Admission to Master's Degree & Graduate Certificate Programs

The application cycle for Winter 2018 at Cal Poly is open. Be sure to visit the
Cal Poly Admissions Website for important information about applying to Graduate Programs at Cal Poly.

If you have questions about the program to which you would like to apply (program admissions requirements, pre-requisites, curriculum) contact the Faculty Graduate Coordinator for your program.


Important Application Info

The second question of the application states: Have you previously attended a CSU campus and are returning to complete that earlier program of study?
applications to master's program
NEW APPLICANTS TO A MASTER’S PROGRAM will answer NO to this question. If you answer YES incorrectly, you may miss your program deadline.
Official Transcripts
OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS must be sent to the Admissions Office by the application deadline. If you are a Cal Poly undergraduate student you do not need to request that official transcripts be sent to Cal Poly. However, the Cal Poly Admissions Office must have official transcripts from any institution where work was attempted.
Once Submitted
  • Once your application is submitted Cal Poly will begin to review it. If your application is not complete when it is submitted it will not be reviewed and your application will be denied. Do not submit your application and plan to return to it later to amend it or to later upload documents
  • You will receive confirmation from the Cal Poly Admissions Office once your application has been received from Cal State Apply.
  • Be sure to set up your Cal Poly Portal when you receive access from the Cal Poly Admissions Office by email.
  • Be sure to review your “To Do List” on your Cal Poly Portal, and check it periodically as this is how the Admissions Office will communicate with you and also let you know if anything is pending (Official Transcripts, for example) for your application.
  • You will be notified of the decision on your application by email from the Cal Poly Admission Office. Though you may be recommended for admission by your program, only the Cal Poly Admissions Office can make an offer of
Intent-to-Enroll Deposit
In order to secure your enrollment Cal Poly needs to receive notification of your intent-to-enroll and a $250 deposit within 30-days of being accepted into your graduate program. This deposit will be applied towards your first quarter tuition and fees. There are no partial payments and financial aid will not cover the deposit. It is a non-refundable deposit and will not be returned if the applicant does not register for classes in the quarter they are accepted.