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 all programs.

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

1. Application. Apply for your desired graduate program. 

2. Application fee. Pay a non-refundable US $45 application-processing fee. 

3. Bachelor's degree. By the time your program starts, you must demonstrate 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. Official transcripts must be sent directly from the educational institution to CBU. Transcripts received by CBU from a third party (including the applicant) are unofficial and cannot be used for an application file. 

All records must be accompanied by a certified English translation. We recommend University Language Services, which provides a discount for students who send their transcripts for an IERF evaluation. 

Some programs, such as nursing, may require the submission of evaluated transcripts by an evaluation company. CBU recommends the International Education Research Foundation Inc (IERF).

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.

5. Recommendations. 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 recent original official test score report. A current score report must indicate the applicant's name and test score; photocopies or scanned copies of score reports will not be accepted. You may demonstrate English proficiency from one of the following minimum scores:  

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/PTE score in order to begin graduate program coursework.     

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

9. 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.

For additional information on a specific graduate program's admission requirements, please email us at

Proof of Financial Support

Though an admission decision can be provided before financial documents are submitted, international students must submit proof of financial support before an I-20 will be issued. 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 is required by the US Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services. To determine the exact amount that is required to be demonstrated for the I-20 requirement, please review our Tuition & Fees pageStudents must send the following items before an I-20 will be issued:

Send all application items to:

International 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 and proof of financial support, a 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.

Questions? Contact us today!