Graduate Student FAQs
READ! Read about being a graduate student. Particularly, read Part Three and Four of the Graduate Bulletin. These pages inform you about fees, admissions, residency, regulations and the requirements for doctoral and masters degrees. Refer to the Graduate Bulletin often. Communicating with your program adviser or director will be important to your success as well.
Campus Assistance, Response, Engagement, and Support
- The Campus Assistance, Response, Engagement and Support (CARES) team is available to support students and be a connecting point to the university when students are navigating difficult situations. Chris Turntine, Director of CARES, can be reached by emailing [email protected].
- CARES Referral Form: https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?SanDiegoStateUniv&layout_id=26
Counseling & Psychological Services
- Counseling & Psychological Services offers a wide range of services to help students obtain support for a variety of presenting concerns. These include individual counseling, couples counseling, group therapy, workshops, specialized programs, and outreach events with Baxter and Luna, C&PS’s therapy dogs.
- Talk With a Therapist: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/talk-with-a-therapist
- Speak to a therapist by calling C&PS at 619-594-5220
- The Center is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 4:30pm. You can email [email protected] for more information but this is not a crisis line and is only checked during operating hours.
- After hours crisis counselors are available by phone when the center is closed, by calling 619-594-5220.
- C&PS is located in the Calpulli Center on the 4th Floor in Room 4401
- Helpful Information Pulled from the Counseling & Psychological Services Website for Easy Reference:
- Services & Programs: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/our-services-and-programs
- Individual Counseling: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/our-services-and-programs/counseling-individual
- Couples Counseling: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/our-services-and-programs/counseling-couples
- Groups and Workshops: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/our-services-and-programs/groups-and-workshops
- Center for Well-Being: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/our-services-and-programs/center-for-well-being
- Baxter & Luna - Therapy Dogs
- Lunch with Luna: Every Tuesday 12:15-1pm on lawn near Scripps Cottage: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/our-services-and-programs/therapy-dog
- Instagram: @baxteratsdsu
- Specific Concerns: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/specific-concerns
There are many different types of concerns or reasons you may have interest in reaching out to Counseling & Psychological Services. Whether those concerns are about yourself, or another person, we encourage you to contact us to talk about possible next steps. Below are listed some of the common concerns and reasons people
reach out to C&PS including:
- Helping a friend: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/specific-concerns/helping-a-friend
- Sexual Assault: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/specific-concerns/sexual-assault
- Suicide: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/specific-concerns/suicide
- Coping with Trauma: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/specific-concerns/coping-with-trauma
- Student Veterans: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/specific-concerns/student-veterans
- Self Help Strategies and Skills: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/self-help-strategies
It is very common for college students to experience high levels of distress and, if you are part of that group, we hope you know that you are not alone. Whether you are feeling overwhelmed, simply want to focus on wellness, or anywhere in between, please explore our collection of self-help strategies and skills and resources.
- Popular Mental Health Apps: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/self-care/mental-health-apps
- Counseling & Psychological Services Official Podcast: https://audioboom.com/channels/5017043
- Control vs No Control: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/self-care/self-care-strategies-and-skills/control-vs-no-control
- Gratitude: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/self-care/self-care-strategies-and-skills/gratitude
- Journaling: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/self-care/self-care-strategies-and-skills/journaling
- Self Talk: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/self-care/self-care-strategies-and-skills/self-talk
- Values: https://sacd.sdsu.edu/cps/self-care/self-care-strategies-and-skills/values
Resources available can be found on the back of your SDSUcard!
More information about the available resources:
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. Call (800)-273-8255 or visit https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
- San Diego Access and Crisis Line: The San Diego Access and Crisis Line (ACL) has been serving the people of San Diego County since 1997. It receives thousands of calls per month related to suicide prevention, crisis intervention, community resources, mental health referrals, and alcohol and drug support services. Confidential and free of charge, the line is immediately answered 7 days a week, 24 hours a day by Master's-level and Licensed Clinicians. The counselors average 16 years of clinical experience in a variety of backgrounds, including emotionally disturbed youth, geriatric social services, nursing, in-home domestic violence intervention, case management, and drug and alcohol abuse. Language interpreter services enable the ACL to assist in 150 languages within seconds. Call (888) 724-7240.
- Crisis Text Line: Crisis Text Line is a national resources that provides free, 24/7, high-quality text-based mental health support and crisis intervention by empowering a community of trained volunteers to support people in their moments of
need. Text HOME to 741741 to reach a Crisis Counselor https://www.crisistextline.org/text-us/
- For Emergencies: Call 911
- For Non-Emergencies or when you are not sure: Call (619) 594-1991
The Red ID Number (a 9-digit number, beginning with the number "8," shown on your admission letter) is the reference number used to identify you and your student record. If you do not have this number, or have misplaced it, contact the Registrar's Office (619-594-6871). You will also need to pick up your ID card as well. Please see the Card Office website for more information.
Students admitted with classified standing have met all university and department requirements for admission. Classified students are fully eligible to proceed with courses for their graduate program of study, and should not be required to take any prerequisites or meet any additional requirements beyond those listed in the Graduate Bulletin for all students.
Students admitted conditionally have not met all university or department requirements for admission. Conditionally admitted students are typically required to take prerequisite courses or maintain a minimum GPA during their first several semesters of attendance. The specific conditions, and the allotted time period for completing them, are set by the student's department. If you have been admitted conditionally, please contact your graduate advisor for specific information regarding your conditions.
Adequate completion of a student's conditions is determined by the department. If you believe that you have satisfied your conditions, or would like to request more time to meet them, submit the Change of Status form online. Once this form has been approved by the Graduate Advisor, it will be submitted to Graduate Studies for final evaluation.
It is never too early to start thinking about the thesis. Preparing a dissertation or thesis (from the proposal development stage to the final manuscript) requires advance planning. As you progress through the Program of Study, a topic of interest will develop. Seek out the advice and counsel of faculty members within your academic department and determine their willingness to chair your thesis committee. Two additional members (one within your department, one from outside your department) must also be secured in order to complete the thesis committee. If the research involves human or animal subjects, prior approval must be obtained from the appropriate university office, i.e., the Institutional Review Board or the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee. Once a student has been advanced to candidacy, the Appointment of Thesis/Project Committee paperwork may be filed, and the final step in the culminating experience (writing and publication of the thesis) can officially begin.
Diplomas are ordered once degrees have been awarded. You can read more about the process on our Graduation Information page.