A Message From the Dean
San Diego State University (SDSU) offers prospective graduate students and faculty the opportunity to engage in
the highest caliber graduate training, academic scholarship and research, in one of the most beautiful and diverse
settings in our nation. With over $150 million in contracts and grants award in 2010, SDSU has been described by
the Carnegie Foundation as a "research university with high research activity"; a statement reflecting the strength
and commitment of the campus to its 81 Master's programs and 19 joint-doctoral programs, many ranked among the top
10 in the nation by Academic Analytics such as clinical psychology, geography, math and science education, and
language and communication disorders. The Coastal Waters Laboratory, Donald P. Shiley BioScience Center, and the
SDSU Visualization Center are a few of the diverse research facilities housed on the campus’ and foundation’s
approximately 1.5 million square feet dedicated to support SDSU’s academic and research programs.
The University is a world-class institution, recognized not only for its distinguished academic scholarship but
also for its commitment to and success in attracting a diverse cohort. SDSU embraces the rich diversity of its
student body and recognizes that this diversity is an integral component to furthering our academic excellence.
SDSU’s student population ranks as one of the 25 most racially diverse in the country.
I invite you to visit our campus, meet our graduate students, and introduce yourself to our faculty.
The vibrancy of our programs, the true sense of community across campus, and the commitment of our community to
scholarship will compel you to consider San Diego State University as the campus to pursue your research career.
Vice President of Research and Dean of Graduate Affairs