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Planning for Graduate Education at Sacramento State

California State University, Sacramento offers over 50 graduate degree programs. Our mission is to provide quality post-baccalaureate programs, set and maintain high academic standards for graduate courses and degree programs, and to contribute to the prosperity and welfare of the Sacramento region and the State of California.

Graduate Studies serves as the admissions and degree services office for all graduate students on campus. Our team of staff and administration are dedicated to the support and success of Sacramento State's graduate student population (prospective and current). In order to better service our students, this page provides information regarding to resources available across campus to help students prepare for graduate education at Sac State.

Graduate Preparation Academy (GPA)

What is GPA?

GPA is a resource to help prepare Sacramento State undergraduate students for continuing their educational journeys toward graduate-level education. Each semester, GPA offers three online workshops hosted via Zoom. Each workshop has a different topic that will assist students in better understanding the preparation and dedication necessary when it comes to getting ready for graduate school. Join us for our workshop series and start your journey towards graduate school!

Have questions about GPA? Please email us at gpa@csus.edu

Spring 2024:

  • February 2024: TBA
  • March 2024: TBA
  • April 2024: TBA

Workshop Archive:

Fall 2023:

  • September 2023: Using Your Power to Enhance Your Academic Success
  • October 2023: Early Preparation for Admission to Graduate School
  • November 2023: Building Resilience: Navigating Obstacles on Your Educational Journey

Spring 2023:

  • February 2023: Saving Money for Graduate School
  • March 2023: Preparing Yourself for Graduate School
  • April 2023: Building Academic and Professional Relationships

Graduate Studies Information Sessions

Curious about the process of preparing for graduate school? Attend an Office of Graduate Studies Information Session!

Information sessions offered by the Office of Graduate Studies are designed to provide prospective students with general information about the planning, applying, and attending graduate school.

Topics covered in the sessions include:

  • Mapping Your Pathway
  • Importance of Undergraduate Career
  • Assessing Finances
  • Preparing to Apply
  • Applying to Graduate School
  • Life as a Graduate Student
  • What Comes After Graduate School

Information Sessions are held virtually. Check out our schedule!

  • Summer 2024
    • July 17, 2024 (2:00pm - 3:00pm)
    • July 31, 2024 (2:00pm - 3:00pm)
  • Fall 2024
    • August 28, 2024 (2:00pm - 3:00pm)
    • September 11, 2024 (2:00pm - 3:00pm)
    • September 25, 2024 (2:00pm - 3:00pm)

Graduate & Professional School Information Day 2024

As the annual graduate school information fair, this event provides information to all of our students and alumni about graduate and professional school opportunities. We hope students will be able to take advantage of this great opportunity to meet graduate and professional school recruiters (both from our local area and across the nation) and obtain valuable information about admissions policies and procedures, availability of financial aid, and other pertinent information.

Attendance is free, but an RSVP is requested room capacity and accessibility purposes.

Click here for more information about Grad Info Day

Resources

Preparing for graduate school can be a laborious process, but you do not need to do it alone. Sacramento State offers a variety of resources that are available to both current students and alumni that can help you as you prepare your application for graduate school.

Office of Graduate Studies Request for Information

  • Would you like more information about graduate programs at Sacramento State? Complete our online Request for Information and one of our knowledgeable staff will provide you helpful information!

Career Center

  • Through a collaborative career development approach, the Career Center engages, educates and empowers students and alumni to thrive and successfully contribute to our community, economy and future workforce.
  • They develop employer and community partnerships to recruit, collaborate with and inform our talented students and alumni.
  • Provides support for interview strategies and writing a resume and/or cover letter.

GRE Resources

  • Does your future graduate program require the GRE? The Graduate Diversity Program offers resources to students needing to complete the GRE.
  • The GRE has changed! Effective September 22, 2023, the GRE will be a newer, shorter, version. Click here for a comprehensive article about the GRE.
    • If you plan to apply for a graduate program with Spring 2024 admission, we recommend that students take the current version of the GRE exam in order to ensure that you meet all application filing deadlines.
    • If you plan to apply for a graduate program with Fall 2024 admission, you can either take the GRE in its current form or register for a test date offering the shorter version.

Peer and Academic Resource Center (PARC)

  • Offers a free tutoring service open to all students on campus.
  • The tutorials are facilitated by trained student leaders who are familiar with materials in historically difficult courses across disciplines.

The Math Lab

  • Designed to assist students enrolled in lower division mathematics and statistics courses.
  • Students may use this facility on a drop-in basis.

Reading & Writing Center

  • Students can receive one-on-one assistance with their reading, writing, and research processes.
  • Tutors can provide feedback on many important concerns, including:
    • Organization
    • Clarity
    • Development
    • How well you respond to the prompt
    • How you cite your work