OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS: Graduate Requirements

Graduate and postbaccalaureate applicants may apply for a degree objective or a credential or certificate objective, or may have no program objective. Depending on the objective, SSU will consider an application for admission as follows:

General Requirements

The general requirements for admission to graduate and postbaccalaureate studies at a California State University campus are in accordance with university regulations as well as the California Code of Regulations. Specifically, a student shall:
  1. have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities;
  2. be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  3. have attained a grade point average of at least 2.50 (A=4.00) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted; and
  4. satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe. In unusual circumstances, exceptions may be made to these criteria.

If applicants meet the minimum requirements for graduate and postbaccalaureate studies, they will be considered for admission in one of the four following categories:

Postbaccalaureate Unclassified

To enroll in courses for professional or personal growth, applicants must be admitted as a postbaccalaureate unclassified student. By meeting the general requirements, applicants are eligible for admission as a postbaccalaureate unclassified student. Some departments may restrict enrollment of unclassified students due to heavy enrollment pressure. Admission in this status does not constitute admission to, or assurance of consideration for admission to, any graduate degree or credential program;

Postbaccalaureate Classified

For students wishing to enroll in a credential or certificate program, to satisfy additional professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus;

Graduate Conditionally Classified

Applicants may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in the opinion of the appropriate campus authority, they can remedy deficiencies by additional preparation;

Graduate Classified

To pursue a graduate degree, applicants will be required to fulfill all of the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the campus.