2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    Sep 26, 2022  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Traditional Admissions

Mr. Taylor Neece
Dean of Admissions

Ms. Alma L. Salazar
Director of Graduate Admissions
Phone: 951.343.4249
Toll Free: 877.228.8877
FAX: 951.552.8700

The goal of California Baptist University Graduate Programs is to provide avenues for students to better themselves personally and professionally through practical, ethical, and Christian education. Most programs are structured to accommodate busy schedules, as we acknowledge that most of our students are attempting to balance a graduate education with work, home and family. The Graduate Admissions Office at California Baptist University is available to assist both prospective and current doctoral, master, and credential students.

When to Apply

Please see program-specific requirements for deadlines or priority deadlines. Certain programs will consider and process applications received after the priority deadline if space is available.

Admission and Application

Each program of study has specific admission and application requirements that are listed in the program sections of the catalog. Application requirements common to all graduate programs are as follows:

  1. Application
    • Applicants to graduate study at California Baptist University must apply for acceptance into a specific graduate program. Applications can be submitted online at www.calbaptist.edu/apply.
  2. Application Fee
    • A non-refundable application processing fee is required.
  3. Completion of a Bachelor’s Degree
    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or the evaluated equivalency of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution is required.
  4. Official Transcripts
    • Official transcripts from a college or university reflecting completion of a baccalaureate degree. Additional transcripts may be required for prerequisite or GPA verification; see specific program for required prerequisites. An official transcript is one the University receives directly from another institution, electronically or by mail.
  5. GPA Requirement
    • Applicants must meet a minimum cumulative or last 60 semester (or 90 quarter) unit grade point average specified by each program.
  6. Recommendations
    • Recommendations are required for most programs and are submitted electronically through the online application. Recommendations may not come from family members or friends. Please see specific program requirements for additional recommendation criteria.
  7. Essay
    • Most programs require an application essay. Please see specific program admission requirements for essay information.
  8. English Language Proficiency
    • An applicant whose first language is not English and/or does not have a degree from an institution where English is the primary language of instruction is required to demonstrate English language proficiency by submitting a recent test score from Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic), or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The minimum score required to display English language proficiency for standard admission to a graduate program is 80 IBT TOEFL, 53 PTE Academic, or 6.0 IELTS with no individual area under 5.0. Applicants who do not meet the minimum scores may be admitted to the Intensive English Program (IEP) and a graduate program while taking required language courses to meet the minimum TOEFL/PTE Academic/IELTS requirement.

Student Status

Applicants to the program will be considered according to the following classifications:


Applicants who have met the unconditional status GPA requirement specified by each program, who have completed the required prerequisites provided Graduate Admissions with all required application, documents, and fees, and have satisfied all other admission criteria, may be unconditionally admitted to the University with full graduate standing.


Applicants who show a deficiency in any requirements may be admitted on a conditional basis.


As an alternative to regular admission an applicant may be considered for admission with permission from the program director under Special Student Status. Special Students may enroll in no more than a total of six (6) graduate units. To continue beyond six units, students must complete program application requirements and be accepted to a specific graduate program. Enrollment as a Special Student does not guarantee or imply later admission to the graduate program, but credit for the courses may be counted toward graduation requirements following admission to the graduate program. Certain courses may have restrictions and/or prerequisite requirements.

Note: Special Students are not eligible for Financial Aid.


Denial may occur when an applicant does not qualify for admission in any one of the above categories. California Baptist University reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant who is antagonistic with the philosophy and purpose of the University.


Appeals on any decision regarding admission should be made in writing and addressed to the Admission and Retention Committee in care of the University.

California Baptist University Applicants

A current undergraduate California Baptist University student who has been accepted to a graduate program may be allowed to enroll in a graduate program pending the posting of their bachelor’s degree. The degree must be posted by the last day to drop for the semester or the graduate enrollment will be voided. The student is responsible for determining how this will affect their academic record, tuition, and eligibility for financial aid.


Students who have attended California Baptist University but have discontinued enrollment for one or more semesters must be approved to readmit to the University. Students must submit an electronic Application to Readmit, pay the required Readmit application fee and provide all official transcripts from all other institutions attended since last enrolled at California Baptist University. Additional documents may be required, as well as an interview with the director of the program which the student is seeking to readmit.

Students whose applications are approved will enter under the catalog current at the time of readmission and will be subject to the admissions and degree requirements outlined in that catalog. The University is not responsible for providing courses or programs that have been discontinued. For more information contact the Admissions Office.

Change of Degree Program

Admission to graduate studies at California Baptist University is degree specific. Students wishing to change degree programs must apply for the desired program. No credit toward the new degree will be granted until admission to the new program has been approved.

Enrollment in Coursework Outside Approved Program

With permission from the Program Director, students may be permitted to enroll in up to six (6) units of coursework outside of their program. To continue beyond six units the student must complete program admission requirements and be accepted to the graduate program. Enrollment in the six units does not guarantee or imply later admission, but credit for the course may be counted toward graduation requirements following admission to the graduate program.

Note: Students taking coursework outside their approved program are not eligible for Financial Aid.