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Graduate Writing Competency

Students working toward a master's degree should meet the GWAR requirement within the first nine units of graduate work. This requirement must be met before students can begin their culminating activity (thesis/project or comprehensive exam). 

Graduate students may satisfy the GWAR by meeting one of the following criteria:

  1. A score of 8 or higher on the Graduation Writing Examination (GWE).
  2. A grade of B or higher in English 350.
  3. Written acknowledgment from the instructor of IDS 397 and IDS 398 that performance in coursework was commensurate with a grade of B.
  4. An earned degree from one of the CSU campuses (other than CSUDH) with the GWAR having been satisfied in 1984 or later at the previous CSU campus, along with granting of Petition for Fulfillment of GWAR through the Testing Center.
  5. A grade of B or higher in an accepted upper division composition course taken at another university prior to admission to CSUDH. Students who have taken the equivalent of our Advanced Composition course, ENG 350, may request a review of its equivalency. Students must complete a Petition for Fulfillment of GWAR at the Testing Center, attaching a copy of an official transcript and the catalog description of the pertinent coursework Lower division writing courses (e.g. Freshman English), literature courses and specialized courses in business, technical, report, or creative writing, among other courses, are not acceptable. Only the Director of GWAR is authorized to decide whether coursework done elsewhere satisfies the CSUDH writing requirement.
  6. For graduate students in English Literature, satisfactory performance on the Graduate Exercise administered by the English Department.
  7. A score of 4.0 or higher on the Analytical Writing Analysis of the GMAT.
  8. A score of 4.0 or higher on the Analytical Writing section of the GRE.

Note:  Candidates enrolled to receive teaching credentials and not seeking a master’s degree are not required to satisfy the GWAR at this time.

Departments and programs may, at their discretion, establish additional writing requirements for their graduate students. For further information regarding additional writing requirements, students should consult their program advisor.