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Handbook, Policies, & Procedures

This page contains links to the MA program Handbook and other policies and procedures Communication Studies MA students should be familiar with (or at least have handy).

If you have questions concerning any of these policies and procedures, please contact the program's graduate coordinator, Dr. Ahlam Muhtaseb. Or, for University-level matters, please contact CSUSB's Office of Graduate Studies.


MA in Communication Studies Program Handbook


  • Classification Statuses (i.e., Conditionally Classified, Classified, Candidate)
  • Coursework and Plans of Study
  • Constituting the Committee
  • Culminating Experience Options (i.e., Thesis, Graduate Project, and Comprehensive Examination)
  • Completion Steps

MA Program Policies

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GTA Program Policies

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The Coyote Graduate Student Guidebook


  • Advancement to Candidacy
  • Continuous Enrollment
  • Full-Time Academic Load
  • Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)
  • Graduation Requirement Check (Grad Check)
  • Probation and Dismissal
  • Repeat of Course/Grade Discount
  • Validation of Expired Coursework/Seven Year Limit on Applicable Coursework
  • Unit Limit Prior to Classification


Office of Graduate Studies Policies & Procedures


  • Concurrent Enrollment
  • Petition to Drop After Census
  • Withdrawal Petition for Extenuating Circumstances (After the 12th week of the term)
  • Extension of Time to Complete an Incomplete Grade
  • Grade/Academic Grievance Procedures
  • Request for a Leave of Absence
  • Military Leave: Consult with the Veteran's Success Center
  • Retroactive Withdrawal
  • Simultaneous Enrollment
  • Title 5 Master's Requirements