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San Diego State University


A Message From the Dean

Steve Head ShotSan 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.


Stephen Welter

Vice President of Research and Dean of Graduate Affairs


Prospective International Student


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 Resolution Regarding


Graduate Scholars, Fellows,


Trainees, and Assistants



Acceptance of an offer of financial support* (such as a graduate scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, or assistantship) for the next academic year by a prospective or enrolled graduate student completes an agreement that both student and graduate school expect to honor. In that context, the conditions affecting such offers and their acceptance must be defined carefully and understood by all parties.


Students are under no obligation to respond to offers of financial support prior to April 15; earlier deadlines for acceptance of such offers violate the intent of this Resolution. In those instances in which a student accepts an offer before April 15, and subsequently desires to withdraw that acceptance, the student may submit in writing a resignation of the appointment at any time through April 15. However, an acceptance given or left in force after April 15 commits the student not to accept another offer without first obtaining a written release from the institution to which a commitment has been made. Similarly, an offer by an institution after April 15 is conditional on presentation by the student of the written release from any previously accepted offer. It is further agreed by the institutions and organizations subscribing to the above Resolution that a copy of this Resolution or a link to the URL should accompany every scholarship, fellowship, traineeship, and assistantship offer.


Click here to access the Council of Graduate Schools Resolution and list of schools participating