SEIE Admissions - Graduate

Admissions Criteria

Award of Bachelor's Degree

One of the criteria for admission to a graduate program through SEIE is possession of a four-year Bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited US institution (or foreign equivalent). Your Bachelor's degree must be completed according to the timelines below. (Degrees may take some time to get posted; we are considering the official award date, not the date you receive your diploma.)

Students must be in good standing at the last institution attended.

  • Spring admits (Wine EMBA St Helena or Sonoma only): end of Fall semester or quarter
  • Summer admits (Spanish and Early Childhood Education Certificate only): end of Fall semester or Winter quarter
  • Fall admits (Standard EMBA and all others): end of Spring semester or quarter

Degrees earned in the Summer are certified too late to be considered for Fall admission. If you must delay completion of your Bachelor's degree, you may need to reapply for a later semester.

Grade Point Average (GPA) and Other Criteria

The minimum acceptable Grade Point Average (GPA) to enter a graduate program at SSU is 2.5, calculated over the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units. Individual programs may require a higher starting GPA and have additional criteria such as pre-requisite coursework. See your program's site for details about their specific criteria; our program list is at Academic Credit & Degree Programs Page.

Before Applying

  1. Attend an information session to get complete information about the program.
  2. If you are unable to come to an information session, contact the faculty coordinator of your chosen program to discuss how the program may fit with your goals.
  3. Check our SEIE Important Dates and Deadlines page to be sure you are on target.
  4. Start gathering your supporting materials (e.g. resume, narrative). Be sure to request recommendations early, as there can be quite a delay in receiving them no matter what good intentions your recommenders may have.
  5. Locate documents from your previous academic experiences (transcripts, test scores, etc.).

Managing your Cal State Apply Application

The online application process at Cal State Apply is relatively straightforward, but here are a few things to keep in mind for a smoother experience.

  • You can track your progress on your dashboard, which will show what still needs to be completed before submission.
  • Choose Sonoma Extension to see the list of our programs from which to choose.
  • Be sure to select the correct program. Cal State Apply may display a different title than we use; see our Important Information page for program titles, or contact the SEIE Admissions Specialist.
  • Program (supporting) materials such as narratives and CVs are submitted via upload, cut-and-paste entry, or a combination of the above.
  • Letters of recommendation are called "Evaluations" in Cal State Apply. Links will be sent to the e-mail addresses you provide for your recommenders to upload their letters.
    • You may be asked to enter a submission date for your letter(s). We suggest you set it for two weeks from the date you plan to submit your application.
    • You should plan to request letters early. Faculty are not generally available during Winter Break or Summer and they may not get your request in time.
  • Spanish MA applicants only: your four-minute Spanish speaking sample sound file can be submitted via e-mail to Beth Warner at Please use SPAN MA Sound File - last name for the Subject. If you wish to submit on media such as CD or stick drive, check with Beth for the mailing address.

Program-Specific Instructions

Early Childhood Education Certificate Program: You need request only one set of transcripts.

Help Is Available!

This is a very new process for all of us, so we appreciate your patience. If you get into difficulties, help is available:

  • Live Chat on the Cal State Apply site (not 24/7)
  • The Cal State Apply Applicant Help Center offers online help.
  • James Peavler, our Admissions Specialist, can be reached at 707-664-2682, He will be able to see your application even before you submit it, so he may be able to help you if you have stalled out.

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