Before proceeding, you should have already 1) selected a potential faculty advisor through whom to apply to MLML, 2) contacted that faculty member to schedule an interview and visit to MLML, and 3) selected a CSU campus.

STEP 1: 3 Letters of Recommendation emailed to MLML by Feb. 15

You need to request 3 letters of recommendation from people familiar with your academic and/or professional background.

Letters must be emailed directly from your recommenders as a PDF attachment to the MLML Graduate Program Coordinator at by Feb. 15.

Letters do not need to be sent/emailed to your CSU campus; they need only be emailed to MLML. You should request your letters from your recommenders at least 8 weeks prior to the Feb. 15 deadline.

STEP 2: Official transcripts mailed to your CSU campus by Feb 15

You need to order official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions you've attended, and have them mailed to the Admissions office of your chosen CSU campus (at the addresses below).

You should do this at least 8 weeks prior to the Feb. 15 deadline to ensure they arrive at your chosen CSU campus in time.

MLML does not need official transcripts mailed to us; they need only be mailed to your chosen CSU campus Admissions office.

International applicants must also have official TOEFL scores mailed to the chosen CSU campus by Feb. 15

Admissions Addresses for CSU campuses

STEP 3: Submit MLML online application by Feb. 1

No Application Fee

STEP 4: Submit CalStateApply online application by Feb. 1

Application Fee of $70 per CSU campus

STEP 5: Email Application Packet PDF to MLML by Feb. 15

You need to email all of the following materials—combined into a single PDF attachment—to the MLML Graduate Program Coordinator by Feb 15:

1. Statement of Purpose - detailing (at a minimum) 1) why you want to study marine science, 2) why you want to attend MLML, 3) your background in marine science, 4) your specific research interests, and 5) what long-term goals you ultimately intend to pursue by attending MLML.

2. CV/Resume - summarizing your relevant academic and professional experience, including 1) academic background (degrees earned, GPA, relevant coursework), 2) research experience, and 3) relevant employment history, volunteer experience, and/or memberships.

3. Unofficial Transcripts - from all post-secondary institutions you've attended

4. Unofficial GRE Scores - MLML does not require the GRE but you may submit your unofficial GRE scores to MLML by either downloading your score report from the ETS website, or scanning the score report mailed to you by ETS.

International applicants must also submit an unofficial copy of TOEFL scores, in addition to all of the above materials.


Applicants can expect to receive an admission decision from MLML's Graduate Program Coordinator by about April 15. Student accepted by MLML should receive official CSU admission notification soon thereafter. Acceptance is not official until notifications from both MLML and the CSU are received.