Use the Graduation Checklist on this page to advance toward your Master's degree, avoid common roadblocks and graduate in a timely manner. If you have not yet applied for your Master's degree, see Apply to Graduate Online for more information.
If you have additional questions after reviewing the Graduation Checklist, please contact:
Your Graduate Advisor
1) Satisfy Requirements for a Master's Degree
Refer to the University Catalog for a complete list of requirements. You must satisfy the following requirements in order to be awarded a Master's degree from CSULB:
- Complete Coursework
Complete the specific course and unit requirements for your master’s program. No course with a grade lower than a "C" may be applied toward the fulfillment of a degree requirement. Some degree programs require higher minimum grades for specific courses.
- Earn the number of units required for your degree
Complete all required courses for your degree program which must contain a minimum of 30 units in upper-division and graduate courses. Some degree programs require additional units. For details regarding your particular program, refer to the University Catalog for the academic year in which you were admitted to your degree program.
- Maintain Minimum Overall GPA of 3.00
You must maintain at least a B average in all courses completed during your graduate career at CSULB.
- Maintain Minimum Major GPA of 3.00
You must maintain at least a B average in all courses completed to fulfill your major requirements.
- Earn a Minimum of 21 Units in Residence
You must earn a minimum of 21 units as a matriculated student at CSULB. Some degree programs require additional units in residence.
- Complete Your Thesis, Final Comprehensive Exam and/or Project
Some programs require both a final comprehensive examination and either a thesis or project.
- Satisfy Requirements within 7 Years
All degree requirements must be completed within 7 years of the semester in which you attempted the first course for your program.
- Advance to Candidacy
You must advance to candidacy (receive approval of your program of study from your Graduate Advisor). Master’s degree students typically advance to candidacy by the end of their second semester in the program, but must advance at least one semester prior to graduation. You must be enrolled when advanced to candidacy.
- Maintain Continuous Enrollment at CSULB
Each fall and spring semester, you must enroll in courses or receive an approved educational leave.
- Be Enrolled in Your Graduation Semester
You must be enrolled at CSULB during your graduation semester. If you have completed all coursework, you may enroll in the Graduate Studies 700 course through the College of Professional and International Education (CPIE) if authorized by your department.
- Receive Formal Faculty Approval
This does not require any action on the part of the student. Your department will notify you if your degree program is not approved.
Contact your Graduate Advisor for more information regarding the above requirements.
2) Resolve Grades of Incomplete/Report in Progress
- Incomplete “I” grades at CSULB must be resolved within one calendar year of receipt and prior to your planned graduation date.
- Report Delayed “RD” and Report in Progress “RP” grades must also be resolved prior to graduation.
3) Complete Your Final Semester
You must complete all degree requirements before your degree will be awarded. It takes approximately 3 to 4 weeks after the last day of the semester before degrees are posted.
4) Check Your Graduation Status
What does my “Graduation Status” mean?
You have not yet applied to graduate
|Eligible to Apply for Graduation||You are eligible to apply for graduation online through your MyCSULB Student Center|
Applied for Graduation
|You have successfully submitted your Graduation Application|
You have been denied graduation
|Degree Requirements Incomplete||Your Graduation Application has been reviewed by a Graduation Evaluator and you are not yet on-track for graduation due to missing requirements (such as a missing course or an "I" or "RD" grade. See Understanding Grades for detailed grading information.)|
On Track with Course Work in Progress
A Graduation Application has been reviewed by a Graduation Evaluator and you are on track for graduation with current course work in progress
Your degree has been conferred
5) Extend Your Graduation Term (If Needed)
Once you have applied to graduate, you may request to change your graduation term by submitting a Request to Change Graduation Term (PDF) form with the $10 filing fee.