Graduate School Support

Current and prospective CSULB students (including alumni and community members) who have questions about graduate school or the graduate school application process may connect with a member of the Graduate Center team through Drop-In Sessions or by securing an appointment. In both environments, individuals can receive feedback on statements and résumés/CVs, learn ways to secure funding for a graduate education, and talk about ways to stand out to the admissions committee. 

Note: The Graduate Center does not offer program-level academic advising for current students (e.g., course registration, course scheduling, graduation requirements). For such advising, contact the department office and/or graduate advisor. 

Current CSULB undergraduate and graduate students who have questions about graduate programs and application process (be it at CSULB or elsewhere) are encouraged to (1) visit the Graduate Center during Drop-In Advising hours or (2) use BeachConnect to schedule an appointment with the Graduate Center using the link below:

CSULB Student Appointment 

You can find instructions on how to book an appointment here.  

Prospective CSULB students (including alumni and community members) who have questions about CSULB graduate programs or the CSULB graduate school application process are encouraged to (1) visit the Graduate Center during Drop-In Advising hours or (2) schedule an appointment with the Graduate Center team using the link below: 

Prospective Student (Alumni/Community) Appointment

Note: Prospective CSULB students are people who are planning to apply to a CSULB program but who are not currently enrolled in a CSULB program.

Cancellations: If you cannot keep an appointment, please cancel the appointment at least 24 hours in advance if possible. 

  • Please be courteous to other students by planning ahead and canceling or rescheduling in a timely fashion. Doing so will help open up time slots for other students.
  • Currently enrolled CSULB students: Please cancel/reschedule via Beach Connect
  • Prospective students: Please cancel/reschedule via the YouCanBookMe calendar tool or by emailing the Graduate Center:

Late Arrival: Arriving more than 15 minutes late may result in the cancellation of your appointment. 

No-Shows: Skipping appointments without canceling 24 hours in advance may result in restrictions on your ability to reserve future appointments.

Accommodations: Please contact the Graduate Center at to request any accommodations if needed. 

If you would like your graduate school application materials (statement of purpose, CV/résumé) to be reviewed via email, please submit a Program Materials Feedback form and allow up to 2-3 weeks to receive a response. Note: The Program Materials Feedback service is for well-developed materials, not first drafts. If you need help getting started with your materials, or have questions about what the expectations are, please visit this page on statements of purpose or this page on CVs/résumés

Drop in to the Graduate Center, located on the 2nd floor of the University Library to get additional support in your journey towards graduate school.  Hours vary per semester and are posted on the right side of the Graduate Center's homepage. Current CSULB students as well as prospecitve students (such as alumni and community members) are welcome to use all of the Graduate Center's services!  If more in-depth support is needed, individuals will be encouraged to schedule a follow-up appointment to address in full.