Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Study: General Information

List of Graduate Degrees, Majors and Certificate Programs

Masterís Degree Programs
Master of Arts
Majors:

Anthropology

Art

Child Development

Communication Studies

Communicative Disorders

Economics

Education

Educational Administration

English

French

Geography

Health Science

History

Industrial and Technical Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies (formerly Special Major)

Latin American Studies

Mexican-American Studies

Music

Philosophy

Political Science

Psychology

Sociology

Spanish

Special Education

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Theatre Arts

Master of Science
Majors:

Accountancy

Biology

Business Administration

Chemistry

Civil Engineering

Computer Science

Counseling

Criminalistics

Criminal Justice

Electrical Engineering

Environmental Science

Geological Sciences

Health Care Management

Information Systems

Interdisciplinary Studies

Kinesiology

Mathematics

Mechanical Engineering

Nursing

Nutritional Science

Physics

Psychology

Public Administration

Integrated Bachelor of Science Degree / Master of Science Degree

Computer Science
Mechanical Engineering

Master of Business Administration
Master of Fine Arts in Art
Master of Fine Arts in Television, Film and Theatre
Master of Music
Master of Social Work
Doctor of Education Degree in Educational Administration and Leadership
Doctor of Philosophy in Special Education
Certificate Programs
Postbaccalaureate Certificate Programs

Accounting
Advanced Information Systems
Applied Behavior Analysis in Educational Settings
Autism
Biotechnology 
Career Counseling
Computer Applications in Schools
Early Childhood Special Education: Infancy Emphasis
Early Childhood Special Education: Preschool Emphasis
English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL)
Environmental Health Science
Manufacturing
Pre-Health Professionals
Reading
Rehabilitative/School Audiology
Speech-Language Pathology Preparatory Master's Certificate
Storytelling
Teaching Critical Thinking

Post-Masterís Certificate Programs

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Adult Specialty

Adult Case Manager: Adult Care
Adult Nurse Practitioner Specialty
Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner
Pediatric Nurse Practitioner Specialty

List of Teaching Credential Programs

Elementary Subject Matter Teacher Preparation Options for the Multiple Subject Credential or Education Specialist (Special Education)
(For Students Interested in Obtaining a Degree Prior to Enrollment in a Credential Program)

All Cal State L.A. students who enter an elementary subject matter preparation program for the Multiple Subject credential must complete a 112 unit common core as well as general education, major, and other graduation and credential requirements.  A grid that contains the common core appears later in this chapter.  These core courses also meet lower division general education requirements.  (Refer to Lower Division General Education grid elsewhere in this chapter.)  Consult a faculty adviser in your major department for further information.

Elementary Matter Preparation Programs for the Multiple Subject or the Education Specialist Credential are offered with the following undergraduate degrees:

Child Development BA, Option II
Liberal Studies BA
Mexican-American Studies BA

Blended  Elementary Subject Matter Options. (For students interested in obtaining a bachelor's degree concurrently with their Multiple Subject  Credential or Education Specialist Internship Credential)

Students must complete a 198-unit program which includes specified university, general education, major, additional subject matter, credential and other graduation and credential requirements.  A grid labled Blended Elementary Subject Matter Option containing these core requirements appears later in this chapter.  The following undergraduate degrees are available:

·     

·     Child Development, B.A., Option III
·     Liberal Studies, B.A.
·     Mexican-American Studies, B.A.
·     Urban Learning, B.A.

Education Specialist Credential Programs

The approved program at California State University, Los Angeles includes the following programs:

· Internship Credentials in Special Education

· Level I or Preliminary Credentials

· Level II or Professional Specialist Credentials

· Programs that combine a Specialist with a Multiple or Single Subject Credential

· Specialist Program combined with a Master of Arts Degree in Special Education

The following is a list of Education Specialist Credential program areas:

Early Childhood Special Education

Mild/Moderate Disabilities

Moderate/Severe Disabilities

Physical and Health Impairments

Visual Impairments

Other Specialist Credentials

Adapted Physical Education

Clinical Rehabilitative Services, Audiology, Language, Speech and Hearing (Special Class Authorization Option), and Orientation and Mobility for the

Blind and Visually Impaired

Health Services:  School Nurse

Reading/Language Arts

Resource Specialist in Special Education Certificate

Subject Matter Preparation Program for the Single Subject Credential

Candidates for the Single Subject teaching credential must verify subject matter competence in their designated teaching field by one of the following methods:  1) completing an approved academic program of coursework (or its equivalent) in the selected subject-matter area, of 2) passing the required examination(s) for the subject-matter area in which the credential is sought*.

*This option is not available for Physical Education.  Please consult the School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science.

Single Subject Authorized Area

Degree Program

Art

Art, BA

English

English, BA

English

Speech Communication, BA

Language Other Than English

French, BA

Language Other Than English

Japanese, BA

Language Other Than English

Spanish, BA

Mathematics

Mathematics BA, BS

Music

Music, BA

Physical Education

Kinesiology, BS

Science: Biological Science

Natural Science, BS

Science: Chemistry

Natural Science, BS

Science: Geoscience

Natural Science, BS

Science: Physics

Natural Science, BS

An internship credential option is available for the subject matter credential.

Supplementary Authorizations

To accompany Single Subject or Multiple Subject Teaching Credentials:

The holder of valid multiple subject or a single subject teaching credential issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing may have one or more of the subjects commonly taught in departmentalized classes added to the credential as a supplementary authorization by verifying completion of the requirements specified in Title 5, California Code of Regulations, 80057.5 or 80089, 8089.1, and 80089.2. Supplementary authorizations cannot be issued in any subject that falls within the statutory single subject category of an applicant's single subject teaching credential.

A partial listing of supplementary authorizations and the credentials to which they apply are listed below. Recommended courses and units for these are included in department/division listings earlier in the catalog. Interested students should consult an adviser in the specific department/division about other appropriate course work. Contact the Charter College of Education Office for Student Services (KH D2078) for information about the specific requirements for subjects approved for supplementary authorization and the procedure for applying to the Commission.

Services Credentials
Administrative Services

Preliminary Administrative Services

Professional Administrative Services

Clinical-Rehabilitative Services

Audiology

Language, Speech and Hearing

Language, Speech and HearingĖSpecial Class Authorization

Orientation and Mobility for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Health ServicesĖSchool Nurse Pupil Personnel Services

(includes advanced specializations in School Counseling and in Child Welfare and Attendance Services)

School Counseling and Child Welfare and Attendance Services

School Counseling (internships available)

School Psychology and Child Welfare and Attendance Services

School Psychology (internships available)

Certificates

California Reading Certificate

Resource Specialist in Special Education Certificate

General Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Information

General Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Information
Introduction

Graduate study has been a major part of the academic commitment of Cal State L.A. since its founding. Students who are engaged in graduate and Postbaccalaureate study constitute approximately one fifth of the total student body.

Cal State L.A. offers Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees in a variety of majors, with opportunities for specialization through the selection of options or areas of emphasis within degree programs. Also offered are the Master of Business Administration degree, Master of Fine Arts degree in Art, Master of Fine Arts degree in Television, Film and Theatre, Master of Music, Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees with an Interdisciplinary Studies major, Master of Social Work, Doctorate in Education, and the Doctor of Philosophy degree in Special Education. The complete list of graduate degrees offered appears at the front of this chapter.

Postbaccalaureate students also pursue teaching credentials, certificate programs, and personal enrichment courses.

Objectives of Graduate Study

Cal State L.A.ís graduate programs are coherent patterns of study designed for a level of academic accomplishment substantially beyond that required for the baccalaureate. Graduate programs enable students to progress in their chosen vocation, to assume positions of leadership, and to contribute to the advancement of their profession. Graduate study helps students to develop greater awareness of themselves in relation to other people and cultures, both present and past, and to gain a better understanding of their particular profession. Completion of a masterís degree program at Cal State L.A. also prepares students for further graduate study appropriate to their abilities and ambitions.

Organization of Graduate Study at Cal State L.A.

Graduate study at Cal State L.A. is organized and administered by each of the six Colleges within the University, with coordination provided by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Graduate Studies.

This Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Study section of this catalog describes the requirements, regulations, and procedures for engaging in graduate study. General University regulations and procedures that apply to postbaccalaureate or graduate students, including the grading system and the determination of scholastic status, are explained in the Procedures and Regulations chapter earlier in this catalog. Admission requirements and procedures are explained in the Admissions chapter.

Requirements for admission, advancement to classified graduate standing and candidacy, and graduation described in this section apply to all advanced degree programs. Any additional requirements are stated in the descriptions of the individual programs.

Each department/division that offers graduate degree programs and/or credential programs has a principal graduate adviser as well as credential advisers (when applicable). These advisers  names and phone numbers appear each quarter in the Schedule of Classes, and students can make appointments to see them in their offices.

Graduate Studies Directory>Graduate Studies Directory
Office of Graduate Studies and Research

Dean of Graduate

 

Studies and Research

 

Administration 710

(323) 343-3820

Associate Dean

Alan E. Muchlinski

Administration 710

(323) 343-3820

College Graduate Deans

COLLEGE OF ARTS AND LETTERS

Associate Dean

Bryant Alexander

Music 232

(323) 343-4004

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS AND ECONOMICS

Associate Dean

Dong-Woo Lee

Simpson Tower F124

(323) 343-2800

CHARTER COLLEGE OF EDUCATION

Associate Dean

Andrea Maxie

King Hall D2070

(323) 343-4303

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING, COMPUTER SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

Associate Dean

Don Maurizio (Acting

Engineering and Technology A237

(323) 343-4510

COLLEGE OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES

Associate Dean

Eleanor Ferguson-
Marshalleck

Fine Arts 130

(323) 343-4600

COLLEGE OF NATURAL AND SOCIAL SCIENCES

Associate Dean

Rennie Schoepflin (Acting)

King Hall D1051

(323) 343-2012

Characteristics of Masterís Degrees

Cal State L.A. offers the following master's and doctoral degrees: Master of Arts, Master of Business Administration, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Music, Master of Science, Master of Social Work, Doctor of Education, and Doctor of Philosophy. All master's and doctoral degrees require greater depth of study and increased demands on student intellectual or creative capacity than the baccalaureate. Characteristics of individual degrees are described below.

Specific information about admission requirements, curriculum, and graduation requirements for these programs is listed alphabetically by college and department/division in either the Academic Programs: College-based and University-wide chapter or in the Academic Programs: Department, Division, and Interdisciplinary Program-based chapter, both of which follow this chapter.

The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree provides a broadened cultural background in a recognized disciplinary field or improvement of professional competence.

The Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree provides a program of professional preparation for management positions in business and industry.

The Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in Art provides specialized training and education for artists and designers in design, computer graphics, painting and printmaking, sculpture, \ceramics, textiles, and metalsmithing.   The M.F.A. degree in Television, Film and Theatre prepares students for careers in performance/acting, production, and dramatic writing in the television, film and theatre industries. The MFA, along with extensive professional experience, also serves to prepare students to teach in these fields.

The Master of Music (M.M.) degree is a professional performance degree that prepares students for professional performance, for teaching in community colleges, and for advanced study.

The Master of Science (M.S.) degree provides the opportunity to improve professional competence in areas and approaches involving intense specialization.

The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree provides a program of professional preparation for advanced entry into specialized social work practice where graduates will be able to provide effective services to individuals, families, groups, organizations, and communities.

Characteristics of Doctoral Degrees

The Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Special Education, which provides advanced preparation in this diverse professional field, is offered jointly with the University of California, Los Angeles.

Interdisciplinary Studies Masterís Degrees

The Interdisciplinary Studies Master of Arts or Master of Science degree is a highly restricted interdisciplinary program for students whose professional or academic objectives are unique and cannot be met by existing masterís degree offerings. It consists of an individual program of course offerings from at least two departments/divisions in related disciplines and must provide sharp focus and appropriate coherence. See the University Programs section of the Academic Programs: College-based and University-wide chapter.

Teaching Credentials

Teaching, specialist, and services credential programs are available to students who hold an acceptable baccalaureate. Students who seek teaching credentials must fulfill admission criteria and program requirements established by the Charter College of Education in accordance with the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. Students who are admitted into a teaching credential program are referred to as postbaccalaureate classified students. Description of admission criteria and program requirements appear in the Undergraduate Studies: General Information chapter and in the Charter College of Education section of the Academic Programs: College-based and University-wide chapter.

Credential Application Processing

Cal State L.A. charges a $65 nonrefundable fee to cover part of the expenses of processing admission and credential applications. This fee is assessed in addition to, and separate from, the $55 fee charged by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. For additional information, contact the Charter College of Education, Office for Student Services, King Hall D2078, or call the office at (323) 343-4320.

Credit Certificate Programs

Students who have a baccalaureate may enroll in a certificate program to receive specialized instruction and training within a particular field. Students who pursue a certificate must fulfill admission criteria and program requirements established by the departments, divisions, and schools that offer the programs.

Individual admission and program requirements appear in academic department/division listings in the Academic Programs: College-based and University-wide chapter.

Enrichment Courses

Persons who hold a bachelorís degree may enroll in courses that provide personal enrichment. Because such students are not enrolled in specific graduate programs, they are referred to as postbaccalaureate unclassified students. They must fulfill all University eligibility requirements for admission and continuing student academic standing. Because they are not enrolled in graduate programs, they may not apply completed courses toward a masterís degree at Cal State L.A.

University Requirements for Masterís Degree

Minimum University Requirements

All candidates for masterís degrees at Cal State L.A. must fulfill the following minimum requirements:

Unit Requirement

Completion of at least 45 quarter units in approved courses, of which at least half (23) must be graduate (500-level) courses. Masterís degree programs whose minimum total units are established at more than 45 quarter units must include at least half of those units in courses at the graduate (500) level.

Grade Point Average Requirement

Achievement of a minimum B (3.0) grade point average in all courses on the approved degree program. A grade of C is allowed on the program; however, any grade below C, including C-, requires that the course be repeated with both grades computed in the grade point average.

Residence Requirement

At least 32 quarter units for the masterís degree completed in residence at Cal State L.A.

Postbaccalaureate Writing Proficiency Requirement

Fulfillment of the Postbaccalaureate Writing Proficiency Requirement, as described later in this chapter.

Culminating Experience Requirement

A comprehensive examination or a thesis or project as described later in this chapter.

Completion of Program

Completion of a masterís degree requires:

(1) completion of the final approved study plan and any special department/division/school requirements and

(2) passing of a comprehensive examination within the number of attempts allowed by the department/division and college, or filing of a thesis or project report approved by the candidateís thesis/project committee and cleared by the Library.

Time Limitation

No subject, unit, or grade credit will be granted for any course completed more than seven years before the date of completion of the masterís degree. In extraordinary circumstances, students may petition for, and the college may grant, permission to validate such an expired course by an examination given by, and with the concurrence of, the department/division that offers the course. An expired course taken at another institution may not be validated by examination.

Faculty Recommendation

Recommendation for the degree by the faculty.

Advisement

As the first step of registration, all students must obtain department/division approval of the courses selected for their study plan for each quarter. To assist in the initial advisement and course selection process, newly admitted students must bring a personal copy of their college transcripts.

Prior to or early in their first quarter, students should make an appointment with a graduate faculty adviser to develop a complete study plan for the degree.. The approved master's degree study plan becomes the basis for evaluating the student's eligibility for receiving the degree. Changes in the study plan may be made only with the approval of the student's academic adviser and college graduate dean. Students who have not declared a degree or credential objective should consult the Associate Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, Administration 710

Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

(Postbaccalaureate Writing Proficiency Requirement)

All CSU students must demonstrate competence in writing skills as a requirement for graduation. All Cal State L.A. postbaccalaureate and graduate students who entered Cal State L.A. summer 1984 or later and who are pursuing a graduate degree or a credential are required to satisfy this requirement in one of the following ways:

· Pass the Writing Proficiency Examination (WPE) required for the Cal State L.A. baccalaureate. Postbaccalaureate students who select this option must register for the WPE (listed as UNIV 400 in the Schedule of Classes) no later than the add deadline for the first quarter they are enrolled in a graduate or credential program. Failure to register for the WPE will void enrollment for that quarter; or

· Postbaccalaureate students who hold an earned doctorate or masters degree from an accredited college or university where the primary language of instruction is English may substitute such a degree for passing the WPE; or

· Postbaccalaureate students who have passed a writing proficiency examination or a graduation writing assessment examination in English at any accredited college or university where the primary language of instruction is English may petition to substitute such a result for passing the WPE at Cal State L.A.

Students who receive a No Credit (NC) grade on the WPE must meet with a WPE consultant in the University Writing Center to discuss deficiencies identified by the exam and receive recommendations of activities to correct these deficiencies. Based on the recommendations from the WPE consultant, students may retake the WPE or enroll in UNIV 401, the upper division writing proficiency course.

Postbaccalaureate students in the Charter College of Education and the College of Health and Human Services may satisfy the GWAR with a score of 41 or better on the writing portion of the California Basic Educational Skills Test (CBEST). Students in these colleges must submit the original CBEST score reports to their graduate dean's office for processing.

Postbaccalaureate students must satisfy this postbaccalaureate requirement within the first three quarters of their graduate (conditionally classified or classified) or credential program or before the completion of 16 units, whichever comes later. Students must satisfy this postbaccalaureate writing requirement within the required time to be eligible for continued registration.

Departments and divisions may require of their majors additional discipline-based course work in writing. See a faculty adviser about major department/division requirements.

Petitions for certification of the postbaccalaureate writing requirement shall be made at the college level and results reported to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. A student who has satisfied the postbaccalaureate writing requirement shall continue to be certified with no time limit on such certification.

Postbaccalaureate unclassified students are not required to satisfy this postbaccalaureate writing requirement.

Credit for Transfer Work

To receive credit toward a masterís degree for acceptable postbaccalaureate work taken at other colleges and universities, students must have official transcripts forwarded to the Admissions Office and must file a ďRequest for RecordsĒ (Form GS-1A) with their major department/division. Cal State L.A. will allow credit for work taken at another college or university only when it appears on the studentís official transcript from that institution, is acceptable for masterís degree credit at the offering institution, and is deemed appropriate to the studentís masterís degree program by the major department/division at Cal State L.A. The following limitations and exclusions apply:

·     For masterís degrees that require 45 total units, no more than 13 quarter units of acceptable transfer, extension and/or special session courses may be included on a masterís degree program. For masterís degrees that require more than 45 quarter units, up to 30% of the total required units may consist of acceptable transfer, extension, and/or special session courses, if approved by the appropriate graduate/departmental adviser.

·     No masterís degree credit is allowed for directed teaching, 700- or 800-level courses, courses numbered below 400, and courses taken at another accredited institution that would not be accepted toward a masterís degree at that institution.

·     Nine quarter units of 500-level or other graduate courses taken through extension are eligible for masterís degree credit.

Work Taken before Approval of Program

No more than 13 quarter units of acceptable course work completed before approval by the principal graduate adviser, major department/division/school, and college graduate dean may be included on a master's degree study plan. This includes acceptable transfer work. Credit for thesis (i.e., 599), research (i.e., 597), and comprehensive examinations (i.e., 596) is not transferable. All other course work included on the master's degree study plan must be completed after approval by the principal graduate adviser, major department/division/school, and college graduate dean. This policy shall not apply to students admitted to a master's degree program offered jointly with other educational institutions.

Credit for Extension Courses

No graduate credit will be allowed for extension courses that would not be accepted toward a masterís degree at the offering institution (e.g., University of California extension courses in the X300 or X400 series) unless specifically approved in advance by the major department/division and college concerned.

Classified Graduate Standing

Requirements for Classified Graduate Standing

Once an applicant has been admitted to a graduate degree program the minimum University requirements for admission to classified graduate standing are as follows:

·     Certification by the major department/division to the college graduate dean that all department/division admission requirements, procedures, and prerequisites have been completed.

·     Filing of a master's degree study plan with the college graduate dean during the student's first quarter of graduate enrollment at Cal State L.A. The study plan must be approved by the principal graduate adviser and the major department/division/school. Any change in the study plan must be approved by the principal graduate adviser, the major department/division/school, and the college graduate dean before they complete courses affected by the change. This includes courses in which a grade of Incomplete is received.

Special Action Admission Students

Except for those who hold an advanced degree from an accredited institution, all students admitted by special action must complete a minimum of 14 quarter units of upper division qualifying courses on a formally approved master's degree study plan with a minimum B (3.0) grade point average with the following conditions:

·     The principal graduate adviser, major department/division, and college graduate dean must approve qualifying courses before the student completes them. Courses graded CR/NC may not be used on the qualifying study plan.

·     Upon recommendation of the principal graduate adviser and the major department/division, and with the approval of the college graduate dean, qualifying courses may be waived for students whose postbaccalaureate work demonstrates promise of the scholarly ability required for graduate study. To be eligible for recommendation of such a waiver, a student must have completed, with a minimum B (3.0) overall grade point average, 14 or more quarter units of upper division or graduate level postbaccalaureate work at an accredited institution that is acceptable toward a masterís degree at that institution.

·     Failure to achieve a B (3.0) grade point average in qualifying courses will result in the studentís termination in the degree program.

Other Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Regulations

Admission to 500-Level Courses

Students admitted with postbaccalaureate classified, graduate classified, or graduate conditionally classified standing may enroll in 500-level courses. The following exceptions and restrictions apply:

·     Postbaccalaureate unclassified students may register for 500-level courses if the department/division chair determines that space is available. These students must satisfy all prerequisites for the course and obtain the approval of the instructor, the principal graduate adviser, and the chair of the department/division that offers the course.

·     Undergraduate students may, with prior approval and subject to policies governing graduate credit for undergraduate students, enroll in up to 13 units of 400 and 500-level coursework. See section on Graduate Credit for Undergraduate Students in this Catalog.

·     Matriculated Cal State L.A. students may not enroll in Open University courses. Students who are not matriculated at Cal State L.A. may enroll in 500-level courses through the Open University (concurrent enrollment) Program administered by the Division of Extended Education. These students must satisfy all prerequisites for the course and obtain the approval of the instructor and the chair of the department/division that offers the course.

·     Colleges and departments/divisions may impose additional restrictions. For all programs, students may complete no more than 20% of their total units at the 500 level before their principal graduate adviser, major department/division/school, and college graduate dean have formally approved their official master's degree study plan. In addition, all such students must either have completed the prerequisites for the course or demonstrated equivalent competency.

Enrollment in Degree Credit-Granting Classes through Extended Education

Students who are matriculated at the University in continuing status may enroll in, and earn residence credit for, courses that are offered through Extended Education in self-support special sessions. Any course or program offered in special session must, each time that it is offered, have the approval of the appropriate college dean and the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Matriculated students at the University in continuing status may not enroll in degree credit-granting classes offered under state support and made available to students by Extended Education through Open University.

Courses Completed in Undergraduate Standing

Students can include no courses taken as an undergraduate on a masterís degree program except as specifically provided for baccalaureate candidates in their final quarter of undergraduate study.

Undergraduate Preparation

No credit toward a masterís degree is allowed for course work taken to meet necessary undergraduate preparation for a masterís degree program.

Course Additions/Deletions

A course may not be added to or deleted from a master's degree study plan after it has been taken. Any change in the master's degree study plan must be approved in advance by the principal graduate adviser, major department/division/school, and college graduate dean. When such a change has been approved, it becomes part of the master's degree study plan.

Program Change Limitation

No more than nine quarter units beyond the total number of units approved at the time a student achieves classified graduate standing may be added to a studentís masterís degree program.

Course Prerequisites and Corequisites

Students are responsible for fulfilling prerequisites and corequisites. The instructor and department/division have the authority to waive specific prerequisites and corequisites for students who have completed equivalent courses at another institution, who have had equivalent experience (such as work experience), or who possess the needed skills to proceed with the work of the course. Students should consult the instructor before registering to determine whether the course(s) or experience will justify waiver of the stated prerequisite(s) and/or corequisite(s).

Qualifying Courses

All qualifying courses that are otherwise eligible may be included in a master's degree study plan if recommended by the principal graduate adviser and major department/division/school and approved by the college graduate dean. Students must obtain approval to include qualifying courses on the master's degree study plan before they complete the courses.

Student Use of Human Subjects or Animals

Students, like all others in the University community, must follow established University and federal guidelines when using human subjects or animals either in research or as part of a course activity. Prior approval by the relevant campus committee must be obtained when necessary. For further information, contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, (323) 343-5366, or visit the Website at www.calstatela.edu/academic/orsp.

Graduate Grading System and Scholastic Status

NOTE:  For an explanation of the grading system for graduate and postbaccalaureate students, see the charts labeled Explanation of Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Grades in the Grading System section of the Procedures and Regulations chapter of this catalog. For an explanation of the regulations about probation and disqualification, see the Scholastic Status of Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Students section in the same chapter.

Advancement to Candidacy to Undertake Culminating Experience

Advancement to candidacy is a part of the continuing process of review of the studentís progress and is not automatic. It is granted by the college graduate dean upon completion of the requirements listed below and upon the recommendation of the major department/division. It is the University prerequisite to enrolling for the thesis, project, and comprehensive examination; individual departments/divisions and schools may have additional requirements.

Advancement to candidacy requires:

·     Satisfaction of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement.

·     Classified graduate standing.

·     An approved masterís degree study plan on file in the college graduate studies office.

·     Completion of a minimum of 16 quarter units of the masterís degree study plan with an overall B (3.0) grade point average or higher.

·     Recommendation of the major department/division.

·     Approval of the college graduate dean.

Only students who are advanced to candidacy are eligible to enroll for comprehensive examinations (course #596 in their major discipline) or for thesis or project units (course #599 in their discipline).

Culminating Experience: Exam, Thesis, or Project

Comprehensive Examinations

Each program that offers the comprehensive examination for the masterís degree shall implement and maintain in writing explicit guidelines that address both content and procedures relating to the examination. All comprehensive examinations must conform to the following requirement of Title 5, i.e.,  íA comprehensive examination is an assessment of the studentís ability to integrate the knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking, and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. The results of the examination provide evidence of independent thinking, appropriate organization, critical analysis, and accuracy of documentation. A record of the examination questions and responses shall be maintained in accordance with the records retention policy of The California State University. í

Students must fulfill all department/division requirements for the written and/or oral comprehensive examinations. Such requirements include, but are not limited to, the date and time for the comprehensive examinations, length of testing, topics covered, and number of questions for the comprehensive examinations.

Students whose program requires a comprehensive examination must declare to their major department/division, at least one quarter in advance, their intent to take it, obtain department/division permission, and register for the comprehensive examination that carries the course number 596 in their major discipline. Students who are not enrolled in any credit-bearing course during the quarter in which they take the comprehensive examination must pay the comprehensive examination fee. Students who elect comprehensive examination options are not permitted to enroll in UNIV 900. Payment of State University, student services, facilities, and Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) fees, or any tuition charges, is not required.

Students should expect to take their comprehensive examinations during the quarter in which they complete all course work on their program or shortly thereafter. Those who do not pass the comprehensive examinations must fulfill any department, division, and/or college requirements for subsequent enrollments in these examinations.

Thesis and Project Requirements

Students who choose to write a thesis or project as their masterís degree culminating experience should consult the ďGuide to Preparation of Masterís Theses and Project Reports,Ē copies of which are available in department/division offices for reference or in the campus bookstore for purchase. It is also available at the Cal State L.A. World Wide Website. It provides information about the following: procedures, regulations, and responsibilities governing the masterís thesis or project; general requirements for thesis preparation and acceptance; format requirements for the thesis; and special instructions for projects and project reports. In addition, students must obtain specific department/division requirements from their adviser.

Graduate students who complete research units (597) and thesis or project units (599) required for master's degrees must be regularly enrolled during any quarter in which they use University facilities or consult with faculty.  Students must also be enrolled during the quarter they submit their thesis or project to the library and graduate

Students who have exceeded the one calendar year time limitation associated with the SP grading symbol for research units (597) must petition to register in UNIV 900. Petition forms and instructions are available in college graduate studies offices.

Students who have previously enrolled in all allowable research units (597) and are not enrolled in any other credit-bearing courses or thesis or project units (599) but who will use University facilities or consult with faculty must register in UNIV 900.

To maintain residence requirements and continuing student registration privileges, graduate students who are not enrolled in credit-bearing course work must register for UNIV 900 two quarters out of four.

Once officially accepted and processed, masterís theses and projects are made available to the public through the Library.

Graduation

Application for Graduation (Degree Check)

Application for graduation (degree check) is made on a form that is available on the Graduation Office website at www.calstatela.edu/academic/registrar/grad_off.htm, in academic department/division/school offices and college-based advisement centers, or in Administration 146 beginning five days prior to the application filing period. Candidates must be granted permission to apply for graduation by their major department/division/school or college-based advisement center before they may submit the completed application and required fee to the Cashiers' Office for fee payment.

Students are required to file an application by the deadline announced in the Schedule of Classes. Students who are enrolled the quarter they expect to graduate but do not meet the degree requirements will have their graduation application transferred to the next quarter. Students who do not complete requirements for the stated quarter must file a new application by the deadline announced in the Schedule of Classes. More information appears in the Undergraduate Study chapter of this catalog.

Students will be granted no subject, unit, or grade credit for any course work they completed more than seven years before the date of issuance of their masterís degree. Refer to Time Limitation under the heading Minimum University Requirements earlier in this chapter.

Commencement Exercises

Commencement Exercises are held annually at the end of the spring quarter. Students who have completed degree requirements the previous fall, winter, spring or summer are eligible to participate in the ceremony along with those who will complete their work in the summer quarter. Information bulletins about commencement activities are mailed to the home address of those eligible to participate early in the spring and are available on campus in college, department/division/school offices and Enrollment Services, Administration 146.

During Commencement Exercises, the President of the University confers degrees on the candidates. Although each candidate receives a diploma cover during the program, the actual diploma is sent several months later. Within a few weeks after graduation, eligible candidates receive a letter of congratulations in the mail, and degrees are posted on their permanent academic record.

Requirements for Additional Masterís Degrees or for an Additional Option within a Masterís Degree

Students may work simultaneously on two master's degrees.  Both degrees may be listed on the same diploma if the requirements for both degrees are completed in the same quarter.  Degrees completed in different quarters will be listed on separate diplomas.

Students who have earned a master's degree at Cal State L.A. and wish to obtain a subsequent master's degree or to add an additional option to a previously-completed master's degree from this University must complete an approved study plan of at least 45 quarter units. At least half of the units must be new work not included on the previous degree or option. The remainder can be from the previous degree provided that the courses have been completed within seven years of the award date of the degree and are otherwise eligible for inclusion.

Students who are currently enrolled in a masterís degree program at Cal State L.A. may concurrently complete an additional option under the same degree if the department/division and college concerned verify that the additional option requires significantly different knowledge, skill, and course work. The additional option must include a minimum of 23 quarter units of course work that is specific to the option (not included in the previous option) and an appropriate culminating experience (thesis/project or comprehensive examination). An approved study plan for each option is required.

Students who have earned a masterís degree at an institution other than Cal State L.A. may petition to apply for an identical degree at Cal State L.A. Students must provide extraordinary justification and receive approval of the department/division and college concerned before they may enter the program.

Additional Graduate and Postbaccalaureate Student Information

Use of Social Security Number

Applicants are required to include their Social Security account number in designated places on CSU applications for admission pursuant to the authority contained in Title 5, California Code of Regulations, Section 41201. The Social Security account number is used as a means of identifying records pertaining to the student, as well as identifying the student for purposes of financial aid eligibility and disbursement and the repayment of financial aid and other debts payable to the institution. Effective Summer Quarter 2003 California State University, Los Angeles will randomly assign a nine-digit Campus Identification Number (CIN) to all students in the University.  The Campus Identification Number (CIN) is used as the official means of student identification.

Study Load

For full-time enrollment certification by the University, graduate students must carry a study load of 12 weighted units of approved prerequisite, corequisite, or graduate program courses (graduate level courses have a weighted factor of 1.5). Upon recommendation of their major department/division/school and approval by their college graduate dean, students who are enrolled in any of the following courses may be certified as full-time students with a study load of fewer than 12 weighted units: 596, 597, 598, 599, 699, and 900. The maximum study load for students who are pursuing a graduate degree is 16 units per quarter.

The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) requires an F-1 international (visa) graduate student to carry a minimum study load of 8 quarter units of 500-level courses or 12 units of 400-level courses. International students must comply with all University and INS regulations.

Credit by Examination

Graduate students who are in good standing and are enrolled in one or more residence courses may request permission to receive credit for courses by examination. Graduate credit by examination is restricted to eligible 400- and 500-level courses listed in this catalog. It is without unit limit, but does not count as residence credit. Total credit earned for courses and examinations taken in Special Sessions may not exceed the limit established for Special Session study. See University Requirements for Masterís Degrees.

Prior to taking the examination, students must obtain concurrent approval of the chair of the department/division concerned, and the instructor for the course. Forms for approval may be obtained from department/division offices. One copy of the approval to take the examination must be filed with Enrollment Services, Admin. 146, before the fifth week of the quarter in which the examination is taken.

Foreign Language Proficiency Examinations
Modern Language Reading Examination

The Modern Language Reading Examination is included in Modern Language courses listings as Modern Language (ML) 901. Graduate students whose programs require that they pass the examination must obtain permission from the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and pay a $10 examination fee when they register for the examination. The fee must be paid each quarter the examination is attempted. No other registration fees are required when the student registers only for the Modern Language Reading Examination, and students are not entitled to the same privileges and services as students enrolled in regular classes. Modern Language Reading Examination results are posted on students' academic record and appear on official transcripts. This exam is not given during summer quarter.

International Programs

Graduate students may be eligible for study abroad under The California State University International Programs. Information about cooperating universities abroad, eligibility requirements, and application procedures appears under International Programs in the opening chapter of this catalog.

Scholarships

There are over 300 scholarships available to students who are currently attending Cal State L.A.  Available scholarships have a wide variety of criteria, and many are for undergraduate, graduate and certificate students enrolled with the University.  Scholarships are based on such criteria as academic major, academic achievement, campus and/or community participation, financial need, or a variety of other purposes.  Some scholarships will provide funding for student fees; others will support the cost of books, transportation and living expenses.  Students who wish to be considered for all institutional scholarships for which they are qualified should file one (1) General Scholarship Application and have one (1) letter of recommendation.  The application and letter should be submitted to the Center for Student Financial Aid, Student Affairs 124. The submission deadline for new students is in March. The deadline for continuing students is in April.

For criteria and up-to-date scholarship listings, go to http://www.calstatela.edu/univ/finaid/on_campus.htm

Computing Facilities

Cal State L.A. provides the latest information technology resources to students, faculty and staff, and houses more than 35 electronic classrooms with networked computers, six large student open access computer labs, three training labs, and many other "smart" classrooms.  Students have access to a variety of state-of-the-art computers, with more than 200 software packages, applications, and plug-ins including the latest Web browsers, on every workstation on campus. Access from off-campus - including e-mail, electronic Library resources, learning management system, and student system (GET) - is easily accessible via the Internet.  For those without an Internet connection, a modem pool is available. Our sophisticated computers, specialized labs, and variety of software applications reflect the University's pursuit of academic excellence and the high standards demanded by our students.

A walk-up help desk is available six days a week to assist students, faculty and staff with computer and network related problems, phone support is available after hours.

Open Access Laboratories

Open Access labs are available to students during daytime, evening, and weekend hours. The labs are staffed by qualified student technology assistants who answer questions and provide assistance. Further information about the Open Access Computer Labs can be obtained by visiting the computer lab website at http://www.calstatela.edu/oal

Postbaccalaureate Certificate Programs

Certificate programs are designed to augment University curricula by providing specialized instruction and training within a field. These programs usually require significantly fewer units than a degree. A postbaccalaureate certificate program must contain a minimum of 16 units. Normally, courses in certificate programs will be upper division or graduate level, except for prerequisites. Students may transfer from another institution no more than one quarter of the total units required for a certificate (75% of the course work must be completed at Cal State L.A.). A maximum of one quarter (25%) of the total units required for a certificate may be devoted to internships or independent study, or a combination of both. The minimum grade point average required for completion of a postbaccalaureate certificate program is B (3.0). These grade point average requirements do not pertain to noncredit certificate programs. A Certificate of Completion is awarded upon successful completion of the program requirements. Some certificates are offered within degree majors and can be applied toward a baccalaureate or a master's degree; others are offered through the Office of Extended Education with the certificate being the main goal.

Cal State L.A. offers credit certificate programs at both undergraduate and postbaccalaureate levels. Listed below are postbaccalaureate certificate programs. Individual program and course requirements appear in academic department and division listings in the chapters that follow.

Postbaccalaureate certificate programs require a completed bachelor's degree for entry into the program.

Accounting

Offered by the Department of Accounting, (323) 343-2830, the program is designed to provide an organized series of courses in accounting for students in other majors who wish to qualify to take a professional accounting examination, to meet civil service educational requirements for employment as a professional accountant or auditor, or to acquire the skills needed for employment as a professional accountant in private industry.

Advanced Information Systems

Offered by the Department of Information Systems, (323) 343-2983, the program is designed to give individuals who are pursuing or have earned a degree in business administration (or have equivalent experience) an introduction to the techniques of information systems design, planning, and management. Applicable toward degrees in business administration.

Applied Behavior Analysis in Educational Settings
Offered by the Division of Special Education and Counseling in the Charter College of Education, (323) 343-4400, the program is designed to prepare Behavioral Intervention Specialists and provides practitioners an opportunity to develop skills for implementing and evaluating applied behavior analysis programs in behavior management, motivation, consultation, and teaching.
Applied Gerontology
Offered by the College of Health and Human Services through the Applied Gerontology Institute, (323) 343-4724, this program is designed to enhance the preparation of individuals enrolled in courses or working in health-related disciplines to exercise their effectiveness as practitioners with older populations, particularly ethnic minorities.  The program includes instruction about aging in several domains: biological, social/psychological, and policy-social services.
Autism

Offered by the Division of Special Education and Counseling, (323) 343-4400,  this program is designed to better prepare educators in establishing the unique behavioral and educational program often required for students with autism and other pervasive developmental disorders.  New resources and technologies for supporting students with autism in school and community settings are being developed at a rapid rate.  This program will provide students with substantive opportunity to acquire a depth of knowledge in the understanding of the needs of individuals with autism and the skills to address those needs.

Biotechnology

Offered by the Department of Biological Sciences, (323) 343-2050, the program is designed to give graduate biology students the practical knowledge and laboratory skills needed for the application of modern molecular genetic approaches to research problems and for work in the biotechnology industry or in research laboratories that utilize the techniques of gene manipulation. Applicable toward the Master's degree in Biology.

Career Counseling

Offered by the Division of Special Education and Counseling, (323) 343-4400, this program provides postbaccalaureate students the competencies needed to succeed in the field of career counseling.  Students will acquire competencies in the areas of job development, integrated life planning, lifestyle and career development theory, career counseling, occupational information, community resources, assessment, cross-cultural counseling, and career counseling for special populations.

Computer Applications In Schools

Offered by the Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education in the Charter School of Education, (323) 343-4330, the program is designed to prepare teachers to use computers in their classrooms and to take leadership roles in their schools: teaching computer programming/problem solving; selecting and modifying instructional software; evaluating and selecting hardware; and using computers to manage classrooms and schools. Open to graduate students with K-12 teaching experience only. Applicable toward Masters degree programs in education.

Early Childhood Special Education: Infancy Emphasis

Note: This is not the add-on ECSE certificate authorized by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  This certificate program is approved only by CSULA.  The program offered by the Division of Special Education and Counseling, (323) 343-4400 is designed for professional persons who already hold a credential and/or master's degree, but who are seeking the professional preparation that is related to working in school, agency, or home settings with infants with exceptional needs and their families. 

Early Childhood Special Education: Preschool Emphasis

Note:  This is not the add-on ECSE certificate authorized by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing.  This certificate program is approved only by CSULA. The program offered by the Division of Special Education and Counseling, (323) 343-4400 is designed for professional persons who already hold a credential and/or master's degree, but who are seeking the professional preparation that is related to working in school, agency, or home settings with children ages three to five with exceptional needs and their families.

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Offered by the Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education in the Charter School of Education, (323) 343-4330, the program prepares and qualifies teachers to work in classrooms or other educational settings where students are learning to speak, read, and write English as a second language

Environmental Health Science

Offered by the Department of Health Science, (323) 343-4740, is a program that accelerates the qualification and admittance into the State of California's Registered Environmental Health Specialists examination. Environmental Health consists of those organized activities undertaken to protect and enhance the public's health through the control of potentially harmful materials, organisms, energies, and conditions in the environment. The two major aspects in an environmental health program are the prevention of disease and the protection and promotion of human well-being.

Manufacturing

Offered by the Department of Mechanical Engineering, (323) 343-4490, the program is designed to provide practicing mechanical engineers with a specialization in manufacturing. For graduate students only, this program provides high quality, up-to-date scientific and practical knowledge of manufacturing processes, modern materials, automatic control, automated manufacturing, and robotics. Applicable toward-Master of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Pre-Health Professionals

Offered by the Department of Biological Sciences, (323) 343-2050 this postbaccalaureate certificate program provides an opportunity for pre-health career students to strengthen their academic background prior to application for admission to a health professional school. The program is designed to make postbaccalaureate students more competitive for admission through a combination of coursework, standardized test preparation, and health science activities. A student may not apply to the CSULA Master of Science Degree Program in Biology prior to the completion of the certificate program.

Reading

Offered by the Division of Curriculum and Instruction, (323) 343-4350 the Reading Certificate authorizes the holder to assess student reading problems and provide reading remediation in response to the assessments. The holder is also authorized to develop, implement, and adapt reading and content curriculum and assist classroom teachers in these areas. This certificate is for classroom teachers who wish to earn certification to qualify them to become school site level reading specialists or school site literacy coaches. The certificate holders may perform these services at one or more school sites at the grade levels authorized by their prerequisite credential.

Rehabilitative/School Audiology

Offered by the Department of Communication Disorders, (323) 343-4690, the program prepares rehabilitative/school audiologists who do not seek the California credential. For graduate students only, this program is comprised of course work that parallels the Clinical-Rehabilitative Services credential in Audiology.

Storytelling

Offered by the Division of Curriculum and Instruction in the Charter School of Education, (323) 343-4350, the program is designed for persons with an interest in the techniques, theories, and literature associated with the ancient and modem art of storytelling. Especially valuable for teacher use in language arts instruction and for improving communications skills; can also be used effectively by librarians and recreation leaders. Open to all postbaccalaureate students who meet the University requirements for admission to postbaccalaureate standing. Applicable toward some master's degree programs in education and other fields.

Teaching Critical Thinking

Offered by the Department of Philosophy, (323) 343-4180, the program is designed for those with an interest in the theory and techniques of teaching critical thinking at college or secondary school levels and is available to students with any major. Open to holders of the baccalaureate who meet University requirements for admission to postbaccalaureate standing.

Teaching Writing

Offered by the Department of English, (323) 343-4140 the program provides advanced study in composition and rhetoric for current teachers at secondary, and post-secondary levels of education. The program of study provides in-depth study to supplement the more limited coursework in the teaching of writing that students have had in undergraduate and credential programs. In keeping with the State's emphasis on literacy across the curriculum in schooling at all levels, the certificate addresses writing instruction across the curriculum as well as in traditional English/Language Arts. It enables teachers who are required to teach writing in all disciplinary areas but who often have had little or no training in writing instruction to incorporate writing instruction in their classes.

Transition Specialist

Offered by the Division of Special Education and Counseling, (323) 343-4400. This program is designed for those who already have a master's degree and/or teaching credential(s) or related professional certificate(s) to work with students with disabilities.  This program will give you the competencies to develop innovative transition programs assisting students with disabilities to make smooth transitions into post-school lives.

Post-Master's Certificate Programs

The School of Nursing, (323) 343-4700 offers five post-master's Nurse Practitioner Certificate Programs for nurses who have a master's degree in Nursing and who would like to take existing courses within the Master of Science degree in Nursing.  At the completion of the course work, these individuals will qualify to apply to the California Board of Registered Nursing for state certification as nurse practitioners and are eligible to sit for a National Certification Examination so they can function as nurse practitioners in all states.

Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP): Adult Cardiopulmonary Specialty Certificate

The post-master's Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP): Adult Specialty certificate program is offered for nurses who have a master's degree in nursing and who would like to take the existing courses within the Acute Care Nurse Practitioner: Adult Option, a specialty within the Master of Science degree in Nursing.

Adult Nurse Practitioner Specialty (ANP) Certificate

The post-master's Adult Nurse Practitioner certificate program is offered for nurses who have a master's degree in nursing and who would like to take the existing courses within the Adult Nurse Practitioner (ANP) option, a specialty within the Master of Science degree in Nursing. 

Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) Certificate

The School of Nursing offers a post-master's Family Nurse Practitioner certificate program.  This program is for nurses who have a master's degree in nursing and who would like to take courses in the Family Nurse Practitioner option, a specialty within the Master of Science degree in Nursing.

Nurse Case Manager: Adult Care

The School of Nursing offers a post-master's certificate program for nurses who have a master's degree in nursing and who would like to take the existing courses within the Nurse Case Manager option, a specialty within the Master of Science degree in Nursing.  At the completion of the course work in the Nurse Case Manager program, these students work as advanced practice nurses in institutional and community-based settings involved with providing better continuity of care and cost effectiveness across clinical settings.

Nursing Education Certificate

The School of Nursing offers a post-master's Nursing Education certificate program. This program is for nurses who have a Master's degree in nursing and who would like to take courses in the Nursing Education Option, within the Master of Science degree in Nursing.

Nurse Practitioner: Psychiatric/Mental Health (P/MHNP) Certificate

The School of Nursing offers a post-master's Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner certificate. This program is for nurses who have a master's degree in nursing and who would like to take courses in the Nurse Practitioner: Psychiatric/Mental Health option within the Master of Science degree in nursing.

Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Certificate

The post-master's Pediatric Acute Care Nurse Practitioner (ACNP) Certificate Program is offered for nurses who have a master's degree in nursing and who would like to take existing courses within the Pediatric Acute Nurse Practitioner option within the Master's of Science degree in Nursing.

Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) Specialty  Certificate

The post-master's Pediatric Nurse Practitioner certificate program is offered for nurses who have a master's degree in nursing and who would like to take the existing courses within Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (PNP) option, a specialty within the Master of Science degree in Nursing. 

Recognition of Academic Excellence

Special Recognition in Graduate Studies

Students who receive Special Recognition in Graduate Studies have demonstrated superior scholastic achievement by maintaining a grade point average of 3.8 or higher in 80% or more of their required program and have received special recommendation by their department or division.