Program Applications

Applying to graduate programs at San Diego State University is a multiple step process -- including the Cal State Apply university application, submission of official transcripts and test scores, and (in most cases) a separate program application which may require a statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, and other materials.

Program-specific applications are collected by each graduate program -- not Graduate Admissions. Please review the individual academic program for specific instructions, requirements and deadlines.

Questions regarding program specific documents should be directed to the department. Contact information for each department and links to the department website can be found on the academic program page for your major.

Information about the university application (Cal State Apply), can be found on the Graduate Admissions website.

GRE/GMAT Information: Graduate Admissions Policy Changes

San Diego State University has suspended the GRE/GMAT requirement as a campus-wide application requirement for all graduate programs. However, some programs may require the exam for their supplemental application. Please visit the program's website to see if the GRE/GMAT is required.

Questions? Need Support?

Questions about the Cal State Apply application? Visit Frequently Asked Questions.

Other questions about the general university application? Visit Graduate Admissions

For questions not answered there, email [email protected], or [email protected] for international applicants. 

Questions about specific program requirements or admission decisions? See the graduate program's website or email the program advisor directly. 

Questions about official transcripts and test scores? Visit see Step 3 and Step 4 on the Graduate Admissions Steps to Apply page

Still have questions about transcripts or test scores? Email [email protected], or [email protected] for international applicants.  

Nearly all graduate programs use the Interfolio application to receive additional materials that aren't part of Cal State Apply (for example, letters of recommendation). To verify for your program, check the list of Open Program Applications.

Option 1: Check the Interfolio - FAQs and Instructions section of this page.

Option 2: Interfolio provides technical support to applicants and recommenders. Support can be reached in the following ways:

  1. For help signing up, accessing your Interfolio account, or submitting your application, please visit the Interfolio help and support section.
  2. Call Interfolio Support at (877) 997-8807 (Monday - Friday | 9 AM - 6 PM EST)
  3. Email Support at [email protected]

Option 3: Questions about the application process, application requirements, and other questions/concerns should be directed to the program coordinator or graduate advisor. You can find contact information on the Graduate Admissions website on the Academic Programs page or by visiting the program's website.

Other questions about application requirements or the status of your admission decision? See the graduate program's website, or email the program advisor directly. 

Interfolio - FAQs and Instructions

Visit your program's website for a direct link to the Interfolio application, or check this list of open program applications.

Please use this Applicant User Guide for instructions on how to submit your program application using Interfolio.

Navigate to the Interfolio login page and enter your email address and password to return to your application. Here you can continue working on your application, check the status of letters of recommendation, re-send letter of recommendation invitation emails, and review your submitted application materials.

  • Navigate to the Interfolio login page.
  • Click on Sign In, then Forgot Your Password, enter your email address, and click Send Password.
  • Follow instructions sent to your email to reset your password.

Prospective International Students

San Diego State University accepts applications from Graduate or Post-baccalaureate applicants who hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution or one approved by a Ministry of Education and who will study in the U.S. on an F-1 Visa. To learn more about the application process, please visit the International Graduate Admissions website
You may also contact International Admissions at:
International Admissions
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego, CA 92182-7455
[email protected]
Campus Location: SSW 1575