Research and Graduate Studies

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Research and Graduate Studies

Welcome to Research and Graduate Studies

The Office of Research and Graduate Studies (RGS) is in the Division of Academic Affairs and reports to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. The mission of the RGS is to offer graduate students and faculty the opportunity to engage in outstanding graduate training, academic scholarship, and research. With over $33 million in grants and contracts, we are committed to the principle that research, scholarship, and creative activity are essential to quality instruction. Our faculty’s discoveries bring fresh insight to our students and enrich the university, community, and nation. Our research activity reflects the commitment of the campus to its 58 master’s programs and two doctoral programs.

According to The Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education May 2015 report of the “Top 100” colleges and universities awarding Bachelor's degrees to Hispanics, CSUN ranks 7th in the nation in total degrees awarded in 2013. In specific programs, CSUN ranks 2nd in Liberal Arts, General Studies and Humanities; 3rd in Psychology; 4th in Communication Studies and Journalism; 5th in both Social Sciences and Visual and Performing Arts.

CSUN's undergraduate programs prepare large numbers of students for advanced degree programs and doctorates. According to the 2013 NSF Survey of Earned Doctorates, CSUN ranks in the top 25% of more than 900 colleges and universities in the U.S. as the baccalaureate school of origin for doctoral degrees awarded between 2004-2013, and 17th in the State of California. Among master’s-level colleges and universities, CSUN ranks 8th as the baccalaureate-origin institution for research doctorate recipients (n=443) in all disciplines.

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Research and Graduate Studies: 2007-2012 Report (.pdf)