Admission Requirements

– Master of Arts in Education, Educational Administration

  1. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution
  2. Minimum 2.50 GPA in undergraduate coursework
  3. Official transcripts from ALL postsecondary institutions
  4. Two letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate's work in the field of education
  5. Statement of purpose – a typed, double-spaced, one-to-two page statement which tells about you and why you wish to pursue a master's degree in education. Things you might include are: your goals, ideals, experiences, special skills, community service, etc.
  6. Reside in an approved state

Credential Requirements – in order to be eligible for a California Advanced Credential (Administrative Preliminary Services) the following documents must be submitted to the University 24 weeks prior to completing the program.

  1. Employment verification indicating at least 5 years of successful full-time experience in a public, nonpublic, or private school of equivalent status. This experience may be teaching, pupil personnel work, librarianship, health services, clinical, or rehabilitative services. Substitute or part-time service does not apply.
  2. A clear credential
  3. Proof of satisfying Basic Skills

Please understand admission into programs leading to licensure and credentialing does not guarantee that students will obtain a license or credential. Licensure and credentialing requirements are set by agencies that are not controlled by or affiliated with the CSU and requirements can change at any time. For example, licensure or credentialing requirements can include evidence of the right to work in the United States (e.g., social security number or tax payer identification number) or successfully passing a criminal background check. Students are responsible for determining whether they can meet licensure or credentialing requirements. The CSU will not refund tuition, fees, or any associated costs, to students who determine subsequent to admission that they cannot meet licensure or credentialing requirements. Please contact your academic advisor for information concerning licensure and credentialing requirements related to your program.

*Typically, CSUSM will only consider courses transferrable if earned from a regionally accredited institution. Regionally accredited agencies include: (+/-)

Note: Please review your Student Center at MyCSUSM to ensure we have received your documents in a timely manner.

Submitting Transcripts to California State University

Applicants should submit documents and transcripts to the University after successfully submitting their application to the University. It is the applicant's responsibility to ensure all documents required for admission are submitted to the University by the published deadline. Please note, if you submitted documents and/or transcripts to the University prior to the submitting your application you MUST notify the University by emailing el@csusm.edu.

How to submit your statement of purpose to the University

  • We encourage applicants to upload their statement of purpose at the time of application submission. If you are not prepared to submit your statement of purpose at the time of application submission, you may email your statement to el@csusm.edu.

How to submit your letters of recommendation to the University

  • Please have your recommenders email your letter of recommendation to el@csusm.edu from their professional email address. If your recommender is unable to email your letter, please mail your letter of recommendation to the following address:
    California State University San Marcos
    Attn: Extended Learning
    333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
    San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

How to submit transcripts to the University

  • Transcripts may be submitted either electronically or mailed to the University
    • Electronic Delivery (preferred delivery method)
      • Electronic transcripts can be provided through external or third party vendors (Credential Solutions, eTranscriptCA, National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, etc.). When ordering your transcript, please choose California State University San Marcos as the intended recipient from the school name dropdown. If California State University San Marcos is not listed, please use transcripts@csusm.edu as the recipient email address.
    • Postal Delivery
      • If you select to mail your transcript, please ensure the transcript is in an envelope sealed by your school and addressed to:

        Office of Admissions & Student Outreach
        California State University San Marcos
        333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
        San Marcos, CA 92096-0001

How to submit the documents required for the credential to the University

  • Please submit your documents indicating you have satisfied the basic skills assessment and employment verification via email at el@csusm.eduor mail your documents to the following address:
    California State University San Marcos
    Attn: Extended Learning
    333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
    San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
  • Students with international coursework
    • You must submit academic records from foreign institutions. The original foreign transcript must be on file and if they are not written in English, they must be accompanied by certified English translations. In addition, all foreign transcripts must be evaluated by one of the eight approved CSUSM foreign transcript evaluation agencies.
    • All applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. Typically, applicants demonstrate the English Proficiency requirement by submitting results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) exam. Submission of these test scores should be sent to:

      California State University San Marcos
      Attn: Extended Learning
      333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
      San Marcos, CA 92096-0001
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