Master of Arts in Education
California Polytechnic State University

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Course Description

General Characteristics

The Master of Arts degree program in Education is designed to provide a broad-based perspective of education. Specializations within this degree program, are closely related to the occupational and professional requirements of a variety of pursuits in the fields of education, college student affairs, and agencies involved with community affairs.


Admission to the MA in Education degree program minimally requires the following:

  • 3.0 GPA in last 90 quarter units
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Bachelors degree from a regionally accredited college/university

Each specialization below may include additional requirements for the specific program (see the Graduate section of this catalog for additional information on admission).

Program of Study

All specializations require a minimum of 45 quarter units of graduate work, with at least 40 units of 500-level Education (EDUC) courses. Courses taken in these specializations may also be applied toward related credentials.

Candidates must earn a grade of C- or better in all courses, maintain an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better, and remain in good professional standing within their specialization. All candidates must meet the Graduation Writing Requirement.

Credits earned in student teaching are not accepted toward completion of any specialization within the MA Education. At least 36 program-required units shall be completed in residence. Transfer and/or extension credits are only accepted when the credits are acceptable for master's degree credit by the offering institution in its own programs. Transfer credits are not accepted for the MA in Education with a specialization in Educational Leadership and Administration.


The candidate must meet with his/her advisor on a regular basis. Continued consultation with the advisor assists a smooth progression toward completion of the degree.

Formal Study Plan

The candidate is required to file a Formal Study Plan prior to completion of 12 units in his/her program. This plan is completed in consultation with the program advisor and helps the candidate to schedule courses in a sequence that results in timely completion of the program. A Formal Study Plan is required prior to Advancement to Candidacy.

Advancement to Candidacy

Advancement to master's degree candidacy requires:

  • Completing at least 24 units of program-required courses in residence, specified in a formal program of study, with minimum GPA of 3.0;
  • Meeting the university Graduation Writing Requirement;
  • Receiving formal recommendation of the graduate faculty;
  • Earning a GPA of 3.0 in all coursework included on the formal program of study, and in all coursework completed subsequent to admission to post baccalaureate standing; and
  • Meeting all conditions of admission.

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