College of the Extended University

Admission Requirements & Applying

All applicants for the Master of Science in Systems Engineering must file an admission application online at Cal State Apply. 

Unconditional Admission: 

  • For unconditional admission, students must hold a B.S. in engineering or engineering-technology from an ABET accredited program. 
  • The applicant must have attained a grade point average of at least 3.0 in all undergraduate upper division mathematics, science, and engineering courses and, likewise in all courses attempted with graduate standing. 

Conditional Admission: 

  • Conditional admission may be granted in very special cases in which the applicant does not satisfy the criteria for unconditional admission, but can demonstrate aptitude for graduate study by submitting test scores of the Graduate Record Examination, letters of recommendation and other relevant documents. Test score required for GRE is a minimum of 306 in the Quantitative and Verbal sections of the exam and must be submitted prior to admission. 

International Applicants: 

  • All applicants from foreign countries are also required to take the GRE and are encouraged to contact the Office of Admissions at least one year in advanced of their application so that all required materials may be supplied in a timely manner for evaluation. Applicants whose native language is not English must submit the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) prior to admission. 

Note: Applicants holding engineering technology degrees may be required to take the GRE Test and/or some preparatory courses with no graduate credit.

Important Dates for Graduate Applicants

Systems Engineering
Quarter of Application Application Deadline Supporting Document Deadline
Winter 2018 October 1, 2017 November 1, 2017
Spring 2018 January 15, 2018 February 15, 2018