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Admissions Requirements and How to Apply

Postsecondary Educational Leadership: Specialization in Student Affairs (M.A.) 

How to Apply

  1. Cal State Apply University Application: Complete the University application at

    Are you having trouble with the Cal State Apply application?  If so email right away for assistance.

  2. Submit official transcript(s) and test scores: Take the GRE exam and request official transcript(s) to be sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions:

    Graduate Admissions
    SDSU - Enrollment Services
    5500 Campanile Dr.
    San Diego, CA 92182-7416

    Electronic Transcript Formats
    SDSU accepts electronic transcripts in PDF or EDI format.  

    Transcripts must be sent by the Institution
    When requesting an electronic transcript you can choose San Diego State University on the selection menu or have them sent to:  SDSU will not accept transcripts emailed from students.

    If you attended SDSU as an undergraduate student, then we do NOT require official transcripts from SDSU.  We have access to this information.

    Read more about transcripts and test scores

  3. Program Application: The link to this program application will be available within the Cal State Apply application, but you can also access it with the Program Application button below:

Items Requested in Program Application

Please gather the items below and have them ready to upload to the Program application:

  1. Unofficial Transcripts: Download unofficial transcripts (or scan a paper transcript) for every institution, one file per institution, and be prepared to upload to the online program application.  This is in addition to, not a substitution for, having official transcripts sent to SDSU Graduate Admissions office.

  2. Resume/CV: Prepare a resume or curriculum vitae.  We expect that this will at least include your education and work history, as well as your leadership experience and community activities.

  3. Student Affairs Assistantship Form: If you are applying for a student affairs assistantship, please submit a one-page statement of interest in which you describe your interests, background, and the reasons why you would be a good candidate for the position(s) in which you are interested. Click here to view a list of Student Affairs Assistantships

  4. Letter of Recommendation: Contact two individuals who you have interacted with professionally and would be able to write a letter of recommendation for you. Recommenders will submit their letters directly into the Online Program application.

  5. Statement of Purpose: Write a 500 word statement of purpose, double-spaced and at least size 12 font, that addresses the following questions:
    • Why are you interested in this graduate program?
    • How have your previous academic experiences prepared you to meet the academic demands of graduate education and learning outcomes of this graduate program?
    • How have your leadership experiences, community service activities, or work experience prepared you for success in this graduate program?
    • What are your professional goals? How will obtaining this degree facilitate your achievement of these goals?
    • Are there any other relevant insights you wish to add regarding your readiness for graduate education and/or your admission to this graduate program?


Immediately after the January 12th, 2018 deadline all applications will be reviewed by a committee of faculty in the ARPE department. Following this review, a select group of students will be invited to interview for admission to the program and for a student affairs assistantship (if applicable).  Assistantship interviews will be held in-person or via Skype (at the applicant’s preference) in late February or early March.  Students who did not apply or are not being considered for an assistantship will interview in-person or via Skype (at the applicant’s preference). Students will be notified of their admission status (admitted, denied, or waitlisted) shortly following the interview period. Click here to view information on discounts for travel and accommodations


If you have questions about the application process or program itself, contact  or visit the Postsecondary Leadership: Student Affairs Homepage.

Important Dates for Fall 2018 Admissions

Item DueDue Date
Cal State Apply application
(opens October 1, 2017)
December 15, 2017
Program application
January 12, 2018
Transcripts and GRE scores due
January 12, 2018
College of Education Office of Student Services