Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Information
Graduate Degree Information
Graduate Degrees Offered
Graduate study is primarily designed to inspire independence of mind and originality in the quest for knowledge, truth, and useful application. Candidates for a master's degree are required to demonstrate mastery in their chosen field of study either through independent research culminating in an acceptable thesis or project, or through successfully passing a final comprehensive examination.
Graduate curricula are designed to provide each student with advanced study in a discipline. All courses listed in a master's degree program, including those outside the major field, must be graduate or upper-division courses approved by the student's graduate committee and department graduate advisor.
A student who plans to become a candidate for a master's degree must hold a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution or have completed equivalent academic preparation at a foreign university as determined by the appropriate campus authority. The student must have completed undergraduate course work substantially equivalent to that required at California State University, Long Beach in the discipline of intended graduate study, or must be prepared to undertake additional work to make up any deficiency. Most graduate degree programs are based upon preparation in the discipline at the undergraduate level. Undergraduate preparation is considered adequate if a candidate has met the upper-division requirements of this University for a bachelor's degree in the subject matter area of the master's degree program. Refer to specific departments for detailed requirements of each degree program.
The following graduate degrees are offered:
Master of Arts Degree in:
Family and Consumer Sciences
Master of Business Administration
Master of Business Administration / Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Management
Master of Fine Arts Degree in:
Master of Music
Master of Physical Therapy
Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Health
Master of Social Work
Master of Science in Nursing/Master of Public Health
Master of Science Degree in:
Emergency Services Administration
Health Care Administration
Nursing/Health Care Administration
Civil Engineer Degree
Ed.D. in Educational Leadership
Ph.D. in Engineering and Industrial Applied Mathematics
(awarded jointly with Claremont Graduate School)
Certificate Programs and Graduate Study
Students, whether graduates of CSULB or of another accredited institution, may complete the requirements for and be awarded certificates while in graduate standing. Admission requires a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution, at least a 2.5 grade-point average in the most recently completed 60 units of course work, and fulfillment of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). Certificate programs are of two types: baccalaureate certificates which may be taken concurrently with or following the award of the baccalaureate degree, and graduate certificates which require post-baccalaureate standing. The graduate certificates are listed below, with the department responsible for each certificate indicated in parentheses.
Graduate certificate programs require at least 18 units of course work, of which at least 12 units must be at the 500 or 600 level. Courses taken to fulfill the requirements for the master's degree may also be applied to certificate requirements, if the certificate program permits, but such overlap may not exceed 15 units. Courses in directed research, directed reading, internship, and independent study may comprise no more than 3 units of a graduate certificate program. Thesis and student teaching may not be used on the program. Extension and/or transfer credit may comprise no more than one-sixth of the course work used to meet graduate certificate requirements. A grade-point average of at least 3.0 must be maintained in the graduate certificate program's course work. All courses used to complete the requirements of a graduate certificate must be completed within a five-year period from the date of the initial course work.
If you wish to pursue a graduate certificate program, you should review the course requirements given in the department course listings of this catalog. You should notify the relevant department of your intention to pursue a certificate program as early as possible so as to receive early advisement on the program.
Career Guidance Specialist (Educational Psychology, Administration, and Counseling)
Community College (Educational Psychology, Administration, and Counseling)
Health Care Administration (Health Care Administration)
Leisure Counseling (Recreation and Leisure Studies)
Museum Studies (Art)
Nurse Practitioner (Nursing)
Public Management Analyst (Public Policy and
Public Sector Employer-Employee Relations and Personnel Management (Public Policy and Administration)
Public Sector Financial Management (Public Policy and Administration)
Systems Engineering (College of Engineering)
Teaching English as a Second Language (Linguistics)
Transportation Policy and Planning (Public Policy and Administration)
Urban Executive Management (Public Policy and
Waste Engineering and Management (Civil Engineering)