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New Graduate Student Orientation / Welcome Event

Office of Graduate Studies and Research

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Outline of Presentation

  • Graduate Studies and Research

  • Graduate Student Issues

  • Student Support Programs

  • Questions

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Office of Graduate Studies and Research

  • Jose Galvan – Dean

  • Alan Muchlinski – Associate Dean

  • Barbara Allen – Office Manager

  • James (Jimmy) Montoya – Staff

  • Graduate Student Assistant

  • Tel: 323-343-3820

  • email:

  • Administration Building, Room 710

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What is the Graduate Studies and Research Office?

  • We are an administrative office that oversees general policies and procedures for graduate programs and research on campus.

  • We also operate a number of special programs for graduate students.

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Who are Graduate Students?

  • Graduate students seeking a degree

  • Graduate students seeking a certificate

  • Graduate students seeking a credential

  • Graduate students – none of the above, or seeking to enter a degree program.

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  • Graduate students are expected to:

    • Exhibit greater initiative, self-motivation, and innovation than undergraduate students

    • Perform at a higher academic level than undergraduate students

    • Make a contribution to their field of study

    • Outwork their mentor and become an expert in their area of study

    • Uphold the outstanding quality and tradition of graduate education at Cal State L.A.

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Degree-Seeking Graduate Students

  • Status

    • G1, unclassified graduate student

    • G2, classified graduate student

    • G3, advanced to candidacy

  • Maintain cumulative g.p.a > 3.00, no grade < C (no academic renewal!)

  • Must satisfactorily complete a culminating experience

  • Must complete all work in a maximum of 7 years

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Culminating Experience

  • Thesis – written product of a systematic study of a significant problem

  • Project – significant undertaking appropriate to the fine and applied arts, or professional fields

  • Comprehensive Exam – an assessment of the student’s ability to integrate knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking, and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter

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Thesis / Project Guide


    • The Guide to Preparation of Master's Theses and Project Reports is available full-text on the Library Web, or can be purchased at the University Book Store.

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Academic Problems: Probation

  • Classified and conditionally classified graduate students (G1, G2, G3) must maintain at least a 3.00 g.p.a. in all course work on master’s degree program and in all courses completed after admission to the program.

  • For both unclassified and classified post-baccalaureate students (G4, G5), the g.p.a. is at least 2.50.

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Academic Problems: Disqualification

  • Students placed on probation are given 16 units or two quarters, whichever comes later, to raise their g.p.a. to at least 3.00 (graduate students) or 2.50 (post-baccalaureate students).

  • If g.p.a. does not come to at least the specified level, student is disqualified from degree program.

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Full Time Study Load

  • 12 weighted units of course work

    • 12 units of 400-level course work

    • 8 units of 500-level course work

  • Students enrolled in any number of units for the following courses are considered to be full-time students: 596, 597, 598, 599 and 900

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Satisfactory Academic Progress

  • For those students who are receiving financial aid:

    • Graduate students are required to pass 100% of all units attempted at Cal State L.A.

    • An F, I, IC, NC, or WU grade is not a passing grade

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Procedure for Dealing with Problems

  • Faculty mentor or graduate advisor

  • Department/Division/School chairperson

  • Associate Dean of College

  • Associate Dean, Graduate Studies and Research

  • Dean of Graduate Studies and Research

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Student Handbooks

  • Office of Graduate Studies and Research, Graduate Student Handbook


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Student Support Programs

  • Graduate Equity Fellowship Program

    • designed to increase the number of master’s degrees awarded to economically disadvantaged CSU students

    • Grant stipends may be up to $1500 per quarter. Students must be eligible for Financial Aid and be enrolled full-time

    • The deadline for applications is early October for new applicants and early May for continuing awardees.

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Student Support Programs

  • California Pre-Doctoral Program

    • CSU system-wide program to increase the diversity of potential faculty by supporting doctoral aspirations of CSU students.

    • Applications accepted from all students. Scholars, who must have faculty sponsors, receive $3,000 during the academic year.

    • Summer research internships which provide stipends and other support for research at a doctoral institution are available.

    • The deadline for applications is mid-March but students are encouraged to begin working on their application during the fall term.

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Student Support Programs

  • International Graduate Student Tuition Waiver Program

    • The International Graduate Student Tuition Waiver provides tuition waivers for selected international graduate students, for up to 24 units per academic year.

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Student Support Programs

  • Travel Support for Presentations by Students

    • Funds are available to support travel by students to conferences and meetings where they will present the results of their research or other scholarly / creative activity.

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Student Support Programs

  • The Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program

    • Designed to increase faculty diversity on CSU campuses. Applications accepted from all students.

    • Financial support and faculty assistance to students pursuing doctoral degrees and who are interested in a CSU faculty position, if available.

    • Loans up to $10,000 per year for total of three years; 20% of the loan is forgiven for each year of full-time postdoctoral teaching in the CSU.

    • Yearly application usually available in December and due in February.