Admission Requirements

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To be admitted to the Master of Science in Quality assurance program, applicants must meet all CSUDH graduate admissions requirements listed below:

  • Hold a four year baccalaureate degree in a technical field from an accredited institution (or if in a non-technical field, receive approval from the Quality Assurance Program Academic Coordinator).

  • Have a background which includes preparation in both college level mathematics and computer concepts (In some cases conditional admission to the program will be considered subject to completion of undergraduate prerequisite course work. All conditional admissions are subject to approval by the Quality Assurance Program Academic Coordinator.)

  • Have achieved a grade point average of 2.5 (on a four point scale) in their bachelors degree. Students with a grade point average of below 2.5 and have a background in quality assurance may also be considered for admission.

  • Be in official "good standing" at the last educational institution attended.

Note: the MSQA program no longer accepts students residing in the following US States: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Oregon, and Wyoming.

Admission Procedures

The following materials are required for admission review by the submission deadline: Please note that the cut-off dates for Admission to the Fall Term is July 1, and for the Spring Term is November 1. Applications are not accepted for the Winter Term. Even though the student may have paid a late fee of $15.00 after these date for late processing there does come a time when processing stops. If the University does not have your complete package (application, transcripts and other required documents) by July 1 for the Fall Term and November 1 for the Spring Term you have passed the deadline date for processing and it stops. At this point you will need to re-apply with a new application for the next term.

Do not be confused by the Admissions Office, the dates they state apply for on-campus courses only. Internet Terms begin before the on-campus terms for both Fall and Spring Terms. The applicant must have been accepted to the university before the first class meeting in order to be considered a graduate student in the MSQA program rather than an open enrollment student or a College of Continuing and Professional Education student. Students accepted after the first class meeting will not be able to enroll in courses, and their acceptance will be revoked for non-attendance by the Admissions Office. At this point you will need to re-apply with a new application for the next term.

Steps to Apply

  • Apply via Cal State Apply ►
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  • Contact your previous college(s) to request official transcripts
    Applicants must provide 1 official transcript from each post-secondary institution attended (post-baccalaureate course work included) be sent electronically to the Admissions and Records Department at CSUDH using a third-party service. Only transcripts sent via third-party service will be considered official. Emailed transcripts will not be considered official.

    If the institution providing the transcript can only mail the transcript, mail it to:

    MSQA Program Office
    College of Continuing and Professional Education
    California State University, Dominguez Hills
    1000 E. Victoria St.
    Carson, CA 90747

Special Instructions Regarding Transcripts

  • If you are applying and have used other names on your transcripts be sure to include a list with your current name (as on the application) and include all names on your transcripts so that we can group the transcripts when presenting them to the Admissions and Records office with the prospective student’s application ID number.

  • Transcripts that have been faxed, accidentally opened, or are unofficial/student copies are NOT acceptable. Compilation-style transcripts (such as those from University of New York Regents, Thomas Edison State College, or similar programs) are not sufficient for evaluation because these schools tend to delete pertinent academic information from the student's records. Therefore, individual transcripts from ALL schools are required.

  • International Students: See special instructions below regarding transcript submission.

International Students

Students residing in foreign countries:

Graduate applicants, regardless of citizenship, who do not possess a bachelor's degree from a postsecondary institution where English is the principal language of instruction or who have not attended schools at the secondary level or above for at least three years full-time where English is the principal language of instruction must present one of the following:
  1. A minimum score of 80 on the internet-based TOEFL exam (iBT)
  2. A minimum score of 213 on the computer-based TOEFL exam
  3. A score of 6.5 or higher on the IELTS, or
  4. A score of 105 or higher on the Duolingo English Test (DET)
  5. A score of 53 or higher on the Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic
Graduate applicants who have met all admission requirements except English Proficiency can apply for conditional admission through the CSUDH  American Language and Culture Program (ALCP). Once they have improved their English skills and pass TOEFL/IELTS OR qualify for an ALCP English Proficiency Waiver, they can start their degree program.

Students Educated Outside of the United States

Students who attended institutions outside the U.S. must have earned an undergraduate degree, which has equivalency to a four-year degree program in an accredited U.S. institution.

International Transcript and Credential Evaluation Services

The Admissions Office requires official transcripts from all previously attended institutions. If the transcripts are in a language other than English, they will need to be translated by a certified translator.

Note: If you are a student from outside of the United States, please apply to the program as an "Internet Student," not an "International Student."

The GRE, GMAT or other entrance exams are not required.


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