Graduate Programs

California State University, Los Angeles

Office of Graduate Studies and Research

California State University, Los Angeles

5151 State University Drive, ADM 710
Los Angeles, CA

Tel: (323) 343-3820

The Graduate Experience
California State University, Los Angeles is a distinguished comprehensive university with a long history of commitment to access and excellence. As a designated Hispanic-Serving Institution, Cal State L.A. is one of the most diverse urban universities in the country, serving a culturally rich population of more than 21,000 students comprised of 62% Latino, 19% Asian American/Pacific Islander, 12% white, and 6% African American.

About 20 percent of Cal State, L.A. students are enrolled in one of over 50 Master's degree programs (and 3 doctoral programs). The educational, research and scholarly experiences provided on campus are an integral part of the quality education provided by our graduate programs. This is reflected in the large number of publications, presentations and outstanding graduate theses produced every year.

The campus resources include over twenty chartered Centers and Institutes with teaching and research missions to serve students, the campus and the surrounding communities of Los Angeles and beyond; a state-of-the-art Forensic Science Center, modern Biology/Chemistry laboratories; a newly opened Television, Film and Media Center and a new Graduate Resource Center within the university library.

Graduate Program Excellence
CSU Los Angeles' graduates are placed in top business and industry positions and in some of the most prestigious doctoral programs in the nation, including PhD, medical, and professional schools. The university and the graduate school experience transforms the lives of students, many of whom are first in their families to attend college, and well prepares them for the global, knowledge –based economy of today and for the future.

Quick facts about CSU Los Angeles' graduate programs:

  • More than 3,500 graduate students studying in over 50 different graduate programs, from Anthropology to Theatre Arts.
  • Nationally and internationally recognized faculty members include numerous discipline-specific award recipients as well as Fulbright scholars, and Emmy and Oscar award winners.
  • A sample of CSU Los Angeles graduate programs representing each of the six colleges include:
    • Communication Studies- widely recognized program committed to developing excellent communication skills. In the past five years, students have presented more than 50 papers at national and regional academic conferences, and have received "top paper" awards at several of these. Graduates have gone to top tier PhD/JD/EdD programs throughout the U.S. and abroad, including London School of Economics, University of Southern California, University of Texas-Austin, UCLA, and Northwestern University.

      Business Administration- the MBA program is accredited by the prestigious Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB). Curriculum ensures that students are broadly trained in all essential areas of business, including business ethics, and yet able to concentrate on a specific business area, such as International Business. Program emphasizes applied training, including hard and soft skills, and the ability to obtain a first-level SAP (a leading enterprise management software) certificate. Many students are working professionals advancing their careers, while other well-qualified students enter without a strong business background.

      Counseling- program prepares graduates for careers in school and agency settings. Programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, School-Based Family Counseling, School Counseling Leadership, Rehabilitation Counseling, and School Psychology prepare graduates to directly address current and significant societal needs including mental health services in the k-12 schools, better access to education and services for returning veterans, services for the growing number of students diagnosed with Autism, in addition to offering a greater emphasis on wellness and prevention. Graduate students present at state and national conferences and are highly recruited for positions in their respective fields.

      Computer Science- program prepares qualified students for careers involving the design of computer systems and their applications to science and industry and to work at advanced levels in business or government, to pursue further graduate work, or to teach at a community college. The program has grown in recent years and attracts many International students. A number of theses and projects have been published and many projects have resulted in the production of innovative and useful software products for the campus and for industry partners.

      Nursing- program ranks highest in the California State system and among the top 100 in the nation. Program approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, the Council on Collegiate Nursing Education and the Nurse Practitioner Board of Certification. Doctor of Nurse Practitioner (DNP) program (partnered with two other CSUs) is the only such program in the CSU system. Faculty members publish in premier journals and are active in grant supported research.

      Anthropology- program known for engaging students in research, presentation of papers at professional conferences, and winning of prestigious awards. Anthropology students have won 40 of the 87 Golden Eagle Awards of Excellence since the prize was established in 2007, and have won three Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Fellowships in each of the last three years. The department annually ranks among the top departments in sending students on to Ph.D. programs.

Los Angeles Campus
Cal State, L.A. is situated on a hill site originally occupied in 1776 by Franciscan missionaries and one of California's original adobes. The campus occupies 200 acres at the eastern edge of the City of Los Angeles with impressive views of the mountains to the north, the San Gabriel Valley to the east, metropolitan Los Angeles to the west, and the Palos Verdes Peninsula and Catalina Island to the south. Cal State, L.A. is easily accessible by car and by public transit-- with bus and train stops on campus providing direct service throughout Los Angeles and its neighboring communities. Downtown Los Angeles is five miles west of the campus.

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Last Update: June 08, 2016