Graduate Studies

  • Prospective Students

Admission Classification Status

You may be admitted as a graduate student in one of the following categories:

Conditionally classified

A conditionally classified graduate student is one who has been accepted into a degree program but has not yet met all the classification criteria. You must request classification with the Request for Classification form available from the Graduate Coordinator. It is important to achieve full Classified standing prior to completing more than 12 units of graduate coursework appearing in the formal program.


Classified graduate students are those who have met all criteria for classification in their respective programs. The criteria for classification may be more stringent in some departments, but are never less than the minimum criteria listed below under Classified Status.

You must fulfill all of the following criteria. Some programs may have more stringent standards:

  • A 3.0 grade point average or higher in all work taken after completion of a bachelor's degree;
  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution;
  • Score at or above the 50th percentile on one of the three subject areas of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Some Departments may waive the GRE requirement if student's undergraduate cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher; *NOTE: Univeristy Policy has removed the GRE requirement for admission, but some programs still require the GRE for classification. Please speak with your Graduate Coordinator regarding these requirements. 
  • Pass the Upper Division Writing Proficiency Exam (UDWPE). Students who have fulfilled the Upper Division Writing Exam at another CSU campus may submit official notification of a passing score. Some Departments may fulfill this requirement with an alternate examination.