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Graduate Admission Categories

Post-baccalaureate Standing: Unclassified

Post-baccalaureate Standing: Unclassified

Students who meet the following criteria will qualify for post-baccalaureate standing:

  1. Hold an acceptable bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution or have equivalent preparation as determined by the campus.
  2. Have a grade point average of at least 2.50 in their last 60 semester units. Lower division courses taken after obtaining the bachelor's degree and extension courses other than CSU Dominguez Hills upper division resident extension courses or the equivalent on other campuses will be excluded from the calculation.
  3. Be in good standing at the last college attended.
  4. Satisfactorily meet the professional, personal, scholastic, and other standards for post-baccalaureate study.

Admission with unclassified post-baccalaureate standing does not constitute admission to graduate degree or credential programs. Students admitted as unclassified post-baccalaureate who wish to change their status to graduate status must meet all the qualifications for admission to a graduate program, must apply directly to the program for evaluation for admission, and must file a Request for Post-baccalaureate/Graduate Change of Objective in the Graduate Studies Office.

An unclassified post-baccalaureate student may apply a maximum of nine units toward a specific graduate degree program. Any such units completed prior to admission into a specific graduate program must be approved by the graduate program coordinator via written petition.

Post-baccalaureate Standing: Classified

Students who qualify for admission to a credential or certificate program are admitted as classified post-baccalaureate students. Admission in this category does not constitute admission to or assurance of consideration for admission to any graduate degree program.

A classified post-baccalaureate student may apply a maximum of nine units toward a specific graduate degree program. Any such units completed prior to admission into a specific graduate program must be approved by the graduate program coordinator via written petition.

Graduate Standing: Conditionally Classified

To qualify for admission with a graduate degree objective, students must meet the admission requirements for post-baccalaureate unclassified standing as well as any additional requirements of the particular program. Students who apply to a graduate degree program but who do not satisfy all program requirements may be admitted to conditionally classified status. Program coordinators will outline all conditions for attainment of classified status.

Graduate Standing: Classified

Students applying for master's degree programs will be admitted under classified status if they meet all program admission requirements.

Classified standing as a graduate student is granted by the academic unit to which the student is applying. Classified standing is normally granted when all prerequisites have been satisfactorily completed for admission to a master's degree program. Students must have classified standing to qualify for Advancement to Candidacy.