Admission to Master's Degree & Graduate Certificate Programs

Be sure to visit Cal Poly Admissions for important information about applying to Graduate Programs at Cal Poly.

If you are considering student financial aid to help finance your graduate education, we recommend that you familiarize yourself with the information on Cal Poly Office of Financial Aid.

Please pay close attention to deadlines for filing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) and the California State Dream Loan applications.

Apply - Master's Degree & Graduate Certificate Programs

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.

Please review the policy on State Authorization for Distance Learning prior to applying for online programs.

Cal Poly San Luis Obispo uses separate requirements and application filing dates for the admission of international students. International students should refer to the international and application deadline page for more information.

Please note:  International graduate students may now apply for the winter and spring quarters.  The application deadline for winter quarter is September 1. The application deadline for the spring quarter is December 1.  Be advised the application deadline is the file completion deadline for all graduate programs.

Get more information on our Master degree programs, or you can reference the Cal Poly catalog.
 

Cal State Apply opens for applicants
1-Jun
1-Aug
1-Oct
1-Oct

Application Deadlines

College of Agriculture (CAFES) Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Agriculture 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21
Agriculture w/Bioresource & Agriculture Systems 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21
Agriculture w/Animal Science 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21
Agriculture w/Crop Science 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21
Agriculture w/Dairy Products Technology 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21
Agriculture w/Horticulture Science 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21
Agriculture w/Irrigation 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21
Agriculture w/Plant Protection Science 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21
Agriculture w/Water Engineering 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21
Agricultural Education 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21
Agricultural Education w/Agriculture Specialist 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21
Agricultural Education w/Agriculture       4/1/21
Environmental Sciences & Management 11/1/20     4/1/21
Food Science 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21
Nutrition   2/1/21   4/1/21
College of Architecture (CAED) Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Architecture       2/1/21
Architectural Engineering 11/1/20     2/1/21
City & Regional Planning 11/1/20     2/1/21
City & Regional Planning (Transportational Planning) w/Civil & Environmental Engineering (MS)       3/1/21
College of Business (OCOB) Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Business Administration       6/1/21
Business Administration, MBA
w/ specialization in Graphic Communication Document Systems Management
      6/1/21
Accounting       6/1/21
Business Analytics       6/1/21
Packaging Value Chain (Certain applicants may be restricted from applying**)       6/1/21
Quantitative Economics       6/1/21
Taxation*       6/1/21
College of Liberal Arts (CLA) Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
English 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21
History 11/1/20     4/1/21
Psychology       1/6/21
Public Policy, MPP 11/1/20     4/1/21
College of Engineering (CENG) Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Aerospace Engineering       1/4/21
Biomedical Engineering       3/1/21
Biomedical Engineering
w/ specialization in Regenerative Medicine
      3/1/21
Civil & Environmental Engineering 11/1/20     1/4/21
Computer Science 9/30/20     2/1/21
Electrical Engineering 11/1/20     3/1/21
Engineering Management       3/1/21
Industrial Engineering       3/1/21
Mechanical Engineering       1/4/21
College of Science & Math (CSM) Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Biological Sciences       2/1/21
Biological Sciences
w/ specialization in Regenerative Medicine
      2/1/21
Mathematics       4/1/21
Polymers & Coating Science 11/1/20     4/1/21
School of Education (SOE) Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Higher Education Counseling and Student Affairs       2/1/21
Educational Leadership and Administration       4/1/21
Special Education       4/1/21
Curriculum and Instruction       4/1/21
Multiple Subject Credential - Multiple Subject Instruction 11/1/20     4/1/21
Specialist Credential/Certificate - Agriculture Specialist       4/1/21
Educational Leadership & Administration - Administrative Services, Preliminary       4/1/21
Graduate Certificates Winter 2021 Spring 2021 Summer 2021 Fall 2021
Fire Protection Engineering Science (Certificate) Online 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21
Fire Protection Engineering Applications (Certificate) Online 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21
Fire Protection Engineering Campus Only 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21
Fire Protection Engineering Online 11/1/20 2/1/21   4/1/21

*Programs not accepting international applications

**Due to the CSU State Authorization (NC-SARA), effective March 1, 2019, Cal Poly is unable to accept new applications for admissions to online/distance programs and courses from students residing in the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, North Carolina, and Oregon. Get more information and review the policy regarding State Authorization for Distance Learning.

 GRE may be required, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator (Winter 2021 and Spring 2021 deadlines only)

Graduate Record Examination (GRE)

All Programs

If an applicant has below a 2.50 GPA, the GRE is required with scores at or above the 50th percentile in Quantitative, Verbal, and Writing.

Fall 2021 GRE information will be determined in September 2020.