Graduate Programs

Sonoma State University

Graduate Studies

Sonoma State University

1801 E. Cotati Avenue Rohnert Park, CA 94928

Tel: (707) 664-2237

The Graduate Experience
The mission of graduate education at Sonoma State University is to provide selected master's degree programs of high quality in response to the need for professional growth and development. To achieve this mission, the university has designed programs that provide opportunities for independent study and research, enhance intellectual development and professional competence, and allow for part-time enrollment by working professionals. Sonoma State's programs are small and flexible, so that participants have an opportunity to be mentored, to work collaboratively with peers, and to experience close supervision in their culminating projects.

Master's degrees are offered in biology, computer and engineering science, counseling, cultural resource management, education, English, history, interdisciplinary studies, kinesiology, business administration (MBA), public administration (MPA), nursing, and psychology. Sonoma State also participates in a joint EdD program with UC Davis and CSU Sacramento.

Student Success
Sonoma State University's graduate programs respond to regional and state needs within the academic, business, education, and professional communities.

Some facts about Sonoma State's graduate programs:

  • Sonoma State graduate students have received National Science Foundation (NSF) fellowships, CSU Student Research Competition awards, and EPA and STAR fellowships.
  • Faculty have been recipients of Fulbrights, NSF grants, and NASA and Wang awards, among others.
  • The outstanding Sonoma State faculty is complemented by adjunct faculty from the community, local agencies, and businesses who bring practical knowledge to the classroom.
  • " There are approximately 1,150 current graduate students; 170 master's degrees were awarded in 2005.
  • The university has the following graduate student demographics: 74 percent women, 13.6 percent ethnic minorities, 1.4 percent international students, and 61 percent age 30+.
  • A number of master's programs have earned national accreditation.
  • The University Library, in the Jean and Charles Schulz Information Center, has a collection of more than 650,000 bound volumes, with approximately 8,000 new titles added each year. Current periodical subscriptions number over 12,000 in both print and electronic formats.

Sonoma Campus
Sonoma State University occupies 269 acres in the beautiful wine country of Sonoma County in northern California. The campus is just an hour north of San Francisco. The relatively small campus of 7,749 students allows for close faculty-student interaction. Dedicated to the liberal arts and sciences and known for its active use of technology, the Sonoma State educational experience fosters intellectual, cognitive, social, and personal growth.

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Last Update: June 07, 2016