There may be additional steps for individual students in particular programs; for these, consult the program description and the academic unit (college, department or program) offering the degree program.
= Action initiated by student (as indicated below)
† = Action initiated by the university
1. ADMISSION TO GRADUATE STANDING: CONDITIONALLY CLASSIFIED
Apply for admission and declare objective(s), using precise codes on the application form
† Receive application acknowledgement from the Admissions Office
Request two sets of official transcripts of all previous college-level course work attempted be sent to Admissions Office
Take tests, if required by program, and order test scores sent to Cal State Fullerton, designating appropriate academic unit on the test registration form
Provide the departmental graduate program adviser with any other supporting statements or materials, as required
† Recommendation for admission made by departmental graduate program adviser to Admissions Office
† Receive notification of admission from Admissions Office
Make an appointment with the graduate program adviser to discuss your academic program. Advisers for each department are listed on the Graduate Studies website.
2. GRADUATE STANDING: CLASSIFIED
Complete any course prerequisites and/or remove deficiencies
Apply for classified standing in the academic department offering the particular program prior to completion of nine units of study plan course work
Consult departmental graduate program adviser for advisement, including development of official study plan
Provide appropriate academic unit with any other supporting statements or materials, as shown in program descriptions in this catalog
Take tests if required by program, and order test scores sent to Cal State Fullerton, designating appropriate academic unit on the test registration form
† Recommendation for classified standing made by graduate program adviser by sending the signed study plan to the Graduate Studies Office
† Notification of classified standing granted is sent from Graduate Studies along with a copy of the approved study plan
3. COMPLETION OF REQUIREMENTS
Apply for graduation prior to the beginning of the final semester. Specific deadlines are listed on the current Class Schedule and posted on them Graduate Studies website. The grad check form is available at the Admissions and Records Service Center and the Graduate Studies Office. A graduation processing and diploma fee of $115 will be paid to the university cashier with the application for graduation.
Maintain Continuous Enrollment. The Study Plan is valid only as long as a graduate student
maintains continuous enrollment in both the fall and spring semesters until all requirements are completed. Otherwise, it will be necessary to reapply to the university and meet any additional requirements approved in the interim. If you have completed all course work on the Study Plan but have not satisfactorily com- pleted a project, thesis, comprehensive examination or other requirements, you MUST register and pay fees for Graduate Studies 700, which carries no credit and does not require attendance.
Consult the departmental graduate program adviser to confirm final requirements for the degree.
Complete written and/or oral examination, if required. Complete thesis or project, if applicable
Obtain committee approval for thesis, project or results of comprehensive exam(s)
If applicable, submit thesis to university thesis reader by deadlines listed in the Class Schedule and on the Graduate Studies website
† Thesis reader signs "Thesis Approval Form"
Take approved copy of thesis with “Thesis Approval Form” to the bookstore (Titan Shops Copy Center) and make arrangements for binding, microfilming and publication. The cost is approximately $130 plus $65 if copyright is desired.
Final, approved study plan, with recommendation, sent by the department graduate program adviser to the Graduate Studies Office
† A copy of the Grad Check Review Form is sent to the student showing the adviser's recommendation.
† Preliminary audit completed by Graduate Studies Office staff. The student's study plan is checked for pending grades, and completion of any other requirements.
Deposit approved copy of thesis or project in academic department (if required)
Complete all general and specific requirements, other than final course examinations, by the last day of classes, in order to assure granting of the degree by the end of the semester
Final verification of completion of requirements sent by the Graduate Studies Office staff to the registrar
† Notification of award of degree received from registrar approximately ten weeks after the end of the semester
Check procedures online for participating in commencement at www.fullerton.edu/commencement.
Make appropriate arrangements for cap, gown and hood rental in the campus bookstore
† Commencement information sent by the College Dean's Office