The Graduate Experience
U.S. News and World Report has called California State University, Chico "among the best in
the West" among comprehensive master's granting universities. CSU Chico offers 35 master's
degree programs in a wide variety of fields. Its master's degree programs meet varied needs
and interests, from traditional scholarly fields that prepare students for doctoral study or
community college teaching to applied and professional programs such as nursing, public administration,
social work, and the MBA. Students may choose to attend full time or take a smaller course
load while working full time. To accommodate the busy schedules of working adults, some
programs, such as education and social work, offer specially designed "flex" options while
others, such as computer science and nursing, offer online programs.
CSU Chico produces many of the educational and business leaders in northern California and
beyond. Governmental and non-governmental agencies throughout the region seek out CSU Chico
graduates. The university's master's programs also send graduates on to prestigious PhD programs.
Some interesting facts about CSU Chico's graduate programs:
- Over 1,400 graduate students contribute to CSU Chico's intellectual life; over 300
master's degrees are awarded annually.
- CSU Chico is a small, friendly campus where faculty work closely with students and are
dedicated to helping students reach their goals.
- The university offers exceptional opportunities for field research on its beautiful and
accessible ecological preserves and the Eagle Lake Field Station on the Modoc Plateau.
- A distinguished faculty provides opportunities for students to get "hands-on" experience
in scholarly, creative, and professional activities.
- CSU Chico is regularly ranked No. 3 or No. 4 of comprehensive master's granting universities
in the western U.S.
Big Chico Creek flows through the lovely, historic 119-acre campus. About 15,000 students,
both undergraduate and graduate, attend CSU Chico. The campus location in downtown Chico, Calif.,
affords easy access to the town's lively cultural scene and thriving business district. Chico,
with a population of about 100,000, lies 90 miles north of Sacramento in the Central Valley.
Its location at the foot of the Sierra Nevada mountains offers an abundance of outdoor