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Information for Current Students

Requirements for completing a graduate degree in the School of Art

  1. Maintain a minimum overall GPA of 3.0, with no grade (in a required course) below a “C”.
  2. Successfully fulfill the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) by passing the Writing Proficiency Examination (WPE) usually completed in the first semester in residence at CSULB, and required prior to Advancement to Candidacy. Students unable to pass the WPE may be able to fulfill the requirement by completing a special GWAR course. The WPE is not required for all students.
  3. Complete all prerequisites and/or conditional acceptance requirements before Advancement to Candidacy.
  4. Formalize a program planner specifying approved coursework to be taken for the degree at the time of Advancement to Candidacy.
  5. Successfully complete the Advancement to Candidacy review. This varies for each degree program, but may include a graduate level paper submitted for review by faculty (Art History), a presentation of research to the faculty committee (Art Education), or an exhibition of work (Studio Art). Reviews generally occur when a student has completed 1/3 to 1/2 of the units required for the degree. Please see the Advancement Checklist under the “Forms for Students” link at the left.
  6. Successfully complete final degree requirements. For MA Students in Art History and Art Education, completion of a graduate thesis or project report, approved by the student’s faculty committee, the School of Art, and the University Library’s Thesis and Dissertation Office is required. For MFA Studio Art students, completion of a formal exhibition of work, an extended artist statement, and a verbal defense is required. More information can be found in the Graduate Guidelines.
  7. Maintain continuous enrollment and finish degree requirements within 7 years. If all units required by the formal program planner have been completed but the final degree requirement has not been approved and submitted, registration in GS-700 (no credit) is required in order to maintain in enrollment until the semester of graduation.
  8. Additional Information:

    Additional information about the degree, committee procedures, and other graduate processes may be found in the “School of Art Graduate Guidelines,” given to each student accepted into a master’s program in the School of Art at CSULB. In addition, applicants may contact the Graduate Advisor or the Assistants to the Graduate Advisor via this Contact Form.