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Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Information

Graduate Degree Information

CSULB graduates at Commencement

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Admission Requirements

Graduate and post-baccalaureate applicants may apply for a degree objective, a credential or certificate objective. Students who meet both the minimum requirements established by the CSU system and the specific professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, prescribed by the academic program will be admitted as Classified Post-Baccalaureate or Credential candidates. Applicants may be admitted as Conditionally Classified if, in the opinion of appropriate campus authorities, deficiencies may be remedied by additional preparation. In unusual circumstances, a campus may make exceptions to these criteria.

To meet the minimum requirements for admission to graduate and postbaccalaureate studies at CSULB, a student shall at the time of enrollment: (1) have completed a four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate campus authorities; (2) be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended; and (3) have attained an acceptable grade-point average in any of the following ways: (a) hold an advanced degree; (b) hold a baccalaureate degree with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5 (A = 4.0); (c) hold a baccalaureate degree with a GPA of at least 2.5 in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted (excluding lower-division and extension course work taken after the degree).

Students in the process of completing a baccalaureate degree may be admitted on a provisional basis, subject to proof of degree completion by the established deadline, if their cumulative GPA is at least 2.7 or if the GPA in their last 60 semester or 90 quarter units are calculated at 2.5 or higher.

For information on the specific requirements for admission to a given program, see the Catalog section for that program.

These and other CSU admissions requirements are subject to change as policies are revised and laws are amended. The CSU website, www.calstate.edu and the CSU admissions portal www.csumentor.edu are good sources of the most up-to-date information.

Graduate Standing - Conditionally Classified

To qualify for admission in conditionally classified graduate standing, a student must:

  • 1. Hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association or have completed equivalent academic preparation in a foreign university as determined by an appropriate campus authority;
  • 2. Have attained a grade-point average of at least 2.5 (A = 4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted;
  • 3. Have been in good standing at the last college attended; and
  • 4. Be accepted into a graduate degree curriculum on a conditional basis, subject to the requirement that any deficiencies must be remedied by additional preparation.

Graduate Standing - Classified

A student who meets the minimum requirements for admission as a graduate student, as specified in the preceding paragraph, may be admitted as a fully classified graduate student pursuing an authorized degree curriculum if the appropriate program authorities determine that he or she satisfactorily meets the professional, personal, scholastic, or other standards for admission to the graduate degree curriculum, including qualifying examinations that the appropriate program authorities may prescribe. Only those applicants who show promise of success and fitness will be admitted to graduate degree curricula, and only those who continue to demonstrate a satisfactory level of scholastic competence and fitness shall be eligible to proceed in such curricula.

Post-Baccalaureate Standing - Classified

In this status a student is eligible to enroll in a credential or certificate program, provided that such additional professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards, including qualifying examinations, as may be prescribed for the particular credential or certificate program by the appropriate campus authority, are satisfied.

Admission to the University

For admission requirements, see the Admission section of the catalog.

Admission to a Department as a Graduate Student

In order to pursue a credential or master's degree, students must be accepted by the department or college offering the degree program. In some instances (see specific department listing) this process may require supplemental application to the department or college. Following review the department or college will determine whether or not a student meets its requirements for admission to its degree program. Departments or colleges that receive more applications from qualified students than the number of graduate spaces they have available will admit students in priority order based on the strength of candidates' qualifications.

If space is available, a student who is admissible to the University but who does not meet program requirements for admission may nevertheless be accepted as a conditionally classified graduate student by the department or college offering the program, subject to the proviso that all remaining admission requirements of the program must then be fulfilled after enrollment.

Special Action

In rare and compelling circumstances, an applicant who doesn't qualify for admission under the previous provisions may be admitted by special action if on recommendation of the appropriate faculty of the department/college concerned and in the judgment of the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies or his/her designee there exists acceptable evidence that the applicant possesses sufficient academic, professional, and other potential pertinent to her/his educational objectives to merit such action, as shown through aptitude scores, recent academic performance, and experiential background.