Masters Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts Degrees in Education requires completion of 31 units of course work with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. A minimum of 21 semester units must be completed in residence. Courses taken previously may be used to meet the course content requirements of a graduate program if they have been completed within the seven years immediately preceding the completion of the requirements for the degree. However, no courses may apply toward the required number of units of approved graduate work that have been used to meet the requirements of another degree.

After completion of all course work or during the last semester of course work, the M.A. degree candidate may apply to take the comprehensive examination. Candidates must pass a comprehensive written examination to earn a masters degree; the examination is composed of several case study analysis. There is only one retake opportunity.

Students may take up to seven years to complete the course work, including the comprehensive exam. Course work that does not meet the seven-year deadline will have to be repeated and/or replaced by other courses with the approval of the program advisor.

A Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) must be met by all students prior to classified standing. This requirement can be met on the CSU Dominguez Hills campus by attaining a passing score of “8” on the Graduate Writing Exam (GWE) or with a passing grade of at least a “B” in one of the certified writing courses on this campus. For information about the GWE, visit the University Testing Office:


CSUDH Testing Office

GED/SLP Courses


In addition to the major requirements, students must meet all university requirements for the master’s degree. Please see the university catalog:


 University Catalog


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