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Graduate Studies - General Requirements

California State University, Fullerton

current students
General Requirements
ACADEMIC STANDARDS
current students
University Writing Requirements

Students working toward a master's degree are required to demonstrate writing ability commensurate with the baccalaureate degree. This requirement should be met within the first nine units of graduate work by successfully completing one of the following:


  • An upper-division writing requirement at any CSU campus.
  • An upper-division course at another university equivalent to a course that meets the Cal State Fullerton requirement. Such equivalence must be certified by the department or program responsible for the student's academic work.
  • Cal State Fullerton Examination in Writing Proficiency.
  • Upper-division or graduate-level course(s) certified as meeting the writing requirement and approved by the department or program responsible for the student's academic work. The grade received must be a "C" (2.0) or better.
  • A minimum score of 4 on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) Writing Assessment Test.
  • A minimum score of 4 on the Graduate Management Admissions test (GMAT) Analytical Writing Assessment.

Any student who has not met the requirement within the first nine units of graduate work will be required to enroll in a university-approved writing course at the earliest opportunity. Departments and programs may, at their discretion and with approval of the Graduate Education Committee, establish additional writing requirements for their graduate students. For further information, students should consult their departmental graduate program adviser. For a list of current graduate program advisers, click here.