English Proficiency

International student applicants are required to demonstrate satisfactory proficiency in English. The English proficiency requirement can be met in any of the following ways:

Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)

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Undergraduate Minimum

TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based Exam): 500

TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Exam): 61

Graduate Minimum

TOEFL PBT (Paper-Based Exam): 550

TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Exam): 80

The CSUMB TOEFL code is 1945. Please visit the ETS TOEFL website to request your official score report.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

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Undergraduate Minimum

IELTS Overall Band: 6.0

Graduate Minimum

IELTS Overall Band: 6.5

Official IELTS test scores must be sent to the Office of Admissions. Please list CSUMB as a recipient of your scores when you take the test or contact the Test Center where you took the IELTS exam to request that they send an official Test Report Form to CSUMB. More information is in the FAQ section of the IELTS website.

Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE)

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Undergraduate Minimum

PTE: 45

Graduate Minimum

PTE: 65

Official PTE scores must sent directly to CSUMB from Pearson. Please visit the PTE website for additional information.

3 years of education

Applicants who have attended a school full time where English was the primary language of instruction for at least three years immediately preceding admission to CSUMB will have met the English Proficiency requirement.

Terms in which a student's classes are more than 50% ESL (English as a Second Language) courses do not count towards the 3 year total.

Terms in which a student is studying less than full-time do not count towards the 3 year total.

Examples:

  • 3 years of high school in the US or another country where the teachers speak English in all the classes (except foreign language classes)
  • A combination of high school and college (3 years combined) in the US or another country where the teachers speak English in all the classes (except foreign language classes)
  • 3 years of college/university study in the US or another country where the teachers speak English in all the classes (except foreign language classes)

Transfer credit for a course that meets CSUMB General Education area A2

Area A2 Courses

Students transferring credit from a community college or 4-year university that meets the CSUMB General Education Area A2 (Written Communication) requirement will have met the English Proficiency requirement.

If you are attending a California Community College, you can find a list of your college's transferable A2 courses by visiting www.assist.org.

If you are attending any other type of college or university, please send your transcript and a course description/outline of the class that you think may meet the A2 requirement to internationaladmissions@csumb.edu for review.

Other standards for students coming through agents or partner universities

If you are applying to CSUMB through an agency or a partner university, there may be other ways that you can meet the English Proficiency requirement that are outlined in CSUMB's agreement with your agency or university. Please check with your agent or home campus coordinator for details.

What if I do not meet the minimum English proficiency requirements?

CSUMB offers International Conditional Admission to students who meet the academic GPA requirements for admission to an undergraduate degree program but who don't meet our English Proficiency Requirements. Please visit our International Conditional Admission webpage for more information on this exciting program!