Graduate Student Admission Requirements
- English Language Proficiency
- Eligibility Requirements
- Deadlines and Dates
- Application Process
- Housing & Dining
There are many ways to meet the English proficiency requirement for graduate admission to Humboldt State University.
|ACT||22 or above on English test section||22 or above English test section|
|Cambridge English Exams||
CAE: C1 (180 or above)
CPE: C2 (200 or above)
|CPE: C2 (200 or above)|
|CWC||Completion of Level 6.||Completion of Level 6.|
|DAAD||DAAD Language Test certificate with a "C" in every section (level B2).||DAAD Language Test certificate with a "C" in every section (level B2).|
|EF||Completion of Level C1.||Completion of Level C1.|
|ELS||Successful completion of level 112||Successful completion of level 112|
|ILSC||Graduation from University Pathway Program||Graduation from University Pathway Program|
|Intrax||Level 9 (CEF - C1)||Level 10 (CEF - C+)|
|Kaplan||Advanced level||Advanced level|
|LSI||Upper Intermediate||Upper Intermediate|
|SAT||500 on the Verbal/Critical Reading||500 on the Verbal/Critical Reading|
|TLC||Successful completion of Advanced Level 9||Successful completion of Advanced Level 9 and APL Modules A, B, and C|
|TOEFL||71 IBT, 525 PBT, 197 CBT||80 IBT, 550 PBT, 213 CBT|
|USC International Academy||Successful completion of Level 6||Successful completion of Level 6|
Scores must be received within two years of applying to HSU, and sent directly from the testing organization.
You do not need to send your TOEFL or IELTS score if:
- You have completed a general education English composition course at a California community college or university; OR
- You have graduated from a four-year U.S. high school and have completed four years of English courses with a grade of “B” or higher.
If your native language is English and/or the majority of your education has been in English, or if the official language of your country is English, you may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirements. Please inquire at the time of application.
Students attending the International English Language Institute (IELI) located on the HSU campus will be admitted with certification from the IELI Supervising Teacher. This certification is accepted in lieu of of the TOEFL test.
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 baccalaureate degree earned at an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or the applicant has completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by the appropriate campus authority; and
b. The applicant has satisfied any one of the following three numbered conditions:
1. The applicant has attained a grade point average of at least 2.5 in an acceptable earned baccalaureate degree,
2. The applicant has attained a grade point average 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.
Graduate programs have earlier application deadlines. Please review program specific deadlines and dates here. Please contact the department you are interested in for more information.
In addition to early application deadlines, many graduate programs require department specific applications or require additional supporting materials. Please make sure to check with the department to which you are applying for special requirements and deadlines.
Please note that the CSU Mentor online application process a fall admission term opens on October 1st. The online application process for spring opens on August 1st.
For a PDF list of graduate programs, application deadlines, and contact information, please download here.
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 (received by closed of business on that date).
Applicants to graduate (master's) programs are required to submit official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended with a minimum grade point average of 2.50 and hold a valid degree from the country in which they graduated. 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.
Please submit the following documents to International Student Admissions, at the address listed below.
- or -
If you have trouble applying online: Paper Application for Admission (PDF)
Required Supporting Application Materials
- Application Fee of U.S. $55.00 (non-refundable). Can be paid online when you submit your application. If you submit a paper application, pay online here.
- Certification of Financial Support: Graduate (PDF); PNG Version: Page 1, Page 2; Microsoft Word
-or- Certification of Financial Support: Graduate MBA (PDF); PNG Version: Page 1, Page 2; Microsoft Word
- Official Transcripts of Academic Records (Translated to English)
- English Language Requirement
- Photocopy of your passport
- International Student Transfer Form -PDF (Only if transferring from another U.S. school); PNG Version: Page 1; Microsoft Word
Please mail the above items to:International Student Admissions
Center for International Programs
Humboldt State University
1 Harpst Street
Arcata, CA 95521-8299
The following figures are based upon enrollment in a minimum of 9 units per semester for graduates, as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
The cost of tuition is $372 per unit; therefore, the chart below calculates $372 x 18 units for graduate students for one academic year. Estimates do not include the fees or living expenses for the summer semester.
Graduate MBA Students
The following figures are based upon enrollment in a minimum of 12 units per semester (fall and spring) and 8 units during the summer term.
The cost of tuition is $372 per unit during the fall and spring semesters; therefore, the chart below calculates $372 x 24 units for MBA graduate students for two semesters. The cost of summer tuition is $220 per unit; therefore, thechart below calculates $220 x 8 units for MBA graduate students for the summer term.
An additional Graduate Business Professional Fee of $278 per unit for the fall and spring semesters will be applied to all Master of Business Administration (MBA) graduate program participants. This fee is not assessed for the summer term.
Please download this PDF to learn more about the MBA program at HSU and find answers to frequently asked questions.
The CSU makes every effort to keep student costs to a minimum. Fees listed in published schedules or student accounts may need to be increased when public funding is inadequate. Therefore, CSU must reserve the right, even after initial fee payments are made, to increase or modify any listed fees, without notice, until the date when instruction for a particular semester or quarter has begun. All CSU listed fees should be regarded as estimates that are subject to change upon approval by The Board of Trustees.
Please visit the Costs section of our Frequently Asked Questions page for a breakdown of tuition and fees.
There are several housing options for international students. Residence halls are available on campus as well as apartments in close proximity to campus. To learn more about residence halls, please visit HSU's Housing and Dining Services website. For information about off campus housing, visit their website, here.
There are five main dining options on campus:
- The "J" cafeteria
- Windows Café
- The Depot (fast food)
- College Creek Marketplace (convenience store)
- The Giant's Cupboard (convenience store)