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.


Starting Spring 2019 application cycle, the Office of Graduate Studies requires all applicants to upload unofficial copies of transcripts from every college or university attended, including study abroad coursework and community college coursework even if transfer credit appears on your degree transcript to the documents section of the application in the Cal State Apply. The Office of Graduate Studies may request official transcripts from applcants at any time during the application process in order to complete our review. Photographs of documents are not accepted. 

If selected for admission, you must submit official transcripts to the Office of Graduate Studies in order to secure your admission offer. You should mail your official transcripts to:

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

Please call our office at (909) 537-5058 with any questions.

International Students: Please submit transcripts to

California State University, San Bernardino
Center for International Studies and Programs, CE-356
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407

Please call International Admissions at (909) 537-5288 with any questions.

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. 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.