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Second Degree

Students Seeking a Second Bachelor's Degree

"What is the next available entry term?"

Spring 2021 for three majors (International Business & Logistics, Global Studies & Maritime Affairs, and Oceanography) for those who have graduated high school but have taken no college courses since graduation. Apply between August 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020 at www.calstate.edu/apply.

Fall 2021 for all majors including the majors above - apply between October 1, 2020 and December 4, 2020 at www.calstate.edu/apply.

"How can I apply?"

Apply online at www.calstate.edu/apply. There is a $70.00 application fee required when you submit the online application.

Transfer facts:

  • Cal Maritime accepts academically qualified students seeking a second Bachelors Degree
  • 33% of the entering class are transfer students.
  • 5% of the entering transfer students already have a bachelor's degree.
  • Any major requiring completion of a U.S. Coast Guard License for graduation requires four-years of study at Cal Maritime (within their intended major) to graduate even if the student has completed a bachelor's degree and/or has many transfer units. This is due to the specialized nature of coursework at Cal Maritime.

"Define 'second-degree student.'"

An applicant who has already completed at least one bachelor's degree.

"What items are required for your office to make an admission decision?"

A completed online application, the $70.00 application fee, and all official college transcripts.

2nd bachelor's degree admission requirements

  • Have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association
  • Are in good academic standing at the last college or university attended
  • Earned a grade point average of at least 2.5 (A=4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted or earned an overall 2.50 GPA in all college units attempted. The Minimum GPA requirement for our "impacted" programs (Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering Technology, Facilities Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering) will be adjusted higher based on the quantity and academic quality of the other second degree applicants
  • For applicants to impacted programs (Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering Technology, and Facilities Engineering Technology), the following policies/requirements must be followed:
    • Your last college math course (college algebra or beyond) cannot be older than five years from the fall semester you would enter Cal Maritime.
    • Students applying to these programs have the option to submit a resume including leadership and activities related to your major.  If submitted, the resume should be sent after the application is submitted but before mid-January (for Fall applications).
    • The Minimum GPA requirement in our "impacted" programs (Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering Technology, Facilities Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering) will be adjusted higher based on the quantity and academic quality of the transfer applicants to each of those programs. 
  • For applicants into the impacted Mechanical Engineering Program, the following policies/requirements must be followed:

    • A college-level calculus II course passed with a "C-" or better within five years of the application term. Equivalent credit from passing the AP Calculus BC Exam may be used.  This should not be older than five years from the fall semester you would enter Cal Maritime.
    • A college-level physics course (calculus-based with lab or engineering physics with a lab) passed with a "C-" or better within five years of the application term
    • A college-level chemistry course (with lab) passed with a "C-" or better
    • Passing the three non-math "Golden Four" courses required for upper-division transfer admission to the CSU System (College-level English, Critical Thinking, and Oral Communication)
    • Students applying to these programs have the option to submit a resume including leadership and activities related to your major.  
    • The Minimum GPA requirement in our "impacted" Marine Transportation, Marine Engineering Technology, Facilities Engineering Technology and Mechanical Engineering programs will be adjusted higher based on the quantity and academic quality of the transfer applicants to each of those programs. 

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Apply for Spring 2021 for majors in International Business & Logistics, Global Studies & Maritime Affairs, and Oceanography between August 1, 2020 and September 30, 2020 at www.calstate.edu/apply.

Apply for Fall 2021 for all majors between October 1, 2020 and December 4, 2020 at www.calstate.edu/apply.

Admission Office Hours

Note that the staff is working from home answering calls and emails,
M-F 8:00am - 5:00pm

admission@csum.edu  
To be forwarded to staff home numbers, call 707-654-1330 and select the proper number when prompted

FAX: (707) 654-1336 (operational 24/7)

Cal Maritime, Admissions Office
200 Maritime Academy Drive
Vallejo, CA 94590

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Last updated: 8/27/20