Prospective Students

Hybrid Information Sessions 

Every Friday at 10am-11am 


Reasons to Apply

  • Do you want to pursue a Ph.D. but don’t know how to get there? McNair provides compressive graduate school advising!
  • Receive faculty mentoring.
  • Meet goal-oriented students with similar backgrounds.
  • Get paid to learn! McNair provides a summer research stipend of $2800.
  • McNair provides support in preparing for graduate school applications.
  • Become a part of the Ronald E. McNair Post-baccalaureate Achievement Program family! The McNair program is a renowned national program with over 40 years of history.


  • Consider applying to the McNair Scholars Program at CSULB. If you have questions or want to learn more, please contact or submit McNair Interest form. To be considered for the TRIO McNair Scholars Program at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), you must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • A U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Currently enrolled at CSULB as an undergraduate with at least 3.00 cum GPA.
  • Completed at least 60 units (transfer units included) by end of the current academic year. Please note, that you must have at least 2 semesters or more left before graduation (Spring, Summer and Fall).
  • Both low-income based on federal income guidelines AND first generation status (parent/guardian did not earn a 4-year college degree); OR
  • Member of an underrepresented minority group (e.g. Black/African American - non-Hispanic; Hispanic/Latino, American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander)
  • Intention to pursue and complete a Ph.D.

McNair Commitment 

  • Attend coaching sessions 1x a month or more
  • Attend research/scholarly activities 
  • Engage in a second research opportunity 
  • Meet with Faculty mentor 2x semester or more 
  • Attend/present at 2+ research symposiums and conferences
  • Create a Graduate School Application Timeline
  • Apply to at least 7 graduate programs: 1 must be out of state, 1 must be a PhD program
  • Visit at least 2 graduate schools (virtually or in person)
  • Successfully complete UHP 496 in 1st year of program
  • Apply for scholarships, fellowships, grant aid, etc.
  • Complete the FAFSA 


  • The McNair application opens mid-July-October (specific dates may vary).
  • For questions or concerns about the application, please contact: 

Application Timeline

Picture of McNair Application Time Line