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    Cleveland State University
  Jan 20, 2018
Graduate Catalog 2017-2018

A Message from President Ronald Berkman

Whether your journey through graduate school is just beginning or you're already on your way, congratulations on choosing to advance your studies at Cleveland State University.

At CSU, where we're proud of our outstanding record of excellence in dozens of graduate degree, certificate and licensure programs, you'll be among a community of scholars who share your drive to learn and to succeed.

In fact, the success of our students is CSU's highest priority - and the key to their success is Engaged Learning. This powerful combination of higher education and real-world experience connects our students with unparalleled opportunities in technology, manufacturing, health care, finance, education, the arts and many other industries throughout Cleveland and beyond.

Multiple CSU graduate programs are featured in the 2017 edition of U.S. News & World Report's Best Graduate Schools. In these national rankings, CSU's Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs is No. 7 for the specialty of City Management and Urban Policy and No. 17 for Nonprofit Management. The Levin College is ranked No. 45 overall among public affairs graduate schools.

Additional degree programs included in the rankings are Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, Physician Assistant, and Speech-Language Pathology. The Cleveland Marshall College of Law, College of Education, School of Nursing and School of Social Work were also listed among the best graduate schools in their respective fields.

CSU has been ranked No. 1 in the nation for increases in research expenditures by The Chronicle of Higher Education. This is great news for our graduate students, who are actively involved in advanced research in gene regulation, human motion and control, urban planning and many other fields, working in partnership with our renowned faculty as well as with partners spanning the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

Given these exceptional differentiators, perhaps it comes as no surprise that CSU is among the Top 3 public universities in Ohio whose graduates enjoy the greatest mid-career earnings boost, according to the Brookings Institution.

At CSU, you'll be part of a dynamic community in the heart of downtown Cleveland. Our campus has been reinvigorated by a $500 million makeover, and the city itself is a classroom, ready to enhance and to enrich your education.

On the pages that follow, you'll find brief descriptions of our graduate and professional programs. The Graduate Dean and the College of Graduate Studies faculty and staff are prepared to explore with you the best possible fit between your personal goals and our graduate programs.

Best wishes for success in your graduate studies, and I trust you'll find your experience at Cleveland State University to be intellectually stimulating as well as professionally rewarding.


Ronald M. Berkman