You are in the official 1999-2000 General Catalog
for California State University, Fresno.
Division of Graduate Studies
Limitation of Graduate Enrollment
Admission to postbaccalaureate/graduate studies must be restricted to
the number of students for whom an effective education can be provided by
staff, facilities, and funding available at California State University,
Fresno. The university may limit postbaccalaureate/graduate enrollment on
the basis of the academic field and the relative aptitude of the applicant,
based on approved admissions criteria.
The minimum university requirements for admission to graduate and postbaccalaureate
studies at a California State University campus are in accordance with university
regulations as well as Title V, chapter 1, subchapter 3 of the California
Code of Regulations. Specifically, a student shall (1) have completed a
four-year college course of study and hold an acceptable baccalaureate degree
from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association, or
have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by appropriate
campus authorities; (2) be in good academic standing at the last college
or university attended; (3) have attained a grade point average of at least
2.5 (A=4.0) in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units attempted; and (4)
satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards
for graduate study, including qualifying examinations, as appropriate campus
authorities may prescribe. In unusual circumstances, a campus may make exceptions
to these criteria.
Postbaccalaureate applicants not interested in a graduate program may
choose to take courses for professional or personal growth, apply to work
toward a credential or certificate objective, or work toward a second baccalaureate
degree. These students may be admitted to the university in postbaccalaureate
standing in either an unclassified status or a classified status.
Admission to Postbaccalaureate Standing: Unclassified. By meeting the minimum requirements to the university, students are eligible for admission as postbaccalaureate unclassified, nondegree-seeking students. Students who fall under this category may enroll in graduate courses for professional or personal growth if prerequisite preparation has been accomplished and the appropriate standardized test scores are on file. Some departments may restrict enrollment of unclassified students due to heavy enrollment pressure. Admission in this status does not constitute admission to or assurance of consideration for admission to a graduate degree program or to a credential program.
Admission to Postbaccalaureate Standing: Classified. Students admitted to the university as postbaccalaureate classified students have satisfied additional professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards - including qualifying examinations - prescribed by the campus, and may enroll in a particular postbaccalaureate credential or certificate program. Admission to postbaccalaureate classified standing does not constitute admission to or consideration for admission to a graduate degree program, to a credential, or to a certificate program.
Admission to the university for postbaccalaureate students who wish to
pursue a specific graduate program occurs at two phases: admission to the
university and admission by the Division of Graduate Studies to a graduate
program. Acceptance by the university does not guarantee admission by the
Division of Graduate Studies to a specific graduate program. Only those
students who are admitted to both the university and the Division of Graduate
Studies will be granted graduate standing in a master's or joint doctoral
degree program. See the admission diagram.
Admission to graduate standing is the responsibility of the Division
of Graduate Studies. Students admitted to graduate standing have met the
general requirements for university admission. Students have also met the
additional requirements and standards of the Division of Graduate Studies
for admission to a graduate degree program, including academic preparation,
evidence of scholarly and professional ability (standardized test scores
and letters of recommendation), personal statement, and other requirements
as described for each program in the appropriate section of this catalog.
Some graduate programs require a separate application in addition to the
university application to graduate and postbaccalaureate admission.
All applicants to a master's degree program are required to submit appropriate admission test scores with the university Application to Graduate/Postbaccalaureate Studies. Admission will require submission of scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) General Tests, or for business students, the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). Exception: A three-year pilot program permits those possessing a minimum GPA of 3.3 or higher on the last 60 units of undergraduate work to seek a waiver of the GMAT requirement from the graduate business program director. To be eligible for a waiver of the GMAT requirement, international applicants must possess the equivalent of a minimum GPA of 3.3 in the last 60 units earned at a recognized institution, and possess a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based test) or a 237 (computer-based test).
Applicants for admission to the MPA program may submit either GRE or GMAT scores. Applicants to master's degree programs in the School of Education and Human Development may submit either GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) scores. For application information concerning the GRE, contact the Graduate Division in Thomas Administration, Room 132. GMAT information is available in the Craig School of Business Graduate Office in the Peters Building, Room 183. Information concerning the MAT as well as the GRE and GMAT is available through the Testing Office in the Family and Food Sciences Building, Room 110.
The University Graduate Committee has established a standardized test score requirement for all applicants to provide a significant basis of comparison to national educational standards and to ensure the admission of highly qualified students to graduate degree programs. It should be noted that an applicant's standardized test scores will not constitute the sole criterion according to which an admissions decision will be rendered, as noted in a previous paragraph. However, some departments, particularly in the sciences, may give more importance to standardized test scores than departments in other fields.
Applicants to the joint doctoral program in Educational Leadership (Ed.D.) are required to submit official scores of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). For other requirements, contact the California State University, Fresno/University of California Davis Joint Doctoral Program.
All applicants granted graduate standing by the Division of Graduate Studies are admitted to a graduate program through conditional or classified standing as follows.
Graduate Conditionally Classified Standing. Students may be admitted to a graduate degree program in this category if, in the opinion of the appropriate campus authority, the student can remedy deficiencies by additional preparation, including the combination of prerequisite requirements.
Note: Students who have been granted conditionally classified admission to a graduate program are required to complete all conditions for achieving classified status (full admission) to the program by the semester in which a maximum of 10 units to be used toward the master's degree is completed. In programs of 60 units, except counseling, classification must occur prior to the completion of 20 units. Failure to attain classified standing in a timely manner as outlined above may result in the loss of units to be applied toward the degree since excess units may not be listed on the Petition of Advancement to Candidacy.
A student is expected to attain classified standing either at admission or during the first semester of studies. Candidates for classification are expected to possess a 3.0 or better grade point average in coursework undertaken for use toward the master's degree.
Graduate Classified Standing. This category is granted to those students who fully meet all admission requirements of the Division of Graduate Studies. It enables the student to pursue a graduate degree and fulfill all of the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards -- including qualifying examinations -- prescribed by the campus.
Only those applicants who show promise of success and fitness will be admitted to master's degree curricula, and only those who continue to demonstrate a satisfactory level of scholastic competence and fitness shall be eligible to proceed in such curricula. (See also Grade Requirements.)
Change of Graduate Degree Objective
Postbaccalaureate/graduate students who intend to change their major
or degree objective must complete and file a Change of Graduate Degree Objective,
which includes a fee payable at the cashier's window in the Joyal Administration
Building. These students must meet the admissions requirements of the new
program. Students wishing to change their major/objective are required to
contact the Division of Graduate Studies and to apply for the change formally.
Second Master's Degree
Students planning to engage in study toward a second master's degree
must obtain prior approval from the graduate dean. Students may not earn
a second master's degree in the same field. Coursework used to satisfy the
requirements of one degree may not be used to satisfy the require ments
of the second degree. Students may not complete two degrees in the same
Dual Major Objectives
Those graduate/postbaccalaureate students pursuing more than one objective
(i.e., two master's degrees or a master's degree and a credential) must
notify the Division of Graduate Studies so that appropriate status may be
noted with departments concerned.
Certificate of Advanced Study
A Certificate of Advanced Study may be earned in a limited number of
approved, nondegree programs. Such programs provide useful coursework and
professional experiences that emphasize the acquisition of advanced technical
skills of a practical, applied nature. For a current list of such programs,
consult the Division of Graduate Studies, (559) 278-2448. Applicants to
a Certificate of Advanced Study program must meet the specific admission
requirements of the individual program and the university. These include
admission to postbaccalaureate standing and the submission of relevant test
scores. With prior approval, those pursuing study toward a master's degree
may also pursue study toward a Certificate of Advanced Study. Double-counting
of units on the certificate and on the graduate program, though limited,
is possible. Those whose sole objective is the earning of the Certificate
of Advanced Study are ineligible to receive graduate assistantships, fellowships,
and other awards designed for those pursuing a graduate degree. An application
for the awarding of the certificate of advanced study must be on file in
the Division of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term
in which all courses and requirements are expected to be completed. The
applications for the awarding of the certificate are available in the Division
of Graduate Studies, Thomas Administration Building, Room 132.
Second Bachelor's Degree
Postbaccalaureate students interested in pursuing a second bachelor's
degree or a second under graduate major should read the relevant portion
of the university catalog (Second Baccalaureate and /or Second Major) and
contact the appropriate academic department or the Division of Graduate
Studies for advice.
Prohibition Against Double Counting of Coursework
No units used to fulfill the requirements of one degree may be used to
fulfill the requirements of another degree. For example, 100-series courses
used toward a bachelor's degree may not be subsequently used toward a master's
A postbaccalaureate student pursuing a graduate degree or a credential
may repeat a course for academic credit (subject to limitations in some
degree curricula) regardless of what grade was originally earned in the
course. However, such a student is not eligible to petition for grade substitution.
All coursework taken, beginning with the first term of the student's master's
degree program, is used in determining the student's grade point average
and graduation eligibility.
A graduate of a nonaccredited college may be granted admission with unvalidated
unclassified postbaccalaureate standing, upon the filing of the application
and two copies of official transcripts of all college work. Such a student
may be eligible for placement in regular postbaccalaureate or graduate standing
when he or she has cleared all undergraduate deficiencies and has maintained,
in residence at California State University, Fresno, a grade point average
of 3.0 on 12 units of approved upper-division work or an average of 2.5
on 24 units of approved upper-division work. (Prospective applicants to
master's degree programs, see also Master's Degrees -- Grade
Requirements.) When a student with unvalidated postbaccalaureate standing
has met the above requirements, it is his or her responsibility to request
a new statement of standing from the Graduate Admissions Office.
International Student Admissions
The Division of Graduate Studies seeks to bring students from all parts
of the world to the campus. Since English is the language of instruction
at the university, students should be prepared to write their theses, examinations,
and seminar papers in English. Applicants whose native language is not English
must have acquired competence in the English language prior to enrolling
in a graduate program or prerequisite courses in order to avoid any delay
or difficulty in pursuing their studies.
All graduate and postbaccalaureate applicants, regardless of citizenship,
and whose native language is not English, must demonstrate competence in
English. Those applicants must receive a minimum score of 550 (for the paper-based
test) and 213 (for the computer-based test) on the Test of English as a
Foreign Language (TOEFL). Some graduate programs may require a higher score.
Applicants to the English program must attain a score of 600 (on the paper-based
test) or 250 (on the computer-based test). Applicants to the MBA program
may qualify for a waiver of the GMAT by attaining a minimum TOEFL score
of 580 (on the paper-based test) or 237 (on the computer-based test) and
the equivalent of a minimum GPA of 3.3 (on a 4.0 scale) in the last 60 units
earned at a recognized institution.
It is highly recommended that TOEFL scores, Graduate Record Examination Aptitude Test scores, application, and official academic documents reach the university Admissions Office at least six months before the semester for which admission is desired. Applicants to the Accountancy and MBA programs must submit Graduate Management Admissions Test scores; applicants to the MPA program may submit either GMAT or GRE scores.
The TOEFL is administered at various centers throughout the world. For further information about the TOEFL, write or phone the educational attaché at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate office or write to:
Testing Services Office
California State University, Fresno
5300 Campus Drive M/S FF63
Family and Food Sciences Building Room 110
Fresno, CA 93740-8019
Requests for applications for international postbaccalaureate/graduate admission should be directed to:
International Student Services and Programs
California State University, Fresno
5150 North Maple Avenue M/S JA56
Fresno, CA 93740-8026
During the first semester at California State University, Fresno, foreign graduate students whose native language is not English may be required to enroll in special courses in English to help improve writing skills and to provide the greatest possibility of success in graduate studies.
Classified graduate standing gives a student permission to work toward
qualifying for candidacy. See Advancement to Candidacy diagram on the next
page. Advancement to candidacy gives a student permission to proceed toward
qualifying for the degree and provides the student with a program of study
that has been officially reviewed and approved by both the student's faculty
and by the Graduate Dean. This important step confers on the student the
status of candidate for the degree and represents a commitment both on the
part of the student and the degree program to complete the degree within
a specified time limit according to requirements published in a specific
university catalog year. Advancement to candidacy is essential to the student
in planning for registration in courses. The student should therefore meet
with his/her graduate program coordinator soon after attaining classified
standing to discuss advancement to candidacy. (See also Petition of Advancement
to Candidacy.) Campus policy requires a student to petition for advancement
to candidacy as soon as he/she becomes eligible to do so. Normally, this
should occur within one semester of having attained classified standing.
Compliance with this policy is necessary for a student to remain in good
standing. All students in graduate standing must also demonstrate a satisfactory
level of scholastic, professional, and ethical competence as determined
by program faculty to be eligible to continue in the graduate program. Eligibility
requirements for advancement to candidacy include the following:
- Classified Graduate Standing. A student should be classified by the semester in which a maximum of 10 units to be used toward the master's degree are completed. Not more than 10 units (including transfer and postbaccalaureate credit) completed before achieving full classified standing at California State University, Fresno may be listed on the Petition of Advancement to Candidacy. Courses taken during the semester in which the student is classified may also be listed on the Petition of Advancement to Candidacy. Exception: In 60-unit programs, except counseling, the above limitation applies only to the last 30 units.
- Completion of any additional prerequisites which the adviser specifies in writing.
- If required, satisfactory completion of the Graduate Record Examination Subject Test or departmental qualifying examination. The Graduate Record Examination Subject Test in the major field is required of students working toward the Master of Arts degree in international relations (government), psychology, and the Master of Science degrees in geology, marine sciences, and physics. A departmental qualifying examination is required in agricultural business, art, civil engineering, linguistics, mathematics, nursing, kinesiology, physics, plant science, and speech.
- A minimum grade point average of 3.0 (both overall program and at California State University, Fresno) on all upper-division and graduate course work from the date of embarking on the first course of the proposed master's degree program. (See also Grade Requirements.) Those enrolling in coursework not related to the graduate degree are encouraged to request CR/NC grading.
- Satisfactory completion of the foreign language requirement for those programs having such a requirement. (See Foreign Language Requirement.)
- Departmental recommendation for advancement to candidacy on a petition form available from the Division of Graduate Studies. In making this recommendation, the department takes into account professional and personal standards as well as scholastic achievement as revealed by grades and performance on examinations. The student is responsible for ensuring that the adviser has sufficient information other than grades and scores on which to make this recommendation. On this petition form the student, in consultation with his or her adviser, lists the coherent set of courses which, when approved, will constitute his or her degree program.
- Completion in graduate standing at California State University, Fresno of at least 9 units of the proposed program with a 3.0 grade point average on all completed work appearing on the Petition of Advancement to Candidacy.
- Submission to the Office of the Dean, Division of Graduate Studies, of the properly signed petition for advancement to candidacy. As noted earlier, the student is required to advance to candidacy as soon as he/she becomes eligible to do so. Students are advised to check with their departments regarding meeting special eligibility requirements. Advancement to candidacy must be attained no later than the semester (or summer) preceding the semester (or summer) in which the student applies for the master's degree. The student is responsible for adhering to deadlines established by the Graduate Division for the submission of advancement forms. Approximate deadlines are October 1 (for spring graduation) and March 1 (for summer or fall graduation). Forms received after the deadlines are considered late and will be processed as time allows. Students cannot be advanced to candidacy and graduate in the same semester.
- In keeping with the university's graduate-level writing proficiency requirement, all graduate students must demonstrate their competence with regard to writing skills prior to advancement to candidacy. The department will note on the Petition of Advancement to Candidacy form the means by which the student has met the writing skills requirement. (See also University Writing Skills Requirement, UDWE.) Certain 200-series courses with significant assignments indicative of a successful graduate level writing proficiency may be used to meet the writing requirement. These courses, if approved, may be included on a student's program for the master's degree. For a list of courses approved for this purpose, consult the program adviser. The written departmental qualifying examination may be used to meet this requirement.
For advancement to candidacy, demonstration of competence, usually equivalent
to that achieved through two years of collegiate study of one foreign language,
is required in specified majors in which upper-division and graduate courses
demand such competence. Consult your graduate adviser or the chair of the
Foreign Languages and Literatures Department for information about placement
Competence in the use of a foreign language is required for advancement to candidacy for the Master of Arts degree in English, music (vocal performance and music history only), and the M.F.A. in Creative Writing. The foreign language requirement for the M.A. in International Relations is a prerequisite for graduation rather than advancement to candidacy. Ordinarily, the requirement calls for demonstration of the ability to read materials of the major in one appropriate foreign language. Geology and history, however, specify that a student doing a thesis involving a foreign country must have a reading knowledge of the language of that country.
Petition of Advancement to Candidacy
The approved degree program for the master's degree is a coherent pattern
of (1) specific requirements for the program and (2) additional courses
selected to meet the student's particular needs. It consists of at least
30 units which must be completed within five years just preceding the granting
of the master's degree. Only graduate courses (200 series) and such upper-division
courses (100 series) as are recommended by the schools or departments and
approved by the University Graduate Committee are acceptable on the unit
requirement. Other courses are counted in calculating the student's study
load, but cannot be counted toward the unit requirement for the master's
degree. Courses that were used to satisfy the requirements of a previous
degree may not be used on the program. The approved program must be consistent
with the following policies:
At least 21 units of a 30-unit program must be residence credit (courses taken through regular enrollment at California State University, Fresno). No more than 9 units of transfer and/or California State University, Fresno Extension credit may be included in the 30-unit program.
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- Transfer credit may be used toward a California State University, Fresno master's degree only if the institution offering the work is accredited (A-rated) and would accept it for a comparable master's degree program. The off-campus institution must also have listed the units as postbaccalaureate graduate units on the student's transcript. Credit at California State University, Fresno will be granted if it is judged by appropriate university authorities to be particularly relevant to the individual student's program. The student must present appropriate documentation, including official transcripts of work completed and xerographic copies from the catalog of the institution where the transfer work was taken, as follows: the relevant course description(s), evidence that the course(s) may be used toward a degree at that institution, the course numbering and grading systems.
- Courses taken through the Division of Extended Education (Extension and/or Open University) are not normally used to fulfill the requirements toward a master's degree. A student intending to take a course through the Extension Division must request special permission from his or her Graduate Program coordinator to use the course toward his or her program. If approved, a maximum of 9 transfer (including California State University, Fresno Extension and/or Open University) units may be used on a 30-unit program. Students may not enroll through Open University in order to bypass the university fee structure.
- Student teaching credit is not ordinarily used on master's degree pro grams. In unusual circumstances, if student teaching is demonstrably appropriate to a program, up to 3 units of such work may be approved by the Graduate Committee.
- Credit by Examination (CBE) may be used to fulfill prerequisites, but may not apply toward the master's degree program.
- Saturday School courses may not be used on a student's program for the master's degree.
- Neither General Education, undergraduate writing "W" courses, lower-division courses, nor 300-level courses may be used in fulfillment of the program requirements of the master's degree.
- Graduate students may not elect to take a course for a CR grade to fulfill either prerequisite or major program requirements unless the course is only available for CR/NC grading as indicated by footnote 14 in the Schedule of Courses. A maximum of 6 units of CR-graded coursework may be applied to a 30-unit master's degree program and a maximum of 12 units of CR-graded coursework may be applied to a 60-unit program. Some departments allow no CR-graded courses to be counted toward fulfillment of their degree requirements.
- With approval of the departmental graduate adviser, postbaccalaureate/graduate credit allowed for work taken in the semester or summer in which the baccalaureate degree is granted may be applied toward a master's degree. However, the amount of postbaccalaureate credit used toward the master's degree may not exceed one-third of the student's entire approved program. (See Postbaccalaureate Credit.)
- Courses may not be included on the advancement to candidacy form if they do not fall within the 5-year limit.
- Refer to catalog section concerning Independent Study.
- A minimum of 70 percent of the courses in a student's program for the master's degree must be graduate level courses numbered in the 200 series. Most programs require more than the minimum.
- Substitutions for regular departmental requirements must be accompanied by written justification appended to the advancement form.
A culminating experience is required for each master's degree. Acceptable
culminating experiences include thesis (299), project (298), or comprehensive
examination. Individual departments permit one or more culminating experiences
described in this section. Students who have enrolled in thesis or project
units will not be permitted to change to another culminating experience
after the initial semester of such enrollment.
- A thesis is the written product of the systematic study of a significant problem. It clearly identifies the problem, states the major assumptions, explains the significance of the undertaking, sets forth the sources for and methods of gathering information, analyzes the data, and offers a conclusion or recommendation. The finished product must evidence originality, critical and independent thinking, appropriate organization and format, clarity of purpose, and accurate and thorough documentation. Normally, an oral defense of the thesis will be required.
- A project is a significant undertaking of a pursuit appropriate to the fine and applied arts or to professional fields. It must evidence originality and independent thinking, appropriate form and organization, and a rationale. It must be described and summarized in a written abstract that includes the project's significance, objectives, methodology, and a conclusion or recommendation. An oral defense of the project may be required.
- A comprehensive examination is an assessment of the student's ability to integrate the knowledge of the area, show critical and independent thinking, and demonstrate mastery of the subject matter. The results of the examination must evidence independent thinking, appropriate organization, critical analysis, and accuracy of documentation. A record of the examination questions and responses shall be maintained.
It is the student's responsibility to complete the specific courses listed
on his or her Petition of Advancement to Candidacy. Once a program has been
approved by the University Graduate Committee, it may be changed only on
the written request of the student and his or her department or school adviser
and with the approval of the dean, Division of Graduate Studies. Program
Adjustment Request forms are available in the Division of Graduate Studies.
No academic distinction is made between a thesis and a project. Either
one is equally acceptable as a means of fulfilling the requirements for
the master's degree. Specific departmental instructions or requirements
should, however, be ascertained by the candidate before enrollment in courses
298 or 299. The instructor of record for thesis or project must issue a
letter grade on the Master's Degree Clearance form through the Division
of Graduate Studies.
Whether a student is preparing a thesis or a project, it should be noted that quality of work accomplished is a major consideration in judging acceptability. The finished project must evidence originality, appropriate organization, clarity of purpose, critical analysis, and accuracy and completeness of documentation where needed.
Critical and independent thinking should characterize every project. Mere description, cataloging, compilation, and other superficial procedures are not adequate.
The quality of writing, format, and documentation must meet standards appropriate for publication in the scholarly journals of the field, or be consistent with the dictates of an authorized stylebook.
- To be eligible to enroll for thesis or project, a student must have: ( a.) been advanced to candidacy for the master's degree ( b.) maintained a B (3.0) average on his/her approved program ( c.) completed at least 9 units of his/her approved program on the Fresno campus (d.) completed any course in research techniques required by his/her major department ( e.) secured a thesis committee, consisting of a chair and at least two other members; for project committee requirements, the student should check with his or her department (f.) secured approval of his or her thesis plan from the division or department graduate committee and filed an official thesis committee assignment form with the Division of Graduate Studies.
- Enrollment in thesis units may be processed any semester after the requirements (listed in "a" through "f" above) have been met or special permission for exceptions has been granted. If, however, a student fails to enroll within one semester (excluding summer sessions) after his or her official acceptance by a thesis committee, the committee chair has the option of dissolving the committee, in which case a new committee must be appointed and new forms filed before registration can be processed. A student planning to register for thesis after a break in regular session attendance must be readmitted to the university. Parallel rules apply to project enrollment.
- A student whose thesis work is planned to extend over more than the semester in which he or she first enrolls may select one of the following options (with the approval of his or her graduate adviser): (a) register in 299 each term the student is working on the thesis with the number of units for each registration reduced so that the total number of units accumulated in 299 does not exceed the limit set by the department; (b) register for the total number of units of 299 in one semester and complete work in subsequent semesters under Graduate Studies Continuation, a zero-unit course required for enrollment purposes; (c) option "a" supplemented by G S Continuation when the maximum number of units is attained with the thesis still incomplete. (See Continuous Enrollment.) Note that students enrolled in regular session coursework for a letter grade are not required to enroll in Graduate Studies Continuation. Parallel rules apply to project students.
- If work in 299 is not completed at the end of the term of registration, but is progressing satisfactorily, an SP (Satisfactory Progress) grade is recorded. If the SP grade is not replaced within two years by a letter grade, the department may require the student to re-register for the course.
- The student and the thesis chair should set a deadline for the completion of the final draft. It should be no later than seven weeks before the last day of scheduled final examinations. This date should be early enough so that the chair and the other members of the committee can clear the draft before the student must meet the thesis submission deadline established by the dean of the Division of Gradu ate Studies. The latter deadlines are approximately November 1 (fall), April 1 (spring), and July 1 (summer).
- Before a thesis is officially accepted by the Graduate Division, it must meet Graduate Division criteria on matters of format, documentation, and quality of writing. The final draft, signed by the thesis committee members as acceptable and ready for final typing, should be submitted to the Office of the Division of Graduate Studies at least six weeks before the last day of scheduled final examinations. This deadline has been set as late as possible in the semester to accommodate the student; late manuscripts will be accepted, but the student runs the risk of a delay in the granting of the degree and may be requested to reapply for the degree to be granted in a subsequent semester (or summer). Students are urged to follow meticulously the Guidelines for Thesis Preparation; copies are available in the Kennel Bookstore.
- The final publication copy of the thesis (an original for microfilming and two photocopies), signed by the thesis committee and ready for binding, together with a receipt for the binding and microfilming fee (payable to the California State University, Fresno Kennel Bookstore Print and Copy Center), must be submitted to the Office of the Division of Graduate Studies, before the last day assigned by the thesis consultant. If so desired for the student's personal use and with payment of the required fee, the original copy will be bound with the other copies.
- Doctoral students should obtain dissertation guidelines from the degree program office.
Thesis or Project Research Involving
Human Subjects and Animal Subjects
Students conducting thesis research involving human subjects should not
begin use of human subjects until written approval has been received from
the departmental Human Subjects Committee and, where review demands, the
University Committee on Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS). Guidelines
and forms for protocols can be obtained from the departmental office. Students
should allow at least two weeks for a required CPHS review.
Students planning to conduct research involving live animals housed on campus must receive approval of the research from the Animal Care and Use Committee. Forms may be obtained from the departmental office.
University policy requires a graduate student to be continuously enrolled
at the university (1) while completing a grade of SP in either thesis or
project, or a grade of SP or I in any other course; (2) while preparing
to take a comprehensive examination; or (3) during the semester in which
an application for the degree to be granted is filed. This policy does not
apply to students who are either enrolled in a course for a letter grade
or who have been officially granted a planned educational leave of absence.
All students must maintain continuous enrollment during all fall and spring
semesters, and during any summer term in which they apply to graduate. To
maintain the required enrollment, students must enroll in Graduate Studies
Continuation through Extended Education (Extension) or in G S 299 (Regular
Students who choose to enroll through the Extension option and who later wish to return to regular enrollment at California State University, Fresno will be required to refile an application for admission to the university. Those who have been out of regular enrollment for more than one semester and wish to return will be required to pay an application fee, in addition to refiling an application for admission. For additional information and deadlines, consult the Division of Graduate Studies. Students unable to register in person may provide a letter of permission to a "proxy," allowing the proxy to register on their behalf.
G S Continuation (Extension). Students who choose to enroll in G S Continuation should go to the Division of Graduate Studies office by the second week of the semester or summer term to have their enrollment eligibility verified. If determined eligible by the Graduate Division, students will be given the appropriate paperwork and will be directed to the Division of Extended Education, Education Building, Room 130, to pay registration fees. Checks for GS Continuation are made payable to California State University, Fresno in the amount of $227 (amount subject to change.)
G S 299 (Regular University Enrollment). Students enrolling in G S 299 through regular university enrollment should follow the instructions for S.T.A.R. Registration in the Schedule of Courses. G S 299 enrollees must go to the office of the Division of Graduate Studies to obtain the schedule number and have their eligibility verified prior to their assigned registration date and time as indi cated on the S.T.A.R. Registration letter.
The International Students Services and Programs Office has indicated that international students may fulfill the continuous enrollment requirement only through G S 299 registration (regular university enrollment) in the fall or spring semesters.
Time Limitations and Validation
Exclusive of prerequisite coursework, a period of five years is allowed
for the completion of all requirements for the master's degree. This time
limit is indicated for each student on the approved advancement to candidacy
form. A student whose program has been interrupted by military service should
consult the dean of the Division of Graduate Studies about provisions for
military extensions. Outdated coursework will not be approved for inclusion
on the Petition of Advancement to Candidacy at the time formal approval
of the petition is granted. Those courses completed more than five years
before the date for completion of all requirements for the master's degree
cannot be used to meet total unit requirements except through validation
Out-of-date coursework may only be validated if such work has been previously approved on this Petition of Advancement to Candidacy. A maximum of one-third of required degree units may thus be validated by such means as are recommended by the department and approved by the graduate dean. Coursework from other institutions may not be validated.
All graduate students will be held to the scholarship standards listed
under Academic Regulations. The following provisions also apply to master's
A student admitted to a master's degree program in conditionally classified or classified standing is required to maintain a minimum grade point average of B (3.0) on all work taken subsequent to admission to the program.
No course with a grade below C may apply on an approved program for the master's degree.
To be eligible for advancement to candidacy, a student must have earned at least a B average (overall, program, and California State University, Fresno) on all coursework completed after the date of embarking on the first course to be included in the master's degree program.
To be eligible for enrollment in the thesis or project, a student must have been advanced to candidacy and must have maintained a minimum grade point average of B on his or her approved program.
To be eligible for the granting of the master's degree, a student must have maintained a B average on his or her complete approved program as well as on all courses taken, beginning with the first term listed on the Petition of Advancement to Candidacy.
To be eligible to receive the master's degree with distinction, a student must have earned at least a 3.9 grade point average on all coursework taken from the first semester of the approved master's degree program. A minimum GPA of 3.9 must also be attained on the approved program to qualify.
Appeals and Petitions
Graduate (master's degree) students wishing to request substitutions
or modifications in a department's degree requirements should initiate their
request through the department's graduate committee. Requests for exceptions
to established university policies governing graduate study may be addressed
to the dean, Division of Graduate Studies and also to the university Graduate
Commit tee. Grade protests must be submitted to the Student Academic Petitions
Committee through the director of advising services according to university
policy. Information concerning grade protest procedures is available in
the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs.
Application for the Master's Degree to be Granted
An application for the master's degree to be granted (which includes
the graduation fee payable at the Cashier's Window in Joyal Administration
Building) must be filed within the first two weeks of the semester in which
the work is to be completed. In addition, applicants must be enrolled (see
Continuous Enrollment). During the summer, the
request should be filed before the end of the second week of the first summer
session. (See Academic Calendar and Fees
and Expenses in this catalog and the Schedule of Courses.) Graduation
application forms are available in the Division of Graduate Studies. Prior
to filing a request for the master's degree to be granted, the student should
check with the graduate committee chair of the master's program concerned
in order to ensure that all program requirements have been, or will soon
Once all requirements for the degree to be granted have been met, it is the student's responsibility to ensure that all necessary paperwork, including the Degree Clearance, is submitted to the Division of Graduate Studies by the published deadlines. Diplomas for those completing degree requirements will be awarded approximately two to four months after the end of the semester or final summer session.
Failure to complete requirements for the degree during the semester (or summer) of the application necessitates the filing of a new application, including a reapplication fee, for the semester of actual completion. Such reapplication is subject to the same time schedule as the original application.
Graduate Studies (G S)
300T.Topics in Graduate Studies (1-3; max total 12)
Topics related to the nature of graduate education, to the purpose and background of research and scholarly activity in the graduate enterprise, including participation in aspects of ongoing research conducted by faculty.
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