View plans for in-person Commencement and fall 2021 on our COVID-19 News & Information website.
Graduate Studies

Office of Graduate Studies

Graduation Cap

Master's Commencement Ceremonies are in May 2021. Review the ceremony schedule, learn how to register, and buy your cap and gown/regalia.

Temporary Virtual Services

The physical office for the Office of Graduate Studies is closed until further notice. However, we will be delivering services via email and online meetings. Staff directory.

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  • Significant Changes in Response to Covid-19:
    • The Office of Graduate Studies will accept faculty approvals for Final Progress Sheets and Graduate Clearance Forms via an email chain or electronic signatures. Students who have yet to complete the Grad Clearance Form, should fill out all information except grades and forward it to their Graduate Coordinator, who can forward it to the Committee Chair, who can forward it to the next Committee Member and so on. Once the email chain contains all faculty signatures it can be sent to
    • Students may submit a thesis/project draft via email to the thesis editor ( for preliminary edits. Students may also email the thesis editor to request a virtual meeting regarding preliminary edits or writing assistance.
    • Regarding the thesis/project, if you need an extension for a Covid-19 related matter, please have your committee chair email the thesis editor (
    • For this semester we will not be requiring “wet” signatures for the thesis/project approval pages. However, the Committee Chair must email the thesis editor with notification that the student has passed, passed with revisions, or not passed. 
    • Chico State's Spring 2020 Commencement ceremonies were held virtually on Friday, May 15.
      Master's graduates, friends, and family may click here to view the ceremony whenever it is convenient as it will remain posted for one year.
    • We are still accepting applications for scholarships and fellowships. 
  • We're Here to Help.

    Although our physical office will close until further notice, all grad staff are on duty and available to assist students via email or, with planning, by phone or virtual meeting.

    Contact the graduate staff below via email.

    Admissions Coordinators
    Micah Lehner (last names beginning with A–H) – 
    Jean Arnold (last names beginning with I–Z) – 
    Graduate Evaluators
    Rosanne Kenoyer (last names beginning with N–Z) – 
    Sarah Lehner (last names beginning with A–M) –
    Thesis/Project Advisor and Editor
    Carson Medley –
    Student Research Competition
    Rosemary White, Admin. Support Coordinator
    Non-Resident Fee Waivers
    Carrie Adsit, Administrative Support Assistant 
    Sharon Barrios, Dean –

    Please check for updates on this and other issues on the campus COVID-19 information website:

  • Fall 2021 Graduate Admissions

    The Office of Graduate Studies will accept applications from eligible graduate, credential and certificate applicants beginning October 1, 2020 for fall 2021 admissions.  Please review our list of Programs and Coordinators for an overview of the admission requirements.  The application deadlines vary by program.  Carefully review our list of Important Dates & Deadlines to ensure all application material is submitted accordingly.

    Applicants must apply on-line at  Application and admission questions should be directed to the Office of Graduate Studies at 530-898-6880 or via email at 

    Application deadlines may vary for International applicants.  All admission and application questions should be directed to International Student Services at 530-898-5415 or email

    More information about admissions to our Graduate Studies...

Office of Graduate Studies Mission

The mission of the Office of Graduate Studies is to provide effective advocacy and high quality support services for graduate students, faculty, and programs that advance a culture of academic excellence that embraces inclusion and diversity to prepare ethical, broadminded, critical and innovative thinkers who have the knowledge, skills, and abilities to be leaders in their fields and to make significant contributions locally, regionally, and globally.