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Graduate: Choosing a Program

Graduate: Choosing a Program

The CSU offers more than 1,400 master's degrees in 258 subjects, as well as a variety of doctoral programs.

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Doctoral Programs at the CSU

The CSU offers a variety of degrees and programs to help those who want to earn a doctorate.
Below are just a few of these:

California Pre-Doctoral Program 

California Pre-Doctoral Program

This program gives students who've experienced economic or educational disadvantage the chance to succeed in a doctoral program and teach at the CSU.

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The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program 

The Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program

The CDIP program has loaned $47 million to over 2,000 doctoral students, and more than 700 have gone on to become faculty members at the CSU.

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Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Programs 

Doctor of Nursing Practice Degree Programs

Designed to prepare nurses for advanced practice and to educate future nursing faculty, these are rigorous programs of study.

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Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership Programs 

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership Programs

These doctoral programs — offered on 15 campuses — advance the California State University's long-standing leadership in teaching teachers.

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Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree Programs 

Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) Degree Programs

Six CSU campuses offer students the chance to receive a high-quality postbaccalaureate physical therapist education.

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Questions to Ask When Choosing a Graduate Program

  • How well-suited is the program to the research I want to do?
  • Does the program emphasize theory or practice?
  • Where do graduates go after graduation?
  • Are there opportunities to teach?
  • Are there opportunities for professional development?
  • Am I academically prepared for this program?