How To Apply

Prepare Application Materials:

Prepare application materials in advance before starting the online Cal State Apply application. Application materials vary by program, and may require you to upload:

CV/Resume Essay License
Personal Statement Portfolio Publications
Letters of Recommendation Test Score Reports Credential
Writing Samples Program Application Forms Certifications

Your intended graduate program website will provide detailed instructions for each of the application materials required for review.


To expedite consideration to our graduate program, please upload all unofficial transcripts from institutions you have attended.  The following unofficial transcripts will be required to determine your eligibility:

  • Transcript with your earned degree(s) posted
  • Transcripts where coursework was completed that counted toward your earned degree(s)
  • Transcripts with any post-baccalaureate level coursework taken
  • Transcript from the last institution that you attended

Upload your unofficial transcripts to the DOCUMENTS section in Cal State Apply (photographs of transcripts are not acceptable). If you are unable to upload your transcripts for any reason, we encourage you to finalize your application and email your unofficial transcripts to as soon as possible.  However, please note that uploading your unofficial transcripts with your application will help avoid missing program and early registration deadlines.
If you are officially admitted to our university, you will be required to submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Studies in order to secure your enrollment for the following term.  Once you receive your official notice of admission, please make arrangements to have your official transcripts sent to:

California State University, San Bernardino
Attn: Office of Graduate Studies, CH-123
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407

You may contact our office at (909) 537-5058 or with any questions regarding your graduate application.

International Students: Please submit your transcripts to the Office of International Admissions.  You may contact them at (909) 537-5288 or

Cal State Apply:

The Office of Graduate Studies has created this Cal State Apply Application Tutorial to assist our prospective applicants. A Login Name and Password will need to be created before starting the application process. Start the application process here, and follow the steps outlined in the tutorial.

For technical support with the Cal State Apply application, please contact the customer service using the Live Chat feature in the application. Alternatively, you can call 857-304-2087 or email for further assistance. Please provide CAS ID # with request (the CAS ID # located under your name in the upper-right corner of the application).

For other admissions-related questions, please email us at

Step 1: Create Your Account and Complete Your Profile

TIP: Students who will study on a F1/J1 visa must select Non-Resident for U.S. Citizenship Status under your Extended Profile.

Please note: You will only see a list of programs that aligns with your academic degree objective.

Step 2: Select the Programs to Which You Want to Apply

Narrow your program options using the provided filters.

       Campus: Select "CSU San Bernardino"
       Location: Select "Main Campus"
       Delivery Format: "Select "Face-to-Face" (Face-to-Face: instructions takes place in a traditional classroom)
       Start Term: Select "Fall, Winter, or Spring"

The Online Application is comprised of four sections

Review our TIPS for completing each of these sections.

Please provide us with some basic information. Fields noted as "Optional" may be skipped. You do not need to enter your individual college coursework under Academic History and may skip over that section. We recommend that you select "I don't have a GPA to add" in the GPA entry field. The Office of Graduate Studies will calculate your GPA as part of our review.
Upload your Statement of Purpose to the Supporting Materials section.

If the program you are applying to requests that letters of recommendation be submitted through Cal State Apply, this will be done in the Program Materials section. Use the Evaluations tab to manage submission of letters of recommendation. Letter writer email addresses should be from professional or academic organizations (ex., or, not personal email addresses.

Note that some programs request that letters of recommendation be mailed directly to them as hard copies or E-mailed directly to them. Consult the webpage of the department you are applying to or contact the program coordinator if you have questions about how to submit letters of recommendation.