OFFICE OF ADMISSIONS: Admission Requirements for Graduate Students

The general requirements for admission to graduate and postbaccalaureate studies at a California State University campus are in accordance with university regulations as well as the California Code of Regulations. Specifically, a student shall:

  1. have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities;
  2. be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  3. have attained a grade point average of at least 2.50 (A=4.00) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted; and
  4. satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus authorities may prescribe. In unusual circumstances, exceptions may be made to these criteria.

At Sonoma State University, students seeking graduate degrees or credentials must submit supplemental application materials to the department of their major/program. Please contact the department directly if you need more information about the supplemental requirements.

If applicants meet the minimum requirements for graduate and postbaccalaureate studies, they will be considered for admission in one of the four following categories:

Postbaccalaureate Unclassified

To enroll in courses for professional or personal growth, applicants must be admitted as postbaccalaureate unclassified students. Students must meet the general requirements noted above. Please note that these applications are only reviewed on a space-available basis; depending on enrollment levels, SSU may be closed to these applications entirely. In addition, admission in this status does not constitute admission to, or grant any priority in future admission to, any graduate or credential program. Some departments may restrict enrollment of unclassified students due to heavy enrollment pressure.

Postbaccalaureate Classified

This status is for students admitted to a credential or certificate program.

Graduate Conditionally Classified

Applicants may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in the opinion of the appropriate campus authority, they can remedy deficiencies by additional preparation;

Graduate Classified

This status is for students who are pursuing graduate degrees. Students who are admitted to graduate programs will be required to fulfill all of the requirements prescribed by the campus.