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degree are met cannot be counted to meet unit requirements unless the student can show competency in the content of the outdated courses.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.

Graduate Probation and Disqualification Policy

Academic Probation:

Students enrolled in a Graduate Program (Certificate, Master’s, or Doctoral) will be placed on academic probation at the end of the semester when their cumulative GPA falls below 3.0. To be removed from probation, students must earn sufficient grade points in the following semester of enrollment to raise their cumulative GPA to 3.0 or above. Failure to do so will result in disqualification in the following semester. (Please refer to Grading in the Regulations section of the Catalog to determine grade points assigned per unit value of course work.)


Students on probation are placed in disqualified status if, at the end of their next semester of enrollment, their cumulative GPA remains below 3.0.

Categories of Disqualification:

           First Disqualification:

 Upon a first disqualification, a graduate student who wishes to be considered for readmission to a Master’s/Doctoral/Certificate Program must submit the Graduate Reinstatement form for the semester immediately following disqualification notification. First disqualification materials will be emailed to students after final grades are posted. The form should be submitted by students to the Graduate Coordinator or Department Chair of the program.  The student must then submit the completed form for processing to Admissions and Records no later than the second Friday of the upcoming semester.  Students who choose not to file a reinstatement form for the semester following first disqualification will be required to submit a new University application and fee in order to be considered for enrollment in any future semester.

            Second Disqualification:

Students who are disqualified a second time are not permitted to enroll in CSUN courses through the matriculated enrollment process for a minimum of three (3) years after the final day of the semester during which they received the second disqualification.  Students who have been disqualified two times may not retake classes for the purpose of raising grades to avoid another disqualification.  

Three years from the final day of the semester during which the student received a second disqualification, the student may reapply to the University during the appropriate application filing period.  The student must provide evidence to the Graduate Coordinator or Department Chair of the program that demonstrates acquired skills or achievements that support a successful return to the University. 

Readmission of Disqualified Graduate Students:

The student’s cumulative GPA will be analyzed at the time of both first and second disqualification. If it is found to be arithmetically impossible for the disqualified student to bring the cumulative GPA to 3.0 or above within the parameters of the current course repeat policy, the disqualified student will not be readmitted to the university. 

Final Disqualification:

Students returning from a second disqualification who do not earn a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA by the end of the first semester of reinstatement will receive a final disqualification. Furthermore, students returning from a second disqualification who fail to maintain a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA in every semester following reinstatement will receive a final disqualification. Students receiving a final disqualification will be given no further opportunities for readmission.

A separate policy exists for Post-baccalaureate credential students.

CSUN Syllabus Policy

To better inform students about the requirements, content, and methodology of the university’s curricula, all faculty teaching classes will distribute a written syllabus to each student in the class and/or post it online no later than the first class meeting.

The written syllabus must be readily printable as a single document, and must contain the following information:

  1. Course description.
  2. Course objective(s) or student learning outcomes.
  3. A brief list or summary of topics or projects covered
  4. Course requirements, including methods of evaluation and tentative due dates for major assignments and/or exams.
  5. Grading criteria including whether the plus/minus system will be used.
  6. Contact information including
  • Instructor’s name
  • Office hours and location
  • CSUN email address
  • Campus phone number if applicable

7. If the syllabus is revised after the first class meeting, date(s) of revision(s).

For a General Education course, the syllabus must list the relevant Student Learning Outcomes of the General Education section in which it resides.

For a Writing Intensive course - that is, an upper-division General Education course - the syllabus must list the Writing Intensive Student Learning Outcomes.

If the course satisfies the Information Competence requirement, the syllabus must list the Student Learning Outcomes for Information Competence.