International Graduate Applicants

Application Process

Session Application and 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.

**Summer semester admission is not available for the graduate program in music.

 International applicants must provide the following to complete an admissions file: 

1. Application. Apply for your desired graduate program. 

2. Application fee. Pay a non-refundable US $45 application-processing fee. Applicants can pay online or send payment by check in the mail to the International Admissions Office.

3. Bachelor's degree. By the time your program starts, you must show that you've graduated from a regionally accredited institution or the evaluated equivalency.

4. Official transcripts. Send us the official sealed copies of all academic records (including transcripts, mark sheets and grade reports, as well as graduation certificates, diplomas and/or completion certificates) from all colleges and universities attended, 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. evaluation company.

5. Recommendations. Complete the Graduate Recommendation Forms provided by the International Graduate Admissions Office. 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. An essay or 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's admission 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 begin graduate program coursework.     

8. 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:

9. Interview. Complete a successful interview(s) with the director of the graduate program.

10. Additional Items. Certain programs may request one or more of the below items. 

  • Chinese graduation access codes: For Chinese students who graduated from a university in China, we will need a 12-digit graduation access code. In order for our office to verify the information from your graduation certificate, we need additional information. Please visit this website in order to purchase the access code. Go to this website for instructions. CBU will verify your graduation certificate information through this website. The current cost for the access code is 2 RMB. Once you have obtained the access code, please forward the code to our office via email. Thank you for your attention to this matter. 
  • Prerequisite courses: Most programs require completion of prerequisite coursework. Please refer to the individual program's admission webpage for more information (links below).
  • Resume: You will need to submit a resume if you are applying for the MBA or kinesiology programs.
  • Official test scores: Some programs require the GRE, GMAT (required for MBA) or TEAS, but the type of test and minimum score vary by program.
  • Research Writing Sample: You will need to submit a writing sample if you are applying for the English program.

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

Graduate Admissions
California Baptist University
8432 Magnolia Ave
Riverside, CA 92504

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.

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.

Questions? Contact us today!