Advancement to Candidacy
Students should see the Graduate Advisor to file Advancement to Candidacy after at least 6 units but no more than 15 units of graduate coursework are completed. We encourage students to complete their MA within two-three years.
Students must have taken A/ST 600 as well as have fulfilled the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). For the GWAR requirement see http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/gwar/ .
Advancement must take place at least two semesters prior to taking the Comprehensive Exams. The Comprehensive Examination Approval Form must be filed with the department at the time of Advancement. Advancement to Candidacy is a formal contract listing courses the student has taken, is taking, and will take. Changes to contract may be made in consultation with the Graduate Advisor.
The comprehensive examination is two questions selected from a set of five questions established by the candidate's comprehensive examination committee of three faculty members. The candidate has six hours to complete the comprehensive exam.