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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the GPA requirement for admission?

A minimum GPA of 3.0 is required. Please see Prerequisites in the University Catalog for additional information. 

Is the GRE required?

No, the GRE is not required for admission.

Does my degree have to be in education, and do I have to be a certificated teacher to apply for the program?

No, most of our students are K-12 teachers, but others work in higher education, educational agencies or business organizations. Some students are seeking career changes or professional development. Your bachelor's degree could be from any field as long as it is from an accredited institution.

Can I defer admission?

It is not possible to defer admission to a graduate program.  If you are admitted for a semester, you will need to take courses that semester. If you do not, you will need to reapply to the University and pay the application fee again. When reapplying, you can request that your personal statement and letters of reference be re-used.

What are CSULB fees?

Please visit the Financing your Education page.

What courses can I take when?

Many of our students take two courses per semester. It is recommended students working full-time take two or less courses per semester. Students should consult their faculty advisors for advice on specific situations and suitable electives. Please see Course Format and Information page for a sample course schedule.

Is the program accredited?

Yes, the University is accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges, one of the six regional accrediting associations in the United States authorized by the U.S. Department of Education. It is also accredited by the California State Board of Education and is on the list of approved institutions of the American Association of University Women. Further, the College of Education is fully accredited by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education.

How many units are required in the program?

Thirty semester units are required to earn the Master of Arts in Education, Educational Technology & Media Leadership program.

How long does it take to complete the program?

The program may be completed in as little as two years. Most students are working full-time and take six units (two courses) each semester.

Do I have to write a thesis?

A thesis is one of the options for the exit requirement or you may choose to work on a project or take the comprehensive exam.

What are the employment opportunities for people with a master’s degree in educational technology?

Depending on your concentration, you will develop an expertise in instructional design, online teaching, school technology coordination, technology integration into the classroom, and more. Our students work in K-12 and higher education settings or in e-learning corporations.

I am already in a credential program (or Masters program) at CSULB. For graduate admission, do I still have to apply to the university?

Yes, everyone has to go through the same application process.