Mar 24, 2019  
Graduate Catalog 2017 - 2018 
Graduate Catalog 2017 - 2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Educational Resources

Research Facilities

Basic and applied research is central to the University's mission and is an integral part of graduate and professional education. The purpose of research is to advance existing knowledge in a discipline, subject area, or field; to fill significant gaps in such knowledge; to devise new modes or means of expression; and to develop new perspectives in the sciences, arts, and humanities. Faculty members at Cleveland State University have built and continue to expand a solid reputation for quality research by attracting highly qualified graduate students and by garnering significant new external research funding. The University maintains that research and teaching are not only symbiotic but are also the focus of quality graduate education.

To encourage student and faculty research, the University provides a complete range of support facilities, including a University Library with a strong emphasis on computerized information services, computer laboratories, access to the Ohio Supercomputer Center, animal care facilities, and specialized research facilities within academic departments.

Research Collaborations

The University maintains a variety of research links with the Northeast Ohio community. Local and regional businesses and institutions share financial resources, personnel, and facilities with Cleveland State faculty and students for the purpose of research. The University's ties to the institutions below are important examples of partnerships that enhance specific graduate degree programs.

  • The Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute is an equal partner in the research offerings and administration of three Cleveland State University doctoral programs: the Ph.D. in Regulatory Biology, the Ph.D. in Clinical-Bioanalytical Chemistry, and the Doctor of Engineering specialization in Applied Biomedical Engineering. This strategic inter-institutional partnership provides doctoral students with access to major analytical instrumentation facilities in biochemistry, immunology, and molecular biology, as well as to the federally funded laboratories of world-renowned scientists.
  • The NASA Glenn Research Center sponsors basic and applied research at Cleveland State, while the University provides graduate education in engineering and computer science to NASA employees.
  • The Cleveland MetroHealth Medical Center is a partner with Cleveland State University in the education of graduate students in the speech pathology program, as well as in the Clinical-Bioanalytical Chemistry Ph.D. program.
  • Case Western Reserve University collaborates with Cleveland State University in the areas of biomedical research, cooperative doctoral and professional graduate programs, and faculty enrichment opportunities. The collaboration includes reciprocal library privileges for faculty and students at both universities.
  • The Ohio Urban University Program. Cleveland State University is the flagship member of the Northeast Ohio Research Consortium which is a cooperative initiative of Northeast Ohio's public universities, providing research and technical assistance to the region, as well as numerous opportunities for graduate student research in public administration and urban studies programs.

Research Centers

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Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease

The Center for Gene Regulation in Health and Disease (GRHD) focuses on research to improve the understanding of biological processes and how the malfunction of these processes results in various diseases. This research has significant potential to improve our understanding of the mechanisms and specific molecules that control reproductive health and those that control the aging process. The Center's research has implications for the diagnosis and treatment of many of the most common diseases found around the world, including heart disease, neurological disease, infectious disease, and cancer.

Center for Human-Machine Systems

The Center for Human-Machine Systems (CHMS) aims to improve health and performance by combining the unique capabilities of engineered and natural subsystems. The Center pursues this goal by providing its members with a collaborative environment and with funding to promote the development of high-quality, externally funded, high-impact research. Research areas include prosthetics, exercise machines, orthopaedics, and rehabilitation.

Center for Behavioral Health Sciences

The Center for Behavioral Health Sciences (CBHS) aims to improve mental health and addiction outcomes for individuals and families, thereby enhancing community well-being. The Center pursues this goal by providing the environment and resources to promote high quality and well-funded interdisciplinary research to develop empirically-based knowledge related to the prevention, intervention, and treatment of mental illness and addiction.

Research and Public Service

The Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs provides applied research and outreach services to the community through a number of integrated centers and initiatives. The collective mission of these research centers is to serve as a source for the investigation of issues and challenges facing urban communities and to apply College resources to solutions. Students have opportunities to work with faculty and staff in research and public service, centers, programs, and related initiatives of the Levin College. These include major programs in economic and neighborhood development, public finance, public management, and capacity-building training. These activities support the academic programs of the Department of Urban Studies by providing opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to participate in ongoing research, training, technical assistance, and database development projects.

Center for Community Planning and Development

The mission of the Center is to strengthen the practice of planning and community development through independent research, technical assistance, and civic education and engagement. The Center works in partnership with public, private and non-profit organizations, local governments, and development and planning professionals. The director of the center is Kathryn W. Hexter. Affiliated faculty include Dr. Wendy Kellogg, Professor of Urban Planning and Environmental Studies, and Department Chair/ Associate Dean of the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs and Dr. Brian Mikelbank, Associate Professor.

Center for Economic Development

The Center for Economic Development conducts research and offers technical assistance on urban and regional economic issues of interest to local, state, and national policymakers. Primary focus areas include regional economic analysis, regional indicators, economic impact analysis, innovation and entrepreneurship, manufacturing competitiveness, and the role of urban universities in regional development.

Center for Health Equity at Cleveland State University

The mission of the Center for Health Equity at Cleveland State University is to provide leadership to advance the understanding of health disparities and their resolution through interdisciplinary research, community partnerships, and multidisciplinary education; and to develop and implement strategies that promote health and well-being for residents of Greater Cleveland.

The Center for Leadership Development

The Center for Leadership Development manages a number of leadership development programs for policy makers, elected officials, public administrators, local ward leaders, and community leaders. Whether you are a neighborhood leader who wants to motivate and mobilize community residents or a newly elected official who wants to develop effective governing skills, the Levin College has a leadership program that will help you be a more effective, responsible, and educated leader.

Center for Neighborhood Development

The Center for Neighborhood Development provides assistance to nonprofit, neighborhood-based development organizations, helping them implement a broad range of housing and economic development projects. The center also directs Neighborhood Leadership Cleveland, a program to enhance the effectiveness of volunteer neighborhood leaders.

Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice

The Center for Nonprofit Policy and Practice supports and fosters the health of the nonprofit sector in the region through training and technical assistance. It supports the role of non-profits in civil society, scholarly and applied research, and undergraduate and graduate education in the leadership and management of nonprofit organizations.

Center for Public Management

The Center for Public Management is a multi-disciplinary applied research center that provides technical assistance, policy analysis, research, organizational and staff development, and training services to a broad clientele of federal, state, and local government and not-for-profit clients. The mission of the center is to serve as a resource for Ohio's state and local governments and not-for-profit organizations by providing services to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of governance and public policy. The center addresses its mission through work in five substantive areas - Economic and Fiscal Analysis; Performance and Efficiency Measures; Tax and Revenue Strategy; Organizational Development; and Economic Development Strategy.

Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center (GLEFC)

The Great Lakes Environmental Finance Center (GLEFC) is one of nine university-based applied research and technical assistance centers established by the United States Environmental Protection Agency to help create sustainable environmental systems in the public and private sectors. The mission of the GLEFC is to assist communities in building innovative, cost-effective and high-quality strategies for environmental improvement and sustainable economic development. GLEFC services include providing financial and economic analysis and strategies, policy analysis and planning, brownfields community advisory services, and research and information services.

Northern Ohio Data Information System

The Northern Ohio Data Information Service (NODIS) is a Census Bureau affiliate. It provides census and other data resources to the public. It also provides mapping and GIS services, data, and training. Services include standard and customized community profiles, demographic analysis, census tract look-up guides, demographic and environmental mapping, geocoding, and database and website development. GIS training includes ESRI certified instruction, as well as MapInfo workshops and customized training. Named as one of the three regional data centers in the state by the State of Ohio and the U.S. Bureau of the Census in 1981, NODIS has more than twenty-five years experience in demographic and geographic data dissemination and analysis.

Ohio Center for the Advancement of Women in Public Service

The Ohio Center for the Advancement of Women in Public Service is an initiative founded to promote the advancement of careers of women in public service within the executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government at the national, state, and local levels. Key functions of the center include research on the state of women's careers in public service, identifying barriers to the movement of women into positions of authority and leadership, and devising strategies to address these barriers.

Unger International Center for Local Government Leadership

The Unger International Center for Local Government Leadership responds to the training, research and educational needs of local government leaders in emerging democracies. Its goal is to strengthen the management of public organizations and NGOs, and to promote local governments that are transparent, accountable, responsive, innovative, efficient, and characterized by reliance on the rule of law and active citizen participation. The center is committed to facilitating sustainable government reforms that result in long-term impact and systemic change. The center works with university faculties and local government leaders in emerging democracies to develop and implement academic and continuing education programs in public management for future and incumbent officials and managers in local governments and non-government organizations.

Urban Child Research Center

The Urban Child Research Center engages in research and policy analysis on matters that affect families and children in urban communities. Urban households, particularly those in central cities, are uniquely affected by economic, social, and political trends. The work of this center is to provide information and consultation that will enable policy-makers and community leaders to respond to the impacts of these trends.

Educational Centers

Writing Center for many writing handouts

The Writing Center is located in the Library in Rhodes Tower 124. The Writing Center provides assistance to all members of the university community, including graduate students. Through consultations, tutoring, and workshops, the Center can respond to any questions about writing, including generating ideas, drafting and revising papers, improving writing styles, and handling technical details of grammar, documentation, and formatting. Our WAC web site has many handouts available on all aspects of academic writing.

Center for Faculty Excellence

The Center for Faculty Excellence fosters faculty excellence through innovative teaching and leadership to create engaged student success. Using a range of individualized, and group services we work with faculty to develop their talent and advance their outcomes, processes and engagement with CSU students, their careers and the University. For additional information, please contact the Center for Faculty Excellence, MC 212 (216) 687-5502,

Michael Schwartz Library

We bring people and information together!

Whether you need to consult a librarian for research help, write a paper, borrow a textbook, collaborate with classmates, connect to online resources, practice a presentation, or find the perfect study space, the Michael Schwartz Library is the place to get things done. Knowledgeable library staff members are always available to help students become proficient information users and fulfill academic and research needs. 

Visit the library (located within Rhodes Tower) in person, access library resources online ( or call (216-687-5300), and discover how the library supports student learning. When classes are in session during fall and spring semesters, library hours are typically Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.; Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Hours for weekends, summer sessions, holidays, and other exceptional days are posted on the library website.


The library offers the best of contemporary and traditional research tools with a large collection of online materials including 300,000 e-books, over 29,357 electronic journal titles, over 120,000 digital media holdings, and more than 383 research databases that can be accessed anytime, anywhere. The on-site collection includes more than 589,000 print volumes, sound recordings, video recordings, DVDs, and microforms. You are sure to find what you need to write term papers, complete course assignments, and conduct other research. For easy access to the most relevant information resources for a specific subject, consult the Research Guides (

As a member of OhioLINK, a consortium of 121 academic libraries and the State Library of Ohio, students can request books from a statewide collection of over 46 million books and other library materials, over 24 million electronic journal articles and over 100,000 e-books, and nearly 85,000 images, videos and sounds. For items not in OhioLINK, Interlibrary Loan ( allows access to an unlimited number of library books and journals owned by other libraries in Ohio, the country, and the rest of the world.

Electronic Course Reserves (ECR) ( conveniently brings together in one place, thousands of items that faculty members have selected each semester to supplement classes. Faculty members distribute ECR passwords with their course materials.

Special Collections ( covers various topics but focuses on primary research materials for the study of the economic, cultural, social, and political history of Cleveland, northeastern Ohio, and the Great Lakes region. Many of these special collections are available online ( through the Cleveland Memory Project.

Library Services

Stop at the User Services Center ( conveniently located at the library's main entrance for assistance finding your way around the library. The friendly staff will help you locate the services you need. Students can use their Viking Cards to check out materials and pick up items borrowed from other libraries.

For assistance with selecting and using information resources, subject specialists and reference librarians can offer one-on-one expert advice. Consult the Ask Your Personal Librarian web page ( to schedule an appointment with a subject specialist. For walk in assistance, visit the Reference Center located in the library's Learning Commons. You can also contact one of these information professionals by phone (216-687-5300) or by e-mail using the convenient online reference question form ( Instruction librarians provide group or class instruction for many undergraduate and graduate classes. During these sessions students learn to use the library's information resources rather than relying on random information found through search engines.

The library's website ( is the research starting point for access to thousands of online journal articles, e-books, research databases, and the virtual reference desk. Bookmark the library's website and use it as a first choice when looking for information pertaining to coursework and research.


The Reference Center in the Library Learning Commons is the best place to start a research project. Librarians are available to help with coursework and research involving information resources. The area provides 103 computer workstations where students can access online resources, work on assignments, and use their print accounts. The campus wireless network is available throughout the library.

The Library Computers@Learning Commons (LCLC) instruction rooms are also located near the Reference Center. These labs contain an additional 60 computers. When not in use for classes, these labs provide additional computers for student use.

Quiet Study spaces can be found on both the second and third floors. There are 55 silent study rooms with key card locks (40 at the east end of the second floor and 15 in Multimedia Services on the third floor) available to CSU students with valid CSU IDs. The fourth floor has been designed for Group Study and features rolling whiteboards and study tables with electrical outlets for charging laptops and other portable devices. Rentable, locked study carrels on the second and fourth floors of the library are provided for CSU students, subject to availability. The standard rental fee is currently $50 for six months.

Five group project rooms on the east end of the first floor can accommodate up to 4 students each and include 42" LCD monitors and software that allow you to share local and online content from up to 4 connected laptops.

The library Connection Lounges, located on the first floor just west of the User Services Center and south of the Assistive Technology Lab, provide places to relax, read the latest news, and browse current popular books. These contemporary and inviting spaces have comfortable lounge chairs, electrical outlets and WiFi connections, and popular reading materials courtesy of Cleveland Public Library. Don't have a public library card? No problem! Students can apply for the Greater Access card at the User Services Center.

Multimedia Services (MMS) (, located on the third floor of the library, features both PCs and Macintosh computers, scanners for use in scanning text or images, as well as a wide range of software that allows students to edit audio and video files, design multimedia projects, create graphics and PowerPoint presentations, listen to music for a class, watch a video or a webcast, and take media-based tests. MMS also circulates audio and video material, resources for coursework, and a limited number of digital video and still cameras, and mp3 recorders to students for use in producing media-rich assignments.

Special purpose library spaces may be scheduled through MMS as well. Students can rehearse classroom presentations in the library's Presentation Practice Room in RT 304. The room is equipped with a SmartBoard, PC, document camera, and lectern, and a system that enables students to record videos of their presentations on their own flash drives.

Students may also reserve the library's Student Collaboration Room (RT 402). This facility accommodates six and contains two large whiteboards and a conference table complete with a 42" LCD monitor that can be used to display information on student laptops or other devices. This room may be booked for a 2-hour session by stopping in at Multimedia Services.

Currently enrolled CSU students looking for a place to interview with potential employers in remote locations, or participate in educational projects with colleagues located off-campus, may reserve the Multimedia Services Skype Room, located in RT 305-I. This room contains an iMac pre-loaded with Skype and FaceTime, but students may use their own laptops if they prefer. Multimedia Services also has 15 Silent Study Carrels. Key cards can be checked out for 4 hours at a time at the MMS desk. A key to the Library's Meditation Room may be borrowed there as well.

Classes meet in the library's Viewing Room (RT 325), to watch DVDs, videotapes, and even 16mm films in cinema-like surroundings, and in the Writers' Lab, a 25 seat PC lab located in RT 302. This facility is a joint venture of the First-Year Writing Program and the library designed to provide additional support for students enrolled in First-Year Writing courses. The lab's primary use is for computer-assisted instruction for developmental writing students; however, the lab is open and available to all writing teachers and students. The lab is also used to support library instruction, particularly for First-Year Writing courses.

Call Multimedia Services at 216-687-9337 to request information about any of the facilities, equipment or materials mentioned above. 

The Math Emporium is a state-of-the-art learning center where students can interact with adaptive MyMathLab Plus software and a highly skilled instructional team. Students learn through an innovative, engaging, and easy-to-use program designed to help them become comfortable and proficient in basic mathematics.

The Assistive Technology Lab, located on the first floor, serves students with disabilities who have registered with the Office of Disability Services. Students will find a variety of equipment there including adaptive keyboards, ergonomically adjustable furniture, software for dictation, text-to-speech, and a wide variety of other hardware and software. For individuals with visual impairments, the lab is equipped with screen readers, screen magnifiers, scanning programs, Braille embossers, and video magnifiers.

The Michael Schwartz Library offers many additional services and resources and encourages students to visit soon and often so that we can assist you!

Law Library

The Law Library has a strong tradition of service designed to meet the research and instructional needs of students and faculty. The Law Library's service mission is supported by a collection of over 500,000 volumes, a federal government document depository, 3,100 print and electronic periodicals, and an array of online research tools, including numerous legal and general databases, the OhioLINK catalog and databases, subscriptions, and Internet resources. These materials, with interlibrary loan arrangements and cooperative resource sharing through the Ohio Regional Consortium of Law Libraries, provide Law Library users with access to a wide spectrum of legal research resources.


CampusNet is a user-friendly student information system available for students. CampusNet is available from any computer with an Internet connection, including home computers, on-campus kiosks, and campus networked computers. The Internet address for the CampusNet system is

Using CampusNet, students can register for classes, add and drop classes, and pay their tuition and fees. In addition, CampusNet provides commonly requested student information. A student may view and print his or her tuition and fees balance, registration schedule and course list, financial aid award amount, student record information, unofficial transcript, and personal information, such as address and e-mail address.

CampusNet is accessible with the student's Cleveland State ID and CampusNet password. Students who do not know their ID or CampusNet password can contact the Call Center at (216) 687-5050.

Electronic Mail (E-mail)

Every applicant and registered Cleveland State student-part-time, full-time, graduate, undergraduate, and law-has an account on the campus e-mail system. Students who prefer to forward their Cleveland State University e-mail to another e-mail address can do this in CampusNet or by contacting the Help Desk at (216) 687-5050. Since many student-specific announcements are sent via e-mail, students are encouraged to check their Cleveland State University e-mail regularly or forward their Cleveland State University e-mail to another e-mail address.

E-mail is available from any networked PC and the student labs.

For help accessing e-mail, call the Help Desk at (216) 687-5050 or follow the links on the Web site at

Information Services and Technology

The Information Services and Technology (IS&T) division support CSU's core missions of education, research, service and accessibility. We recognize that these can only be achieved by working in partnership with students, faculty and staff to reach their goals. We strive to be the IT services partner of choice, delivering customer focused quality services and support products that add value to the overall CSU community.

Services for Students

Through the use of technology, students can explore faster and better ways to find books, do research with the help of the Internet, and communicate with others around the world. The following is a brief description of the many services that are available to students.

Cleveland State University Web Site

The Cleveland State University Web site at is full of useful information. Anyone who has a personal computer and access to the Internet has access to information about the University. General data about the University is available to everyone. In addition, each student can use CampusNet, a secured system that provides grades, unofficial transcripts, course offerings, and more.

A wide variety of information is available on the Web site, including an international student guide, a student admissions guide, a campus map with photos of all buildings, directories on how to reach Cleveland State and where to park, and even weather information. In addition, each college has its own home page, which includes a general description, course offerings, information about faculty members and special programs, and more. Many individual departments and professors also have Web pages.

Useful Web Sites:

Resources for classes, research, and other academic pursuits:

Cleveland State University Help Desk for computer-related questions/issues:

IS&T Information Services and Technology:

Computer Use on Campus

Laptop loaners through the Mobile Campus: More information, including open hours, is available at

Student laptop use on campus: Students may use their own laptops on campus or may borrow a wireless laptop from the Mobile Campus.

Wireless: The University's wireless network provides both an encrypted, secure access to the Internet for students, faculty and staff and an unencrypted access to the Internet for University guests. Wireless access is available in all campus buildings, dorms and large green spaces on campus. 

Campus Connection Lounge: A list of locations, and schedule of hours is available at

General Computer Labs: A list of locations, hours, software, and equipment is available at

To use the labs, students will need to sign in, using their Cleveland State University ID number and CampusNet, available by calling (216) 687-5050.

IS&T Help Desk: The IS&T Help Desk at (216) 687-5050 provides technical and software assistance to students, staff, and faculty. The Help Desk can assist with Internet access, e-mail, and many other problems.

Contact the IS&T Help Desk by:

The IS&T Help Desk's hours are posted on the Web site:

System News

IS&T also maintains a phone line with a recording that lists any current system outages. The System News line is updated each weekday; telephone (216) 687-5252.

Distance Learning

Some classes use Blackboard to enhance or replace traditional classrooms instruction. Each professor using Blackboard or other Web-accessed course materials will provide students with directions for access and use. Once students have accessed Blackboard, they can contact the Call Center for password changes.

IS&T Communications

General questions can be directed to

Campus Events

Students can view special events and other announcements by selecting Events at

Discounts on Computer-Related Purchases

Students may purchase computers at significant discounts by following the links at Apple computers also are available at an educational discount rate from this Web site.

Microsoft Office: The University provides Microsoft Office to all students. You are allowed to use the software at home for as long as you are an active student of the university. For information about available products and how to download MS Office, contact the IS&T Help Desk at (216) 687-5050.

Office of Disability Services

The Office of Disability Services (ODS) at Cleveland State University serves students with a variety of disabilities, including, but not limited to: learning disabilities, chronic health issues, psychological conditions, hearing impairments, mobility impairments, Attention Deficit Disorders, and visual impairments.

Students who wish to request accommodations through ODS must have a documented disability and be registered through the office. Accommodations are individualized and depend upon student needs and course requirements. Some common accommodations include recording lectures, extended time on exams, and taking exams in a distraction-reduced space. Students registered through ODS are able to utilize the Assistive Technology Lab and may request alternative text for their books.

Cleveland State University's campus is accessible. For information, call 216-687-2015 or 216-687-3633. (V/TTY)

Testing Services

Testing Services supports CSU students and faculty by offering placement testing, test scoring services, and accommodated testing for students with disabilities. Test preparation courses, proctoring services, and standardized testing for admission and certification are also available. Please note that all testing appointments must be scheduled in advance. 

Location: Rhodes Tower West, Room 215 (2124 Chester Ave.)
Hours: 8am to 5pm Monday through Friday.
Phone: 216-687-2272