Research and Graduate Studies

Graduate Policies

As a graduate student, it is your responsibility to know the rules and regulations governing your graduate program.

  • The Upper Division Writing Proficiency Examination is a classification criterion
  • Courses completed more than seven years prior to the date on which all requirements for the degree are met cannot be counted to meet unit requirements unless the student can show competency in the content of the outdated courses. Course validation requires departmental approval. A maximum of nine units taken in residency at CSUN may be validated in this manner
  • Graduate students are allowed to repeat up to 6 units for the purpose of improving their grade point average. Students must file the Course Repeat Form, with departmental approval, to have the original grade replaced on the transcript.

Note: An incomplete grade ("I" ) is converted to a fail ("IC") if no other grade is submitted within two semesters from the end of the semester in which the incomplete grade was assigned. An unauthorized withdrawal ("WU") has the immediate effect of an "F" grade in GPA computation.

Further information concerning the policies and procedures listed below can be obtained from your Department Graduate Program Coordinator, or the Office of Graduate Studies, University Hall 275; (818) 677-2138 or (818) 677-4800.

Graduate Studies Policies and Procedures

Academic Leave (Leave of Absence)

Academic Performance and Study Load

Admission to the Program

Admission to the University

Animal Subjects Research

Application for the Master’s/Doctorate Degree and Diploma

Change of Objective

Classified Status

Comprehensive Examinations

Conditionally Classified Status

Course Numbering System

Courses for Graduate Students

Credit for Work Completed Prior to Earning the Baccalaureate Degree

Culminating Experience

Grading System for Graduate Students

Graduate and Post-Baccalaureate Application Procedures

Graduate Credit for Extension and Concurrent Enrollment Courses

Graduate English Language Requirements

Graduate Foreign Language Reading Examination

Graduate Probation and Disqualification Policy

Graduate Status

Graduation with Distinction

Human Subjects Research

Policy on GPA Requirements for Graduate Programs

Post-Baccalaureate Credential Probation and Disqualification Policy

Program of Study

Repeat of Courses

Rules and Procedures Governing Theses, Dissertation and Graduate Projects

Syllabus Policy

Time Limit for Completion

Transfer Work for Graduate Programs Policy

Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE) Substitution


For the full list of policies that apply to both undergraduate and/or graduate students view the Policies and Procedures page.