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new graduate student orientation welcome event

New Graduate Student Orientation / Welcome Event

Office of Graduate Studies and Research

outline of presentation
Outline of Presentation
  • Graduate Studies and Research
  • Graduate Student Issues
  • Student Support Programs
  • Questions
office of graduate studies and research
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
what is the graduate studies and research office
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.
who are graduate students
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.
  • 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.
degree seeking graduate students
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
culminating experience
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
thesis project guide
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.
academic problems probation
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.
academic problems disqualification
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.
full time study load
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
satisfactory academic progress
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
procedure for dealing with problems
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
student handbooks
Student Handbooks
  • Office of Graduate Studies and Research, Graduate Student Handbook
student support programs18
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.