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The Office of Graduate Studies is responsible for implementing University policies on graduate student classification, formal programs, culminating experiences, diplomas, advisement for incoming students, probationary and disqualified students, and Interdisciplinary majors.

The Graduate Studies Division encompasses the Graduate Studies Committee (GSC) and Graduate Evaluation Services (GES). It is also responsible for Graduate Student Support Programs, Equity-based programs, and CSU System Recruitment and Support Programs.


Congratulations to CSUN’s 2016-2017 California Pre-Doc students.

Twenty CSUN students were selected for this prestigious award which covers Graduate School application fees and travel expenses to visit institutions offering a doctoral program. The award also  provides valuable summer research internship opportunities on UC campuses. This year's recipients are listed below:

Gabriela Almendarez         
Maira Areguin                                      
Kimberly Arellano                                  
Nicole Cammisa                                    
Edgar Cruz                                          
Sina Dabiri                                            
Gloria Dalati                                         
Russell Dauksis                                    
Tangier Davis                                    
Alyssa Dominguez                             
Jose Estrada                                         
Jenilene Cruzette Francisco                    
Cynthia Navarro                                    
Julio Orellana                                   
Caitlin Postal                                         
Ardalan Raisi Sofi                                  
Gabriel Rivas                                         
Christine Sarkissian                              
Diego Vilchez                                   
Lena Vincent                                    


2016 Outstanding Graduate Student Award Winner

Congratulations to Jake Reschke, the 2016 Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award for Outstanding Graduate Student winner! 

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Student Research Symposium

Thank you all for participating in the 20th Annual Student Research Symposium. Click the link below to view the list of students that received first, second and third place awards.

Student Research Symposium Winners (.pdf) 


Spring 2016 Commencement

Deadline for submitting Application for Degree & Diploma is February 26, 2016. 


2016 Grad Equity Recipients

The Graduate Equity Program is a prestigious fellowship offered through CSUN’s Office of Graduate Studies. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students conducting research and scholarly activity. The fellowships are intended to minimize students’ debt burden, allowing them to complete their program more quickly and speed their pursuit of doctoral studies.

Click here to learn about our 2015-2016 Grad Equity Recipients

Congratulations to CSUN's Masters in Social Work their program is ranked 15th in the country.

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CSUN online Masters degree in Social Work is now the #1 student rated MSW program in the country!

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Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program

In collaboration with Colleges and Departments, the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (RGS) will now provide co-funding for the Distinguished Visiting Speakers Program for 2015-2016. Please contact your Dean’s office for more details. The RGS office will provide up to $500 (depending on the actual cost to host the speaker) to help support a finite number of speakers. There is no deadline, but we do have a predetermined budget.


CSUN ranked #5 nationally among universities advancing America's Economy

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Congratulations to CSUN's Masters Degree Program in Biology recently announced it’s Spring 2015 top Biology Grad Programs for Financial Aid and CSUN’s Masters in Biology was ranked 13th in the country! Program rankings were compiled using data between September 1, 2012 and March 31, 2015. The rankings encompassed reviews posted by more than 3,000 biology grad students participating in over 300 Grad programs nationwide.

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2015 Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award winner.

Congratulations to Angelica Amezcua, the 2015 Nathan O. Freedman Memorial Award winner! This award recognizes the most outstanding graduate student at CSUN.

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29th Annual CSU Student Research Competition May 1st-2nd 2015

Congratulations to all of the CSUN student's that participated in the 29th Annual Student Research Symposium Competition. Amanda Blake, M.S. in the Department of Family & Consumer Sciences, won second place in this years competition.


Congratulations to CSUN's Masters in the department of Education

CSUN’s Masters in Education was ranked in the top 25 nationally by

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Congratulations to CSUN's Masters in the department of Social Work

CSUN’s Masters in Social Work was ranked in the top 25 nationally by

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Money Magazine Names CSUN a Top 10 "Valley All Star"

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New Writing Center Resource for Graduate Students

Writing a thesis, dissertation, or final project? The University Writing Center now has an expert writing consultant ready to work with you.

This spring, Dr. Terrie Mathis has joined the Writing Center team, specifically to work with graduate students.  Dr. Mathis teaches in both the English and Linguistics departments, and has experience working with graduate students on theses, and with writers whose first language is not English. 

Make a 30-minute appointment to meet with her to discuss your project, thesis, or dissertation.  You can work together on a range of writing issues.  Just bring in a question or concern like:  

  • My advisor says my writing is too informal.
  • My advisor says my sentence structure is hard to follow. 
  • How do I transition from this section to the next?
  • How do I wrap up this section?
  • How do I integrate my sources?
  • Is my literature review well-organized?

 Dr. Mathis is available in the Learning Resource Center Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.  Please call (818) 677-2033 to schedule an appointment.