California State University San Marcos

California - United States


Welcome to California State University San Marcos. We are a new kind of CSU — fully engaged in our community, technologically sophisticated, and dedicated to teaching future generations through a relevant curriculum with a global perspective.

What makes CSU San Marcos so special?

High quality, close instruction through our four colleges and Extended Learning programs

Accessible faculty — 100% of full-time faculty hold Ph.D.s or the highest degree in their field

A technology-rich campus — the entire campus is equipped with high-speed Wi-Fi Internet access, and numerous "smart" classrooms offer advanced multimedia equipment as a teaching and learning tool

A fun campus — more than 100 student clubs and organizations, the Clarke Field House and an active Associated Students, Inc.

An expanding campus — construction on our new university student union is now underway. In addition, a state-of-the-art Social & Behavioral Sciences building, a parking structure, and a public safety building have been completed in the last two years.

A beautiful campus — 304 rolling acres nestled into the foothills above the City of San Marcos, and a short distance to the beaches of the Pacific Ocean and the Mexican border

Browse our pages and get to know us. We believe you will find this new kind of university to your liking — and you will be able to stand out and grow here.


California State University San Marcos focuses on the student as an active participant in the learning process. As a Carnegie classified "community engaged" university, CSUSM students work closely with a faculty whose commitment to sustained excellence in teaching, research, and community partnership enhances student learning. The university offers rigorous undergraduate and graduate programs distinguished by exemplary teaching, innovative curricula, and the application of new technologies. CSUSM provides a range of services that respond to the needs of a student body with diverse backgrounds, expanding student access to an excellent and affordable education. As a public university, CSUSM grounds its mission in the public trust, alignment with regional needs, and sustained enrichment of the intellectual, civic, economic, and cultural life of our region and state.


California State University San Marcos will become a distinctive public university known for academic excellence, service to the community, and innovation in higher education. In its teaching and student services, CSUSM will combine the academic strengths of a large university with the personal interaction characteristic of smaller institutions. Students will select from a growing array of specialized programs responsive to state and regional needs. Our curriculum will emphasize a strong foundation in the liberal arts and sciences while it provides the knowledge, skills, competencies and experiences needed in a global society experiencing accelerated technological, social, and environmental change. A faculty of active scholars and artists will foster student learning through teaching that reflects ongoing discovery and experimentation, and that makes a difference in the life of our communities. CSUSM will celebrate and capitalize on its diversity to form a learning community committed to this shared vision.


California State University San Marcos is an academic community dedicated to the values of:

Intellectual Engagement: learning, teaching, discovery, and application of knowledge

Community: shared commitments to service, teamwork, and partnership

Integrity:  respect, honesty, trust, fairness, academic freedom and responsibility

Innovation:  creativity, openness to change, flexibility, responsiveness, and future focus

Inclusiveness:  individual and cultural diversity, and multiple perspectives


College of Business Administration (CoBA) College of Education, Health & Human Services (CEHHS) College of Humanities, Arts, Behavioral & Social Sciences (CHABSS) College of Science & Mathematics (CSM) Extended Learning
Undergraduate Departments: Education Anthropology Biological Sciences Whether you are looking to change careers, advance your current career or explore personal interests, Extended Learning has a quality educational program perfectly suited for you.

Accounting Human Development Cognitive Science Biotechnology
Finance Kinesiology Communication Chemistry & Biochemistry
Global Business Management Nursing Economics Computer Science & Information Systems
Management Social Work Ethnic Studies Mathematics
Management Information Systems Speech-Language Pathology Film Studies Physics
Marketing   Global Studies  
Operations & Supply Chain Management   History  
Graduate Program:   Liberal Studies  
Master of Business Administration   Literature & Writing Studies  
    Modern Language Studies  
    Native Studies  
    Political Science  
    School of Arts  
    Social Sciences  
    Women's Studies

English Requirements


IELTS - 6.0

TOEFL - 61


IELTS – 6.5

TOEFL - 80


Tution Fee