Graduate Program Application

Required Application Pre-Screening

Before you pay for the Admissions process, our department will evaluate your eligibility for admission.

Please refer to the information below before proceeding with the preliminary screening. Only persons with bachelor's degrees from accredited colleges or universities are eligible to apply. International students must hold degrees equivalent to U.S. bachelor's degrees, and should be among the top students in their classes. Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering Technology (BSEET) degrees are not accepted.

Please note, the department cannot accommodate all applicants who meet minimum requirements for admission and reserves the right to select individuals for admission on the basis of merit and to maximize the potential for individual accomplishments.

Applications are prescreened and verified by the department year round. After we have verified your pre-screen data, if you are recommended for admission, your next step will be to complete an official application with the CSU Graduate School.

If you choose to proceed with an official application, you are welcome to do so at the Graduate School website. However, you will be required to pay the application fee.

International Students - Additional Requirements

  • If your institution uses any other scale, you must convert your GPA to a 4.0 scale using the International Grade Conversion Tool. (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1)
  • TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic Scores: Students are exempted from the TOEFL, IELTS or PTE requirement if the official language of their country is English or if they have recently earned a degree at an American University.
  • Applicants must demonstrate a high level of English proficiency. Either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing Service), or PTE (Pearson Test of English) Academic exam is required. Applicants from Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and Zambia whose first language is English are exempt from this requirement. Also, students that have recently earned a degree at an American university are exempt. If you are from one of these countries or have recently earned a degree at an American university, check "No" under "International Student:" when filling out the prescreen application.

Prescreen Application Deadlines:

TermAdmission & Financial Support Deadline
FallJanuary 15 for MS-Thesis and Ph.D. / February 1 for ME and MS Coursework
SpringAugust 15 for MS-Thesis and Ph.D. / September 1 for ME and MS Coursework

If you are applying to a Systems Engineering program, do not use this prescreen tool.

On-Campus Systems Engineering Inquiries:
Distance Systems Engineering Inquiries:

For ECE prescreen questions, please email