Applying to SDSU is a two step process as detailed below.

Apply to the University

You are required to submit the California State University application electronically at Cal State Apply web site along with the $55 application fee.

Transcripts and Test Scores

Assemble one complete admissions packet, which must include the following:

  • One set of original and official transcripts of all previous academic work attempted.

You must submit 1 set of official transcripts in sealed envelopes from each issuing institution. This would include all degree transcripts and a transcript from the last institution attended. Your transcripts must reflect the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted.

Students from India: SDSU requires attested mark sheets from Indian schools not transcripts. The official academic records must arrive in a sealed envelope from the university of study (not the affiliated college). SDSU requires individual mark sheets for all studies (Bachelor, Master, etc.) with years of study, course titles and marks. Consolidated mark sheets will not be accepted. SDSU requires provisional degree certificates or final degree certificates earned for all studies.

If you submit just transcripts your application will be considered incomplete and the department will not receive your application. Each year a number of Indian students submit just transcripts and find out too late that their application is incomplete due to a lack of mark sheets.

International documents: If you have international coursework, you must have your school send us one official original-language record of all academic coursework and proof of degree. For each document you must also send a certified literal English translation, which can come directly from the school itself or from a professional, certified translator. The translation must contain all information shown on the original-language documents. For details on which documents are required, visit the Requirements by Country page.

  • Exam scores are to be submitted to San Diego State University:
    • GRE test scores (SDSU ADD/Institution Code is 4682)
    • TOEFL test score (if Postsecondary instruction is in a language other than English)

Send your completed admission packet directly to:

Enrollment Services
Graduate Admissions Document Processing Unit
San Diego State University
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego CA 92182-7416

The Computer Science Department does not require letters of recommendation, statements of purpose, or resumes as they are not taken into consideration when making admission decisions.  Again, these items are not required and are not considered when making admission decisions.

Checking your Application Status

You can check your application status on line using Web Portal and your student red id number.  Please note that it takes 2 to 3 weeks for your application status to be updated once your documents have been received.

For questions regarding the application process, contact Dr. Roger Whitney (

If you have already applied and have questions about missing items (transcripts and test scores) use the contact information below.

  • International Students:   Email:  or call 1-619-594-6336
  • Domestic Students: Email: or call 619-594-6336

 Application decisions are made on a rolling basis and once we hit our enrollment limit we will stop admitting applicants into our program.