The information below is for students applying to the Online Degree Completion Programs offered by San Diego State University World Campus. Please refer to the individual program pages for application deadlines.

Who is a Transfer Student?

If you have taken any college-level classes since the summer beyond your high school graduation, you are a transfer student.

SDSU World Campus accepts transfer applications only from upper-division transfer or readmission applicants who will have completed 60 or more transferable semester (or 90 or more quarter) units by the end of the fall term prior to spring transfer and the end of the spring term prior to fall transfer. SDSU World Campus does not accept transfer applications from lower-division students with fewer than 60 transferable semester units.

Transfer Admission Requirements

Admission decisions for any of our Online Degree Completion programs are based on the self-reported information provided on the Cal State Apply application.

If you are admitted, your admission is provisional pending verification of the self-reported information on your Cal State Apply application using your official transcript(s). SDSU World Campus Admissions may be rescinded if your GPA or course grades are lower than what you reported on the application, or if you miss any admission deadlines. To ensure accuracy, refer to your college transcripts or education plan.

Upper-division transfer applicants must meet the following minimum requirements to be considered for admission.

These requirements must be met by the end of the spring term prior to fall transfer and the end of the fall term prior to spring transfer.

Requirement How to Meet Minimum Requirement Notes
Units Complete 60 or more semester units (90 or more quarter units) completed. Transferable units are defined as course units that are applicable to a baccalaureate degree and do not include non-degree credit courses that are developmental, remedial, technical or professional in nature
Grade Point Average (GPA) Meet and maintain the grade point average required for the major to which the applicant is applying. Must meet GPA at the time of application and maintain throughout the admission process.
General Education (GE) Courses* Complete a minimum of 30 units of General Education (*which include the Golden Four courses listed below).  
Oral Communication* Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a basic public speaking course or other communication course certified in the area of Oral Communication by a California community college. To fulfill this requirement, the course must be at least 3 semester units or 4 quarter units.
Written Communication* Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a freshman composition course that emphasizes essay writing or reading and writing concurrently. To fulfill this requirement, the course must be at least 3 semester units or 4 quarter units.
Critical Thinking* Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a second semester composition or writing course, or a course in reasoning and effective argumentative writing. To fulfill this requirement, the course must be at least 3 semester units or 4 quarter units.
Mathematics* Complete, with a grade of "C-" or higher, a mathematics course above the level of intermediate algebra. To fulfill this requirement, the course must be at least 3 semester units or 4 quarter units.
Preparation for Major Courses Complete all preparation for major courses listed on the program page. Graduation requirements may be different based on the catalog in effect at the time you enroll at SDSU. If a major preparation course is not offered at your college, you should take it at another local community college, or via Cross Enrollment or Open University at SDSU by the deadlines above. For additional information, please see the Online Resources section below.

Note: Students with prior SDSU coursework must maintain a 2.0 or higher GPA for any SDSU Regular Session, Special Session, Open University, or Cross Enrollment coursework. This is in addition to the cumulative GPA listed above.

Online Resources

Use the following websites to determine how transfer course credits can be used to meet SDSU General Education and major preparation course requirements.

  • The Transfer Admission Planner (TAP) includes course equivalency information for colleges and universities throughout the United States. You can also use TAP to identify any specific grade requirements for individual courses or combination of courses. TAP is updated annually to reflect the most current SDSU General Catalog information.
  • The ASSIST website is the official repository of articulation for California's public colleges and universities.

How to Apply

Applications can be submitted online at https://www2.calstate.edu/.

Select the term you are applying for. When asked for a major, select the correct program, e.g.

  • Criminal Justice (General) (BS) (Extension) (ONLINE PROGRAM)
  • Business Admin (General) (BS) (Extension) (ONLINE PROGRAM)

A $70 nonrefundable application fee is required of all applicants at the time of application.

Admission decisions are initially based on self-reported information provided via Cal State Apply. You must provide complete and accurate information on your application. Any misreporting will jeopardize an admission offer.

Do not send your transcripts unless you are offered admission.