Graduate Student Application Process 

Graduate applicants are advised to contact their specific graduate departments (PDF*) directly for additional requirements, documents, minimum grade point averages, and application deadlines (for instance, applicants to some graduate programs must submit official GRE test results, and nearly all departments require a statement of objectives and three letters of recommendation).

Graduate applicants must satisfy admission requirements for both their academic department and international admissions.

STEP 1: Apply Online at Cal State Apply (view instructions here)

  • Application Fee of U.S. $55.00 (increasing to $70 for Fall 2020) (non-refundable) can be paid online when applying on Cal State Apply.

STEP 2: Submit the Certification of Financial Support.

STEP 3: Submit Official Transcripts of Academic Records (translated to English)

STEP 4: Send Proof of English Proficiency

  • All test scores must be sent to us directly from the examination company.
  • Score reports that were issued to students will not be accepted.     
  • We accept many different tests. To see the list, view here

STEP 5: Send Photocopy of your passport

STEP 6: Submit International Student Transfer Form (only if transferring from a U.S. school)

STEP 7: Submit Student Consent for Release of Information if you are an agent submitting an application on behalf of the student.

STEP 8: Email or mail your application materials to:

International Student Admissions 
Center for International Programs 
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299 USA

STEP 9: Check Your Email

  • We will email you after we review your application.
  • If you do not receive an email, make sure to check your Spam or Junk Folder. 

Eligibility Requirements for International Students - Master's Degrees 

An international applicant may be admitted to a campus as an unclassified post-baccalaureate student if the applicant satisfies the requirements of each of the three following lettered subdivisions:

a. The applicant holds an acceptable bachelor's degree earned at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or the applicant has completed equivalent academic preparation; and

b. The applicant has satisfied any one of the following:

1. GPA of at least 2.5 in an acceptable earned bachelor's degree,

2. GPA of at least 2.75 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) attempted;

3. The applicant holds an acceptable post baccalaureate degree earned at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association;

c. The applicant was in good standing at the last institution of higher education attended.

Master's applicants must satisfy admission requirements from both the major department and the Center for International Programs.

3-Year Bachelor's Degree Information

  • Accepted for some students
  • Must have a Bologna-compliant degree
  • Indian Schools: 3-year degree must be from a recognized and accredited institution with a Division I, NAAC grade of A.  If this is not the case then the 3-year degree must be accompanied by a PGD from an institution that is accredited or recognized by the NAAC and/or AICTE. Or, a 3-year bachelor's degree and a 2-year Indian master's degree (with at least 50% in marks obtained) from NAAC accredited institution will be accepted.
  • If students have a WES (or approved foreign evaluation service evaluation) that indicates they have an equivalent to a U.S. bachelor's degree, HSU will honor the WES (or other) evaluation. 

Pre-evaluations cannot be made. Students must formally apply before credentials will be evaluated.

 Graduate Student Deadlines and Dates

Click here to review program specific deadlines and dates.

Graduate programs have earlier application deadlines, and may require department specific applications or supporting materials.  Please contact the department you are interested in for more information. 

Term you wish to begin Applications Open Apply By
Fall (August - December) October 1 February 1
Spring (January - May) August 1 Deadlines vary.  Not all programs accept applications.

After your file is pre-evaluated in the Center for International Programs, it is forwarded to the graduate department for the admission decision. Your application must be complete by the application deadline.