Graduate Studies

Thank you for your interest in graduate studies at California State University, Dominguez Hills. We are a comprehensive university, accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

California State University, Dominguez Hills provides an ideal setting for advanced study. Located in the Los Angeles area, the university attracts a diverse student population and allows exposure to a variety of enrichment experiences. Our programs serve working students, with the majority of coursework being offered in the evening hours or online.

The mission of graduate programs at California State University, Dominguez Hills is to promote advanced study, scholarly activity, and research. Through traditional and nontraditional ways of learning, students earn master’s degrees, advanced certificates, credentials, and life enrichment. Graduate students make up a distinctive and highly valued segment of the university community, and graduate programs support the dedication of California State University, Dominguez Hills in educating a student population of unprecedented diversity for leadership roles in the twenty-first century.

Once again, we welcome you to the Office of Graduate Studies at Cal State Dominguez Hills.

Becoming a Graduate Student at CSU Dominguez Hills

California State University, Dominguez Hills offers a variety of post-baccalaureate certificates, credentials and graduate degrees geared to both full-time and part-time students. Students who plan to become a candidate for a master’s degree must hold a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or have completed equivalent academic preparation at a foreign university as determined by the appropriate campus authority. The student must have completed undergraduate course work substantially equivalent to that required at California State University, Dominguez Hills, in the discipline of intended graduate study, or must be prepared to undertake additional work to make up any deficiency.

Need assistance with completing the CalState Apply application? Visit the Graduate Student Application Guide 


All official transcripts must go to the Office of Admissions. The Office of Graduate Studies are not authorized to accept official transcripts.

The Chancellor’s Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP)

Who Can Apply

  • The program is open to applicants who will be new or continuing full-time students in doctoral programs at regionally accredited universities anywhere within the United States.
  • Each applicant is required to have a full-time tenure/tenure-track CSU faculty advisor who will provide professional mentoring and networking opportunities throughout the student’s educational experience.

The goal of the California State University Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) is to increase the number of faculty with the qualifications, motivation, and skills needed to teach the diverse students of the CSU.

CDIP prepares promising doctoral students for CSU faculty positions by providing financial support, mentorship by CSU faculty and professional development and grant resources. It is the largest program of its kind in the U.S.

How to Apply

Applications are to be completed and submitted electronically. The link to the application will become available October 2019 and can be found at the Chancellor’s Office website.

Deadline for the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program (CDIP) is February 1, 2020 

CDIP Application:

The 2019-20 application period is now closed and the 2019-20 CDIP cohort has been selected.

Sally Casanova - California Pre-Doctoral Program

The California Pre-Doctoral Program is designed to increase the pool of potential California State University faculty by supporting the doctoral aspirations of CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages.

​Students chosen for the Pre-Doctoral Program are designated Sally Casanova Scholars as a tribute to Dr. Sally Casanova, for whom the scholarship is named.

Sally Casanova Scholars have unique opportunities to explore and prepare to succeed in doctoral programs. Scholars receive one-on-one guidance provided by faculty members within the CSU and the opportunity to work with faculty from doctoral-granting institutions. 

They also receive funding for activities such as:

  • participation in a summer research experience program at a doctoral-granting institution
  • visits to doctoral-granting institutions to explore opportunities for doctoral study​
  • travel to a national symposium or professional meeting and related activities, such as membership in professional organizations and journal subscriptions
  • graduate school application and test fees

Application Packet

The 2020-21 scholarship application cycle closed ​on February 28, 2020.

Deadline for Sally Casanova Scholars is Wednesday, January 30, 2020 - California Pre-Doctoral Program

The 2019-20 scholarship application cycle is now closed. The 2020-21 application cycle will open in December 2019.  
Interested candidates must work directly with their Campus Coordinator​.

Prospective Student

Graduate Admissions

Term Specific Fees Information

Application and Document Deadlines

Spring 2021 Deadlines - forthcoming

Fall 2020 Deadlines

Programs Offered

*All official transcripts must go to the Office of Admissions. The Office of Graduate Studies are not authorized to accept official transcripts.