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Criteria for Admissions

The Graduate School and Ethnic Studies Department require the following to be considered for admission:

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  • Your complete application and accompanying information
  • A bachelor's degree or its equivalent, with a minimum average of 3.00 (A = 4.00). If your average is below 3.0, and if sufficient evidence indicates that you can perform well in a graduate program, you may still be considered for admission.
  • A personal statement of professional interests, experience and objectives.
  • Foreign students are required to supply evidence of proficiency in oral and written English. This is accomplished through taking the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 550 or higher is required (official copy of scores required).
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Depending on your academic background, you may be required to take supplementary courses in addition to the regular program. Preferred backgrounds for the Ethnic Studies Master's degree program are: major in Ethnic, Chicano(a)/Latino(a), Native American, Asian Pacific Islander, African American, Cultural, American Studies, and other related fields.

Once accepted you will need to return the acceptance form to the CSU Graduate School. The acceptance letter will also include information regarding CSU student housing. Return this form as soon as possible as housing is offered on a first-come first-served basis. If you wish to live off campus, please contact the Off-Campus Student Services Resources for Adult Learners in the Lory Student Center, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, CO 80523, (970) 491-2248.