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What are the requirements for the Bachelor's degree?

You must satisfy the following requirements in order to be awarded a Bachelor's degree from CSULB.

  • Earn the number of units required for your degree
    For details regarding your particular major, refer to your Academic Requirements Report or to the University Catalog for the academic year in which you were admitted to your degree program.

  • Earn a Minimum of 30 Units in Residence
    You must earn a minimum of 30 units at CSULB, including at least 24 upper-division and at least 12 major units. A maximum of 24 units of special session or open university credit earned prior to your admission term or while in a non-degree status may be counted toward your degree.

  • Earn a Minimum of 40 Upper-Division Units
    You must earn a minimum of 40 units in courses numbered 300-499. You must take all upper division courses in your major within a 10-year period. If you took upper division units more than 10 years before completing your program, you may not apply those units to your program unless your major department revalidates them.

  • Activity Units
    Activity courses provide practice in such areas as music, dance, physical education and Sports, Athletics, and Recreation (SAR). Except as required by a student's major, students may apply to the degree no more than eight units each of activity course credit in music, dance, or physical education and no more than four units of activity course credit in SAR, up to a total of no more than 20 units in all areas.

  • Complete the General Education (GE) Pattern
    You are required to complete a specific pattern of approved GE courses. Refer to your Academic Requirements Report or the University Catalog for the academic year in which you were admitted to CSULB. You can also contact the University Center for Undergraduate Advising at (562) 985-4837 for further information.

  • Satisfy Major Requirements
    Specific course and unit requirements must be earned for your particular major. Refer to your Academic Requirements Report or the University Catalog for requirements specific to your degree program and catalog year. All upper-division courses required for your major must be completed within 10 years preceding the award of your bachelor's degree. If courses were taken more than 10 years prior, they must be retaken or revalidated by the department.

  • Maintain Minimum 2.00 GPA
    A minimum 2.00 GPA is required in each of the following:

    • All college courses
    • All college courses attempted at CSULB
    • All courses in your major

    The results of all three GPA calculations can be found on your Academic Requirements Report.

  • Satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)
    Continuing students must attempt the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement Proficiency Examination (GPE) when they have completed between 30 and 50 units of credit. Upper-division transfer students are encouraged to take the GPE prior to their first term at CSULB; if unable to do so, they must attempt the GPE in their first term in residency at CSULB unless they have demonstrated competence at another CSU campus. All students must attempt the GPE before they apply to graduate. To graduate, students must pass the GPE or its equivalent and also successfully complete a Writing Intensive Capstone course. Please see the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement for additional information on the pathways to completing these requirements.

  • Receive Formal Faculty Approval from your major department.
    This does not require any action on the part of the student.

You can keep track of your progress toward earning your Bachelor's degree by checking your Academic Requirements Report in the Student Center on MyCSULB, which will also give you a detailed summary of your degree requirements—both completed and still unmet. You will also see an ALERT notation indicating your Timely Graduation status. See Tracking Progress to your Degree for more information on how to use this valuable tool.

How do I apply to graduate?

  1. Meet the following requirements before applying to graduate.

    Satisfy the following prior to applying to graduate Contact for Information
    Attempt the GPE Office of Testing and Evaluation Services, Brotman Hall (BH) 216, (562) 985-4007
    Maintain good academic standing Student Academic Records
    No financial obligation to CSULB Student Account Services, BH 170A, (562) 985-8280
    Check your unofficial transcript, Academic Requirements Report or Degree Planner to ensure your major is correctly noted on your record. Department Advisor
    Earn at least 90 units Department Advisor
  2. Meet with the undergraduate advisor in your major department to plan how you will complete your remaining major requirements for graduation. Identify the appropriate graduation term in compliance with CSULB’s Timely Graduation for Undergraduate Students policy.

  3. Apply to graduate online via your MyCSULB Student Center. As part of the application process, you will be required to pay $45 for your Diploma and Commencement fees. You will also be asked to indicate whether you’d like your diploma to be mailed or held for pick-up, and you’ll be able to verify how your name will appear on your diploma.

Note: Students with a Timely Graduation status (Senior, Senior Plus or Super Senior) may require additional documentation. Refer to Timely Graduation for Undergraduate Students for additional information.

When do I apply to graduate?

  1. In compliance with CSULB’s Timely Graduation for Undergraduate Students policy, all undergraduate students must apply to graduate after earning 90 Timely Graduation units.
Graduation Term Request to Graduate Application Deadlines
Fall Preceding March 1
Winter Preceding March 1
Spring Preceding October 15
Summer Preceding October 15

What if I miss the deadline for applying to graduate?

If you wish to apply for graduation after the deadline, you must submit the Application for Graduation (Special Considerations Only) form with a $10 fee (in addition to the $45 Commencement/Diploma fee). The form must be submitted in person at the Enrollment Services windows on the first floor in Brotman Hall.

What happens after I apply to graduate?

  1. A degree audit is performed by Enrollment Services to determine if you have any outstanding requirements, such as required courses, transcripts for transfer work, course substitutions, grade changes, petitions, etc. An email will be sent to you when this audit is complete. Missing documents will also appear on your To Do list on MyCSULB. When you receive this email, be sure to check your Academic Requirements Report on MyCSULB to review any remaining requirements and update your Degree Planner.

  2. Every effort is made to update your degree audit before you register for your final term provided that you apply to graduate by the deadline. We recommend that you stay in contact with your department advisor to review your progress.

    Keep your mailing address and e-mail address up-to-date so that important notices reach you. You can update both of these address types through MyCSULB.

  3. The final review of your record begins about three weeks after your final term. Be sure to submit any documents still needed to complete your degree. All documents that affect your degree, such as petitions, transcripts for transfer work, substitutions, grade changes, and waivers must be on file by the last day of your declared graduation term.

    If you plan to attend another school while attending CSULB, you should submit a Request for Evaluation of Coursework from Another Institution form prior to enrolling. Enrollment Services will review the form and notify you as to how those units earned at another school will be used in your CSULB degree program.

    Your official transcript with final grades for coursework completed at another school must be on file in Enrollment Services within 30 days following completion of the course(s).

  4. After the final review, you will be notified via email indicating:

    • Successful completion of all requirements.
    • Graduation denied because you have not met one or more of your degree requirements.
  5. Your diploma will be printed after your degree has been awarded. You will be sent email notification when your diploma is ready to be picked up or the diploma will automatically be mailed to you, depending on the preference you specified when you applied to graduate. Please be sure to update your contact and mailing information in your MyCSULB Student Center.

  6. Degree verification for employment purposes can be obtained through the National Student Clearinghouse at (703) 742-4200. Information will not be released for students with a financial obligation or FERPA restriction. Be sure to release all FERPA restrictions on MyCSULB and pay your financial obligations. Your degree will be reflected on your transcripts. Unofficial transcripts can be viewed and official transcripts can be ordered on MyCSULB.

If you determine that you cannot complete all degree requirements by your requested graduation term, you should complete a Request to Change Graduation Date form. If you have a Timely Graduation Status (Senior, Senior Plus or Super Senior) this process may include a Timely Graduation Appeal. Please see Timely Graduation for Undergraduate Students for additional information.

Note: ICSULB’s annual Commencement ceremony is held after the Spring term. You may participate in the ceremony if you have outstanding degree requirements remaining; however, attending the ceremony does not constitute graduation. Visit the commencement website for more information.

What does my “Graduation Status” mean?

Term Definition
Not Applied You have not yet applied to graduate
Applied for Graduation You have successfully submitted your Graduation Application
Denied You have been denied graduation
Request Reviewed Your Graduation Application has been reviewed by a Graduation Evaluator
Additional Info Requested Action is needed on your part to provide additional information
Degree Awarded Your degree has been conferred

Under what circumstances would my degree be denied?

Your degree cannot be awarded if you fail to complete any one of the following:

  • Meet all degree requirements by your declared graduation term.
  • Maintain a 2.0 in all three GPA categories - Overall Cumulative GPA, CSULB Cumulative GPA, and Major GPA.
  • Submit all necessary documents to Enrollment Services by the appropriate deadline.
  • Complete any Incomplete (I) grades by the last day of your graduation term. You cannot make up an Incomplete after graduation.

Contact your Academic Advisor or Enrollment Services for additional information.

How do I postpone my graduation term?

Once you have applied to graduate, you may request to change your graduation date by submitting a Request to Change Graduation Date form. In adherence with CSULB’s Timely Graduation for Undergraduate Students policy, you may also be required to submit a Timely Graduation Appeal. See Timely Graduation for Undergraduate Students for additional information.

I once attended CSULB and then stopped before completing all of my degree requirements. How can I complete my bachelor's degree now?

See your department (major) advisor to discuss any outstanding degree requirements or changes in degree requirements that you may now need to satisfy and to complete your Request to Reactivate Graduation form to Enrollment Services – BH 101. Please note: if you have remaining requirements to complete, you will also need to apply for readmission.

Please be aware of the following:

  • If you have not been enrolled in the past year and did not take an Educational Leave, you will be required to follow new catalog requirements for your major.
  • All upper-division coursework required for the major must be completed within a 10-year period preceding the award of the bachelor’s degree. Consult with your department advisor regarding possible revalidation of courses in question.
  • You may have additional General Education requirements to complete, depending on when you last enrolled. For more information about General Education requirements, please contact the University Center for Undergraduate Advising – Horn Center 103, (562) 985-4837.
  • If you were disqualified from the University, you must be reinstated before taking any other action. See Student Academic Records for more information about the reinstatement process. You must submit transcripts for all course work taken elsewhere since your last CSULB enrollment.
  • If you have outstanding course work to complete, you must determine whether to enroll during a regular term at CSULB or at another institution.
    • If you plan to enroll in regular term classes at CSULB, you must apply for readmission prior to the appropriate deadline.
    • If you plan to enroll at another institution, you must submit a Request for Evaluation of Coursework at Another Institution form. Your official transcript with final grades for coursework completed elsewhere must be on file in the Office of Enrollment Services within 30 days following completion of the course(s).