Graduate Studies

Graduate Programs, Coordinators and Requirements

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Agricultural Education (MS) - Online

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July-1
  • Spring: No spring admission

Requirements
Statement of purpose.

Program Coordinator
Mollie Aschenbrener

Agriculture

Anthropology (MA)

Options
Option in Museum Studies

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: January-10
  • Spring: No spring admission

Requirements
GRE test, two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, curriculum vitae, and writing sample.

Program Coordinator
Matthew O'Brien

Anthropology

Art (MA)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: March-1
  • Spring: October-1

Requirements
Two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and two upper division art history papers.

Program Coordinator
Cameron Crawford

Art (MFA) - SUSPENDED

Art

Biological Sciences (MS)

Options
Option in Botany

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: May-1 (April-1 for international applicants)
  • Spring: October-1

Requirements
Two letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, and statement of purpose. Contact and identify a faculty mentor. 

Program Coordinator
Christopher Ivey

Biology

Business Administration (MBA) - Campus-Based or Online

Options

  • General MBA (GEN)
  • Project Management (PRMG)
  • Enterprise Information Systems (EIS) - now a STEM Degree

Application Deadlines

Campus-Based

  • Fall: March-1
  • Spring: November-1

Online MBA

  • Fall: July-5
  • Spring: December-10

Requirements
One letter of recommendation, statement of purpose, and resume.

Program Coordinators

Business

Communication Sciences and Disorders (MS)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: January-15
  • No spring admission

Requirements
In addition to the Cal State Apply application, submit three letters of recommendation, resume, personal essay, and transcripts using the CSDCAS application(opens in new window). GPA of 3.0.

Program Coordinator
Susan Steffani

Communication Sciences

Communication Studies (MA)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: June-1 (April-1 for international applicants)
  • Spring: November-1

Requirements
Three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, two writing samples, and GPA of 3.0.

Program Coordinator
Jennifer Malkowski

Communication Studies

Computer Science (MS)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: April-1 (February-15 for international applicants)
  • No spring admission

Requirements
Graduate Record Exam (GRE) is required for Fall 2022 admissions (graduates of an ABET accredited program in computer science are exempt from this requirement).  A GRE score of 300 or higher is preferred.  Two letters of recommendation and a statement of purpose are required.

Program Coordinator
Tyson Henry

Computer science

Education (MA)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: May-1 (April-1 for international applicants)
  • Spring: December-1

Requirements
Two letters of recommendation, department letter of recommendation access waiver form (PDF), and writing assessment. See this application process website for instructions.

Program Coordinator
Ben Seipel

Information on the dual MA Teaching / Credential program (CLASS) can be found on the CLASS web page.

Educaiton

Electrical and Computer Engineering (MSECE) - SUSPENDED

Requirements
Fall Admission Only. Two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose and department letter of recommendation access waiver form (PDF). CSU, Chico graduates are not required to submit letters of recommendation or statement of purpose.

Program Coordinator
Kathleen Meehan

Electrical and Computer Engineering

English (MA)

Certificates
The Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: March-1
  • Spring: September-16

Requirements
Two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and analytic writing sample. Additional creative writing sample required for creative writing applicants.

Program Coordinator
Erin Kelly

English

Environmental Science (MS)

Options
Professional Science Master's Option

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: March-1 (February-1 for international applicants)
  • Spring: November-1

Requirements
Two letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, and statement of purpose. Contact & identify a faculty mentor.

Program Coordinator
Hannah Aird

Environmental Science

Geosciences (MS)

Options
Option in Hydrology/Hydrogeology

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: March-1 (February-1 for international applicants)
  • Spring: November-1

Requirements
Two letters of recommendation, curriculum vitae, and statement of purpose. Contact & identify a faculty mentor.

Program Coordinator
Hannah Aird

Geoscience

History (MA)

Certificates
Certificate in Advanced Study in History

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: April-1
  • Spring: November-1

Requirements
Two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and writing sample.

Program Coordinator
Stephen Lewis

HIstory

Interdisciplinary Studies (MA/MS)

Emphases

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: May-1 (April-1 for international applicants)
  • Spring: November-1
  • No Spring admission for Wildland Management emphasis

Requirements
For general IDST: One letter of recommendation, justification statement, and a Program Plan Approval form (PDF).

For Wildland Management and Regenerative Agriculture emphasis: One letter of recommendation, justification statement, and resume.

Program Coordinators
General IDST
Sharon Barrios

Wildland Management
Eli Goodsell

Regenerative Agriculture
Garrett Liles

Wildland

Kinesiology (MA)

Options
Option in Athletic Training Education

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: April-1
  • Spring: October-1

Requirements
Two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and an article critique.

Program Coordinator
Cheng Tu Hsieh

Kinesiology

Mathematics Education (MS) - SUSPENDED

Requirements
Two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and writing assessment. Applicants must hold a teaching credential in mathematics and GPA of 3.0 in the last 60 units.

Program Coordinator
Pamela Morrell

Mathematics

Nursing (MS) - Online

Options

  • Nurse Educator
  • Nursing Leadership

Application Deadlines
Nurse Educator option - Fall admissions for odd years only (Fall 2023)
Nursing Leadership option - Fall admissions for even years only (Fall 2022)

  • Fall: May-10
  • Spring: No spring admission

Requirements
Statement of purpose, College level inferential Statistics within the last 5 years, BSN from an accredited Nursing program, and CA Nursing License.

Program Coordinator
Sarah Brown Blake

Nursing

Nutritional Science (MS)

Options

  • Nutrition Education
  • General Nutritional Science

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: March-1
  • Spring: October-1

Requirements
Two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, department pre-requisite course clearance form, writing sample, and resume.

Program Coordinator
Keiko Goto

Nutritional Sciences

Political Science (MA)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: June-1 (April-1 for international applicants)
  • Spring: November-1

Requirements
Two letters of recommendation and statement of purpose.

Program Coordinator
Matt Thomas

Political Science

Psychology (MA & MS)

Options

Application Deadlines

  • Fall admission only
    • Psychological Science: January-23 (January-15 for international applicants)
    • Applied / School Psychology: February-15 (January-15 for international applicants)
    • Marriage and Family Therapy: February-15 (January-15 for international applicants)
  • No spring admission

Requirements
Three letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and application for advancement to classified status. See department website for guidelines.

Program Coordinator
Dave Hibbard

Psychology

Public Administration (MPA)

Options

  • Health Administration
  • Criminal Justice

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: April-1
  • Spring: October-1

Requirements
Two letters of recommendation and statement of purpose.

Program Coordinator
Charles Turner

Public Administration

Recreation Administration (MA) - SUSPENDED

Requirements
Two letters of recommendation and statement of purpose.

Program Coordinator
Laura McLachlin

Recreation

Social Science (MA)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: April-15 (March-1 for international applicants)
  • Spring: October-1

Requirements
Two letters of recommendation and statement of purpose.

Program Coordinator
Darin Haerle

Social Sciences

Social Work (MSW)

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: January-15 (December-15 for international applicants)
  • No spring admission

Requirements
Three letters of recommendation and a personal statement

Program Coordinator
Meka Klungtvet-Morano and Chelsea Cornell

Social WOrk

Teaching International Languages (MA)

Certificates
TESOL Graduate Certificate

Application Deadlines

  • Fall: July-1 (April-1 for international applicants)
  • Spring: December-1

Requirements
Three letters of recommendation and statement of purpose.

Program Coordinator
Friederike Fichtner

Teaching International Languages

Notes

  • International applicants are not eligible to apply for the Agricultural Education, Math Education, Online MBA, and Nursing Programs.
  • All graduate applicants whose native language is not English, must complete the TOEFL (minimum scores 550 PBT, 80 iBT), IELTS (6.5 band score) or PTE Academic (minimum score 59).

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