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Apply to Graduate ( Graduate Students)

In order to be awarded a degree or certificate, you must apply to graduate online via MyCSULB Student Center.  Applying for graduation is the only way to officially graduate from CSULB. Participating in your college commencement ceremony does not indicate you have received a degree or certificate.  The following FAQ's gives you a step-by-step guide to applying to graduate and what to expect in the process until you receive your diploma or certificate.
 
Note:  If you are a credential student, public school teaching and service credentials in the State of California are regulated by the State Legislature and administered by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC). Therefore, your credential will be awarded by the CCTC. 

 

What Do I Need to Do Before I Apply to Graduate?

The 4 Things You Need to do Before You Apply to Graduate Online:

1. Meet the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) 
Contact the Office of Testing and Evaluation Services, Brotman Hall (BH) 216 or by phone 562.985.4006, if you have not met the GWAR requirement.

2. Advance to Candidacy
Contact your Graduate Advisor.

3. Maintain Good Academic Standing.

4. Have No Financial obligation to CSULB.
Contact Student Financial Services, BH 170A, 562.985.8280

You are now ready to apply to graduate!

How Do I Apply to Graduate Online?

Apply to graduate online via your MyCSULB Student Center. 
As part of the application process, you will be required to pay $45 for your Diploma and Commencement fees. You’ll be able to verify how your name will appear on your diploma and your diploma will be mailed to you.

When Do I Apply to Graduate?

When to Apply to Graduate

Graduation Term 

Apply to Graduate Deadline

Application Window

FALL

Preceding March 1

Nov. 1 through Mar. 1 

WINTER

Preceding March 1

Nov. 1 through Mar. 1 

SPRING

Preceding October 15

Mar. 15 through Oct. 15

SUMMER

Preceding October 15

 

Mar. 15 through Oct. 15

What Happens If I Miss the Deadline to Apply?

If you wish to apply for graduation after the deadline, you must submit the Application for Graduation (Special Considerations Only) form (PDF) with a $10 fee (in addition to the $45 Commencement/Diploma fee). The form must be submitted in person at the Enrollment Services windows on the first floor in Brotman Hall.

What Happens After I Apply to Graduate?

The following 5 things occur after you apply to graduate online:

1. A degree audit is performed by Enrollment Services to determine if you have any outstanding requirements, such as required courses, transcripts for transfer work, course substitutions, grade changes, petitions, etc.

  • Every effort is made to complete your degree audit before you register for your final semester, provided that you apply for graduation online before the appropriate deadline. However, delays can occur, so we recommend that you keep in contact with your department advisor to review your progress.

  • Keep your current address on file with us so that important notices reach you. Go to MyCSULB Student Center to maintain your contact information.

2. The final review of your record begins about 3 weeks after your final semester.

  • All documents that affect your degree, such as substitutions, grade changes, petitions, waivers, official transcripts for transfer coursework, etc., must be on file no later than the last day of your declared graduation semester.
  • If you have outstanding requirements, you may attend your commencement ceremony. However, attending the ceremony does not constitute graduation. Visit the commencement web site for more information.

  • If all necessary documents are not on file by the  deadline below, you will not graduate, and you will need to establish a new graduation semester. This requires a Request to Change Graduation Date form and may also require a fee.

Transcript Deadline

Graduation Term 

Transcript Deadline

SPRING

July 1 following your graduation date

SUMMER

September 1 following your graduation date

FALL

January 15 following your graduation date

WINTER

January 15 following your graduation date

 

3. Within 3 months after the final review, you will be notified of one of the following:

  • You have successfully completed all requirements, and your diploma has been ordered.

  • You will not be able to graduate because you have not met one or more of the requirements. Your graduation will be in an inactive status and you will be required to change your graduation date to a future term.

4.  If your degree has been cleared, we will send you an email when your diploma is ready to be mailed.

  •  Make sure to update your diploma address in MyCSULB before graduation.

5. Degrees are posted to your transcript once Enrollment Services verifies that all of your requirements have been met.

  • A transcript is considered official verification of your degree. Copies are available for a fee and may be ordered through Student Academic Records.  

How do I postpone my graduation term? 

 Once you have applied for graduation online via MyCSULB, you may change your graduation term by submitting a Request to Change Graduation Term. Depending on the graduation filing deadline, you may need to pay a fee.

  • If the filing deadline for your new term has not passed, no fee will be charged.

  • If the filing deadline for your new term has passed, a $10 fee will be charged.

Can My Application for Graduation Be Denied?

Yes, your application for graduation can be denied. You will receive an email explaining the requirements that you have not met and what you need to do to fulfill them.

For example:

  • You have not met all degree requirements.

  • You do not have all necessary documents on file in Enrollment Services by the appropriate deadline.

  • You have not completed any Incomplete (I), Report in Progress (RP), or Report Delayed (RD) grades. You need to complete any I grade prior to the granting of your degree or at the time of your graduation it will be calculated as an F, which may lead to the cancellation of your graduation. I, RP, and RD grades may also result in the cancellation of your graduation.

  • Your GPA is below 3.00 in your major and/or overall coursework.

  • You were not enrolled during your graduation semester or failed to be enrolled in the fall and spring semesters without being granted an Educational Leave.

  • You will need to follow the instructions to reinstate your program, which requires department approval, and to reapply to the University if you have outstanding requirements to complete.

Your graduation will remain in an inactive status until you declare another semester within the graduation filing deadline for that new semester and again pay the appropriate fees.

Can I Attend Classes After I Graduate?

After your Master's degree or certificate is awarded, you need to reapply for admission as a graduate or post-baccalaureate student in order to continue taking classes. Refer to Graduate Admissions for more information.