School of Graduate Studies and Research: Graduation Requirements

To graduate from one of the graduate programs at California University, you must:

  • Have an approved candidacy form on file with the Graduate School after completing between 6 and 12 credits in your program if program requires candidacy. Programs that do not require candidacy are listed below. 
  • Complete all program requirements as listed by your department including thesis or research projects
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Successfully pass the comprehensive examination.
  • Complete the Graduation Application. 
  • Students may not graduate with a failing grade on their transcript even if the course is not required for their degrees or even if their grade point average is above a 3.0

Candidacy Form

After admission to a graduate program, and in order to complete a program of study leading to the master's degree, several programs require the graduate student to apply for and be admitted to the status of candidacy. It is the individual's responsibility to apply for candidacy in due time and manner. Application for candidacy should be made when a graduate student has completed at least 6 but no more than 12 credits of graduate study at this University. Students failing to meet this candidacy requirement may be blocked from future registration. Credits completed in excess of 12 may not be accepted for inclusion in a degree program. The candidacy application form is available to download on the graduate school website: www.calu.edu/academics/colleges in the forms and applications section, or in the office of the School of Graduate Studies and Research. Candidacy deadline dates are posted on the website each semester.

The applicant for candidacy must demonstrate a 3.00 GPA (B average) in graduate courses. Approval for admission to candidacy is granted by individual departments or programs, which may have special requirements such as interviews or tests, and by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

For more precise details, the applicant should consult with their assigned academic advisor or graduate program coordinator. The University reserves the right to deny the applicant's request for admission to candidacy for the master's degree.

Programs that require candidacy are the following:

  • Dual Elementary/Special Education
  • Early Childhood Education (Global Online Program)
  • Elementary Education (Pre-K through Grade 4)
  • English as a Second Language (Global Online Program)
  • Mentally/Physically Handicapped Education
  • Reading Specialist
  • School Counseling
  • School Psychology
  • Secondary Education with initial Teaching certification

Applications requesting admission to candidacy are usually made within three weeks of the beginning of a semester or a summer session; candidacy is customarily granted (according to a date announced in each published schedule of classes) about midway through the semester or the summer session.

Program Requirements

To officially graduate, you must complete all of the program requirements as listed by your department including thesis or research projects.

3.0 GPA

To be considered for candidacy, you must demonstrate a 3.0 GPA (B average) in graduate courses. Approval for admission to candidacy is granted by individual departments or programs, which may have special requirements such as interviews or tests, and by the dean of the School of Graduate Studies and Research.

For more precise details, consult with your program coordinator. The University reserves the right to deny any applicant's request for admission to candidacy for the master's degree.

Comprehensive Exams

As a candidate for the master's degree, you must pass a comprehensive examination. The nature of the examination may vary from department to department, but it commonly has a written component and may have an oral component as well. The purpose of the examination is to evaluate your ability to demonstrate the achievement of the objectives and/or competencies prescribed in your program.

You must fill out the comprehensive exam request form to schedule comprehensives. The date for the exam is always announced by your department and is usually scheduled halfway through the semester.