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Graduate Requirements for Graduation

You must complete the five requirements listed below:

  1. Fulfill the University Writing Skills Requirement
  2. Be Advanced to Candidacy
  3. Complete at least 45 quarter units applicable to your degree (45-52 in the Interdisciplinary Studies Major, 48 in Public Administration, 52-54 in Multimedia, 72 in Counseling)
  • All units must be earned within the five calendar years immediately preceding the receipt of your degree. (Outdated units may be accepted for one additional year with the approval of your department and the Associate Vice President, Academic Programs and Graduate Studies. If not completed in the sixth year, currency in the subject matter of the outdated courses must be demonstrated. Courses older than seven years are only applied to the degree in exceptional circumstances.)
  • No more than 13 units can be completed when not in residence in your program (e.g., while at other schools, while an undergraduate with permission to take graduate courses, while pursuing an additional baccalaureate degree in "Unclassified Post-Baccalaureate" status, while enrolled in another graduate degree program, or while enrolled in Continuing Education courses-including Open University courses)
  • At least 1/2 of the units in your program must be 6000-level
  • No lower division units can be counted
  • No more than 9 units of university thesis or 5 units of departmental thesis or project work can be counted
  • No more than 15 units may be in CR/NC courses (16 in Public Administration, 24 in Counseling)

Visit the University Catalog for a full description of degree requirements. You must complete the degree requirements published for the academic year catalog applicable to your program. The information found in the University Catalog supersedes the information found on this page.

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