California State University, Los Angeles
The Graduate Experience
California State University, Los Angeles is a distinguished comprehensive urban
university with a long history of commitment to access and excellence. It serves a
culturally rich student body of almost 20,000 that includes 51 percent Latino, 25
percent Asian, 15 percent white, and 9 percent African American. About 20 percent of
students are enrolled in one of the 59 graduate degree programs offered on the campus.
The research experiences provided at CSU Los Angeles are an integral part of the quality
experience provided, as reflected in the outstanding master's theses produced by its
students, including two recent Western Association of Graduate Schools (WAGS) Outstanding
Thesis Award winners and two finalists for that honor.
The campus facilities were recently augmented with the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic
Science Center through which the university's criminalistics program partners with
Los Angeles police and sheriff's departments, and a new University Student Union complex.
Student and Campus Excellence
CSU Los Angeles' graduates enter the top doctoral programs in the nation, including PhD,
medical, and professional schools. The university transforms the lives of students, many
of whom are first in their families to attend college. Some quick facts about CSU Los
Angeles' graduate programs:
- More than 4,500 graduate students; about 1,000 graduate degrees awarded
- Nationally and internationally recognized faculty—the 2005 winner of the
Carnegie—CASE U.S. Professor of the Year award and two recipients of the U.S.
Presidential Award for Excellence in Math, Science, and Mentoring
- Several Fulbright scholars, Emmy and Oscar winners, and 12 recipients of the CSU
Trustees' Outstanding Professor Award (more than any other CSU campus)
- One of the best graduate nursing programs in the nation among non-PhD institutions,
according to U.S. News and World Report
- One of the CSU system's largest English MA programs and the nation's first charter
college of education
Los Angeles Campus
With a breathtaking hilltop view of the San Gabriel Valley, CSU Los Angeles is located
on 175 acres near the heart of one of the nation's top cities. The campus transit center
has both train and bus stations for easy access. The university has strong connections
with the biotech and entertainment industries in the greater Los Angeles area. Since 1948
it has awarded more than 185,000 degrees, and recipients include many well-known and
highly successful alumni.