Office of Admissions & Enrollment Planning

Masters Requirements

CSU Eligibility

CSU Eligibility

Masters students must meet the minimum California State University eligibility requirements listed below as the first step in being considered for admission.

  • Have completed an acceptable baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited or internationally recognized institution
  • Are in good academic standing at the last college of university attended
  • Have attained a grade-point average of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter units) attempted
  • Satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate studies, which may include qualifying examinations

Fall 2020 update: Due to test center closures and in-person test cancellations worldwide due to COVID 19, the GMAT and GRE requirements have been waived for all Fall 2020 applicants. 

Please refer directly to specific academic department website for additional admissions criteria and standardized test requirements (GMAT and/or GRE).

Final college transcripts will be due to Cal Poly Pomona as indicted on your Bronco Direct account "to-do" list.

In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic, Cal Poly Pomona is requesting that your send your Final Official Transcripts electronically. If your sending institution does not offer electronic transcripts, we recommend using the following services:

If sending PDF transcripts, please indicate the recipient email is “”

Should these services not be available for your sending institution, please mail to:

Cal Poly Pomona
Attn: Admissions & Enrollment Planning
3801 W. Temple Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768

*Please do not open transcripts, otherwise they will be considered unofficial and we will not be able to accept them. Allow 2 week for transcripts to be processed and reflected on your “to-do” list.

Due to cancellations of in-person testing worldwide as a result of COVID-19, Cal Poly Pomona has approved the temporary use of the Duolingo test. Duolingo test can be taken in lieu of the TOEFL or IELTS by June 30, 2020. 

Graduate Minimum Duolingo Score: 105 (MA English requires 120)

Graduate applicants who are required to demonstrate English Proficiency for Fall 2020 can make use of this temporary accommodation or submit a TOEFL or IELTS score, if available.

International Students

All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who have not completed at least three years of full-time enrollment at a secondary and/or college/university level where English is the principal language of instruction are required to meet minimum English proficiency.


Required scores and exams accepted are:

Test of Englishsh as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)               80 ibt (MA English requires 100)

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)      6.5 (MA English requires 7.0)

English Proficiency Waiver

Exempt countries where English is the national language include: Antigua, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, Botswana, Canada (except Québec), Ghana, Guyana, Ireland, Jamaica, Kenya, New Zealand, Nigeria, Scotland, South Africa, Trinidad, the United Kingdom, the United States, Virgin Islands and Wales.

You may also qualify for an English proficiency waiver if you attended an institution where the medium of instruction is English (e.g. U.S. university) for at least three years.