Applying to MLML

Application Deadline

MLML accepts applications to the M.S. Program from October 1 through February 1 each year. Once we've received your application, we'll accept your supplemental application documents (transcripts, letters of rec, etc.) through February 15.

Step 1: Choosing & Contacting a Faculty Advisor

Before applying to MLML, all prospective students must select an MLML tenure/tenure track faculty advisor(s) through whom to apply. Prospective students should contact a potential faculty advisor(s) before submitting application materials, and before visiting MLML.

Discussing your interest in MLML with a potential faculty advisor prior to applying will 1) provide you with a better understanding of what our program has to offer 2) help you determine if the selected faculty advisor is the right academic mentor for you 3) enable you to speak with the potential advisor about the application process 4) allow you to speak with current students and 5) strengthen your application and improve your chances of acceptance.

All applicants must select a MLML Tenure/Tenure Track Faculty Advisor (at the link below) through whom to apply, and must contact that potential Faculty Advisor before submitting any application materials.

Applicants can also choose to apply through a MLML Research Faculty Co-Advisor—researchers who are in residence at MLML who can co-advise student theses and serve on student thesis committees. However, applicants who wish to apply through one of these MLML Research Faculty members must be co-advised by, and must also apply for admission through, one of the MLML Faculty Advisors above.

Applicants can also choose to apply through CSU Consortium Faculty Co-Advisors—faculty members who are in residence at one of our affiliated CSU consortium campuses, and can co-advise student theses and serve on student thesis committees. However, applicants who wish to apply through one of these CSU Consortium Faculty members must be co-advised by, and must also apply for admission through, one of the MLML Faculty Advisors listed above.

Step 2: Choosing a CSU campus

All prospective students must apply to both MLML and an affiliated California State University (CSU) campus to serve as his or her administrative home campus. Degree requirements and the academic program are the same for all MLML students regardless of CSU home campus; administrative deadlines and processes (related to enrollment, payment, financial aid, graduation and thesis submission, etc.) do vary slightly by CSU campus, however, as do tuition and fees. All MLML students register for classes, pay tuition/fees, and receive financial aid through their home CSU campus, which also awards the official diploma and transcripts. All MLML classes and academic programs are held at MLML’s main facility in Moss Landing.

5 CSU campuses are currently accepting applications for the MLML M.S. program each year: CSU East Bay, CSU Monterey Bay, CSU Stanislaus, Sacramento State, and San José State. Of our current students, about 75% are enrolled through CSU Monterey Bay as their home campus, and about 25% through San José State University.

Prospective students are encouraged to discuss CSU campus differences with their potential faculty advisor, current MLML students, and the MLML Graduate Coordinator.

Step 3: Submit All Application Materials by Deadlines

-Online MLML application to MLML by Feb. 1

-Online CalStateApply application to your CSU campus by Feb. 1

-Additional application materials emailed to MLML by Feb. 15.

-Additional application materials sent to your CSU by Feb. 15.

Notification

Applicants can expect to receive an admission decision from MLML by April 15. Students accepted by MLML should receive official CSU admission notification soon thereafter. Acceptance is not official until acceptance notifications from both MLML and the CSU are received.