Admission Requirements

Degree students

First-time freshman

For students applying directly from secondary school (high school) with no university credit.

All admissions requirements must be met by the end of the term/semester prior to enrollment. No summer coursework is allowed for eligibility purposes for Fall terms. All documents must be submitted in their original language and as certified English translations.

Degree student requirements

Academic requirements

  • Equivalent of a 2.40 Grade Point Average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale in high school
  • High school diploma equivalent or certificate of graduation
  • Official high school transcript (official record of marks/scores/grades)
  • National Test Scores (if required by home country)
  • SAT or ACT scores required for students who graduate from a US high school or a US accredited international school
  • Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit accepted but not required

English language proficiency

The English Proficiency requirement can be satisfied by any of the following:

  • TOEFL iBT score of 61, or paper-based score of 500
  • IELTS score of 6.0
  • PTE score of 45
  • Attending a school full-time where English was the primary language of instruction for at least three years immediately preceding admission to CSUMB
  • There may be alternate options for proving English proficiency. Contact internationaladmissions@csumb.edu to discuss your situation
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If you do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements, you may be eligible for Conditional Admission.

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Lower Division transfer

For students with fewer than 60 transferrable university credits.

All admissions requirements must be met by the end of the term/semester prior to enrollment. No summer coursework is allowed for eligibility purposes for Fall terms. All undergraduate applicants must file one official transcript from each college in which they have enrolled. This includes special sessions, correspondence, and audited courses, as well as any college in which the student was enrolled and withdrew without earning credit. All documents must be submitted in their original language and as certified English translations.

Transfer students

Academic requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA in all transferable university credits
  • Must be in "good standing" with current or most recent college or university
  • Official university or college transcript (official record of marks/scores/grades)
  • Must have completed high school with a minimum 2.4 GPA (on a 4.0 scale)
  • High school diploma equivalent or certificate of graduation
  • Official high school transcript (official record of marks/scores/grades)
  • National Test Scores (if required by home country)
  • SAT or ACT scores required for students who graduate from a US high school or a US accredited international school
  • Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) credit accepted but not required

English language proficiency

The English Proficiency requirement can be satisfied by any of the following:

  • TOEFL iBT score of 61, or paper-based score of 500
  • IELTS score of 6.0
  • PTE score of 45
  • Attending a school full-time where English was the primary language of instruction for at least three years immediately preceding admission to CSUMB
  • Transferring with college credit that meets the CSUMB General Education Area A2 (Written Communication) requirement
  • There may be alternate options for proving English proficiency. Contact internationaladmissions@csumb.edu to discuss your situation
Learn more about English Proficiency

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Upper Division transfer

For students with 60 or more transferrable university credits.

All admissions requirements must be met by the end of the term/semester prior to enrollment. No summer coursework is allowed for eligibility purposes for Fall terms. All undergraduate applicants must file one official transcript from each college in which they have enrolled. This includes special sessions, correspondence, and audited courses, as well as any college in which the student was enrolled and withdrew without earning credit. All documents must be submitted in their original language and as certified English translations.

Upper division transfer

Academic requirements

  • Minimum 2.0 GPA in all transferable university credits
  • Must be in "good standing" with current or most recent college or university
  • Official university or college transcript (official record of marks/scores/grades)

English language proficiency

The English Proficiency requirement can be satisfied by any of the following:

  • TOEFL iBT score of 61, or paper-based score of 500
  • IELTS score of 6.0
  • PTE score of 45
  • Attending a school full-time where English was the primary language of instruction for at least three years immediately preceding admission to CSUMB
  • Transferring with college credit that meets the CSUMB General Education Area A2 (Written Communication) requirement
  • There may be alternate options for proving English proficiency. Contact internationaladmissions@csumb.edu to discuss your situation
Learn more about English Proficiency

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Graduate students

For students who have completed the equivalent of four-year US Bachelor’s Degree

All admissions requirements must be met by the end of the term/semester prior to enrollment. No summer coursework is allowed for eligibility purposes for Fall terms. All documents must be submitted in their original language and as certified English translations.

Grad student

Academic requirements

  • Must have a GPA of 2.5 overall or in the last 60 units completed - some programs required higher GPA's
  • Official university or college transcript (official record of marks/scores/grades)
  • GRE or GMAT, depending on major
  • Some programs require subject tests, secondary application information, resume, letters of recommendation and statement of purpose

English language proficiency

The English Proficiency requirement can be satisfied by any of the following:

  • iBT TOEFL score of 80, or paper-based score of 550
  • IELTS score of 6.5
  • PTE score of 65
  • Attending a school full-time where English was the primary language of instruction for at least three years immediately preceding admission to CSUMB
  • There may be alternate options for proving English proficiency. Contact internationaladmissions@csumb.edu to discuss your situation
Learn more about English Proficiency
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Transfer credit information

Credit by exam

Students who have passed certain IB (International Baccalaureate), AP (Advanced Placement), AS-Level (Advanced Subsidiary), and A-Level (Advanced) exams can earn university credit. We accept AS-Level and A-Level scores from all of the major testing companies.

Visit the Admissions website for more information about which IB and AP subjects qualify for credit and the minimum passing scores.

Students can earn 4 semester units of university-level credit for many AS-level exams, and 8 semester units of university-level credit for many A-level exams.

Please email a copy of your AS- or A-level score report to internationaladmissions@csumb.edu for a preliminary evaluation of credit.

13th year of high school

Students who come from countries where standard pre-university education is 13 years (Norway, for example) may earn a maximum of 30 semester units of university-level credit for coursework and/or exams passed in their 13th year.

Please email a copy of your transcript to internationaladmissions@csumb.edu for a preliminary evaluation of credit.

Semester/year long

Requirements

For students looking to apply for the following semester or year long programs:

  • International Exchange
  • Semester@ CSUMB
  • Summer@ CSUMB
  • National Student Exchange (NSE)
  • CSU International Programs (CSU IP)
CSUMB Semester or Year

Academic requirements

  • Good standing at current university or institution
  • No minimum GPA
  • No test scores required
  • Copy of Transcripts in English required for course placement

English language proficiency

The English Proficiency requirement can be satisfied by any of the following:

  • Minimum TOEFL iBT score of 61 or paper-based score of 500
  • IELTS score of 6.0
  • PTE score of 45
  • If you attended a school full-time where English was the primary language of instruction for at least three years immediately preceding admission to CSUMB
  • There may be alternate options for proving English proficiency. Contact international@csumb.edu to discuss your situation
Learn more about English Proficiency
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