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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Criminal Justice

G S 700

Every semester, graduate students must be registered in a course or in G S 700, or have an approved educational leave.

  • If a graduate student wishes to take a semester off before resuming coursework, s/he must take a Planned Educational Leave, not G S 700. 
  • Registration in G S 700 is restricted to graduate students who have completed all their coursework and need additional time to complete their thesis or study for their comprehensive exam.
  • G S 700 is intended to be taken when a student believes s/he will be graduating at the end of that semester and does not need or desire to take additional courses. G S 700 is a cost-effective way to extend enrollment by one semester, while completing the thesis or comprehensive exam.  Students enrolled in G S 700 are considered full-time students.

Students must enroll in G S 700 during:

  • each semester they use any of the University's resources (including, but not limited to, faculty, staff, library, and/or other facilities/services), but are not enrolled in any courses; and/or
  • the semester they are taking the comprehensive examination, submitting their thesis to the University's Thesis Office, or graduating, if they are not enrolled in any other courses at the University. 

In other words, students must be enrolled in a course or G S 700 during the semester in which they intend to graduate. Although G S 700 is a zero-unit course, the fee is based on one unit of credit for payment purposes; no unit credit is added to the student’s program or transcript.


  • Students may only enroll in G S 700 after they have Advanced to Candidacy and have completed all coursework for their master’s degree program, yet still have to complete their capstone experience (i.e., a thesis or the comprehensive exam).  


  • Students enrolling in G S 700 for the first or second time must first obtain a permit via their Graduate Advisor. The Graduate Advisor will only issue a permit to register for G S 700 for the intended purpose of completing a master’s capstone experience. Before the Graduate Advisor will issue a permit to register for G S 700, the requesting student must meet with the Graduate Advisor for an advising appointment.  During this appointment, the Graduate Advisor will check the student’s degree progress and verify compliance with all applicable policies and procedures. Criminology & Criminal Justice and Emergency Services Management MS students must enroll in G S 700A via MyCSULB.
  • Unless compelling circumstances exist, students are permitted to register for G S 700 for a maximum of two (2) semesters.  


  • Students who have enrolled in G S 700 twice or more will have a registration hold. These students will be notified of the hold via email and referred to their Graduate Advisor.


  • Graduate students do not need to register for G S 700 during the winter or summer sessions, unless the student is graduating during that term. Winter session deadline is the last day to add deadline (this occurs during the first week of instruction). During the summer session, the deadline to add is the final day of the 3rd week of the summer session.