About the Program

The Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program is a TRiO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education and designed to prepare and support underrepresented undergraduate students in their pursuit of doctoral studies.

About CSULB McNair

McNair staff is dedicated to create a culture that values diversity of both students and staff. As staff, we recognize our privileges and our various backgrounds and identities as we are in these academic spaces. The McNair team uses an intrusive advising model as well as a community cultural wealth framework to guide students to articulate goals, strengths, challenges, and cultural assets. McNair strives to center racial and ethnic identity development in research and graduate school preparation. To meet the needs of our students, McNair has increased accessibility to our services including evening office hours, writing support, graduate school support, social justice curriculum, virtual and in person advising formats, and embraced various methodologies in disseminating information. In addition, advising and activities are designed to ensure students develop action steps towards their personal and professional goals.


  • Complete research and scholarly activities within 1st year of program
  • Enroll into a post-bacc program/Ph.D./research doctorate by the fall term of academic year immediately after earning a bachelors degree
  • Persist in graduate school
  • Obtain a Ph.D./research doctorate within 10 years of attainment of bachelors degree


  • Tutoring/Learning Skills
  • Academic counseling
  • Research or scholarly activities
  • Seminars and educational activities
  • Summer research internship
  • Assistance in securing admission to grad school
  • Assistance in securing financial assistance in grad school
  • Faculty mentorship
  • Financial literacy and planning
  • Exposure to cultural events and programs
  • Computer Lab and Printing

Workshops and Graduate School Visits