Graduate Students

Ready to apply to a master's 
degree program at HSU?

Application Timelines

Spring 2018 - Applications (Cal State Apply) open August 1 for a limited number of programs.  Please check with the department for admission information and deadlines.   Deadlines for spring.  

Spring deadlines vary.  Fall applications are have a priority application period - October 1 through February 1, records that complete by February 1 are give priority review by the department.

Completed applications, with all materials received in the Admissions office by February 1, will get priority consideration by the graduate program. Applications that are complete (required materials) after February 1 will subsequently be reviewed and considered by the department in the order received. Please check with the Graduate Program for supplimental application requirements.

Supplemental Material should be sent to: (Please be sure to include your name within the document that has been saved as a PDF) graduate-applicants@humboldt.edu

What constitutes a completed file? (The To-Do-List located in your Student Center will indicate no items required)

  • One Official Transcript from any college or university ever attended.
  • Residency information completed.
  • Application Fee ($55.00) paid.
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (LOR's) submitted (Please note LOR's can take up to 10 business working days to move into your record).

Application Instructions

Only One application per Semester can be submitted.

Apply: Complete the California State University Graduate Application.   A $55.00 application fee is required at time of application. The CSU Application Fee Waiver is No longer available for Master's Applications. If you are unable to pay with a credit card, a check can be mailed to the address indicated below.

To be considered for financial assistance offered by some programs, be sure to file a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) by March 2. NOTE: You can now file your FAFSA as early as October 1st, allowing you to use earlier income & tax information (rather than having to estimate for the following year). Contact your department for details. FAFSA information/application is available through Cal State Apply.

Transcripts: One official transcript is required from all colleges or universities you have ever attended. Official transcripts must be in their original sealed envelope.

Humboldt State University 
Office of Graduate Admissions 
1 Harpst Street 
Arcata, CA 95521

Electronic Transcript: Humboldt State University currently accepts electronic college transcripts via Credential SolutionsScrip-SafeE-Transcript California and Parchment. The transcript submission will only be accepted as electronic NOT in PDF version. If you are asked for an email address Please do not use.

Transcript Exceptions

  • Humboldt transcripts: You do not need to request transcripts for any work completed at Humboldt State University.
  • If you were enrolled at Humboldt as a regular matriculated student within the past 5 years, we will still have your file, you do not need to request transcripts for college work completed elsewhere, unless you completed additional college work after you left Humboldt.

Letters of Recommendation

Please have Letters sent as PDF to graduate-applicants@humboldt.edu.graduate-applicants@humboldt.edu   If you have questions, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office, 707-826-6250. 

To Waive or Not to Waive your rights - http://wiselikeus.com/collegewise/2010/09/should-you-waive-your-rights-to-see-your-letters-of-rec.html

Supplemental Materials

Most graduate programs require additional supplemental material. It is your responsibility to check with the department's web page for specific details. Please send all supplemental materials to graduate-applicants@humboldt.edu.

You can follow your application status by:

  • Check your Student Services Center. Approximately 5 business days after submitting your application, you will receive an email, with information on how to log into your HSU Student Center to check the progress of your application.
  • Contact your academic department to ensure they have received all materials required for the department's application.
  • If you are denied admission and disagree with the decision, please contact the department directly.

Additional Information

Western Regional Graduate Program (WRGP). WRGP is a program that allows admitted students from 15 western states to pay California resident tuition. The WRGP Majors are: English, Environmental Systems, Natural Resources, Social Science & Sociology.

To be considered for financial assistance offered by some programs, be sure to file a FAFSA by March 2. Contact your department for details. FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is available through Cal State Apply.

The 2018-19 FAFSA opens Saturday, October 1. The priority deadline is March 2. However, we highly recommend submitting as soon as possible.

If you have any further questions or are interested in more information please reference the Financial Aid Website or this FAFSA informational flyer.

GRE Institution Code for Humboldt State University: 4345 - Please Note: If you have not taken the GRE Test, you only need to indicate on the application that the test date is pending.

For Humboldt State University application information, please contact the Graduate Admissions Office: 707.826.6250 or graduate-applicants@humboldt.edu

For Financial aid information, please contact the Financial Aid Office – Toll Free (866) 255-1390 | Local 826-4321 | Fax (707) 826-5360.