Graduate Student Admission Requirements
There are several ways to meet the English proficiency requirement for graduate admission to Humboldt State University.
1. A minimum TOEFL score of 550 PBT or 80 IBT that was received within two years of applying to HSU. The score must be sent to us directly by the Educational Testing Service (ETS);
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A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 that was received within two years of applying to HSU. The score must be sent to us directly by the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
2. You do not need to send your TOEFL or IELTS score if:
You have completed a general education English composition course at a California community college or university;
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You have graduated from a four-year U.S. high school and have completed four years of English courses with a grade of “B” or higher.
3. If your native language is English and/or the majority of your education has been in English, you may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirements. Please inquire at the time of application.
4. Students attending the International English Language Institute (IELI) located on the HSU campus will be admitted with certification from the IELI Supervising Teacher. This certification is accepted in lieu of of the TOEFL test.
An international applicant may be admitted to a campus as an unclassified post-baccalaureate student if the applicant satisfies the requirements of each of the three following lettered subdivisions:
a. The applicant holds an acceptable baccalaureate degree earned at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or the applicant has completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by the appropriate campus authority; and
b. The applicant has satisfied any one of the following three numbered conditions:
1. The applicant has attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree,
2. The applicant has attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted;
3. The applicant holds an acceptable post baccalaureate degree earned at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association;
c. The applicant was in good standing at the last institution of higher education attended.
Master's applicants must satisfy admission requirements from both the major department and the Center for International Programs.
Applicants to graduate (master's) programs are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 and hold a valid degree from the country in which they graduated. Graduate applicants are advised to contact their specific graduate departments (PDF*) directly for additional requirements, documents, minimum grade point averages, and application deadlines (for instance, applicants to some graduate programs must submit official GRE test results, and nearly all departments require a statement of objectives and three letters of recommendation). Graduate applicants must satisfy admission requirements for both their academic department and international admissions.
Please submit the following documents to International Student Admissions, at the address listed below.
Apply online at CSU Mentor (Recommended)
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If you have trouble applying online: Paper Application for Admission (PDF)
Required Supporting Application Materials
- Application Fee of U.S. $55.00 (non-refundable). Can be paid online when you submit your application. If you submit a paper application, pay online here.
- Certification of Financial Support: Graduate (PDF) or Certification of Financial Support: Graduate MBA (PDF)
- Official Transcripts of Academic Records (Translated to English)
- English Language Requirement
- International Student Transfer Form (PDF) (Only if transferring from another U.S. school)
Please mail the above items to:International Student Admissions
Center for International Programs
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
Note: we encourage you to review the deadlines and dates here. Please contact the department you are interested in for more information.
Graduate programs often have special requirements and deadlines. If you are a graduate student, you must check with the department to which you are applying for special requirements and deadlines.
Please be aware that the application deadlines for graduate programs for international students are different from those for domestic students. The deadline for the fall semester is March 1st of the same year—unless the department has an earlier deadline, in which case the department's deadline must be used. If the department accepts applications for spring, the deadline is 1 October of the preceding year—unless the department has an earlier deadline, in which case the department's deadline must be used.
Please note that the CSU Mentor online application process for fall opens on October 1st of the preceding year while the online application process for spring opens on August 1st of the preceding year.
For a PDF list of graduate programs, application deadlines, and contact information, please download it here.
It generally takes one week to evaluate a complete file and make a decision. After your filed is evaluated in the Center for International Programs, it is then forwarded to the graduate department for decision. Your application must be complete by the application deadline (received by closed of business on that date), or you will need to reapply for the following semester.
The following figures are based upon enrollment in a minimum of 9 units per semester for graduates, as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The cost of tuition is $372 per unit; therefore, the chart below calculates $372 x 18 units for graduate students for one academic year. Estimates do not include the fees or living expenses for the summer semester.
Graduate MBA Students
The following figures are based upon enrollment in a minimum of 12 units per semester (fall and spring) and 8 units during the summer term.
The cost of tuition is $372 per unit during the fall and spring semesters; therefore, the chart below calculates $372 x 24 units for MBA graduate students for two semesters. The cost of summer tuition is $220 per unit; therefore, thechart below calculates $220 x 8 units for MBA graduate students for the summer term.
An additional Graduate Business Professional Fee of $278 per unit for the fall and spring semesters will be applied to all Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate program participants. This fee is not assessed for the summer term.
The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees.
Please visit the Costs section of our Frequently Asked Questions page for a breakdown of tuition and fees.