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Graduate Catalog 2012 - 2013 
Graduate Catalog 2012 - 2013 [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, microcomputer and computer-access laboratories, access to the Ohio Supercomputer Center, animal care facilities, and specialized research facilities within academic departments. Descriptions of other specialized equipment and major analytical instrumentation facilities are included under the respective graduate programs.

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/or 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 Foundation’s 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 annually sponsors millions of dollars of basic and applied research at Cleveland State, while the University provides off-campus graduate programs in engineering and computer and information science at the Center.
  • 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’s formal agreement allows for collaboration in the areas of biomedical research, development of cooperative doctoral and professional graduate programs, and faculty enrichment opportunities. The agreement 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

For a complete listing go to: http://www.csuohio.edu/research/centers.html

Environmental Institute

Cleveland State University places a high priority on providing leadership in the area of environmental education and research in Northeast Ohio. In keeping with this institutional focus, in 1995, the Institute was established under the name, Center for Environmental Science, Technology and Policy (CESTP) to help position the University as a critical regional resource in support of environmental education, research, and service for Cleveland, Northeast Ohio, and the Midwest region.

The staff and faculty of the Environmental Institute play important roles in the coordination and implementation of many environmental educational and research activities. For example, the Environmental Institute coordinates several environmental degrees under the Environmental Academic Studies Program (EASP), including a BS in Environmental Science, a BA in Environmental Studies, an MS in Environmental Science, an MA in Environmental Studies, an MS in Environmental Engineering, and both a JD/MAES and a JD/MSES. In addition, environmental research and course work options are offered in several doctoral programs.

Another major activity of the Environmental Institute involves the Woodlake Environmental Field Station in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP). The Station represents a unique partnership among Cleveland State, John Carroll University, and the National Park Service. The field station facilitates environmental and ecological research, particularly research utilizing the ecosystems in the CVNP. It also is used for teaching undergraduate and graduate field courses, special summer courses, and workshops.

The Environmental Institute’s primary mission is to improve the region’s problem-solving capabilities regarding environmental questions by:

  1. Facilitating the development of multidisciplinary research teams;
  2. Coordinating the development of environmental curricula available to Cleveland State students, including environmental systems, science, engineering, technology, policy, law, ethics, and management;
  3. Improving the effectiveness and coordination of teaching of environmental issues at all levels; and
  4. Increasing collaboration among industry, government, and universities.

The Institute strives to be the main regional resource and focal point for information and research on environmental issues for government, industry, and the general public. Additional information is available at http://www.csuohio.edu/ei/.

Center for Research in Electronics and Aerospace Technology

The Center for Research in Electronics and Aerospace Technology (CREATE), housed in the Fenn College of Engineering, is a collaboration among universities, government, industry, and other organizations with the purpose of advancing the state of the art of power technology and introducing this technology into the private sector. The goals of CREATE are to:

  1. Assist in maturing aerospace technologies to levels that show potential for commercialization or application for space exploration or national defense;
  2. Develop the means for capturing and disseminating the knowledge produced during technology-development activities in a productive and efficient manner so as to effectively transfer the technology to the private sector;
  3. Integrate CREATE activities with the educational program so students gain hands-on experience through these projects.

Faculty from the Electrical and Computer Engineering and the Mechanical Departments participate in a variety of research projects under the auspices of CREATE. Numerous opportunities exist for graduate students to conduct master’s and doctoral research on CREATE projects.

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 the 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 Civic Education

The Center for Civic Education positions the College as a leader in state-of-the-art civic education and engagement programs. Through public forums, applied research and outreach services, the center explores key issues and challenges facing Northeast Ohio.

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.

Center for Housing Research and Policy

The Center for Housing Research and Policy promotes studies of critical housing supply-and-demand issues. In addition to undertaking a comprehensive inventory and analysis of the region’s housing stock and its conditions, the program identifies and analyzes housing directions and trends useful for neighborhood and regional revitalization.

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 programs 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 Planning Research and Practice

This mission of the Center for Planning Research and Practice is to strengthen the practice of planning in the Ohio Lake Erie basin through research, education, service and technical assistance to local communities and to the planning profession. Our emphasis is on creating sustainable, resilient communities through good planning practices.

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.

Center for Sacred Landmarks

The Center for Sacred Landmarks provides information about Cleveland’s religious structures and organizations and their past and present roles in strengthening and maintaining communities within the Cleveland metropolitan area.

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.

Levin College Forum

The Levin College Forum is a focal point and catalyst for thoughtful public debate, innovative thinking, new ideas, and timely action addressing the critical urban  issues that impact Northeast Ohio, the state, and the nation. All Forum programs are open to the community and Cleveland State University students, faculty, and staff.

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 Web site 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, 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

http://www.csuohio.edu/writingcenter/WAC 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 Teaching Excellence


The Center for Teaching Excellence provides training and assistance to faculty and teaching assistants to bring improved and innovative teaching methods to the classroom. Goals of the Center include helping instructors achieve effective teaching styles, incorporating innovative technologies into classrooms, and improving student learning and comprehension by means of more participative and interactive teaching methods. The Center conducts workshops on various topics and administers the Teaching Enhancement Award Program. For additional information, contact William A. Beasley, Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning, BU321; telephone (216) 687-5583.

Continuing Education


The Division of Continuing Education provides learning opportunities for individuals who seek to improve their careers and further their personal development. Each year, more than 10,000 adults from throughout Northeast Ohio enroll in the Division’s seminars, workshops, short courses, and conferences. The Division offers non-credit programs in such fields as business and management, computers and information technology, engineering and construction, hazardous materials management, emergency preparedness, and nursing and health/human services. These programs enable adults to keep current in their work, develop new skills, acquire new knowledge, and enter new careers.

Designed and scheduled to meet the needs of adult learners, continuing education programs are offered on- and off-campus; during the day, evening, and on weekends; and online. The Division also offers customized training programs for business, industry, government, health, and community organizations at their choice of locations.

The Division also is responsible for the University’s English as a Second Language Program. The program offers graduate courses in English as a Second Language for non-native English speakers. It also offers a noncredit Intensive English Language Program that serves conditionally admitted international students and others who are preparing for full admission as graduate students.

The University’s Center for eLearning is part of the Division as well. This center provides support to faculty and students for online credit courses and degree programs. Several graduate degree programs and many graduate courses are offered in online or blended formats, and new online programs are being developed each year. For further information, call the Center for eLearning at (216) 687-3960, email elearning@csuohio.edu, or visit http://www.csuohio.edu/elearning/.

The Joseph E. Cole Center for Continuing Education offers state-of the-art education and conference facilities. The Cole Center features hands-on computer laboratories, seminar rooms, an 850-seat auditorium, and a 150-seat lecture hall, all specifically designed to meet the needs of the adult learner. Spacious lounges, meeting rooms, and dining areas supplement the educational facilities, making the Cole Center an ideal conference location, available for use by outside groups.

Continuing education programs are open to all adults. The Division awards Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for participation in its programs. In addition, the Division offers certificate programs in several specialty areas. Program brochures and catalogs are published throughout the year. For further information, call the Division of Continuing Education office at (216) 687-4850, e-mail conted@csuohio.edu, or visit the Web site at www.csuohio.edu/ce/.

University Library


The Library’s Vision Statement is: “The Library will be recognized as an accessible and exceptional user-focused center of research, learning, and creativity. We will provide the best of contemporary and traditional research tools, unique local resources, and state of the art facilities to the CSU community and work to ensure that all its members are proficient information users. We will be leaders in developing and utilizing the talents of everyone who works in the library to achieve excellence in service to students and to our community.” This statement applies especially to graduate students who should feel free to contact their subject specialist librarian for any questions about doing research for assignments and papers.

  • Library Hours
  • Borrowing Books
  • Services for Graduate Students—Click here for more resources available specifically for graduate students.
  • Scholar—The Library’s online catalog.
  • OhioLINK—Borrow books and materials from 86 other colleges and universities in Ohio.
  • InterLibrary Loan—Request materials owned by other libraries in Ohio, the country, and the rest of the world.
  • Electronic Course Reserves—Access course reading materials online twenty-four hours a day.
  • Research Databases—Find articles on a specific topic.
  • Subject Portals—Find subject specific research help.
  • Subject Librarians—Contact a subject librarian for information about the library’s policies, collections and services or to make an appointment for individual research assistance.
  • E-mail Reference Service—E-mail a librarian for research assistance.
  • Special Collections— 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.
  • Archives—The University’s official repository for records, publications, audio-visual materials, and artifacts pertinent to Cleveland State’s history and development.

We bring people and information together!

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 525,000 volumes, a federal government document depository, 3,100 periodical subscriptions, 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 https://campusnet.csuohio.edu/index.jsp.

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 Call Center 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.

For help accessing e-mail, call the Call Center at (216) 687-5050 or follow the links on the Web site at www.csuohio.edu/ist.

E-mail is available from any networked PC. Access to e-mail is available from a link on the Cleveland State home page or by visiting www.csuohio.edu/offices/ist/services/student/email.html. E-mail also can be accessed via Outlook, Outlook Express, Eudora, or other POP mail clients. The student labs also provide access to student e-mail. Instructions for using Eudora and Outlook are available from the Cleveland State University IS&T Web page at www.csuohio.edu/ist.

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 www.csuohio.edu 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: http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/teachingexcellence/

To learn more about our outstanding faculty: http://facultyprofile.csuohio.edu

Cleveland State University Call Center for computer-related questions/issues: www.csuohio.edu/ist/

Computer Labs, equipment and hours, and other useful information: http://www.csuohio.edu/ist/

IS&T Information/Services: www.csuohio.edu/ist/

Free Internet Access

Cleveland State University provides students with an Internet-access account that provides 320 hours per month of free dial-up Internet access from home. To use the Internet account, a dial-up connection needs to be added to the student’s home computer. Instructions are available online at www.csuohio.edu/ist and on paper from Rhodes Tower, Room 1104. Students also can contact the Call Center for instructions at (216) 687-5050.

The Internet Access account logon name is the student’s Cleveland State ID number. The password is the student’s CampusNet. Students who do not know their ID or CampusNet can contact the Call Center for assistance.

Free Virus-Scanning and Internet-Related Software

IS&T provides free virus-scanning software on CD and access to free weekly updates. The CD is available from Rhodes Tower, Room 1140 and includes instructions for set-up and use. In addition, IS&T provides several freeware and shareware packages through IAP (Internet Access Pack). Students can download IAP for free from the Web site. A copy of the software also is available on a free CD in Rhodes Tower, Room 1104.

Computer Use on Campus

Laptop loaners through the Mobile Campus: More information, including open hours, is available at www.csuohio.edu/ist.

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

Wireless: A student who wants to use his or her own laptop and a wireless connection will need a Cisco or compatible wireless card (available in the bookstore) configured for Cleveland State University, and the Cleveland State University ID number and CampusNet, which are available from the IS&T Call Center at (216) 687-5050. Students who do not have Cisco wireless cards should check the IS&T Web site for compatibility. The entire campus is wireless. A map and more information about the Cleveland State’s wireless network, is available online at www.csuohio.edu/ist.

Network requirements: A student who wishes to connect his or her laptop to the Internet on campus, using an Ethernet card, will need:

  1. An Ethernet card set up for the Cleveland State University environment. Instructions are available in campus computer labs and Rhodes Tower, Room 1104.
  2. A Cleveland State University ID number and CampusNet, which are available from the IS&T Call Center at (216) 687-5050.
  3. A plug-in port, available in each General Purpose Lab, the Library, the Law Library, and areas of Urban Studies.
  4. A network cable.

Campus Connection Lounge: A list of locations, and schedule of hours is available at www.csuohio.edu/ist.

General Purpose Labs: A list of locations, hours, software, and equipment is available at www.csuohio.edu/ist.

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.

Software Training: An extensive library of free online courses and books on a large variety of computer topics is available at www.csuohio.edu/training. Use your CSU ID and CampusNet to access courses and books, chat with an expert, prepare for certification, etc. Topics range from Word and PowerPoint to Rational Rose and Dreamweaver. In addition, graduate assistants are available for help with Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.

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

Contact the IS&T Call Center by:

The IS&T Call Center’s hours are posted on the Web site: http://www.csuohio.edu/ist/callcenter.shtml

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

IS&T provides a monthly newsletter online at http://www.csuohio.edu/offices/ist/services/facultystaff/info_newsletter.html.

Students can e-mail specific questions to askcio@csuohio.edu.

General questions can be directed to call.center@csuohio.edu.

Campus Mailbag

Students can view special events and other announcements by selecting Campus Mailbag at http://wapps.csuohio.edu/campusmailbag/.

Discounts on Computer-Related Purchases

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

Microsoft Office: For information about available products, contact the IS&T Call Center at (216) 687-5050. The Microsoft products include Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, Outlook, and PowerPoint) and Front Page, as well as other specialized products.