Resources for Graduate Students

Are you a graduate student looking for services geared specifically toward graduate-level writing? Or a thesis/dissertation chair or reader looking for more resources for your student?

Check out the graduate student-focused services offered by the Writing Center below!


Grad Students with writing projects are invited to make a 30- or 60-minute appointment with one of our Upper Division consultants to discuss graduate projects, theses, or dissertations. 

You can work together with one of our faculty consultants on a range of writing issues. Just bring in a question or concern, such as: 

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?

Given the time limit, only relatively short sections of a long project can receive attention. Come to the appointment focused with a plan for what you want to work on. Access our Online Writing Lab site by clicking here: online writing lab info

Many of our consultants are faculty in the English or Linguistics departments and have years of experience working with graduate student writers. You can read their bios and find out about their available hours here.

THESIS/ DISSERTATION WRITERS' RETREAT -- (Every summer and winter)

CSUN’s Thesis/Dissertation Writing Retreat will next take place in Summer 2022 - stay tuned for the announcement!
  • Procrastinating on your Master’ s thesis or Doctoral dissertation?
  • Want to kick start your writing?
  • Need uninterrupted quiet time with a writing expert nearby?
The Learning Resource Center with the Office of Graduate Studies offers 4-day intensive writing retreats for graduate students who have a significant start on their thesis/dissertation and need something more to get in gear. 
We’ll provide the space, social support, and writing experts. A limited number of graduate students will be selected by Grad Studies to participate in this writing retreat.  Interested students should apply to the Office of Graduate Studies.

ASYNCHRONOUS GRADUATE STUDENT ONLINE FEEDBACK (you send us your essay, we send you back feedback)

Asynchronous Graduate Feedback

The Asynchronous Graduate Student Feedback service is for graduate-level students working on their thesis or other larger projects (12 to 25 double-spaced pages at a time).

Here's how it works:

  1. You email us at with a brief description of your work and any specific questions or goals you may have. 
  2. If your submission request is approved, we will assign your work to a faculty consultant.
  3. Once we are done with your work, your document will be emailed back to you with comments. This takes 3-7 days, depending on traffic. 
  4. You will also have the opportunity to make an appointment to meet live with one of the consultants to discuss the comments and design a plan for your revisions.

Please note:

  • We need explicit permission from your professor if you would like feedback on your comprehensive exam responses.
  • If you email us on a Friday afternoon or during a weekend, you may not hear back from us until the following business day (most likely a Monday).
  • In order to ensure the most productive experience, please check your email frequently and respond to us in a timely manner.
  • In times of heavy traffic, we may take over a week to provide feedback.
  • Although our consultants are happy to look at an assignment at any stage, asynchronous tutoring works best on projects that are further along in their development. For help with brainstorming, conceptualizing, and projects that are not fully formed, we recommend coming in to the Writing Center and meeting with consultants in person. 
  • The consultant will not make any changes to your paper, but instead will make suggestions on how you can improve your work.
  • Possible reasons why your request for feedback would not be approved: 
    • you are an undergraduate student
    • you are requesting feedback on a personal statement or application
    • you are not following our rules and policies outlined above

If you have any questions, please  send us an email at

We look forward to working with you!

DISH (Drop-in Support Hour) for Graduate Students working on Longer Projects

Graduate Workshop Series and Drop-In Support Hours (DISH)

The Writing Center will offer weekly drop-in support sessions paired with structured activities and workshops meant to help you move your larger writing projects forward.

We will open up a space on Zoom on Fridays beginning on September 10th and will continue through the semester.

  1. Every other Friday from 12:30-1:00pm there will be a Quick Tip shared followed by writing time with writing consultants available for questions. Our goal is to provide tips, build community, and create sustained support for CSUN grad students.
  2. Every other Friday from 12:30pm-1:30pm, we will offer graduate student focused workshops. This list has been developed from feedback we have collected from graduate students that use our Writing Center services. We hope that you will join us!

Click here for the Zoom Link for DISH and Workshops (it will be the same link every week)  or use the Meeting ID: 922 2944 7384

Feel free to join us whenever you have the time; there is no obligation, but you are welcome every week! 

DISH Quick Tips and Graduate Workshop Series Schedule:

  • September 17th Quick Tip: Keeping Track of Your Sources
  • September 24th Workshop: The Literature Review
  • October 1st Quick Tip: Utilizing Your Chair/Committee
  • October 8th Workshop: Methodology
  • October 15th Quick Tip: Staying Motivated
  • October 22nd Workshop: Developing Your Thesis
  • October 29th Quick Tip: Formatting Your Thesis
  • November 5th Workshop: Bringing It All Together
  • November 12th Quick Tip: Decoding, Sorting, & Incorporating Feedback
  • November 19th Workshop: Revising Larger Projects
  • November 26th Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 3rd Quick Tip: Proofreading Larger Projects
  • December 10th Open Hours - Drop in for a chat!



  • CSUN Graduate Studies Thesis/Dissertation and Graduate Project Information

This page from our University shows deadlines and offers links to pdf’s on formatting guidelines for theses/dissertations/projects.  It also links you to necessary guidelines for research on human/animal subjects. 


Contact and Hours

University Library 3rd Floor,
East Wing
18111 Nordhoff Street
Northridge, CA 91330-8325

(818) 677-2033

(818) 677-3632


(We do not make appointments via email.)


LRC Main Office Hours

Monday - Friday  
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Please note that our main office has moved to a virtual presence until further notice. We will return your call or email as quickly as we can during business hours. 

Grammar Lab

We have merged with the Writing Center!
Check the Writing Center Page to find our Grammar Experts.


Monday - Thursday:
10:00 am - 9:00 pm 
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Online Hours:
2:00pm - 8:00pm

Writing Center 
(lower and upper division/

In-Person Hours:
Monday & Wednesday:
Tuesday & Thursday:
Online Hours:
Sunday - Thursday:
We are closed on Saturdays