College of Professional & International Education

Master of Science in Emergency Services Administration

Admission to the M.S. in Emergency Services Administration program requires approval by the University and the program's Graduate Applicant Review Committee. Please follow all directions closely.
Admission Criteria, Documentation, and Information

To be admitted to the program you must apply for admission using the California State University admissions portal called CAL STATE APPLY. By applying online, you can start, stop, and save your application information throughout the process. Note the following steps to begin the application process:

  • Select a term to apply for (Fall)
  • Sign in or create an account
  • Select CSU Long Beach as your campus and Select Extended Education as the Source
  • Select Emergency Services Administration from the list of available programs; and once chosen the program title will be highlighted in green with a check mark to indicate you have chosen the correct program in which you are applying
  • Use the dashboard to continue with your application for admission to the program


You will be asked to provide the following:

  • Personal Information
  • Academic History
  • Supporting Information
  • Program Materials


Note the following admissions criteria and information:

  • You must have earned any bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited university or have completed equivalent academic preparation at a foreign university as determined by the appropriate campus authority.
  • You must be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended.
  • You must have attained an acceptable grade-point average in any of the following ways: (a) hold an advanced degree; (b) hold a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (A = 4.0); or (c) hold a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted.
  • Students in the process of completing a baccalaureate degree may be admitted on a provisional basis, subject to proof of degree completion by the established deadline, if their cumulative GPA is at least 2.7 or if the GPA in their last 60 semester or 90 quarter units are calculated at 2.5 or higher.
  • Admission to CSULB is competitive. We prefer applicants who have earned at least a 3.0 grade-point average in the last 60 semester units attempted. A student whose overall grade point average is less than 3.0 but who presents acceptable evidence of professional potential, either through recent academic performance and/or experiential background, may be admitted by special action of the program's Graduate Applicant Review Committee.
  • At this time, no graduate school admissions tests are required.
  • You must be accepted by the School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management's Graduate Applicant Review Committee for admission to the program. The quality of your supporting documentation and program materials is an important consideration for admission.


Note the following documentation requirements and information:

  • Official transcripts from all previously attended academic institutions after high-school must be sent directly to CSULB Enrollment Services. Do not send transcripts to faculty, staff, or the Department because they will be returned unopened. Some academic institutions will send your transcripts electronically to CSULB. Other institutions will send your transcripts by U.S. Mail, which must be send to the following address:
Office of Admissions and Records
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-0106
  • The CAL STATE APPLY website requests transcript entry. Graduate applicants need only enter courses that are in-progress or planned. Select “I am Not Adding Any College Transcripts” if you do not have in-progress or planned coursework. Do NOT enter individual course information from each individual institution attended unless you want the system to calculate your grade point average. Entering all of this information is not necessary for admission to our program.
  • Submit relevant experiences, achievements, and a Statement of Purpose using the Supporting Information section of CAL STATE APPLY.
  • Submit a resume to the Program Materials section of CAL STATE APPLY.
  • Request at least three electronic recommendations using the Recommendations section of CAL STATE APPLY. Recommenders will receive a notice by email.
  • You may send your resume and three letters of recommendation directly to the Program Graduate Advisor if you are having difficulty with this section of CSU APPLY. Documents may be sent by email or U.S. Mail. However, letters of recommendation must come directly from the individuals signing the letters.
Peter G. Kreysa, Ph.D. (
Graduate Advisor, EMER Program
FCS-FA8 M/S 0501
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Blvd.
Long Beach, CA 90840-0501
  • Review and submit your application with the fee by the published deadline.
  • You may periodically email the Graduate Advisor for a status report.
  • Wait for an admissions decision to come by email directly from CSULB Enrollment Services. If you are admitted to the program, you will receive course scheduling and enrollment instructions from the Graduate Advisor at least two weeks before the semester begins.
  • If you have special admissions needs or questions, please contact the appropriate CSULB office directly:
Application Deadlines

The School of Criminology, Criminal Justice, and Emergency Management admits students for the Fall semester only. The EMER application deadline is June 1 for fall admission.

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