Research and Graduate Studies

Graduate Policies

Full explanations of the following rules and regulations can be found in the current University Catalog. 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degree are met cannot be counted to meet unit requirements unless the student can show competency in the content of the outdated courses.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 above rules and regulations can be obtained from the current University Catalog, your Department Graduate Coordinator, or the Office of Research and Graduate Studies, University Hall 265; (818) 677-2138 or (818) 677-4800.

GPA Policy

Students pursuing a Graduate Degree must maintain a minimum 3.0 (B) average in the formal program and the cumulative grade point average once admitted to the program. No grade below a “C” can be counted in the formal program. Any grade of “C-” or below in the formal program must be repeated after an approved course repeat form has been filed. If the student does not receive a “C” or better on the 2nd attempt, the student will be disqualified from the program. A maximum of 6 units in the formal program may be repeated at the graduate level. The repeat grade will appear on the transcript. Departments may have higher standards that take precedence over the university policy.

Probation and Disqualification

Credential students must maintain a 2.75 GPA. Graduate students admitted conditionally or classified into a degree program must maintain a 3.0 GPA. Students are placed on probation at the end of any semester in which their GPA falls below the respective maintenance level. If you are placed on probationary status and you do not raise your GPA to your maintenance level in the next semester of enrollment, you will be disqualified from further attendance at the University. Once disqualified, the student must formally petition to be reinstated as a graduate student. If the GPA is below the minimum of 2.5, the student will not be allowed to enroll except under special circumstances requiring the approval of the Associate Vice President of Graduate Studies. Additional information regarding the reinstatement process is available from the Graduate Studies Office, University Hall 265. If you are disqualified and do not attend the semester immediately following your disqualification, a new application to the University is required.

You are subject to dismissal from your program if you fail any part of the comprehensive examination twice or if you fail to have your thesis, graduate project, or artistic performance accepted by your committee. Having attempted and failed one type of culminating experience, a student is not allowed to change to an alternate.

Written Syllabus

To better inform students about the requirements, content and methodology of the university’s graduate curricula, all faculty teaching graduate courses will distribute a written syllabus to each student in the course and/or post it online no later than the second week of classes. The syllabus should contain at least the following information:

  • Course objective(s)
  • A brief list or summary of topics or projects covered
  • Course requirements and methods of evaluation
  • Grading criteria including whether or not the plus/minus system will be used
  • Contact information (instructor’s name, office hours, office location, and campus phone number)