Policies & Guidelines

General Requirements

The following conditions and requirements are common to all master's degrees:
  • All students shall attempt to satisfy the graduation writing requirement during the first quarter of enrollment.
  • A student shall file an approved formal study plan before the twelfth unit of graduate study is completed.
  • A student shall maintain a grade point average of 3.0 (grade of B on a scale where A = 4.0), or better, in all courses in the formal program of study for the degree. A course in which no letter grade is assigned shall not be used in computing the grade point average.
  • A student shall maintain satisfactory scholarship and professional standards. Only those graduate students who continue to demonstrate a satisfactory level of scholastic competence and fitness, as determined by the appropriate university authorities, shall be eligible to continue in such curricula. Students whose performance is judged to be unsatisfactory by the authorities of the University may be required to withdraw from all graduate degree curricula offered by the University.
  • A student shall successfully complete a culminating experience (thesis, project and/or comprehensive examination).
  • A student shall submit a Master's Thesis Approval Form, Master's Project Approval Form, and/or Master's Exam Approval Form by the following dates in order to be considered eligible to graduate in the specified quarter:

    Summer 2017 September 1, 2017
    Fall 2017 December 8, 2017
    Winter 2018 March 23, 2018
    Spring 2018 June 15, 2018
    Summer 2018 September 6, 2018
  • A student shall complete all of the graduate work in the formal study plan within the seven-year period preceding the date when all the requirements for the degree have been met.
  • A student may elect to meet the graduation requirements in effect in the catalog either at the time the student was admitted to graduate standing (conditional or classified) provided that continuous enrollment was maintained, or at the time of graduation. The student may be required to make substitutions for discontinued courses.

For more on general policies, you can check out the Cal Poly Catalog.

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CSU Student Internal Complaint Process & Contact Info

Pursuant to the United States Department of Education's Program Integrity Rule, each institution of higher education is required to provide all prospective and current students with the contact information for the state agency or agencies that handle complaints against postsecondary education institutions offering distance learning within that state. Students are encouraged to utilize California State University's internal complaint or review policies and procedures prior to filing a complaint with a state agency. Click here for a copy of the CSU internal complaints process http://www.calstate.edu/eo/EO-1063.html. Should the student wish to file a complaint in their home state please select the state contact from the "Consumer Protection State Contacts" list to file a complaint directly in their state.

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