Education Department


All students in the graduate program must have a course contract on file. If you do not have a contract on file, please contact your advisor ASAP. You will not be able to graduate if this requirement is not met.

All Cal Poly Pomona students must pass the GWT in order to graduate. Please see the Test Center for registration, test dates and other information.  If you have previously taken the GWT at another CSU campus, you may submit a GWT Exemption Request Form to the Test Center in Building 98-P2-004 or by email to Please follow the special instructions listed on the exemption request form. The Test Center will let you know when your request for exemption is granted.

This petition needs to be submitted for the following reasons:
  1. If you have deviated from your original contract
  2. If you are transferring courses from another university or extended education
  3. If you're requesting a course substitution (Example: your contract says you plan to take GED 506 but you decide to take GED 599 instead)
  4. If you are adding or deleting a course
  5. If you're requesting to waive residency
  6. If you have a change of status
  7. If you're requesting time extension

If you are a credential student interested in continuing to the Master's in Education program, you must submit a Petition to Change/Add Graduate Degree objective form to request acceptance into the program. Credential students should not file a petition until they are in the last block of clinical practice. Please be sure to include the MA degree option in the petition form. Options are: Curriculum & Instruction, Education Specialist, Educational Leadership, and Reading Certificate Added Authorization (Fall 2019). Please note that the Education Specialist option has three emphases: (a) General Studies; (b) Curriculum & Instruction, and (c) Diversity. Also note: Students should have an Administrative Services Credential before they are accepted to the Educational Leadership.

All students need to file a Petition for Advancement to Candidacy form. This petition needs to have your committee chairperson's name along with your readers (members). The chair of your committee must be a full-time professor in the Department of Education. The readers/members must have a master’s degree and be proficient in your research area/field. Please be sure to indicate your anticipated graduation date.  In addition, the petition requires you to confirm that you have met the following:  (a) Completed core and elective courses while maintaining a minimum 3.0 GPA; (b) Successfully passed CEIS mandated modules for CITI certification (c) Satisfied the university’s GWT requirement.

All students are required to turn in a graduation application. This must be done in the same semester you intend to graduate. There is a $59.00 fee for the graduation application. Graduation applications are done online through your Bronco Direct account.

Detailed instructions on how to apply are available at the Registrar's Office website. A step-by-step guide on how to apply for graduation is also provided on this Applying for Graduation video.

Please follow the guidelines listed on Graduate Studies website in regards to completing your project/thesis. This link provides deadlines, formatting, policies and other information.

This form is submitted via Polydocs online. Your committee chair is responsible for submitting the RCE upon completion of your thesis/project.

Please be pro-active when it comes to your grades. Check your unofficial transcripts for any RP’s you may have received. You will need to have these cleared before your degree can post.

You can only receive a grade for one 6-unit course of ERA 6950/6960 per university regulations. If you take the course more than one semester, you will only receive a grade for one semester of the course. The other semester’s grade will receive No Credit (NC).  The NC grade will affect your financial aid. The appropriate Master's Continuation Course is, ERA 6990.

Note: You will need to retake ERA 6950/6960 if it was taken more than two years ago.