California State University

California State University

Address : Cal State L.A., ADM 702, 5151 State University Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA

Contact : (323) 343-3820  Email : intladmission@calstatela.edu

About California State University, California, USA

The California State University (Cal State or CSU) is a public university system in California. Composed of 23 campuses and eight off-campus centers enrolling 437,000 students with 44,000 faculty members and staff, CSU is the largest four-year public university system in the United States. It is one of three public higher education systems in the state, with the other two being the University of California system and the California Community College system. The CSU System is incorporated as The Trustees of the California State University. The California State University system headquarters are at 401 Golden Shore in Long Beach, California.

The California State University was created in 1960 under the California Master Plan for Higher Education, and it is a direct descendant of the system of California State Normal Schools.With nearly 100,000 graduates annually, the CSU is the country's greatest producer of bachelor's degrees.

Courses Offered by California State University

MBA Program

Master of Business Administration (MBA or M.B.A.) program track is designed for individuals of widely varied backgrounds. Elective courses provide for concentration in one of the following areas: accounting, business economics, information systems, finance, health care management, international business, management, and marketing.


MS Program

The interdisciplinary studies major for the Master of Arts or Master of Science degree is a highly restricted interdisciplinary program designed for students whose professional/academic objectives are unique and cannot be met by existing master’s degree offerings. It is a program that comprises course offerings from at least two departments in related disciplines and must provide sharp focus and appropriate coherence. As a rule, no more than 13 quarter units of previously completed acceptable course work may be included on an approved master’s degree program.


Engineering Program

The Bachelor of Science degree with Special options is a program that allows students to prepare for innovative careers in engineering through interdisciplinary combinations of course work. Three special options in manufacturing engineering, environmental engineering, and rehabilitation engineering are offered. This program is not yet accredited by EAC/ABET.


Admission Process at California State University

California State University, Los Angeles welcomes international students to join our vibrant and diverse campus community. The International Admission Office provides services to applicants from overseas, students in the U.S. on a holding student visa status, as well as any applicant with transcripts from a non-U.S. institution.

Freshman Admission : If you received preparatory education outside the United States, you must have completed the equivalent of 12 years of elementary and secondary schooling with the equivalent of a B average or higher.

You will be eligible to be reviewed for Graduate admission by CSU if you meet the following criteria:

  • Successfully complete the equivalent of 60 semester/ 90 quarter transferable units (i.e., minimum requirement). CSU does not accept applications from individuals seeking a second bachelor's degree; consider applying to a graduate level program.
  • Pass the four basic skills courses equivalent to those taken at a U.S. college or university with a grade of "C" or better  The four basic skills courses and minimum of 60 semester /90 quarter transferable units must be completed by the end of the spring term prior to fall admission. 
  • A1 - Oral Communication (Course must have been taught in English; online courses are not accepted.)
  • A2 - Written Composition (English)
  • A3 - Critical Thinking (Logic)
  • B4 - Mathematics/Quantitative Reasoning 
  • Earn a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or greater in all U.S. college/university work and an "above average GPA" in any foreign coursework. Please note that some majors require higher GPAs than others.
  • Be in good academic standing at the last institution you attended.
  • Official test scores from an approved English language proficiency test. A TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score of 550 (213 computer-based or 79 Internet-based; 92 for MA Economics) or above. An overall test score from IELTS (International English Language Testing System) exam of 6.5 or above for graduate students. A score of 7 or above is required for international students seeking a Masters of Science degree in Economics.

CSU Los Angeles Facilities and Infrastructure

CSU campus offers many opportunities to collaborate with faculty, fellow students and our community partners on innovative projects that serve the public good. With small classes and one-to-one interactions with your lead faculty, Cal State. L.A. provides a dynamic and diverse learning environment that will prepare you to be leaders in education, industry and the public sector.

Housing : Housing Services offers a comfortable living environment for Cal State L.A. students year round and conference space during summer.  Our apartments are furnished and include fully equipped kitchens with a stove, microwave, refrigerator, and dishwasher.

Dining : The Dining Commons offers Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on weekdays and an extended Brunch on Saturday and Sunday. 

Campus Safety : The Department of Public Safety has several components: University Police, Investigations/Crime Prevention, Parking Services, Key Control, Transportation Services, Fire-Life Services, Lock Shop, Emergency Preparedness and Security of Records. All sections of the department work toward the same goals to ensure that the campus is a safe place to study, teach, work, reside and visit. The department utilizes a proactive approach that includes crime prevention and safety programs available on a continuing basis.

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