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.
|College of Agriculture (CAFES)||Winter 2021||Spring 2021||Summer 2021||Fall 2021|
|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/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 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|
|College of Architecture (CAED)||Winter 2021||Spring 2021||Summer 2021||Fall 2021|
|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, MBA
w/ specialization in Graphic Communication Document Systems Management
|Packaging Value Chain (Certain applicants may be restricted from applying**)||6/1/21|
|College of Liberal Arts (CLA)||Winter 2021||Spring 2021||Summer 2021||Fall 2021|
|Public Policy, MPP||11/1/20||4/1/21|
|College of Engineering (CENG)||Winter 2021||Spring 2021||Summer 2021||Fall 2021|
w/ specialization in Regenerative Medicine
|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|
|College of Science & Math (CSM)||Winter 2021||Spring 2021||Summer 2021||Fall 2021|
w/ specialization in Regenerative Medicine
|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|
|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)
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.