Application Process

Are you ready to embark on graduate study? This ten-step process outlines the necessary steps to gain admission to our graduate degree, credential and certificate programs. Our staff is here to help you every step of the way.

Step 1: Select Your Program

Some of our applicants know exactly which program will best suit their needs, but others can benefit from some guidance from our admissions staff. Here are some steps you can take to explore our program offerings.

Step 2: Review the Admissions Requirements

Check out our program pages for application checklists for each of our programs.

Step 3: Review the Application Deadlines

Our deadlines page provides information on when application materials are due for each of our graduate programs.

Step 4: Submit Your Online Application

The online application for graduate admission should be submitted before you send any additional application materials. This creates a record for you in our system, and you will receive log-in information for the MySanDiego portal. On the portal you will be able to check your application status and see which items have been received.

Step 5: Complete Your Application

Ensure that all application materials, including transcripts, letters of recommendation, and test scores (if applicable), are received by the Office of Graduate Admissions by the deadline.

This is also a great time to apply for Financial Aid. We recommend submitting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and applying for other scholarships and grants prior to receiving your admissions decision.

Step 6: Application Review

Applications are reviewed by our faculty using a holistic method in which all pieces of the application are considered. Your application will be reviewed after all required materials are received and in some cases after the application deadline has passed.

If you apply to a program that has both an early/priority and a final deadline, applications are reviewed in batches. Once your application is complete it will be put into the next batch for review.

Step 7: Interview with our Faculty

Many of our graduate programs require an interview for admission. If you are selected for an interview, the program assistant will contact you directly by email or phone to schedule a date.

Step 8: Admissions Decisions

The timing of admissions decisions vary from program to program. Generally, it takes a minimum of 4 weeks from when an application goes complete to receive a decision. Programs requiring admissions interviews generally provide decisions about a week after the interview date. Official admissions decisions are sent via U.S. mail from the Office of Graduate Admissions.

Step 9: Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid begins sending out financial aid awards to admitted applicants in March. Applicants who submit their FAFSA prior to receiving an admissions decision are typically notified of their financial aid award within two weeks of their admission. In some cases, applicants may be asked to submit additional paperwork to the Office of Financial Aid before receiving their award. Financial Aid awards and outstanding requirements are posted on the MySanDiego portal.

Step 10: Confirm Your Enrollment

In order to secure your seat in our incoming class, you will need to submit an enrollment deposit on the MySanDiego portal. Congratulations - you are officially a Torero!

Curious about what comes next? Check out our resources for admitted students.