New & Continuing Students
New and current graduate students should be aware of policies, procedures, and resources to maximize opportunities and ensure academic success.
Checklist for Incoming Graduate Students
- Meet the department’s Graduate Advisor and ask about attending a program orientation
- Access MyCSULB through CSULB Single Sign-On
- Become familiar with the Academic Requirements Report
- Register for classes
- Obtain CSULB Student ID from the University Bookstore
- Activate and check BeachMail account
- Learn about University Policies and Procedures regarding Student Conduct
- Purchase a parking permit and/or plan method of transportation and route to campus
- Visit the Graduate Studies Resource Center and learn more about its services
Registration - Basics
- Enrollment Services consists of the Offices of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Student Records. Students are issued an enrollment appointment by Enrollment Services for each term. This is the first day/time the student can begin to register for classes via MyCSULB. Note key dates and deadlines for registration, financial aid, final exams, and graduation applications.
- Fees are due 30 days from registration or by the pre-semester payment deadline, whichever date comes first. Make sure to read all policies and deadlines.
- Students can adjust their course schedules during registration dates and before deadlines every semester.
Graduate Student Expectations
- Students should meet with their Graduate Advisor early in their first semester.
- It is the policy of the faculty and administration to deal effectively with the student who practices cheating or plagiarism.
- The Degree Planner helps students map their entire academic path to graduation through MyCSULB.
- Every semester, graduate students must be either (a) registered in a course, (b) enrolled in GS 700, or (c) taking an approved Educational Leave. Registration in GS 700 is restricted to graduate students who have completed all required coursework but need additional time to complete their thesis or project.
- Graduate students are placed on academic probation when their cumulative grade-point average, or grade-point average on all courses applicable to the degree, falls below 3.0. Other post-baccalaureate students are placed on academic probation when their cumulative grade-point average falls below 2.5.
- Students pursuing second baccalaureates, credentials, certificates, master's, or doctoral degrees may not repeat courses for grade forgiveness. However, they may repeat courses for grades averaged, which are not subject to unit limits.
- Students who stop taking courses before completing their program can apply for reinstatement to their program. Note that many programs require continuous enrollment, especially if a student applies for readmission after educational or catastrophic withdrawal.
Campus Organizations and Student Groups
- Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) is a nonprofit association organized by the University and is run by students. Services include the University Student Union, the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center, the Recycling Center, and the Student Recreation & Wellness Center. ASI also funds various scholarships, campus events and programs, and a student-run media division.
- Overseen by the Student Life and Development Office, student organizations offer students opportunities to become active in the campus community by meeting new people, gaining leadership experience, and developing educational and extracurricular interests.
- Division of Student Affairs helps students achieve their academic goals and enhance their personal, intellectual, and social development through a broad range of programs and services.
- Office of Research & Sponsored Programs lists research centers and institutes where students can develop skills in applied research. Institutes and centers are organized by college.
- Annual CSULB Student Research Competition showcases undergraduate and graduate student excellence in scholarship and creative activity. Components of student research include oral presentations to an audience of fellow students and a jury of distinguished faculty.
- Graduate Research Conference at CSULB provides a forum for graduate students (master’s, credential, certificate, and doctoral) to showcase their scholarly work and their promise as future innovators, researchers, and academics. This cross-disciplinary event allows CSULB graduate students from all fields of study to present their research and network with members of the entire CSULB community.
- Students interested in attending a research or scholarly event on campus are encouraged to visit the GSRC's list of research and scholarly events.
- American Language Institute offers intensive and customized programs to prepare international students for success in academic, professional, and conversational English.
- Center for International Education is responsible for fulfilling the University’s global mission to engage students, scholars, faculty, and staff in various international education activities, including instruction and tutoring in English.
- G2 Computer Lab is open to undergraduate and graduate students in the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics (CNSM), which provides access to cutting-edge software and other resources for academic and professional development.
- Graduate Studies Resource Center (GSRC) offers writing support for CSULB students in all disciplines. Students can schedule a 45-minute appointment with a Graduate Writing Specialist for one-on-one assistance with all areas of graduate writing.
- Hauth Center for Communication Skills provides students with individualized assistance in public speaking, conversation, and group leadership through professional coaching and multimedia technology.
- Learning Assistance Center (located in the Horn Center, Room 104) provides students with a variety of academic support programs. The conversation lab and English as a Second Language (ESL) Writing and Tutoring services may be especially helpful for international students.
- CSULB prides itself on the diversity of its students. CSULB hosts a number of Student Cultural Resource Centers on campus to provide academic and community support to students from diverse backgrounds.
- Writer’s Resource Lab (WRL) provides ongoing writing instruction to currently enrolled CSULB students through one-on-one tutoring. WRL tutors teach strategies to aid students in each stage of the writing process. Schedule an appointment by calling (562) 985-4329 or visiting the Language Arts Building.
- Writing and Communication Resource Center helps engineering students develop written and oral communication skills to express complex technical ideas and excel in their academic and professional careers. Graduate assistants are available to help engineering students with writing assignments, oral presentations, and theses.
CSULB has a wealth of information for current international students. An essential resource is the Center for International Education (CIE) that provides immigration advising, insurance information, academic advising for first-year students, employment authorization matters, and advice on living in Long Beach.