Admissions Requirements

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At CSU Global our admissions requirements reflect both the academic quality of our institution, and our commitment to student-centered excellence.

We're here to help you achieve your educational goals, and step one is identifying the admission requirements for your program. Click the degree levels below to get started.

Bachelor's Degree Requirements

Standard Admissions An offer of admissions may be granted to high school graduates (or GED equivalent) who:

  • Meet First Year requirements and have a resume outlining 2 years of work experience.
    • Students who do not have a full 2 years of work experience may be Provisionally Admitted by the Admissions Committee for provisional admission if they have at least one year of work experience by time of initial enrollment at CSU Global. Such students are also expected to have at least two years of work experience before beginning the second year of study. The work experience requirement may be fulfilled by full time employment, part time employment, paid or unpaid internships/apprenticeships, or other volunteer work.
  • Have completed more than 12 transferable semester hours of credit from a regionally accredited college or university.
    • Transfer applicants must be in good standing at the institution last attended and have at least a 2.30 cumulative grade point average. If not, the records will may be reviewed and a recommendation on admission will be made by the Admissions Committee.
  • Have a high school diploma and are enrolling in an Undergraduate Certificate Program.
    • Students who do not meet the State of CO First Time Freshmen or Transfer requirements may apply for Provisional Admission.

Applicants whose transfer credit is only from a nationally accredited school(s) or a military transcript, ACE-approved credit providers, or other non-traditional sources of transfer credit not resulting in a GPA will also be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review under the provisional admissions process. 

Additional General Admissions Requirements

All entering undergraduate students are required to take either ORG100 or ORG300 in their first term.

Applicants who are enrolled at another institution at the time application for admission is submitted to CSU Global should arrange to have an official transcript sent at the time of application as well as a final transcript sent when the final course at the current institution is completed, or should submit a Transcript Waiver Form.

After admission and receipt of official transcripts, evaluations of transferable credit will be completed. Each applicant must disclose all previous college experience on his or her application or be subject to delay of admission, loss of credit, rejection of application, and/or cancellation of enrollment.

All application materials for applicants who decide not to enroll for the term they applied will be kept on file for one year. Official transcripts will not be relinquished to applicants or students under any circumstances.

First Year Admissions

See below for more information.

Undergraduate Conditional Admission

Applicants who have submitted copies of unofficial transcripts from all prior institutions may be admitted conditionally upon recommendation of the Admissions Committee or its designee. The unofficial transcripts must demonstrate the applicant is qualified for admission (pending receipt of official transcripts).

Students admitted conditionally cannot begin courses in their first term until all official transcripts and/or Transcript Waiver forms are on file with the university. If all official transcripts are not on file by the start of the term, the student will need to postpone to a later start date.

The student will be notified that he/she has achieved full admit status once all official transcripts have been received.

First-time students who only have high school transcripts (or equivalent) are not eligible for conditional admission.

Undergraduate Provisional Admission

If the applicant does not qualify for standard admission, or was suspended, expelled, or placed on academic warning/probation at their most recent institution, CSU-Global may admit an applicant under provisional status if the applicant meets the minimum Provisional Admissions Rubric requirements and/or is recommended for admission by the Admissions Committee or Provost. CSU-Global reserves the right to request, 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 also submit:

  • A formal, written, 400-500 word "statement of purpose" with:
    • A summary of professional, personal, and educational goals.
    • Clear and concrete plans for accomplishing academic goals at CSU Global.
    • A statement indicating how learning will contribute to the student's long-term professional goals.
    • A statement addressing the factors that negatively impacted prior academic history. Applicants should also address what has changed and why they believe they can be successful now.
    • Rationale for (a) pursuing a degree CSU Global and (b) rationale for pursuing online education
  • Applicants must also provide a detailed resume that includes all collegiate work, professional employment, special skills or competencies, publications, exhibitions, prizes, awards, and service activities.
  • SmarterMeasure Assessment

Students admitted provisionally cannot begin courses in their first term until official transcripts and/or Transcript Waiver forms 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. Students who fail to meet the conditions of their provisional admission status may be denied admission and administratively withdrawn. Students who are denied admission may appeal the decision by completing the "Re- Entry Appeal" form. All outstanding student account balances must be paid in full and all official transcripts must be on file prior to consideration of the appeal by the Student Success Committee. If a re- entry appeal 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.

Undergraduate students may be considered for Provisional Admission if there are positive indicators of success through review of additional documentation (e.g., non-accredited coursework completed, relevant professional experience, or outstanding professional achievement).

Provisionally admitted undergraduate students must meet satisfactory academic progress requirements. Once provisionally admitted, students must complete six (6) credit hours and earn a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher in order to be eligible for full admission. When the conditions are met, the student will be notified that he/she has achieved full admissions status. This does not apply to First-time students.

First-time students under the age of 20 years, will be considered for Provisional Admission if they do not meet the CSU Global minimum Admissions Standards of:

  • High School GPA of 2.3 or higher on a 4.0 scale OR High School Equivalency/GED (50th percentile ranking): 118 version: 50, 2002 version: 500, 2014 version: 628
  • And have of a state-approved assessment of college readiness resulting in a minimum index score of 86.

Undergraduate International Admission

See below for more information.

First Time Freshman

As of Winter 2018, CSU Global is able to admit first-time college freshman, defined as those with little to no prior college experience, from anywhere.

We want to help ensure success for first-time college students, so we have created a program especially for these students who plan to begin their college experience for the first time with us.

Click here to see admission requirements, program expectations, and information on how to apply.

Master's Degree Requirements

If you're interested in earning your master's degree at CSU Global you should already have earned your bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution with a preferred GPA of 3.00.

Applicants with an undergraduate GPA below 3.00 are encouraged to apply for provisional admission.

To be considered, submit the following to complete your application:

  • Statement of Purpose that presents your plans for academic achievement at CSU Global, indicates your long-term goals, and outlines your reasons for wanting to study at CSU Global.
  • Current professional resume that includes all collegiate work, professional employment, special skills or competencies, publications, exhibitions, prizes, awards, and service activities.
  • SmarterMeasure Assessment to help the admissions committee assess readiness. This assessment only takes about 30 minutes to complete.
    • Login information: 
      Username: AdmitProv
      Password: PSuccess

Learn more about graduate provisional admission in in the Academic Catalog.

You can also apply as a non-degree seeking student, but this status prohibits you from receiving federal financial aid.

Certificate Requirements

Prospective students seeking a certificate from CSU Global must meet the requirements for either a bachelor's or master's degree, depending on the certificate program they wish to pursue.

For instance, in order to be admitted into an undergraduate certificate program, you must meet the bachelor's degree requirements for admission. Similarly, in order to be admitted to a graduate certificate program, you must meet the master's degree requirements for admission.

Military Admissions

As a military friendly college, we have a streamlined process to make admissions for veterans and current servicemembers easy.

Transcripts from all previous universities, as well as from your branch of the services, are required. Applicants with transfer credit from the military which contains no GPA, will need to complete a Statement of Purpose to be submitted to the Admissions Committee for review.

  • Statement of Purpose presents your plans for academic achievement at CSU Global, indicates your long-term goals, and outlines your reasons for wanting to study at CSU Global.

It’s easy to apply for your online undergraduate degree at CSU Global. Simply complete the following steps:

1. Complete our online application for military personnel college admissions.

2. Obtain official transcripts from all previously attended educational institutions.

3. Obtain transcripts of training and experience from your branch of the military.

4. Send your official transcripts to:

Colorado State University Global
585 Salida Way
Aurora, CO 80011

Contact an Enrollment Counselor at 800-462-7845. CSU Global will waive its application fee for U.S. Military personnel and their families.

Once admitted to the university, you will be eligible for our discounted military tuition rate, which is guaranteed not to increase as long as you are enrolled.

Non-Degree Seeking Status Requirements

Many students enroll in a non-degree seeking (NDS) status prior to beginning a degree completion programs. If you don’t currently meet our admissions requirements, or are interested in learning new skills quickly, you can take a few courses to earn an undergraduate or graduate certificate.

  • Undergraduate students may complete up to 24 credit hours as an NDS student.
  • Graduate students may complete up to 12 credit hours as an NDS student.

If degree completion is your goal, you can apply for your desired degree program once you’ve met all the admissions requirements. Once accepted, you can enroll and transfer the credits you've earned.

Applications for degree seeking students will only be accepted for the next available term after the admissions criteria have been met.

Please note that NDS students are not eligible for financial aid.

International Students

We require all applicants whose first language is not English to adequately demonstrate English competency as a part of the application process. Students may demonstrate competency by submitting scores from IELTS (International English Language Testing System). CSU Global requires an overall band score of a 5.0 or higher on the IELTS for admission. 

CSU Global only accepts scores submitted electronically by the IELTS test center. No paper Test Report Forms will be accepted. An institutional code is NOT required. Please contact the test center directly where you took the IELTS test and request that your test scores be sent electronically using the IELTS system. All IELTS test centers worldwide are able to send scores electronically to our institution.

Alternately, students may demonstrate competency by submitting test scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 60 on the Internet exam, 173 on the computer exam, or 500 on the paper exam is required for admittance.

For additional ways to demonstrate English competency, please refer to the Academic Catalog.

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