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Baccalaureate and Graduate Degree Information

Graduate Degree Information

CSULB graduates at Commencement

Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies

Cecile Lindsay

Graduate Studies

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:

  • Anthropology
  • Applied Sociology
  • Art
  • Asian Studies
  • Communication Studies
  • Communicative Disorders
  • Dance
  • Economics
  • Education
  • English
  • Family and Consumer Sciences
  • French
  • Geography
  • German
  • Global Logistics
  • History
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Linguistics
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Religious Studies
  • Spanish
  • Theatre Arts

Master of Business Administration

Master of Business Administration / Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Management

Master of Fine Arts Degree in:

  • Art
  • Creative Writing
  • Dance
  • Theatre Arts

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:

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Statistics
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling
  • Criminal Justice
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Emergency Services Administration
  • Engineering
  • Geology
  • Gerontology
  • Health Science
  • Health Care Administration
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Kinesiology
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Nursing
  • Nursing/Health Care Administration
  • Nutritional Science
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Recreation Administration
  • Science Education
  • Special Education

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. 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 (Advanced Studies in Education and Counseling)
  • Communicative Disorders (Communicative Disorders)
  • Community College (Advanced Studies in Education 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 Administration)
  • 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 Administration)
  • Waste Engineering and Management (Civil Engineering)