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Planning for Graduate School

Getting Into Graduate School

To be admitted to the CSU, both your academic and professional backgrounds will be​ assessed.​

About Admission

Graduate School Planning Checklist

Plan ahead for your graduate education journey with this helpful guide.

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Choosing a Campus

Wonder what it's ​like to be a graduate ​student at the California State University​​?

Read About CSU Campuses

Graduate Student Categories

Students may be considered for graduate admission in one of four categories.  

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​Doctoral Programs at the CSU

​The CSU offers a variety of degrees and programs to help those who want to earn a doctorate.
Below are just a few of these:

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  • California Pre-Doctoral Program

    This program gives students who've experienced economic or educational disadvantage the chance to succeed in a doctoral program and teach at the CSU.

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  • The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

    The CDIP program has loaned $47 million to over 2,000 doctoral students, and more than 700 have gone on to become faculty members at the CSU.

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  • Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Programs

    Designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice and to educate future nursing faculty, these are rigorous programs of study.

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  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership Programs

    These doctoral programs — offered on 15 campuses — advance the California State University's long-standing leadership in teaching teachers.

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  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree Programs
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree Programs

    Six CSU campuses offer students the chance to receive a high-quality postbaccalaureate physical therapist education.

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