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Organization and Administration
The College of Graduate Studies is under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Provost whose administrative officer is the Graduate Dean. In coordination with the Graduate Council, the division has responsibility for all graduate curricula and graduate study policy matters at San Diego State University. The Graduate Dean serves as chair of the Graduate Council.
The College of Graduate Studies, in conjunction with Graduate Admissions, admits all post-baccalaureate and graduate students to the university. Graduate Studies authorizes graduate degree curricula, and evaluates and processes students for graduation. The College of Graduate Studies also determines students’ eligibility to continue in such curricula and, in the cases of unsatisfactory performance, administrates withdrawal from graduate programs and the university.
The dean of the College of Graduate Studies is the appropriate university authority for the administration of all matters related to graduate admissions, graduate student academic status, and graduate degree curricula, minimum requirements for which are specified in Section 40510 of the California Code of Regulations.
San Diego State University is a member of the Western Association of Graduate Schools and the Council of Graduate Schools in the United States.
All master’s degrees are conferred by the trustees of The California State University upon recommendation of the faculty of San Diego State University. These degree programs provide instruction for graduate students in the liberal arts and sciences, in applied fields, and in professions such as teaching.
Doctor of Philosophy degrees and a professional doctorate (Au.D.) degree are awarded jointly by the Board of Regents of the University of California and the Board of Trustees of The California State University in the names of San Diego State University and the cooperating University of California campus. In Education, degrees are awarded jointly by the Board of Trustees of The California State University and the Board of Fellows of Claremont Graduate University. The Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) is awarded jointly by the Board of Trustees of The California State University and the trustees of the University of San Diego in the names of San Diego State University and the University of San Diego. The Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) in educational leadership and the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) are awarded by the Board of Trustees of The California State University.
Graduate Admission Categories
Applicants seeking admission to graduate study at San Diego State University must apply and be accepted in one of the following categories:
Post-Baccalaureate Standing (Unclassified). Exchange students (non-foreign), visitors from other CSU campuses, and other transitory students may be admitted for one semester as unclassified graduate students; or
Post-Baccalaureate Standing (Conditionally Classified, Credential, and Certificate). This includes students who have been admitted to a professional education credential or an advanced certificate program, but have deficiencies for classified admission. Classified standing will be recommended by the program’s graduate advisor when additional preparation is completed. Admission conditions typically include GPA thresholds and/or completion of key courses (up to a maximum of 18 units).
Post-Baccalaureate Standing (Classified). This includes students enrolled in a credential (only) or advanced certificate (only) program with no remaining conditions based on admission deficiencies.
Graduate Standing (Conditionally Classified). Applicants may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if deficiencies may be remedied by additional preparation, as determined by appropriate campus authority. Classified standing will be recommended by the program’s graduate advisor when specific additional preparation is completed. Admission conditions typically include GPA thresholds and/or completion of key courses (up to a maximum of 18 units).
Graduate Standing (Classified). This includes students enrolled in a graduate degree program with no remaining conditions based on admission deficiencies.
Program, university, and other CSU admissions requirements are subject to change as policies are revised and laws are amended. The CSU website http://www.calstate.edu and the CSU admissions portal http://www.calstate.edu/apply are good sources for the most up-to-date information. For SDSU graduate admission procedures, see the Admission and Registration section of this catalog.
Within the College of Graduate Studies is the administrative unit responsible for post-baccalaureate and graduate study at San Diego State University. The College of Graduate Studies is composed of the academic units that offer graduate study in the university. The faculties of these units support nearly 5,000 students in over 200 master’s, doctoral, and advanced certificate programs across the arts, business, education, engineering, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The Graduate Council is a standing committee of the University Senate with representatives from the academic colleges and is chaired by the Graduate Dean. The council’s responsibilities are broadly defined and include the development, consultation, and implementation of university-wide policies related to graduate studies, curriculum, student affairs, and graduate student scholarship.
The dean of the College of Graduate Studies is the chief administrative officer of the division and serves as chair of the Graduate Council. The Graduate Dean has general responsibility for implementing the policies of the Graduate Council and for the development, improvement, and administration of all post-baccalaureate study.
Graduate Study at San Diego State University
The size and scope of graduate studies at San Diego State University has increased significantly since graduate degrees were first offered at what was then San Diego State College in the 1950s. SDSU faculty embrace the necessarily close relationship between excellence in faculty research, program outcomes, student research, and teaching. Since the early 1970s, graduate study has steadily grown over a wide range of academic and professional disciplines to become an integral part of the institution’s central mission. SDSU offers master’s degrees that are entry-level requirements or terminal degrees in many fields of study, as well as numerous Ph.D. programs. In addition to Ph.D. degrees issued in partnership with other institutions, SDSU offers independent doctorate degrees in Audiology (Au.D.), Educational Leadership (Ed.D.), and Physical Therapy (DPT). Graduate studies are also available to meet state credentialing requirements and provide advanced certificates in many disciplines, particularly for careers in education.
Graduate studies at San Diego State University continually evolve in response to new local and global challenges and career opportunities. The faculty who support graduate studies maintain strong externally funded research programs in excess of $100 million annually. The university is recognized nationally as a hub of entrepreneurship, innovation, and invention, SDSU is also one of the most ethnically, racially, and socioeconomically diverse universities in the United States, and is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution by the U.S. Department of Education. San Diego State University provides a dynamic and intellectually challenging environment for academic and professional opportunity.
Graduate Student Employment
Graduate Teaching Associates
Appointments as graduate teaching associates, known more commonly as TAs, provide students the opportunity to participate directly in the teaching activities of the university. Indeed, faculty members in many programs consider such appointments an integral part of the academic curriculum for their graduate students. Under the supervision of senior faculty, TAs provide direct instruction to undergraduate students, primarily at the lower division level.
Appointments as graduate TAs are available to qualified graduate students in all doctoral programs and many master’s programs. Graduate TAs must be degree-seeking and in good standing. Appointments may be for a period of either one semester or the academic year. Reappointment or continuation is dependent on satisfactory academic performance, departmental need, and satisfactory teaching performance. Information may be obtained from the program’s graduate advisor, or the head of the department or school in which the course is taught. For further information, consult A Handbook for Graduate Assistants and Graduate Teaching Associates available at http://grad.sdsu.edu/funding/ta_ga_info.
Graduate assistants (GA) provide instructionally related services to undergraduate students or may be assigned duties that directly support faculty research activities. Graduate assistants are available in most San Diego State University departments and schools. Graduate assistants must be degree-seeking and in good standing.
Appointments may be for a period of either one semester or the academic year. Reappointment or continuation is dependent on satisfactory academic performance, departmental need and satisfactory performance. Information concerning an appointment as a graduate assistant may be obtained from the head of the department, school, or college in which the applicant wishes to obtain the advanced degree. For further information consult A Handbook for Graduate Assistants and Graduate Teaching Associates available at http://grad.sdsu.edu/funding/ta_ga_info.
Graduate students are eligible for employment as student assistants who perform a wide variety of tasks supporting faculty and staff across the university. Assistants are paid by the hour and are restricted to assignments not to exceed 20 hours per week. Information concerning an appointment as a student assistant may be obtained from the head of the department, school, or college in which the applicant wishes to obtain the advanced degree. A listing of available positions is also maintained by the Office of Career Services located in Student Services East, Room 1200.
Research Assistants (SDSU Research Foundation)
Some graduate students obtain part-time employment as research assistants. Research assistants work directly with faculty in a laboratory or other research facility in the health, physical, and social sciences. Although research assistants are employees of the SDSU Research Foundation, they are generally hired directly by faculty members seeking assistance for specific research programs. Students may inquire about such appointments through the appropriate faculty in their program, the chair or director of the respective department, or the Office of Human Resources of the SDSU Research Foundation. Those interested in adding their names to a list of candidates for current or future openings may obtain application materials from the San Diego State University Research Foundation, Gateway Building, 5250 Campanile Drive, San Diego, CA 92182-1945. Further information may also available on faculty and department websites.
California Pre-Doctoral Program
The California Pre-Doctoral Scholarship Program targets students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages, and intend to apply to a doctoral program. The program supports upper division undergraduate students, and current (non-Ph.D.) graduate students. The program places a special emphasis on increasing the number of CSU students with doctoral aspirations who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. Students chosen for this award are designated Sally Casanova Scholars. Recipients receive direct guidance from CSU faculty members and receive funding for travel, development (broadly defined), and summer research experience (at any U.S. major research university). For more information, contact the College of Graduate Studies or visit http://www.calstate.edu/PreDoc/index.shtml.
Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program
The Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) targets current or incoming doctoral students who intend to pursue CSU instructional faculty positions. The intent of CDIP increases the number of faculty with the qualifications, motivation, and skills needed to teach the diverse students of the CSU.
CDIP prepares promising doctoral students for CSU faculty positions by providing financial support, mentorship by CSU faculty and professional development and grant resources. Students who obtain a loan through this program may have a portion of it forgiven if they obtain a CSU faculty position. For more information, contact the College of Graduate Studies or visit https://www2.calstate.edu/csu-system/faculty-staff/cdip.
Additional Scholarships and Financial Aid Opportunities
Many additional scholarships and financial aid opportunities are available to San Diego State University graduate students. Contact the Office of Financial Aid and Scholarships or visit http://go.sdsu.edu/student_affairs/financialaid/Default.aspx.
Graduate Study through SDSU Global Campus
Most courses that apply to graduate degrees are state-supported. Enrollment in state-supported graduate courses requires admission to SDSU in an appropriate graduate program. Non-degree seeking students may be eligible to enroll for state-supported courses if there are open seats, through the SDSU Global Campus Open University program. Individuals considering future graduate studies should consider that most master’s degree programs allow use of no more than nine units of combined transfer courses from another institution, Open University and self-supported SDSU Global Campus courses taken prior to admission. Applicants with transfer or prior coursework should consult the adviser for their intended program, or the College of Graduate Studies, or the section of the Graduate Bulletin entitled Graduate Program Unit Limits and Guidelines. For more information about Open University, visit https://ces.sdsu.edu/.
San Diego State University offers some SDSU Global Campus courses that are applicable to graduate degrees, certificates and credentials, and a small number of degrees that include only self-supported SDSU Global Campus courses. Students who intend to earn a degree from these programs must be admitted to and matriculate in the program before completing more than nine units. Students in SDSU Global Campus programs that are offered only during summer session must attend a minimum of three summers to earn their degree.
Fees for SDSU Global Campus programs and courses (whether Open University or self-supported SDSU Global Campus) differ from fees for state-supported San Diego State University courses. For more information, visit https://ces.sdsu.edu/.
Veterans and Graduate Study
San Diego State University is approved to train veterans under the G.I. Bill. Veterans who are interested in graduate work should visit the Joan and Art Barron Veterans Center located in Student Services West for information and counseling regarding veterans’ benefits. Veteran students and potential applicants may also call 619-594-5813 or visit http://www.sdsu.edu/veterans for more information.