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Admission Requirements & Deadlines

Admission Requirements for International Graduate Students

You are considered a graduate & post-baccalaureate applicant if you are applying for a master's or doctorate degree, seeking credentials, or enrolling in graduate courses for personal or professional growth.

Foreign nationals who are not graduates of Cal Poly Pomona will be accepted as graduate students only if they hold a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution in the United States or Canada or have comparable academic credentials from a foreign country.

As an international applicant, you must:

  1. Meet CSU Eligibility Requirements (listed below)
  2. Meet all testing requirements
  3. Have a F-1 student visa
  4. Agree to purchase University Health Insurance each year of enrollment
  5. Submit proof of measles and rubella immunization
  6. Provide certification of financial eligibility or complete the affidavit of financial support
  7. Provide a copy of your passport (name and photo ID pages)

Minimum CSU Eligibility Requirements

You will be considered for graduate admission if:

  • you 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;
  • and satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate studies, which may include qualifying examinations.

Graduate Examinations

Some academic programs require graduate applicants to complete one or more of the following examinations to qualify for admission:

  • The General and/or Subject Test of the GRE
  • The GMAT is required for those who are applying to the Master of Business Administration or Master of Science in Business Administration Programs
  • The Subject Test of the GRE in related subject matter
  • A locally developed qualification exam.

Admission decisions 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 take the TOEFL or IELTS exams and request official results 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 TOEFL 550
Internet-based TOEFL 80
Computer-based TOEFL 213
IELTS Band score varied by program

Some graduate programs have different score requirements.  Click TOEFL to view. 

Important Deadlines for Graduate Applicants

Please note:  Not all academic programs are open for each term.  Please review deadlines carefully for Fall 2015, Winter 2016, Spring 2016, and Fall 2016 quarter application and document deadlines. 

In order to facilitate the issuance of the I-20 and receipt and processing of International documents:

  • Winter 2016: October 1st
  • Spring 2016: January 1st
  • Fall 2016: April 1st
Initial Filing Period Application Deadline Supporting Documents
Credentials October 1 - November 30, 2014 August 1, 2015 September 2, 2015
Graduates October 1 - November 30, 2014 June 15, 2015 July 15, 2015

 

Please note the exception for the following programs:

College of Agriculture
Master of Science in Agricultural Science June 15 July 15
Master of Science in Food & Nutrition Science April 1 May 1

Master of Science (options in: Animal, Irrigation,

and Plant Science)

Not accepting applications for F'15
College of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration August 1 September 1
Master of Science in Business Administration

(Information Systems Auditing)

August 1 September 1
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Master of Science in Psychology April 1 May 1
College of Science
Master of Science in Mathematics April 1 May 1
College of Education & Integrative Studies
Master of Arts in Education August 1 September 2
Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership August 1 September 2
Credential (all programs) August 1 September 2
Administrative Services Credential (all programs) August 1 September 2
Added Authorizations (all programs) August 1 September 2
College of Environmental Design
Master of Interior Architecture April 1 May 1
Master of Architecture January 15 February 15
Master of Landscape Architecture January 15 February 15
Master of Regenerative Studies January 15 February 15
Master of Urban and Regional Planning January 15 February 15
Collins College of Hospitality Management
Master of Science in Hospitality Management July 15 July 15
Initial Filing Period Application Deadline Supporting Documents
Credentials October 1 - November 30
Graduates October 1 - November 30

Please note the exception for the following programs:

College of Agriculture
Master of Science in Agriculture - Agricultural Science Option Not accepting applications for W'16
Master of Science in Agriculture - Animal Science Option Not accepting applications for W'16

Master of Science in Agriculture - Food & Nutrition Science Option

Not accepting applications for W'16

Master of Science in Agriculture - Irrigation Science Option

Not accepting applications for W'16

Master of Science in Agriculture - Plant Science Option

Not accepting applications for W'16
College of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration Not accepting applications for W'16
Master of Science in Accountancy - Accelerated Not accepting applications for W'16
Master of Science in Business Administration - Information Systems Auditing Option Not accepting applications for W'16
College of Education & Integrative Studies
Master of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Instruction Option November 2, 2015 December 2, 2015
Master of Arts in Education - Educational Leadership Option November 2, 2015 December 2, 2015
Master of Arts in Education - Educational Multimedia Option November 2, 2015 December 2, 2015
Master of Arts in Education - Special Education Option November 2, 2015 December 2, 2015
Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership Not accepting applications for W'16
All Credential Programs November 2, 2015 December 2, 2015
College of Engineering
Master of Science in Civil Engineering October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Computer Engineering Option October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Communications & Signal Processing Option October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Robotics and Control Option October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Self Support October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
Master of Science in Engineering October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
Master of Science in Engineering Management October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
Master of Science in Systems Engineering October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
College of Environmental Design
Master of Architecture Not accepting applications for W'16
Master of Interior Architecture October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
Master of Landscape Architecture Not accepting applications for W'16
Master of Regenerative Studies Not accepting applications for W'16
Master of Urban and Regional Planning Not accepting applications for W'16
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Master of Science in Economics - Financial Economics Option October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
Master of Science in Economics - Economic Analysis Option October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
Master of Arts in English - Literature Option November 2, 2015 December 2, 2015
Master of Arts in English - Rhetoric and Composition Option November 2, 2015 December 2, 2015
Master of Arts in English - Teaching English as a Second Language Option November 2, 2015 December 2, 2015
Master of Arts in History Not accepting applications for W'16
Master of Public Administration November 2, 2015 December 2, 2015
Master of Science in Psychology Not accepting applications for W'16
College of Sciences
Master of Biotechnology October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
Master of Science in Biological Sciences October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
Master of Science in Chemistry October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
Master of Science in Computer Science October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
Master of Science in Geology November 2, 2015 December 2, 2015
Master of Science in Kinesiology Not accepting applications for W'16
Master of Science in Mathematics October 1, 2015 November 2, 2015
Collins College of Hospitality Management
Master of Science in Hospitality Management November 2, 2015 December 2, 2015
Initial Filing Period Application Deadline Supporting Documents
Credentials October 1 - November 30
Graduates October 1 - November 30

Please note the exception for the following programs:

College of Agriculture
Master of Science in Agriculture - Agricultural Science Option Not accepting applications for S'16
Master of Science in Agriculture - Animal Science Option Not accepting applications for S'16

Master of Science in Agriculture - Food & Nutrition Science Option

Not accepting applications for S'16

Master of Science in Agriculture - Irrigation Science Option

Not accepting applications for S'16

Master of Science in Agriculture - Plant Science Option

Not accepting applications for S'16
College of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration Not accepting applications for S'16
Master of Science in Accountancy - Accelerated Not accepting applications for S'16
Master of Science in Business Administration - Information Systems Auditing Option Not accepting applications for S'16
College of Education & Integrative Studies
Master of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Instruction Option February 12, 2016 March 14, 2016
Master of Arts in Education - Educational Leadership Option February 12, 2016 March 14, 2016
Master of Arts in Education - Educational Multimedia Option February 12, 2016 March 14, 2016
Master of Arts in Education - Special Education Option February 12, 2016 March 14, 2016
Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership Not accepting applications for S'16
All Credential Programs February 12, 2016 March 14, 2016
College of Engineering
Master of Science in Civil Engineering January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Computer Engineering Option January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Communications & Signal Processing Option January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Robotics and Control Option January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Self Support January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Science in Engineering January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Science in Engineering Management January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Science in Systems Engineering January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
College of Environmental Design
Master of Architecture Not accepting applications for S'16
Master of Interior Architecture January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Landscape Architecture Not accepting applications for S'16
Master of Regenerative Studies Not accepting applications for S'16
Master of Urban and Regional Planning Not accepting applications for S'16
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Master of Science in Economics - Financial Economics Option January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Science in Economics - Economic Analysis Option January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Arts in English - Literature Option February 12, 2016 March 14, 2016
Master of Arts in English - Rhetoric and Composition Option February 12, 2016 March 14, 2016
Master of Arts in English - Teaching English as a Second Language Option February 12, 2016 March 14, 2016
Master of Arts in History Not accepting applications for S'16
Master of Public Administration Not accepting applications for S'16
Master of Science in Psychology Not accepting applications for S'16
College of Sciences
Master of Biotechnology January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Science in Biological Sciences January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Science in Chemistry January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Science in Computer Science January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Science in Geology February 12, 2016 March 14, 2016
Master of Science in Kinesiology Not accepting applications for S'16
Master of Science in Mathematics Not accepting applications for S'16
Collins College of Hospitality Management
Master of Science in Hospitality Management Not accepting applications for S'16
Initial Filing Period Application Deadline Supporting Documents
Credentials October 1 - November 30
Graduates October 1 - November 30

Please note the exception for the following programs:

College of Agriculture
Master of Science in Agriculture - Agricultural Science Option April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Science in Agriculture - Animal Science Option Not accepting applications for F'16

Master of Science in Agriculture - Food & Nutrition Science Option

April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016

Master of Science in Agriculture - Irrigation Science Option

Not accepting applications for F'16

Master of Science in Agriculture - Plant Science Option

Not accepting applications for F'16
College of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
Master of Science in Accountancy - Accelerated June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
Master of Science in Business Administration - Information Systems Auditing Option June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
College of Education & Integrative Studies
Master of Arts in Education - Curriculum and Instruction Option June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
Master of Arts in Education - Educational Leadership Option June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
Master of Arts in Education - Educational Multimedia Option June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
Master of Arts in Education - Special Education Option June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
Educational Doctorate in Educational Leadership June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
All Credential Programs August 1, 2016 September 1, 2016
College of Engineering
Master of Science in Civil Engineering April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Computer Engineering Option April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Communications & Signal Processing Option April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Robotics and Control Option April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering - Self Support April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Science in Engineering April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Science in Engineering Management April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Science in Systems Engineering April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
College of Environmental Design
Master of Architecture January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Interior Architecture June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
Master of Landscape Architecture January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Regenerative Studies January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
Master of Urban and Regional Planning January 15, 2016 February 15, 2016
College of Letters, Arts & Social Sciences
Master of Science in Economics - Financial Economics Option June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
Master of Science in Economics - Economic Analysis Option June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
Master of Arts in English - Literature Option April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Arts in English - Rhetoric and Composition Option April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Arts in English - Teaching English as a Second Language Option April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Arts in History April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Public Administration June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
Master of Science in Psychology April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
College of Sciences
Master of Biotechnology April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Science in Biological Sciences April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Science in Chemistry April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Science in Computer Science April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Master of Science in Geology June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
Master of Science in Kinesiology June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016
Master of Science in Mathematics April 1, 2016 May 2, 2016
Collins College of Hospitality Management
Master of Science in Hospitality Management June 1, 2016 July 1, 2016