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Bachelor's Degree

Master's Degree

Bachelor's Degree

What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement? [top]

Graduation is the conferral of a degree and the issuance of a diploma. A student graduates when he/she has filed an application for graduation (PDF) and has completed all degree requirements.

Commencement is the formal ceremony that is held each May to recognize and honor the achievements of degree candidates, graduates, and teaching credential recipients.

Participation in Commencement Ceremonies: Students who have completed degree or credential requirements the previous summer or fall terms are eligible to participate in the ceremony along with those who plan to complete their work in the spring or subsequent summer and have filed an Application for Degree and Diploma. (PDF)

What requirements must be fulfilled to earn a Bachelor's degree? [top]

Earn a minimum of 120-133* units

Refer to the University Catalog for the academic year in which you were admitted to your degree program for details regarding your particular major and unit requirements. No more than 70 units taken at a community college or another two-year college may be applied to this total; this limitation does not apply to military credit or credit by examination. Additionally, no more than 24 units taken through Open University or Extension may be applied to this total.

Earn a minimum of 30 units in residence

At least 30 of the total units must be taken at CSU Channel Islands. Credit earned through Open University and Extension is not considered in residence. At least 24 of these 30 units must be upper division coursework, and 12 of the 30 units must be in the major. At least 9 units of upper division interdisciplinary General Education (UDIGE) courses (numbered in the 330-349 or 430-449 ranges) of the required 48 General Education units must be completed in residence at CSU Channel Islands.

Earn a minimum of 40 Upper Division Units

At least 40 of the total required units for graduation must be in courses numbered 300-499.

Complete the General Education (GE) pattern

You are required to complete a specific pattern of approved GE courses. Please see the University Catalog and consult with an academic advisor for assistance. A minimum of nine upper division interdisciplinary units must be completed in residence at CSU Channel Islands. Please note: Only six of the nine units can be double counted between a major and UDIGE.

Double majors: At least one of the two majors must follow the above rule requiring three units UDIGE "outside" the major. The three units may be taken from the secondary program OR any other course meeting the UDIGE number pattern.

Satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

The Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement will be satisfied through the completion of 9 units of Upper-Division Interdisciplinary General Education courses, which are writing intensive. Starting Fall 2013 a grade of “C” or better is required. (SP11-07) Upper-Division Interdisciplinary General Education courses are numbered 330-349 and 430-449.

Satisfy Major Requirements

Specific course and unit requirements must be earned for your particular major. Refer to the University Catalog for the academic year in which you were admitted to your degree program.

Maintain minimum 2.00 Grade Point Average (GPA)

An overall GPA of 2.00 is required in:

  • Total courses attempted
  • CSU Channel Islands courses attempted
  • Courses in the major
  • Courses in the minor

Satisfy Graduation Requirements in United States History, Constitution and American Ideals Requirement

Students are required to demonstrate competencies in United States History, United States Constitution, and California State and local government for graduation. Government courses completed outside the state of California will not meet the state and local government requirement. Please see University Catalog for course options.

Satisfy Foreign Language Requirement

The language requirement can be met by satisfying General Education category C3a with a grade of "C" or better. Students may also receive credit for having advanced proficiency in a language other than English. This proficiency must be demonstrated by earning a grade of "C" or better in an upper-division language course at CSU Channel Islands or via an examination that assesses language skills. (SP 03-27)

Satisfy Multicultural Requirement

The multicultural requirement can be met by satisfying General Education category C3b with a grade of "C" or better. Please refer to the University Catalog for more information regarding the above requirements.

Can I complete a minor or certificate along with my Bachelor's degree? [top]

Yes. Notify your academic advisor to receive advisement and to complete a Request for Change of Major/Minor form (PDF)

The award of a minor/certificate will be reflected on your transcript but not on your diploma. Your minor can only be awarded at the same time as your Bachelor's degree and not afterward.

Can I complete two majors simultaneously? [top]

You may complete two major programs simultaneously, but both major programs must be completed by your graduation date.

Will I get separate diplomas for each major? [top]

If you are completing two BA degrees, for example a BA in Art and a BA in Psychology, both completed majors will appear on one diploma. If you are completing both a BA and a BS degree, for example a BS in Business and a BA in Political Science, each completed major will appear on separate diplomas. Your transcript will note the completion of both major programs.

How do I change my major and/or degree objective? [top]

Complete the Request for Change of Major/Minor form (PDF)

What do I need to do to graduate? [top]

Step 1: Check CI Records

  • Verify that you have earned approximately 90 semester units. Remedial courses (less than 100 level) do not count in your unit totals toward graduation
  • Verify your academic and personal information on CI Records at myCI is correct
    • Degree(s) (i.e. BA/BS)
    • Major(s) (i.e. emphasis is correct)
    • Minor(s), if applicable
    • Mailing Address
  • Check for and clear any holds

Step 2: Review your CI Academic Requirements Report

  • The CI Academic Requirements Report (CARR) outlines general education, graduation, major and minor/certificate (if applicable) requirements.
  • Submit any outstanding transcripts, course substitutions/ petitions or other required documentation to Records and Registration.

To ensure timely graduation -or clarify degree requirements- be sure to work with you academic or major faculty advisor.

Step 3: Submit Application for Degree and Diploma at the Enrollment Center

Complete and submit your Application for Degree and Diploma (PDF)

What are the important graduation deadlines and filing fees? [top]

Please note the following filing deadlines:

  • Spring Semester – September 15
  • Summer Term – November 15
  • Fall Semester – February 15

Please note the following fees:

  • Application for Degree and Diploma $45.00 *
  • Request for Change of Graduation Term $15.00*
  • * Please note: Fees are subject to change by appropriate University designees

When will my degree be posted? [top]

The final review of your academic record begins approximately three weeks after your final semester, once grades have been finalized. All documents that affect your degree, such as petitions, transcripts for transfer work, substitutions, grade changes, requirements, waivers, etc., must be on file with the Records and Registration Office.

Approximately 12-16 weeks after the end of term, you will be notified via dolphin e-mail of one of the following:

  • You have successfully completed all requirements, and your diploma has been ordered.
  • You will not be able to graduate because you have not met one or more of the degree requirements.

What if I need proof of my degree? [top]

Transcripts are the formal verification of degree(s) earned. You can obtain official transcripts by submitting a Request for Official Transcript form to the Enrollment Center, Sage Hall. Be sure to sign your name as your signature is required to release the transcript. Official transcripts can be held until your degree is posted if you indicate it on the form. Please be aware that transcripts will not be released if you have any holds on your record.

When will I receive my diploma? [top]

  • Diplomas will be ordered following verification of degree. Expect delivery approximately one to two months after your degree is posted by Records and Registration. The clearing process will take approximately 12-16 weeks after the end of the term.
  • Diplomas will be sent to the mailing address on record with CSU Channel Islands. Please check your CI Records account via myCI to verify that your mailing address is correct and up-to-date.
  • Diplomas will not be released if there is a hold on your record. Please check your CI Records account via myCI for any holds.

Can I attend classes after I graduate? [top]

No. After your Bachelor's degree is awarded, you need to apply for admission as a graduate or post-baccalaureate student, or enroll through Open University/Extension in order to continue taking classes at CSU Channel Islands.

What if my degree is not yet posted, but I need proof of anticipated completion of degree? [top]

A Letter of Anticipated Completion Request is available via the Records and Registration forms library on the web or in the Enrollment Center. It is an official statement recognizing a student's candidacy for graduation, not confirmation of student's degree.

What happens if all degree requirements are not completed? [top]

You will be notified via dolphin e-mail that you are missing degree requirements. You may need to change your graduation term and complete remaining requirements.

What if I will be unable to complete my degree requirements by my anticipated graduation date and need

to postpone my graduation semester? [top]

You will need to submit a Request for Change of Graduation Term form (PDF)

Can I finish my degree through Open University/Extension if I am missing degree requirements? [top]

No. Degree Candidates missing graduation requirements must complete coursework through regular enrollment. Per Education Code 89708, students who are eligible to enroll may not complete remaining coursework through self-supporting special sessions such as CI's Extended University. “Eligible to enroll” means that you were enrolled in the previous semester and receive an enrollment appointment for the subsequent term.

How can I finish my degree requirements if I have stopped attending Channel Islands for over a year? [top]

If you have been away from Channel Islands for more than one year it is still possible to earn your degree. However, you will need to apply for Graduation in Absentia, and will need to petition to maintain catalog rights. Other steps may be required. Please contact records.registration@csuci.edu for assistance.

Who do I contact if I have more questions or concerns regarding my degree requirements or the graduation process? [top]

Please send your inquiries to records.registration@csuci.edu .

Master's Degree

What is the difference between Graduation and Commencement? [top]

Graduation is the conferral of a degree and the issuance of a diploma. A student graduates when he/she has filed an application for graduation (PDF) and had completed all degree requirements.

Commencement is the formal ceremony that is held each May to recognize and honor the achievements of degree candidates, graduates, and teaching credential recipients.

Participation in Commencement Ceremonies: Students who have completed degree or credential requirements the previous summer or fall terms are eligible to participate in the ceremony along with those who plan to complete their work in the spring or subsequent summer and have filed an Application for Degree and Diploma (PDF)

What requirements must be fulfilled to earn a Master's degree? [top]

Earn a minimum of 30-34* units

Master's degree requirements vary according to the program of study and degree sought. Refer to the University Catalog for the academic year in which you were admitted to your degree program for details regarding your particular program and unit requirements.

*Additionally, pre-requisite or foundation courses may be required, which will increase the number of units needed to graduate.

Earn a minimum of 21 units in residence

At least 21 of the total units must be taken at CSU Channel Islands excluding Open University and Extension units. No more than 9 semester units of transfer and/or extension credit will be allowed.

Complete a minimum number of graduate (500-600) level courses

At least 70% of the total units used to meet graduate degree requirements must be in graduate (500-600) level courses. No more than six units will be allowed for a thesis or project.

Complete Program of Study within maximum allowed time

All courses satisfying requirements for the Master's degree program shall be completed within seven years of the date of award of the degree except where a shorter time limit is specified by the graduate program.

Satisfy the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement

California State University policy requires that all students graduating with the Master's degree demonstrate their writing competence. Each program has developed a method of assuring that its students have adequate writing skills. Contact your program's office for more information about program specific requirements.

Maintain minimum 3.00 Grade Point Average (GPA)

An overall cumulative GPA of 3.00 is required in all courses attempted to satisfy the requirements for the degree.

What do I need to do to graduate? [top]

Step 1: Visit your program coordinator/Extended University office

Schedule a preliminary graduation evaluation with your program coordinator two semesters prior to your anticipated graduation date.

Step 2: Visit the Enrollment Center

Submit your completed preliminary major graduation evaluation and Application for Degree and Diploma. (PDF)

What are the important graduation deadlines and filing fees? [top]

Please note the following filing deadlines:

  • Spring Semester – October 15
  • Summer Term – December 15
  • Fall Semester – March 15

Please note the following fees:

  • Application for Degree and Diploma $45.00 *
  • Request for Change of Graduation Term $15.00*
  • * Please note: Fees are subject to change by appropriate University designees

When will my degree be posted? [top]

The final review of your academic record begins approximately 3 weeks after your final semester, once grades have been finalized. All documents that affect your degree, such as petitions, transcripts for transfer work, substitutions, grade changes, requirements, waivers, etc., must be on file with the Records and Registration Office.

Within 12-16 weeks after the end of the term, you will be notified via dolphin e-mail of one of the following:

  • You have successfully completed all requirements, and your diploma has been ordered.
  • You will not be able to graduate because you have not met one or more of the degree requirements.

Transcripts are the official verification of degree(s) earned. Transcripts must be requested in writing; official transcripts can be requested from the Enrollment Center to be held for degree posting.

When will I receive my diploma? [top]

  • Diplomas will be ordered following verification of degree. Expect delivery approximately one to two months after your degree is posted by Records and Registration. The clearing process will take approximately 12-16 weeks after the end of the term.
  • Diplomas will be sent to the mailing address on record with CSU Channel Islands. Please check your CI Records account via myCI to verify that your mailing address is correct and up-to-date. Diplomas will not be released if there is a hold on your record. Please check your CI Records account for any holds.

Can I attend classes after I graduate? [top]

After your Master's degree is awarded, you need to apply for re-admission as a graduate or post-baccalaureate student, or enroll through Open University/Extension in order to continue taking classes at CSU Channel Islands.

What if my degree is not yet posted, but I need proof of anticipated completion of degree? [top]

A Letter of Anticipated Completion Request is available via the Records and Registration forms library on the web or in the Enrollment Center. It is an official statement recognizing a student's candidacy for graduation, not confirmation of a student's degree.

What happens if all degree requirements are not completed? [top]

You will be notified via dolphin e-mail that you are missing degree requirements. You may need to change your graduation term and complete remaining requirements. Some programs require an "RP" grade for courses that extend beyond one academic term. Therefore, a student cannot graduate until all the coursework has been completed and an appropriate grade assigned.

What if I will be unable to complete my degree requirements by my anticipated graduation date and need to postpone my graduation semester? [top]

You will need to submit a Request for Change of Graduation Term form (PDF)

How can I finish my degree requirements if I have stopped attending Channel Islands for over a year? [top]

If you have been away from Channel Islands for more than one year it is still possible to earn your degree. However, you will need to apply for Graduation in Absentia, and will need to petition to maintain catalog rights. Other steps may be required. Please contact records.registration@csuci.edu for assistance.

Who do I contact if I have more questions or concerns regarding my degree requirements or the graduation process? [top]

Please send your inquiries to records.registration@csuci.edu or see your Program Coordinator for assistance. Changes or substitutions to program requirements must be addressed by your graduate program.