CBB - Frequently Asked Questions

CBB admissions is conducted every 2 years. Applications will be available in Fall 2019 for admission in Fall 2020 (2020-22 cohort).

Year 1

  • Mondays at the Dede Alpert Center in City Heights (where CBB interviews took place)
  • Tuesday night is on SDSU campus
  • Wednesday is in Barrio Logan (Beckworth Library/ Educational Cultural Complex).
  • Thursday & Friday at your fieldwork site

Year 2


Year 1

A cohort of approximately 30 students will take all classes together, all day Monday and Wednesday, with research class on Tuesday night).

Year 2

Year 2 will be specialized according to your focus of study and the group will be split accordingly. During both years, fieldwork hours are required.

The applications ask for cumulative GPA and GPA from courses associated with your major. Our program doesn’t have a “cut off score” for GRE or GPA. However, the university does ask a 2.85 GPA minimum (over last 60 units) and have become increasing strict about this. In the past, the faculty have been able to successfully advocate for students with GPA lower than 2.85, but that may not be the case in the future.
It is recommended that CBBers not work outside their fieldwork commitments. CBB is emotionally and academically rigorous. Attending to additional commitments could take away from the CBB experience. 
Yes, the CBB Program trains licensed counselors to work in college settings. In fact, many of our graduates have been employed as counselors, professors, directors and in leadership roles, especially in community colleges. Learn more about the program.

The standard tuition cost is about $8K per academic year. The total cost of enrollment including tuition, books, food, housing, transportation, etc. can vary according to your housing status. Please refer to the SDSU Cost of Attendance page. Financial aid, scholarships and grants are also available for students who demonstrate need.

If you need financial aid, Remember to submit your FAFSA
form between January 1 and the beginning of March. See the College of Education page on Financial Aid and Scholarships for more information.

If you are an out-of-state or international applicant, request CA residency requirements ASAP, so you can qualify for in-state tuition as soon as you possibly can.

Being a non-native English speaker would not impact your ability to get into the program. If anything, it can be attributed to diverse life experiences- something that CBB values. 
Unfortunately, our program does not offer a fee waiver. You could contact Graduate Admissions, because they might have more information. Please see their contact info below.
Prospective Student Center
[email protected]
Yes, just choose one to officially apply for via Cal State Apply. Then, you will apply to each program individually (CBB and other). After you get admitted and decide your program, then we would go back into Cal State Apply and change the program of choice (for GA: RDR will be sent to the program listed in Cal State Apply).
  • Take courses to improve GPA
  • Seek therapy for yourself
  • Gain experiences in your area of interest related to social justice/counseling
  • Visit a class
  • We value authenticity, openness and
    honesty. Share your interpersonal
    challenges, as well as your strengths in
    your personal statement.
  • Get letters of recommendation from people who really
    know you and are authentic.
The main goal of CBB is to create change agents in our society who want to support and work with people in diverse communities.