec), Cayman Islands, Commonwealth Caribbean, Dominica, England, Fiji, Gambia, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana (aka British Guiana), Ireland (Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland), Jamaica, Kiribati, Lesotho, Liberia, Micronesia, Montserrat, Namibia, New Zealand, Saint Helena, Saint Lucia (Caribbean Commonwealth), Scotland, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Trinidad Tobago, United Kingdom, United States, Virgin Islands (US and British), Wales, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.