History and Mission
Cleveland State University has been authorized by the Ohio Board of Regents to offer graduate programs since the fall of 1967. In October of 1968, the Cleveland State University Board of Trustees created the College of Graduate Studies to facilitate the operation of graduate degree programs and to assist in the development of new programs.
As a metropolitan institution, Cleveland State University has special obligations and opportunities. First and foremost, however, Cleveland State is a university. Its basic mission—central to all universities—is to preserve existing knowledge, seek new knowledge, and profess both. This is accomplished through the triad of teaching, research, and service. The University's urban location imposes an obligation to reach out to all citizens in the community with the offer of educational opportunities and services.
Within this context, the mission of the College of Graduate Studies is to provide service and support to graduate students, faculty, and academic programs that promote high quality and diverse advanced study opportunities for the betterment of Cleveland State University, the citizens of the State of Ohio, and the world.
The Dean of the College of Graduate Studies, in collaboration with the elected faculty members of the University Graduate Council, reviews all graduate programs, provides leadership in the development of new graduate offerings and monitors standards for graduate student admission and graduation.
College of Graduate Studies
The College of Graduate Studies is located in Parker Hannifin Hall; telephone (216) 687-9370. The address is 2258 Euclid Ave. The Graduate Dean's office is room 227. Graduate Student Services where graduate students can obtain assistance with petitions, graduate assistantship contracts, transfer credit requests, transient applications, and thesis/dissertation format instructions and approvals is on the third floor. For additional information on the College of Graduate Studies see the web site at http://www.csuohio.edu/gradcollege/.
Most graduate courses are taught by faculty who are members of the University Graduate Faculty. These faculty hold terminal degrees in their fields (usually the doctoral degree) and meet the College of Graduate Studies' standards of sustained scholarship or creative activity or, alternatively, are recognized for their accomplishments as practitioners in their disciplines. An up-to-date roster of the University Graduate Faculty may be found at http://graduatestudies.csuohio.edu/graduate/rosters/facultyroster.html
Cleveland State University, Kent State University, the University of Akron, and Youngstown State University observe a reciprocal Graduate Faculty agreement where by members of the Graduate Faculty at each of the other three institutions may, with appropriate approvals, teach graduate courses and serve on thesis and dissertation committees for Cleveland State University graduate students.