The following regulations apply to all graduate degree programs. Specific academic and curricular requirements of individual degree programs are given in the departmental listings of this catalog.
In addition to whatever additional requirements a particular degree program has, all candidates for a master’s degree must complete the requirements listed below:
1. Maintain a cumulative, graduate, grade-point average of 3.0 calculated on all upper-division and graduate-level coursework attempted by the candidate at CSULB after completion of a baccalaureate degree. Exceptions to the 3.0 cumulative, graduate, grade-point average may be made only on the recommendation of both the departmental faculty offering the degree and the college dean or designee and approval by the dean of graduate studies or designee.
2. Maintain at least a 3.0 average in all the courses listed on the program of study.
3. Obtain a minimum grade of C for a course to count in a program of study. Departments may require higher minimum grades for specifically indicated courses. A student may retake a course once in order to achieve a minimum grade. A grade for a course taken the second time may satisfy a minimum grade requirement but shall not replace the grade previously earned in the course on the student's transcript.
4. Make progress towards timely completion of the degree as determined by any milestones that the department may have established in writing and communicated to its students. Students failing to make satisfactory progress may be placed on administrative academic probation. Department Chairs or Associate Deans must notify students in writing or via email that they have been placed on administrative academic probation.
5. Complete all required courses on the program of study, which must contain a minimum of 30 units in upper-division and graduate courses. Some degree programs require additional units. Student teaching may not be included in any master’s degree program.
6. Complete at least seventy percent (70%) of the required units in the degree program at CSULB in matriculated status or as approved graduate credit earned as a senior. At the option of the department offering a master’s degree, a graduate student may use credit taken at CSULB in non-matriculated status or approved transfer credit toward up to thirty percent (30%) of the units on the program of study.
7. Complete at least seventy percent (70%) of the minimum units required for the program of study in courses at the 500 and 600 levels, including double-numbered courses (400/500). At least fifty percent (50%) of the units required for the degree shall be in courses organized primarily for graduate students.
8. Complete a thesis or project subject to all requisite approvals or pass a final, comprehensive examination. Some programs require both a final, comprehensive examination and either a thesis or project. Others allow students a choice between a thesis option and a non-thesis, comprehensive examination option. CSULB will award a minimum of three and a maximum of six semester units for the successful completion of a thesis or project. All thesis or project units must be specified as either credit/no credit only or letter grade only by the department. If a department selects the letter grade option the student must earn at least a "B." Failure of either the comprehensive examination or thesis/project requirement is failure of both options. In other words, a student failing the comprehensive examination may not proceed to the thesis or project option or vice versa. Once a student has completed a semester of enrollment toward fulfillment of either the comprehensive examination or thesis option, the student may not change from one option to the other without the approval of the graduate advisor, the department chair, and the appropriate dean or designee.
9. Complete all requirements of the degree program within seven (7) years of the date the student initiated the program (i.e., the date [semester] when the student first completed a course appearing on the student’s program of study). The dean of graduate studies or designee may grant an exception to this requirement if warranted by individual circumstances and if the student re-validates the outdated work by re-taking the course, passing a comprehensive examination in the relevant course or subject field work, or fulfilling such other demonstrations of competence as may be prescribed by the department in its approved policy on revalidation.
10. No fewer than 24 semester units shall be completed in residence at the University. The Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies or his/her designee may authorize department/college approved substitution of credit earned by alternate means for a part of the residence requirement. Units, including continuing education or extension units, accepted by transfer for application toward the minimum units required for a master’s degree cannot be used to fulfill the minimum unit requirements in the 500/600 series. This 500/600 unit requirement must be completed in the major discipline and in residence at this University.
11. A graduate student who expects to receive a degree at the end of any semester or summer session must be enrolled during that semester or session and must complete the Request to Graduate Form well in advance. The appropriate request for Spring or Summer candidates must be filed by the preceding October 15; for Fall candidates, by the preceding March 1 at the Office of Enrollment Services. The names of candidates who file within these deadlines will appear in the Commencement Program published each Spring.
Note: Graduate Studies 700 may only be used to fulfill the enrollment requirement if the applicant has completed all degree program courses prior to the semester of graduation. An incomplete grade not otherwise resolved prior to graduation will automatically revert to the letter grade indicated on the "Requirements for Assigning an Incomplete Grade" form. A course with an unresolved grade of RP (Report in Progress) will remain on the transcript but will be removed from the student's program of study. Incomplete grades cannot be resolved after graduation.
12. Proficiency of a student in all parts of a curriculum is determined by the faculty of the University. A favorable vote of the faculty is required for a student to receive the degree.
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