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File Completion deadlines*:

Session Application & all documents submitted by:
Fall (September) Semester July 1
Spring (January) Semester November 1
Summer (May) Semester** March 1


* File Completion deadlines vary for the graduate programs in Athletic Training and Nursing. Please visit the program webpage for program specific file completion deadlines: Athletic Training or Nursing.  

** Summer semester admission is not available for the Graduate Program in Music.


International graduate applicants must submit the following to complete an admission file:

1. Application for the desired graduate program - Graduate Program Application

2. Application fee: Non-refundable US $45 application-processing fee. Applicants can click here to pay online. Applicants can also send payment by check in the mail to the International Admissions office or call CBU's Student Accounts office at 1-951-343-4371 to complete a credit card payment over the phone.

3. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or the evaluated equivalency.

4. Transcripts: Official sealed copies of transcripts all academic records (including transcripts, mark sheets, grade reports, as well as graduation certificates, diplomas and/or completion certificates) from all colleges and universities attended are required, showing dates of attendance, courses taken and grades received. All records must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Official transcripts must be sent direct from the educational institution to our admissions office. Transcripts received by CBU from a third party (including the applicant) are not official and cannot be used.

    Applicants may be asked to provide additional information in order to verify educational documents. If additional information is required, an applicant will be contacted by our office.

    Some programs, such as nursing and teacher credential, require the submission of evaluated transcripts from an approved evaluation company. CBU recommends using the International Education Research Foundation, Inc., www.ierf.org, evaluation company.

5. Recommendations: Completed on forms provided by the international graduate admissions office (Graduate Recommendation Form). The number and type (either professional and/or academic) of recommendations varies for each program. Recommendations may NOT be completed by family members or friends. Please refer to the individual graduate program page for more information.

6. Essay/Personal Statement: Applicants must complete a comprehensive essay, of at least 500 words, that includes the criteria set forth in the program's essay prompt. Please refer to the individual program admissions requirements page or to the Graduate Program Essay Requirements for specific essay criteria and more information.

7. English Language Proficiency: Applicants must certify English language proficiency by submitting a minimum score of 80 IBT on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or 6.5 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). A current, original score report that indicates the applicant's name and test score are required; photocopies or scanned copies of score reports will not be accepted. If scores are lower than the minimum requirement, or if no scores are submitted, the applicant may be admitted jointly to the graduate program and Intensive English Program (IEP). Students can only enroll in IEP courses and will receive language instruction until they submit a qualifying TOEFL/IELTS score in order to being graduate program coursework.     

9. Financial Information: Documentation verifying the applicant’s ability to meet financial obligations (tuition, fees, books, room and board, personal expenses, and health insurance) for the first year are required by the US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. This documentation must include the following:

10. Interview: Successful interview(s) with the Director of the Graduate Program.

11. Additional Items

    Additional requirements for some programs include, but are not limited to, items such as the following 

    Prerequisite courses: Most programs require completion of prerequisite coursework. Please refer to the individual program's admission web page for more information (links below).

    Resume: Needed for MBA and Kinesiology

    Official test scores: GRE, GMAT (required for MBA), or TEAS (type of test and minimum score vary by program)

    Research Writing Sample: Needed for English


Please refer to the individual program admission requirement page for more information. Links to these pages are below.

Athletic Training Admission Requirements

Counseling Ministry Admission Requirements

Counseling Psychology Admission Requirements

Education Admission Requirements

English Admission Requirements

Forensic Psychology Admission Requirements

Kinesiology Admission Requirements

MBA Admission Requirements

Music Admission Requirements

Nursing Admission Requirements


For information on a specific graduate program's admission requirements, please email us at internationaladmissions@calbaptist.edu


Submit all items to:

Graduate Admissions

California Baptist University

8432 Magnolia Ave

Riverside, CA 92504




Approval and Form I-20

When the above procedures have been completed, the applicant's file will be evaluated. Upon approval of admission, a letter of acceptance and Form I-20 will be issued.

Clearance For Enrollment

Upon arriving at CBU, and before beginning the registration process, the student must submit Form I-94 and passport to the Director of International Students to verify Immigration and Naturalization Service approval.


California Baptist University is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant, alien graduate students.

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