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Programs Offered

Please note the MA in Education and MS in Nursing Programs are closed for international applicants.

Application Deadlines

Please allow sufficient time to apply for and be granted a student visa from the U.S. Embassy in your home country. For locations and more information on applying for the F-1 visa, please visit the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Consular Affairs website where you will find a list of Embassy and Consulate locations.  Another resource is the Study in the States website.

Application deadlines for all programs in Spring 2023

  • Application Begins: August 1, 2022
  • Application Deadline: November 1, 2022
  • Document Deadline: November 8, 2022
  • Classes Begin: January 23, 2023

Application deadlines for all programs in Fall 2023

  • Application Begins: October 1, 2022
  • Application Deadline: June  1, 2023
  • Document Deadline: June 9, 2023
  • Classes Begin: August 23, 2023

International Graduate Admission Requirements

Applicants who meet the minimum admission requirements will be reviewed by the graduate admission committee of their desired program.  International (F-1) students should meet the minimum requirements before applying: 

  • Have earned a degree or diploma that CI considers to be the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.  Applicants who have a 3-year degree should email international@csuci.edu before applying for advice.
  • Have attained a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) in all units attempted as an undergraduate or have attained a minimum GPA of 2.5 (4.0 scale) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted. Certain programs may have stricter requirements regarding academic preparation and may require a higher GPA.  For questions about grade conversion to the 4.0 scale please email international@csuci.edu
  • Must be in good standing at the last institution attended.
  • Approval of the graduate admission committee for desired program.  If you meet the minimum requirements, your application will be reviewed by the committee.  The committee may require more academic preparation than the minimum requirements.  Applicants should have a degree in a similar field of desired program or have taken approved foundation classes to prepare them for their desired program.
  • Meet English proficiency requirements  See the FAQ page for information about waivers. 

International Graduate Admission Documents

The following documents are required.  The templates below are examples.  Applicants may use the templates below or use their own formats. 

  • Please submit an application and $70.00 application fee at the Cal Sate Apply website.
  • Statement of Purpose (500-600 word essay) summarizing professional experience, career objectives, and reason for pursuing your desired graduate program. 
  • Current Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation (from academic or professional setting).  Standard letters of recommendation also accepted.
  • One set of unofficial transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. (Official transcripts are required after admission and required to receive your I-20 document).
  • GRE/GMAT is waived for MS Biotechnology & Bioinformatics, MS Computer Science and MS in Mathematics.  See below for MBA and Dual Program MS Biotech/MBA requirements.

These documents can be uploaded in the online application or emailed to the International Programs office at international@csuci.edu

English Proficiency Requirement*

Acceptable English Proficiency Exams

  • TOEFL – Test of English as a Foreign Language with a score of 80 on the Internet Based Test (ETS code 0236)
  • IELTS – International English Language Test System with an overall band score of 6.5
  • PTE - Pearson's Test of English score of 56
  • Duolingo English Test score of 105

* It is not necessary to submit an English proficiency exam if you have earned a bachelor's degree in the U.S., Canada, Australia, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, South Africa or other countries on a case-by-case basis. See the FAQ page for more information about waivers.

Additional Requirements for MBA & Dual Program

  • Two years of full-time work experience required for applicants to MBA and applicants to the Dual Biotech/MBA Program.
  • MBA Applicants should hold a degree in business, a field related to business or completion of business foundation classes (if degree is in a field other than business, email international@csuci.edu  for advice)
  • Dual Biotech/MBA Program applicants should have a degree in Biology, Biotechnology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Pharmacy or related field  (if degree is in a field other than these subjects, email international@csuci.edu  for advice) 
  • GMAT  (code ZMG – GJ – 0) or GRE (ETS code 4091) is required unless you qualify for a waiver*. Competitive GMAT or GRE is required for admission and test score reports must be within the past 5 years of the semester of application.

*GMAT/GRE may be waived for:

  • Applicants with an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Applicants with five or more years of professional experience that reflects an increasing level of responsibility
  • Students who complete the Certificate of Business (MBA Foundations courses offered online) at CSUCI with a GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Applicants with a master’s degree from an accredited university.  (Note: The MBA program director makes the final decision to grant a GMAT/ GRE waiver. Contact a representative for the most current information.)

International Student Program Tuition and Fees* 

 MBA $600 per unit  33 units

 MS Biotechnology & Bioinformatics 

 $825 per unit  33-35 units**
 MS Computer Science $525 per unit  32 units
 MS Mathematics $525 per unit  32 units

Students pay tuition and fees each semester.  We offer payment plans of 3 payments per semester

* The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum, but fees are subject to change.

**  Amount of units depends on the emphasis the student chooses.

Documents Required for I-20 Document 

(Required After admission)

A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to accept the offer.  The deposit will be applied towards the first semester tuition and fees.  Instructions for payment will be sent with admission letter.  

  • Affidavit of Financial Support (PDF, 163KB) submit the Affidavit of Financial Support
  • Submit a bank statement. The statement should be on bank letterhead and include the date, name of the account holder and the available balance.  If a student has a sponsor (someone providing financial support) the sponsor's bank statement will suffice.  Both the student and sponsor must sign the affidavit form.
  • Submit a copy of the biographical page (page with picture) of the student's passport

These documents can be scanned and e-mailed to the International Programs office at international@csuci.edu.

Official Transcripts

Please submit your official transcripts to the following address after admission:

California State University Channel Islands
International Programs
Sage Hall 2061
One University Drive
Camarillo, California 93012-8599

Graduate Programs

For more information on our graduate programs, please visit the following websites:

Master of Business Administration (MBA)

Master of Science in Biotechnology & Bioinformatics

Master of Science in Biotechnology & MBA Dual Degree

Master of Science in Computer Science

Master of Science in Mathematics


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