Admission to the MSCES

For admission, the applicant must have:

  1. a baccalaureate degree in a scientific or technical discipline from an U.S. institution accredited by an appropriate accreditation body, or an equivalent baccalaureate degree from a foreign institution of high reputation.
  2. attained grade point average of at least 3.0 (A=4.00) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted.
  3. demonstrate competency in writing by taking one of the WEPT (Written English Proficiency Test) requirements. New applicants can meet the WEPT requirement by writing an essay and submitting it along with their application for admission. Note that in order to graduate, all MSCES must have WEPT score.
  4. completed the following SSU courses or equivalent at the undergraduate level with a GPA of 3.0 or higher:
    • 3 semesters of Calculus (Math 161, 211, 241) and one semester of Probability Theory (Math 345)
    • 1 semester of each of the following subjects: Electric Circuits with lab, Electronics with lab and Digital Circuits and Logic Design with lab (ES 220/221, ES 230/231 and ES 210)
    • 2 semesters of Programming in an approved high level Procedural Language, modeling and simulation (CS 115 and ES 314)
    • Biology prerequisite (for Bioengineering Track) or ES 310: Microprocessors and System Design (for the other tracks).

Conditional Admission

The applicants whose GPA is less than 3.0 but greater than 2.5, or who lack not more than 18 units of prerequisite work (generally, 6 courses), may be accepted conditionally and must complete a program of study specified by the graduate coordinator at the time of admission before being given full admission. Students who successfully complete SSALI courses are eligible to apply to the MSCES program.

How to Apply

To apply to the MCSEC program, you SHOULD NOT apply through the online CSUMentor application website MSCES degree applications consist of the following components:

  1. Complete the Application Form (see below if you are an International student)
  2. As indicated on the Application Form, please send two official, sealed transcripts showing the most recent 60 semester units you have attempted (even if unrelated to your major), as well as award of the bachelor's degree (include Summer and Extension transcripts).
  3. Make a payment using FEE PAYMENT Academic Credit Programs.
  4. Provide a personal statement (two pages double spaced). The statement should include information on how the degree will enhance career plans and meet educational goals. This document has considerable influence in the decision to admit applicants with attention given to written communication skills, clarity, and organization.
  5. Include at least one letter of recommendations. Letters should be completed by individuals such as former instructors, supervisors, coworkers, and individuals you know from community activities who can speak to your professional strengths and aptitude for graduate study.
  6. Submit a résumé listing your current employers and professional experiences.

Mail your complete application to the following address:
SSU Extended & International Education
Attn: Graduate Programs
1801 E Cotati Ave
Rohnert Park, CA 94928-3609

Materials may also be brought to the SEIE office in Stevenson 1012.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students who take more than two semesters off must reapply to the University to reactivate their files. Please fill out and print the Graduate Application Form and submit it along with a check for $55 payable to Sonoma State University before registration deadlines.

Regarding Transcripts

Some colleges are moving to online transcript transmission. At this time, SSU is accepting electronic transcripts from four sources:

  • CSU Mentor
  • Docufide
  • Naviance
  • Parchment

Please indicate on your application which colleges may be sending e-transcripts by writing "e-trans" next to the name of the college so we can better track them.

In order for your transcript to be considered official by our Admissions staff, it must be sent to the default e-mail when you request an e-transcript from one of these sources. If the request form requires you to enter an e-mail address when you select Sonoma State as the recipient, you may use

Remember that we need two copies of your transcript(s) to complete your application, one for the Admissions Office and one for the student file kept by the program to which you are applying. You may choose one of the following options:

  1. Request one e-transcript to be sent to the SSU default and a second e-transcript to be sent to the program coordinator's e-mail, as per the information given on the program's Admission page;
  2. Request one e-copy and one official sealed paper copy, both to program coordinator; or
  3. Request two official sealed paper copies to be sent to the program coordinator.

At this time, SSU is not issuing e-transcripts to other colleges.

International Applicants

In addition to the application requirements and forms listed above, international students must complete the following:

  1. Supplemental Application for International Student Admission
  2. Financial Affidavit for International Students, (Your financial documents must be no older than 6 months old)
  3. Photo page of the passport

Include all three forms with your other application materials and send to the address listed above. SEIE will forward all materials to the Office of Admissions when your application materials are complete. Additional information for completing immigration/visa paperwork may be required; you will be contacted by International Admissions if this is necessary.

English Language Test Requirements

NOTE: All International students are required to take TOEFL prior to their admission to SSU. Students who wish to be admitted to SSU without their TOEFL score can apply for SSALI. The university TOEFL requirement for undergraduates will be waived for students who successfully complete the advanced level of SSALI. For more information please contact Berta Hodges.

  • TOEFL - Test of English as a Foreign Language with a minimum paper based score of 550, or minimum internet based score of 80. Sonoma State's ETS code is 4723.
    Please note some graduate programs require a higher TOEFL score. Check the program website for this information.
  • TOEFL is not required from applicants who have studied in the U.S. full-time (excluding ESL) for three consecutive years. Some graduate programs require a higher TOEFL score. Please check with program to which you are applying.
  • IELTS - International English Language Test System, band score of 7.0 will be accepted.