Return of the Pack Stay Informed
Main Content Region

Categories of Admission

Categories of Admission

Graduate and postbaccalaureate applicants may apply for a degree, a credential, or a certificate. Depending on their objective, applicants may be accepted in one of the following categories:

Classified Postbaccalaureate Standing

Students who have satisfied the general requirements for admission may be granted classified standing for the purpose of enrolling in a particular postbaccalaureate credential or certificate program. They must also satisfy such additional professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards as are prescribed for the program, including qualifying examinations. Postbaccalaureate students interested in working toward a multiple subjects credential, a single subject credential, a services credential, or a specialist credential must achieve classified standing. Credential candidates should check credential requirements for minimum grade point average with the appropriate credential program.

Conditionally Classified Graduate Standing

Students who have not satisfied all of the general requirements for admission, and/or have deficiencies in prerequisite preparation which can be met by specified additional preparation, including qualifying examinations, may be admitted to a graduate degree curriculum with conditionally classified graduate standing. These deficiencies must be corrected in the specified manner in order for a student to continue in the graduate degree program.

Classified Graduate Standing

Students who have satisfied the general requirements for admission may be admitted to a graduate degree program as classified graduate students, if they satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for admission to the program, including qualifying examinations, and if they have removed deficiencies in the specified manner while in conditionally classified graduate standing. Only those students who show promise of success and fitness will be admitted to graduate degree programs, and only those who continue to demonstrate a satisfactory level of scholastic competence and fitness shall be eligible to continue in such programs.

Professional Licensure and Certification Notice

California State University programs for professions that require licensure or certification are intended to prepare the student to meet California licensure and certification requirements. Admission into programs for professions that require licensure and certification does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or certificate. Licensure and certification requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the California State University and licensure and certification requirements can change at any time.

The California State University has not determined whether its programs meet other states’ educational or professional requirements for licensure and certification. Students enrolled in a California State University program who are planning to pursue licensure or certification in other states are responsible for determining whether they will meet their state’s requirements for licensure or certification. This disclosure is made pursuant to 34 CFR §668.43(a)(5)(v)(C).

For more information, please visit the Chancellor's Office website.