Graduate Program Prerequisites
Prerequisite courses for each program vary by discipline and a prospective student’s educational history. Contact the Graduate Coordinator for your program of interest to determine your specific course deficiencies. Applicants without a science background may need to prepare themselves with support courses similar to those from the Cal Poly undergraduate curriculum of their program of interest; consult the Cal Poly Catalog for further details.
Consideration for admission to this program as a classified graduate student requires a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in the last 90 quarter units attempted. An applicant not meeting these academic standards, but who meets the basic university standard of a grade point average of 2.5 in the last 90 quarter units attempted may be considered for admission as a conditionally classified graduate student.
An applicant meeting the grade point requirement for classified graduate status, but who is deficient in background courses in agriculture, natural resources and/or related support disciplines may be considered for admission as a conditionally classified graduate student. Before such a student is advanced to classified graduate status, deficiencies in prerequisites must be removed and satisfactory academic performance in a graduate program must be demonstrated by the completion of no fewer than 12 units of specified courses with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Courses taken to remove deficiencies in prerequisites will not count toward the unit requirement for the degree.
All applicants who do not speak and write English as their primary language are required to complete the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), with a minimum score of 550, and the Test of Written English (TWE), with a minimum score of 4.5. Those opting to take the Computer Based Test of English as a Foreign Language must present a score of 213 or above.