Graduate Application Process

  1. Apply to the University via Cal State Apply (before March 1, 2019).
    • An SDSU RED ID Number will then be assigned which allows tracking of application status online.

  2. Transcripts & Test Scores to Graduate Admissions (before April 1, 2019).
    • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
    • GRE (and TOEFL/IELTS for international applicants) test scores sent directly from ETS to institution 4682.
    • Send to:
      • Enrollment Services
      • Graduate Admissions Document Processing Unit
      • San Diego State University
      • San Diego, CA 92182-7416

  3. Visit Interfolio Apply Now and look for our department (Public Affairs) where you will upload the following (before April 1, 2019):
    • Upload Letters of Recommendation (two letters professors, employers, or other familiar with your abilities and accomplishments).
    • Unofficial Transcripts.
    • Current Résumé.
    • Upload Personal Statement (500 word essay about your professional and educational a goals).
        MPA Program
      • Would you consider yourself to be:
        • A pre-service student (someone without significant past public sector work experience, or with only entry-level public sector experience), or
        • An in-service student (someone who currently works in the public sector or who has significant past public sector work experience)? (Please note that your response to this question will NOT influence our decision about your admission, as we gladly accept both pre-service and in-service applicants.)

      • Describe your personal commitment to public service and social equity, using examples from your personal experience.
      • What are your professional goals? How do you believe the MPA degree will contribute to these goals?
      • Please include any additional information you think is important to consider while reviewing your application.
      • MCP Program

        In a statement of about 500 words discuss your background and general interest, give your reasons for choosing the Master of City Planning major, and include your professional aspirations and any special area of interest in planning.

        MCJC Program

        In a statement of about 500 words discuss your background and general interest, give your reasons for choosing the Master of Criminal Justice and Criminology major, and include your professional aspirations and any special area of interest in criminal justice and criminology.

International Applicants

In addition to the above application process, International Applicants for admission whose education has been in a foreign country must file an application for admission, official certificates and detailed transcripts of record from each collegiate institution attended. All documents, transcripts, and test scores must be received by Graduate Admissions no later than April 1st. The CSU Mentor On-Line Application and fee must be submitted by March 1st. Effective the Fall 2013 application cycle, all transcripts, including those with international coursework, will be evaluated internally at SDSU. International applicants are required to take the TOEFL (target score of 550 paper/80 iBT) or the IELTS (score of 6.5).

All prospective international student admission inquiries should be sent to International Admissions at intladmission@sdsu.edu.

For more information, contact: