Frequently Asked Questions
How much is the application fee?
The cost to apply to the university is $55.00. This is a non-refundable fee which cannot be deferred or refunded if the student does not enroll the quarter applied to.
Where do I send my transcript?
Official transcripts must be sent to the following address:
Office of Admissions and Outreach
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, California 90032
Do I also have to apply to a department, and send them transcripts, too?
In many cases, yes. You should contact the department that has the degree program you are interested in and check their application requirements and deadlines. Also, read this important document.
Which graduate programs are offered at Cal State LA?
The various graduate programs can be viewed in the University Catalog, which is available online.
What financial support is available for international students and/or
non-residents of California?
There are limited sources of financial support for international and/or non-California resident students. The International Student Fee Waiver is available for qualifying CSULA international graduate students. Click here for more information.
Is there funding available to support students who wish to present papers
at conferences and/or professional meetings?
Yes, the Student Travel Support Program provides such support. Click here for the application and guidelines. In addition, the Pre-Doctoral Program also provides funds to those selected as California Pre-doctoral Scholars.
What is the definition of a "full-time student"?
A graduate student is considered full-time if they are enrolled for either 8 quarter units of 500-level courses, or 12 quarter units of 400-level and 500-level coursework in any one quarter.
I cannot attend next quarter; will I still maintain my continuing status?
You may take up to two quarters off without breaking continuing student status. Upon applying for and getting an approved Leave of Absence, graduate students may take a maximum of four quarters per year without breaking their continuing student status, of which the preceding two quarters will be included.
If I need to take more than 1 or 2 quarters off, what do I do?
A student must apply for a Leave of Absence if they plan to take more than TWO successive quarters off. You must apply for a leave of absence no less than 3 weeks before the end of the quarter before the proposed leave. Only one year (4 quarters) is allowed for graduate students.
How do I apply for leave of absence from my graduate program?
Petitions for Leave of Absence are available at Administration 146. All required signatures must be obtained before submitting to Administration 146.
Where is your office located?
The Office of Graduate Studies is located in the Administration Building, Room 710.
What are your office hours?
Our usual hours of operation are the following: Monday-Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Contact the Office of Graduate Studies and Research
Division of Academic Affairs
Office: Adm 710
Phone: (323) 343-3820 | FAX: (323) 343-5653