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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!

Apply to the MIST Program

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, 2020 - Application period opens for Fall 2020
  • December 15, 2020 - Priority application and document deadline
  • March 1, 2021 - Priority application review and selection
  • May 31, 2021 - Final application deadline
  • Students who are interested in beginning their studies before Fall 2021 should contact to explore early enrollment options.

Application Process

Step 1

  • Complete and submit an application form at 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, 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.

More Information

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

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".

Instructional Science & Technology MS

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