Master's Degree Requirements
Master's degree requirements vary according to the discipline of study and degree sought. Though the minimum requirements for a 30-unit master's degree program are indicated below, you should also refer to the appropriate academic program chapter in this catalog for the requirements specific to your degree objective.
You must complete all requirements for a master's degree within the time limit specified by your department, either five or seven years from the end of the semester of enrollment in the oldest course on the approved program. You must also maintain a minimum 3.0 grade point average in each of the following three categories: all course work taken at any accredited institution subsequent to admission to the master's program; all course work taken at CSU, Chico subsequent to admission to the program; and all courses taken in fulfillment of your approved program.
1. Development and completion of an approved program of at least 30 semester units of postbaccalaureate 400/500/600-level courses as follows:
Any course to be counted towards a master's degree program may not have been counted towards any previous degree at any institution. Further, it must be acceptable for graduate credit by the discipline offering the course (i.e., a 400/500/600-level course that is not acceptable for its department's master's degree cannot be counted towards a master's degree in another discipline).
The program must be planned in consultation with the graduate coordinator and your graduate advisory committee; a Master's Degree Program Plan should be submitted to the Graduate School.
2. Completion and final approval of one of the following, as specified by the department:
3. Approval of the Graduate Council on behalf of the faculty of the University.
Modifications of Requirements for MFA Program
Modifications of the general master's degree requirements have been approved for the terminal MFA degree related to transfer credit limits and inclusion of course work from a previous graduate degree. Please refer to the MFA program description in the academic programs section of this catalog for more information.
Graduate Requirement in Writing Proficiency
All students must demonstrate competency in writing skills as a requirement for graduation. Each department has developed a method of assuring that its students have adequate writing skills. Refer to the "Graduate Requirement in Writing Proficiency" section of individual master's degree program descriptions for specific information.
Master's Degree Programs and Options
The master's degrees and options offered by CSU, Chico encompass a broad spectrum of liberal arts, scientific, and professional fields. The following list summarizes the programs available. Detailed information on the MA/MS in Interdisciplinary Studies follows this section-information on each of the other degrees is provided in the University Catalog under the academic program chapter referenced in parentheses.
MA in Anthropology (Anthropology)
MA in Art (Art)
MFA in Art (Art)
MS in Biological Sciences (Biological Sciences)
MS in Botany (Biological Sciences)
Master of Business Administration (Business)
MA in Communication Sciences and Disorders (Communication Sciences and Disorders)
MA in Communication Studies (Communication)
MS in Computer Science (Computer Science)
MA in Education (Education)
MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Engineering)
MA in English (English)
MS in Environmental Science (Geological and Environmental Sciences)
MA in Geography (Geography and Planning)
MS in Geosciences (Geological and Environmental Sciences)
MA in History (History)
Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (Graduate Education)
MA in Kinesiology (Kinesiology)
MS in Mathematics Education (Mathematics)
MA in Music (Music)
MS in Nursing (Nursing)
MS in Nutritional Science (Nutrition and Food Science)
MA in Political Science (Political Science)
MA in Psychology (Psychology)
MS in Psychology (Psychology)
Master of Public Administration (Political Science)
MA in Recreation Administration (Recreation and Parks Management)
MA in Social Science (Social Science) Option in Social Science Education
Master of Social Work (Social Work)
MA in Teaching International Languages (International Studies
Postbaccalaureate Certificate Programs
CSU, Chico offers the following postbaccalaureate certificate programs that may be completed as independent objectives or in conjunction with a master's degree program. The specific requirements for each program are provided in this catalog under the academic program chapter referenced in parentheses.
Community College Faculty and Adult Education (Education)
Enterprise Information Systems (Business)
Teaching College-Level Writing (English)
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Education)
Fellowships and Assistantships
The Graduate School currently administers the Graduate Equity Fellowship Program for underserved master's degree students. The program is designed to encourage students to enter doctoral programs and provides fellows with a stipend and a research assistantship with a faculty mentor.
The Graduate School also administers the California Pre-Doctoral Program and the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program. The California Pre-Doctoral Program provides funds for selected upper-division and graduate students to participate in scholarly activities and visit doctoral-granting institutions to explore opportunities for doctoral study. The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program provides loans for students to complete doctoral study in disciplines of particular interest and relevance to the California State University, with forgiveness of the loans at a rate of 20 percent for each year of full-time teaching in the CSU after they complete the doctorate.
Information and applications for all of the above programs are available from the Graduate School.
Many master's programs also have Graduate Assistant and/or Teaching Associate positions available for qualified master's students. Check with your graduate coordinator to learn more about these options and their availability for your discipline.