Interested applicants may contact CSTU by visiting the institution’s main website or by phone. In response to an inquiry from a prospective student, an information package is normally sent to the individual. A prospective student is encouraged to call the school and make an appointment to discuss the program they are interested in and arrange to see the school’s facilities. An admission representative will discuss the applicant’s qualifications and assist him/her in determining the best way to meet his/her educational and/or career goals. The application and enrollment process begin with the completion of a general questionnaire and an initial interview with the admissions representative. The interview usually lasts approximately half an hour and may be conducted by phone or in person. During that time, the admissions representative will discuss the various aspects of the graduate program offered, tuition, a payment plan, and explain entrance requirements. This catalog detailing CSTU’s method of instruction, programs, policies, admission standards, applicant’s qualifications, and financial planning information will be provided. The institution’s main website, www.cstu.edu also provides the same information as published in this catalog.
When the applicant is accepted, a Degree Plan generally referred to as an Individual Academic Plan (IAP) will be prepared listing the academic requirements that must be met for successful completion of the selected program.
Admission to any program requires a Bachelor degree or its equivalent completed at an appropriately accredited postsecondary institution.
The Master’s degree programs require 30 graduate semester credits completed beyond the Bachelor’s degree. CSTU will consider for transfer and may accept a maximum of 6 graduate semester credits in transfer toward a Master’s degree program, earned in graduate courses for which a grade of “B” or higher was earned. The Certificate program can accept up to six (6) transfer credits.
To enable the evaluation of prior college work, official transcripts must be provided. Appropriately accredited postsecondary institutions are defined as those accredited by an accrediting agency recognized by the United States Department of Education, or by an accrediting agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) or, for non-United States institutions, an educational institution approved by an equivalent authority.
Applicants with an undergraduate degree at the baccalaureate level from a school outside the United States must have their undergraduate transcripts evaluated by an independent National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES) approved agency. The evaluation findings will be acceptable as satisfaction of the degree requirement when indicating that an applicant's degree is the equivalent of one received from a regionally or nationally accredited or approved college in the United States.