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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Graduate Degree Information

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)
  • 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)
  • Reading Certificate (Teacher Education)
  • Systems Engineering (College of Engineering)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Linguistics)
  • Transportation Policy and Planning (Public Policy and Administration)
  • Urban Executive Management (Public Policy and Administration)
  • Waste Engineering and Management (Civil Engineering)
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