College of Science

Instructional Science and Technology M.S.

Admissions Fully Online

General requirements for admission to graduate (and other post-baccalaureate) studies at any CSU campus are established by Title 5.1.3 of the California Code of Regulations and by university regulations. A complete application guide for the Cal State Apply - MIST application can be found here.

Our application will open on October 1st on Cal State Apply!

Quality online education

CSUMB was recently ranked as one of the ten best options for obtaining a degree online by College Choice.

Deadlines at a glance

  • October 1, 2021 - Application period opens for Fall 2022
  • December 15, 2021 - Priority application and document deadline
  • March 1, 2022 - Priority application review and selection
  • May 31, 2022 - Final application deadline
  • Students who are interested in beginning their studies before Fall 2022 should contact mist@csumb.edu to explore early enrollment options.

Application process

Step 1

  • Complete and submit an application form at calstate.edu/apply and pay the $70 application fee to CSUMB.
  • In the Apply Online tab, select Graduate Admission Applications.
  • Select Fall 2021 as the application term.
  • Choose CSU Monterey Bay Graduate as the campus.
  • For "Major/Program objective" select Instructional Science and Technology: Online
  • Follow directions for the $70 application fee.
  • Complete and submit the application.

Step 2

After your Cal State Apply application has been submitted, you will receive an email from CSUMB with information on how to access your CSUMB username, CSUMB.edu dashboard and MIST program application. This process may take up to 5 business days.

Step 3

After gaining access to the MIST program graduate application, you will upload the documents required for admission to the MIST program. These are as follows:

  • Current resume/CV
  • Email addresses for two (2) letters of reference or recommenders can fill out the form here.
  • Statement of purpose (1000-2000 words)
  • All college transcripts (copies are acceptable) uploaded to your MIST application
  • All original official college transcripts sent to the following address:
Graduate Admissions
100 Campus Center, Bldg. 47
Seaside, CA  93955
  • TOEFL Examination and course by course Foreign Credential Evaluation may be required if you have international coursework or English is not your native language

Note: If you have international coursework and/or English is not your native language, please consult the CSU Monterey Bay International Student Admission Requirements. It is possible that you will also need to take the TOEFL examination and provide the university with a Foreign Credential Evaluation.

  • Transcripts

    • One official transcript from all higher education institutions attended must be mailed to the Office of Admissions at the address listed above. (We recommend that you request an additional copy to be mailed directly to you. Leave the envelope unopened until you have confirmation that Admissions has received your official transcripts.)
    • One transcript (unofficial are acceptable) from all higher education institutions attended must be also be uploaded to your MIST graduate application portal.
    • A GPA of 3.0 is expected for the most recent 60 units of college-level work attempted. GPA between 2.5 and 3.0 may be considered with substantial alternative demonstration of ability to succeed in the program.

    Statement of purpose

    Include a 1000-2000 word Statement of Purpose (statement of educational and professional goals) that demonstrates your writing ability.

    Letters of reference

    Email addresses for two letters of reference uploaded to your MIST graduate application portal. Letters should come from individuals familiar with your professional or academic work. Please inform your references to watch out for an email from CSUMB that has instructions about submitting the recommendation letter.

    Test scores

    GRE (optional): We recommend that you take the GRE test to improve your competitive standing but it is not required. CSUMB's school code for ETS is 1945.

    Foreign credit and TOEFL

    If you have international coursework and/or English is not your native language, please consult the CSU Monterey Bay International Student Admission Requirements. It is possible that you will also need to take the TOEFL examination and provide the university with a Foreign Credential Evaluation. Please read below for more information about the requirements for the TOEFL and Foreign Credential Evaluation.

    If you need assistance regarding the online application or admissions requirements, please contact the Student Services Coordinator at mist@csumb.edu.

    All transcripts from schools outside the United States must be sent, at the applicant's expense, to a foreign credential evaluation service.

    A detailed "course-by-course" report is required for all programs. Foreign credential evaluations can be obtained at these services.

    TOEFL (if applicable): For those students required to demonstrate English proficiency, the MIST program requires a TOEFL score of 80 or above.

    Applicants with degrees from foreign universities should visit Admissions & Recruitment for more information about English proficiency requirements and Foreign Credential Evaluations.

  • December 15 - Priority application and document deadline

    Capacity of the MIST program is limited. Applications received by this date with all required supporting documents (see the list of required documents above) are eligible for priority application review and selection. Qualified applicants have a better chance of selection during the priority review due to less competition for available spaces than at the final review.

    February 15 - Application deadline for applicants with foreign coursework

    Applications that include transcripts from foreign colleges and universities take longer to process than applications for applicants who have never taken courses in another country. Also, the time needed for correspondence and obtaining documents can take months.

    Applicants with foreign coursework should apply as soon as possible to avoid denial due to missing documents on the final document deadline listed below. Applications may still be accepted after this date if space is available.

    March 1 - Priority application review and selection

    The MIST candidate selection committee will convene for a priority review of eligible applications. Applicants selected for the program will be given priority admission to the program. Applicants not selected at this time will either be denied or held over for inclusion in the final application review and selection.

    May 31 - Final application deadline extended, review, and selection

    The MIST candidate selection committee will convene for a final review of eligible applications. Applicants selected for the program will be given admission to the program if spaces are available in the program.

    Applicants not selected at this time may be denied, moved to a waiting list (in case any selected students elect not to attend), or advised of additional information requests if there are any remaining spaces available after this date.

More information

For questions regarding the program, contact MIST Fully Online Program Director Dr. Bude Su at (831)-582-4558 or email bsu@csumb.edu or email mistfullyonline@csumb.edu.

California State University is in the process of requesting state authorization for our distance education programs. However, at this time we can not accept students from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Tennessee.

For additional information or the CSU Student complaint process visit "Accreditation and State Regulatory Authorizations".