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Applying for Admission

Applying as a International Graduate Student

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Visit our list of Degrees and Programs or the Graduate Studies office to learn more about the graduate programs Cal Poly Pomona offers.  We are currently NOT accepting applications from Second Baccalaureates (applicants pursuing a second bachelor's degree), and Unclassified Post Baccalaureates (applicants who wish to enroll in graduate courses for professional and personal growth).

Apply on-line by the deadline

All applicants are encouraged to apply during the California State University (CSU) initial filing period (October 1 – November 30 for fall admission).  Graduate admission applications are accepted for all academic programs for the fall term. Some graduate programs will accept applications for the winter and spring terms.  If you are applying after the initial filing period, please see our Important Deadlines for Graduates webpage.

 Use the following links to apply:

Graduate application – if you received your baccalaureate degree from a US institution

Graduate application (out of country) – if you received your baccalaureate degree from outside of the United States

Once your application is submitted, we will send you a notification by email to acknowledge receipt of your application.  Cal Poly Pomona makes admission decisions based on self-reported information from the application and it is important that coursework including grades and test scores are entered accurately and completely.

Admitted students who intend to enroll at Cal Poly Pomona will be required to submit an official transcript in order to verify eligibility and high school graduation. Admission decisions may be withdrawn for students who misreported academic information or who have not met the terms of the admission offer.

Submit Required Tests:

Graduate examinations:

Some departments require new graduate students to take the General and/or Subject Test of the GRE before admission. The GMAT is required for those who seek the Master of Business Administration degree or the degree of Master of Science in Business Administration. Some departments also require the Subject Test of the GRE in their subject matter areas. Other departments require a locally developed qualification exam.  Admission generally will depend upon test scores.  Click here to view required exams and desired scores. 

English Proficiency:

Applicants with a bachelor's degree from a college or university where the principal language of instruction was NOT English, must request official results of the TOEFL or IELTs to be mailed directly to the Office of Admissions and Outreach prior to admission. All scores submitted must have been earned within two years of the application date. Required scores are as follows:



Paper Based


Internet Based


Computer Based



Band Score





*Please note:  some graduate programs have different score requirements.

Submit Transcripts or other Required Documents

Official transcripts must be sent directly to the Office of Admissions by the supporting document deadline. Other supporting documents required by individual departments might include unofficial transcripts, a copy of the admission application submitted via, results of the GRE or GMAT, resume, statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, portfolios, etc. Such supplemental materials must usually be sent directly to the department requesting them.

Go to the Graduate Programs website to review the departmental websites to confirm which departments require which supplemental documents. All official documents in languages other than English must include a certified English translation.

Pay the admission application fee

Your application requires a $55 application fee that must be paid by the application deadline.  Failure to pay the application fee will result in your application to Cal Poly Pomona being cancelled.  For more information about fee payment, go to the CSU Mentor website.