Graduate Admissions Requirements

Applicants are eligible for admission into a graduate program if they have earned a bachelor's degree from an institution that is accredited by an approved institutional accrediting agency as noted in this policy. Students may also be eligible if they have a conferred graduate degree from an institution that is accredited by an approved institutional accrediting agency as noted in this policy.  An undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 scale) is preferred. For those applicants with an undergraduate GPA lower than 3.00, a graduate degree (or higher) GPA of 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) can also be used for admission. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00 may apply for Provisional Admission. Applicants with an undergraduate GPA lower than 3.00 and a graduate GPA lower than a 3.00 may also apply for Provisional Admission.

If the applicant does not qualify for standard admission, CSU Global may admit an applicant under provisional status if the application meets the minimum rubric requirements and is recommended by the Admissions Committee or Provost. CSU Global reserves the right to access and review academic history as deemed relevant. Each provisional application will be reviewed under the Provisional Admissions Rubric. It is highly recommended applicants take their time preparing all materials for consideration. In addition to other application materials, applicants seeking admission under a provisional status must submit:

  • A formal, written 500-word Statement of Purpose
  • A detailed professional resume that includes all collegiate work, professional employment, special skills or competencies, publications, exhibitions, prizes, awards, and service activities
  • SmarterMeasure Assessment

Students admitted provisionally may not begin courses in their first term until all official transcripts and/or the Admit Less Credit Form are on file with the university. The applicant will be notified of any additional conditions or coursework beyond the standard degree requirement prior to enrollment and may be limited to a specific course during their first term. Students who fail to meet the conditions of their provisional admission status will be denied admission and administratively withdrawn. Students who are administratively withdrawn for not meeting provisional requirements may apply for readmission after 30 days following their withdrawal date. All outstanding student account balances must be paid in full and all official transcripts must be on file prior to consideration for re-admission. If re-admissions is approved, financial aid eligibility is reviewed on a case-by-case basis to determine if a student would qualify to receive federal student loans.

Graduate students may be considered for provisional admission if there are positive indicators of graduate success through review of additional documentation (e.g., high GRE or GMAT scores, undergraduate performance in upper-division courses, graduate course success, relevant professional experience, or outstanding professional achievement).

Graduate applicants who do not meet standard admissions requirements or who have content-area deficiencies may be required to complete RES500 Fundamentals of Quantitative Analysis or RES501 Fundamentals of Research and Writing as part of their degree requirements. These courses prepare students to successfully meet the learning objectives of their degree program.

Once provisionally admitted, students must complete two consecutive trimesters.  Students will be required to complete at least three (3) credit hours,  and earn a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher and a course completion rate of 66.66% (credits earned/credits attempted) or higher in both the first and second two consecutive trimesters to be eligible for full admission. When the conditions are met, the student will be notified they have achieved full admission status. Students who do not meet the stipulations outlined will be withdrawn at the end of their 2nd consecutive trimester. 

General Admissions Information

Ready to become a CSU Global student? Whether you've found the program that's right for you or you're still looking, applying now is the best way to ensure you're set up for success by your first day of class.

  1. Talk to an Enrollment Counselor:
    Our highly trained Enrollment Counselors are here to answer your questions and help you select the best program that fits your goals. Contact us.
  2. Apply:
    Complete your online application in just 10 minutes! The required $25 application fee is waived for servicemembers, veterans, and their dependents.
  3. Submit Your Transcripts:
    Order official transcripts from your previous colleges and other sources of credit so we can create your individual degree plan. Transfer credits and alternative credit options can help you reach your academic goals faster and more affordably, so be sure to discuss these with your enrollment counselor.
  4. Finalize Your Enrollment:
    Once you’re admitted, your Tuition Planning Specialist will guide you through orientation and your degree plan, transfer credits, and financing options.
  5. Prepare For Your First Course:
    Congratulations, you’re officially a CSU Global student! Check out this online coursework sample to see what your courses will look and feel like. Make sure your computer can handle your virtual classroom by looking at the technology requirements for your PC or Mac.


CSU Global enrollment is designed to be streamlined and get you admitted and ready for class as soon as you're ready - but don't forget, you are responsible for submitting official transcripts from prior institutions. “Official” in this context refers to the transcript type and the method of delivery.

CSU Global will accept official electronic transcripts from National Student Clearinghouse, Parchment, and other approved service providers, or emailed securely to admissions [at] from the issuing school's Registrar or Student Records Office.

A transcript is also considered official if it is printed on official transcript paper and sent directly from the issuing school to CSU Global in a sealed envelope mailed to:

Colorado State University Global
Attn: Admissions Department
555 17th St., Ste. 1000 Denver, CO 80202

To complete CSU Global assignments and coursework, your desktop computer and laptop must meet these minimum requirements for hardware and software. Please note, although tablets or other mobile devices may meet these requirements, we do not recommend students use these as some applications/software required to complete assignments may not support these devices.


  • 2 GHz dual core processor
  • 2 GB RAM *
  • At least 10 GB of free hard-drive space
  • 1024 x 768 resolution monitor or better
  • Windows 7 SP1, Windows 8.1 or Windows 10
  • PC compatible web camera. Computers with a built in camera are acceptable

Minimum Browser Version Requirements***:

  • Internet Explorer - v11
  • FireFox - v55
  • Chrome - v60
  • Opera - v47

Broadband internet connection**


  • 1.4 GHz dual core processor
  • 2 GB RAM *
  • At least 10 GB of free hard-drive space
  • 1024 x 768 resolution monitor or better
  • OS X 10.10 Yosemite, 10.11 El Capitan, 10.12 Sierra, 10.13 High Sierra
  • Boot Camp or Parallels recommended to run windows-only software in some Programs

Minimum Browser Version Requirements:

  • Safari - v10
  • FireFox - v55
  • Chrome - v60
  • Opera - v47

** High-speed internet access is strongly recommended due to the use of multimedia technologies in our courses. We recommend a download speed of 25 Mbps and an upload speed of 4 Mbps. Speeds slower than this may impact your experience.


Acrobat Reader - Free Download

Word processing, spreadsheet, and presentation-creation software:

  • Microsoft Office
  • OpenOffice - Free Download
  • Google Documents - Access Here
  • iWork - Mac Pages, Numbers, Keynote (for MAC users)

Supported file types for assignments include: .pdf, .txt, .doc, .docx, .ppt, .pptx, .xls, and .xlsx.


  • Windows Media Player, QuickTime, or VLC media player
  • Java (Oracle Corporation) - Download Here
  • Adobe Flash (built into Chrome by default) - Download Here

Optional Hardware (see individual course syllabi for requirements):

  • Microphone
  • Speakers, headset, or headphones

***Microsoft 10 and the Edge Browser

The Microsoft Edge browser is not currently supported for Canvas or our Student Portal. Many features work well, however, users may experience issues with classroom discussions and popup blockers.

We recommend students use Internet Explorer, Chrome, or Firefox.

You can access a printable checklist for system requirements by clicking the links below:

Multifactor Authentication

Students and alumni are required to set up two-factor authentication in order to access university systems and services. Users who do not complete this as part of their initial account setup may contact the 24/7 support team for assistance. Failure to comply with this requirement will prevent users from being able to access their school-issued email address, Student Portal, Canvas, and other systems that authenticate through these login credentials.