2018-2019 Catalog

Requirements for Admission to the Graduate Programs in Education

Admission as a classified graduate student in Education requires:

  1. admission to the University.
  2. a baccalaureate degree Physical Education/Kinesiology from a regionally accredited college or university.
  3. a minimum of 2.75 grade point average in the last 60 units of upper division course work attempted or a Miller's Analogies Test (MAT) score of 40 or above in lieu of the 2.75 GPA.
  4. three letters of recommendations from individuals who can evaluate the applicant's potential for graduate study.
  5. a personal interview with a faculty advisor or interview committee.
  6. Completion of Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

Admission Procedures

Students are strongly urged to apply by June 1 for the fall semester and November 1 for the spring semester; however, applications are accepted beyond those dates if room for new students exists. Exception: Deadlines for applications for admission to the Counseling Option are April 1 for fall semester and October 1 for spring semester.

All prospective graduate students, including CSU Dominguez Hills graduates, must file the following with the CSU Dominguez Hills Admissions Office:

  1. An application for admission and a supplemental application for graduate admissions.
  2. Two sets of official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended other than CSU Dominguez Hills.
  3. A separate application with a copy of each transcript for the specific program to the Graduate Education Office.

A decision regarding admission will be made upon completion of university and program admission requirements.

Classified Standing

Students who satisfy all the requirements of program admission will be admitted with Classified Standing. Students accepted with Conditional Standing will have a semester to meet the conditions for Classified Standing. Upon completion of specified conditions, students must request that a Postbaccalaureate/Graduate Change of Objective form be filed by their advisor on their behalf.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts Degrees in Education require completion of 30 units of course work with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. A minimum of 21 semester units must be completed in residence. Courses taken previously may be used to meet the course content requirements of a graduate program if they have been completed within the seven years immediately preceding the completion of the requirements for the degree. However, no courses may apply toward the required number of units of approved graduate work that have been used to meet the requirements of another degree.

Students may take up to seven years to complete the course work, including the thesis or exams. Course work that does not meet the seven-year deadline will have to be repeated and/or replaced by other courses with the approval of the program advisor.

A Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement must be met by all students prior toclassified standing. This requirement can be met on the CSU Dominguez Hills campus by attaining a passing score of "8" on the GWE or with a passing grade of at least a "B" in one of the certified courses on this campus. Education students typically take English 350 to meet this requirement.

In addition to the major requirements, students must meet all university requirements for the master's degree. Students should consult the section of the catalog entitled "Requirements for the Master's Degree."

Completion of Degree

Prior to the completion of 21 semester units (including core courses) the graduate student must select one of the following alternatives unless otherwise specified:

Alternative I: Course work and Thesis (30 units)

  1. Complete approved program with a minimum of 24 units of course work with at least a B (3.0) average (including core courses).
  2. Complete approved thesis or creative project (6 units). See advisor for thesis preparation guidelines. Students must have the approval of a faculty thesis advisor prior to enrolling for thesis credit.

Alternative II: Course work and Examinations (30 units)

  1. Complete an approved program of 30 units of course work with at least a "B" (3.0) average (including core courses).
  2. Pass a comprehensive written examination. After completion of all course work or during the last semester of course work, the M.A. degree candidate may apply to take the comprehensive examination. There is only one retake opportunity.