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2012-2013 CSULB University Catalog

Graduate Degree Information

University Regulations Governing the Master's Degree


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.

All regulations involving a calculation of grade‑point average subsequent to admission to the University as a graduate student shall be based on the following common practices and standards.

"Cumulative Graduate Grade‑Point Average" shall be calculated on all upper‑division and graduate‑level coursework attempted by a student at this University after completion of a baccalaureate degree.

Grade‑point average standards calculated on the basis of a smaller range, grouping, or set of upper‑division and graduate‑level courses, for example, "courses in the major" or "courses taken since admission to the degree program," presuppose that the student has met the minimum standard for any larger range, group, or set, including the Overall Graduate Grade‑Point Average.

1. A student pursuing the master's degree must maintain a Cumulative Graduate Grade‑Point Average of 3.0 (B). Exceptions to the 3.0 (B) Cumulative Graduate Grade‑Point Average may be made only on the recommendation of the departmental faculty offering the degree, the college dean or designee, and approval by the Dean of Graduate Studies or designee.

2. At least a 3.0 (B) average must be maintained in the degree program.

3. No course with a grade lower than "C" may be applied toward the fulfillment of degree requirements.

4. Graduate students cannot repeat and delete courses either for credit or to improve their grade-point average, but may repeat and average courses and grades for courses required for the degree.

5. The individual course of studies (student program) for the master's degree must contain a minimum of 30 units in upper‑division and graduate courses.
Some degree programs require additional units. Please consult individual degree program requirements.

A minimum of sixty percent of the units required for the degree shall be in the 500‑ and 600‑level series and these shall be completed at this University, consistent with departmental requirements. Student teaching cannot be included in any master's degree program.

6. A thesis, project, or final comprehensive examination must be completed. A minimum of four and a maximum of six semester units shall be allowed for a thesis or project. Failure of the comprehensive examination or thesis requirement is failure of both options. Thus, a student failing the comprehensive examination may not proceed to the thesis/project option or vice versa. Once a student has completed a semester of enrollment towards fulfillment of either the comprehensive examination or thesis/project option, the student may not change from one option to the other without the approval of the faculty concerned, the department chair, and the appropriate dean or designee.

7. 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.

8. All requirements of the degree program must be completed within seven years of the date the student program was initiated, i.e., the date (semester) when the earliest course appearing on the student program was completed. An extension of time beyond the limit may be granted by the Vice Provost for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies or his/her designee if warranted by individual circumstances and if the outdated work is validated by comprehensive examination in the relevant course or subject field work, or such other demonstration of competence as may be prescribed by the department and/or college.

9. 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.

10. 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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