To be admitted to the program, both Preliminary Administrative Credential and Masters' students must show that they have already satisfied the upper division writing requirement.
The Graduate Writing Requirement can be met by completing one of three options listed below:
ClassShow successful completion of an upper division expository writing class with at least a grade of "B", within the past seven years. At CSUSB the current expository writing class is EDUC 306 (formerly 495). If you took an upper division Expository Writing class from another institution you must submit a copy of your transcript and a catalog description of the course. The catalog description must indicate that the course required research-based writing. If the description does not, then you must provide the syllabus or a research paper written for the course. RESEARCH PAPERS WRITTEN FOR CSUSB GRADUATE COURSES ARE NOT ACCEPTABLE.
Challenge ExamPass the WREE writing exam administered once each quarter. Obtain WREE information, dates, and registration materials from the web http://gradstudies.csusb.edu or by calling (909) 537-5041. The fee is $18.00. CSUSB currently accepts only the successful writing challenge exam results from three other state colleges, CSU Fresno, Sacramento and San Diego. Students who score 5.0 or higher on the writing portion of the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT). may waive the Graduate Entrance Writing Requirement. The GMAT test fee is $190.00; additional information may be obtained by calling 909-537-5388. To apply for acceptance of these exams, submit a Waiver of University Regulations form obtained from your Program Advisor.
Demonstration of Professional Writing
Requests for this option must include a Waiver of University Regulations form, and include copies of one of the following for review. Copies of the waiver form should be obtained from your advisor (see page 7). Documents must show evidence of summary, synthesis, analysis, research and the proper city of sources, the elements required by the WREE and 306.
a. Copy of a signed Dissertation, Master's Thesis along with a copy of your transcript showing completion of the degree.
b. Significant published scholarly article showing evidence of analysis/synthesis and documentation of sources. Unacceptable: articles written for such things as community newspapers and clubs, church or job newsletters which show no evidence of research-based analytical writing.
c. Senior Project or major research project demonstrating knowledge of the style guide of the discipline, from a course that is not counted toward the student's current master's work at CSUSB. Students must submit a catalog description of the course and a copy of their transcript showing completion of the course for which the project was written.
d. A major study/report written as part of someone's job responsibilities that clearly indicates that the student was the author or made major contributions. The report must demonstrate the elements of summary, synthesis, analysis, research and the proper citing of sources.
Please Note: Submissions cannot be course-work that is currently in progress or creative writing (poetry, short stories, and novels), either in manuscript or published form. Alternatives to any of these options must follow the standard waiver process and be submitted to a subgroup of the WREE/306 Committee for review utilizing the regular waiver process.