Graduate Programs

The Office of Graduate Studies is committed to providing graduate students with all the resources they need to achieve their academic goals of mastery in a specific field of study. Our graduate programs are designed to provide graduate students with opportunities for independent study and research in order to broaden intellectual and creative capacity. Developed with the working professional in mind, programs are structured to allow for part-time enrollment, offer advantages to work closely with faculty and peers, and promote close supervision in culminating projects. 

News & Announcements​​

  • April 23, 2021: California State University Grad Slam Three-Minute Thesis Competition May 6, 2021

    • We are excited to announce that Madison Alpha, a graduate student in the English program, and Julianne Bradbury from the Biology program will be representing our campus at the first-ever CSU Grad Slam on May 6, 2021. It will be hosted by San José State University as a live virtual event. Grad Slam is a fast-paced and exciting event in which graduate students present their research, scholarship, and creativity in just three minutes or less.

    • Participating CSU campuses include Bakersfield, Chico, Dominguez Hills, Fresno, Fullerton, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Northridge, Sacramento, San José, San Francisco, and Sonoma. Each campus will send their top winners on to the CSU competition, where students will present their work live for a chance to win one of three possible prizes.

    • We hope you will join us for the preliminary rounds from 10:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m., where students will deliver their presentations before an initial panel of judges. Then, attend the final round at 1:00 p.m. to see top-scoring presentations from each of the preliminary rounds and find out the winners, including the Audience Choice award. You may attend the preliminary rounds, the final round, or both for the fullest Grad Slam experience and to support our student(s) should they advance to the final round. 

    • Check this webpage for updates and get ready to help us celebrate our [Campus Name] students as they compete for cash prizes and bragging rights on May 6.

    • Register here to see the best of graduate student research across California!

  • April 8, 2021: Please join Graduate Studies in a celebration of our graduating graduate students! We are hosting the Graduate Studies Graduation Celebration!
    • When: Friday, May 21st at 7pm (changed from 6pm)
    • Who: Graduate Students and their friends and family. All graduate students who are graduating during the 2020-2021 academic year will be honored. This includes students who graduated in December 2020 and who will graduate in May 2021 and Summer 2021. 
    • Where: Zoom Webinar
    • Additional information to come. If you are graduating please send a photo of yourself to graduate.studies@sonoma.edu to be featured in the Graduate Studies Sraduation Celebration slideshow. 
  • January 29, 2021: SSU held it's first annual 3 Minute Thesis Comptition on Zoom to great success. Our non-STEM and STEM Category Winner will represent SSU at the first CSU-wide 3 Minute Thesis Competition this Spring. Our Overall Winner will represent SSU at the Western Alliance of Graduate Schools conference this Spring.
    • Thank you to our amazing student partcipants:
      • Madison Alpha, English, M.A. (non-STEM Category Winner)
      • Julianne Bradbury, Biology, M.S. (STEM Category Winner and Overall Winner)
      • Brieanne Forbes, Biology, M.S.
      • Joseph Haun, Computer Engineering Sciences, M.S.
      • Shelby Hotz, Biology, M.S.
      • Matthew Neel, Cultural Resources Management, M.A.
      • Allie Northey, Biology, M.S.
    • For more information about SSU's 3 Minute Thesis Competition please nagivate to the 3 Minute Thesis Competition tab on the left. 
  • December 7, 2020, 3 Minute Thesis Competition: The SSU Office of Graduate Studies is pleased to announce that we will be hosting our first annual 3MT Competition for graduate students on January 29, 2021. The deadline for nominations (including self nomination) is December 18, 2020. For more information, as well as instructions on how to register, please navigate to the 3 Minute Thesis page on the SSU Graduate Studies webpage.
  • August 14, 2020, COVID-19: Student resources will continue to be accessed remotely during the COVID-19 response period. The office of Graduate Studies can be contacted via email graduate.studies@sonoma.edu, and the Graduate Studies website is the hub for all forms and thesis submission information. 

    As announced previously on the Academic Affairs COVID-19 Info Hub, Teaching Associate and Graduate Assistant Tuition waivers will remain in place.  It should be noted that students receiving these waivers are expected to continue to fulfill duties associated with their appointment, with appropriate adjustments for online instruction or other remote activities. We invite Program Coordinators to contact the Director of Graduate Studies for any assistance in addressing any specific issues or individual student needs. The Office of Graduate Studies seeks to support the valued experts in each of our graduate programs in responding to the unique circumstances created by COVID-19 to the greatest benefit for their students and programs.

  • August 7, 2020, Orientation: The Fall semester is just around the corner and we have important information to share with you! Information on Fall 2020 Graduate Student Orientation will be available the week of August 17th. Students will be notified via their Sonoma State email address. Orientation will be delivered through a self-guided Canvas course and includes important information about general Master's degree requirements, studest resources and services at SSU, and polices specific to graduate students.
  • May 15, 2020, Graduation: On behalf of the Office of Graduate Studies, congratulations to the class of 2020!
  • May 15, 2020, Graduation with Departmental Distinction: The Office of Gradaute Studies would like to congratulate the following graduate students who have earned the honor of graduating with the class of 2020 with Departmental Distinction, demonstrating that they have gone above and beyond during their time at SSU:
    • Haleigh Anderson (Public Administration)
    • Nancy Bucey (Nursing)
    • Breanne Cassells (English)
    • Jennifer Dant (English)
    • Dawn Garcia (Nursing)
    • Yasmeen Ghavamian (Biology)
    • David House (Computer Engineering Science)
    • Holly Molinaro (Biology)
    • Matthew Rosi (Computer Science Engineering)
    • Saumya Saxena (Computer Science Engineering)
    • Alexis Shiffer (Nursing)
    • Eric Soto (English)
    • Emily Sperou (Biology)
    • Anthony Tercero (Biology)
    • Han Ni Kaililah Tran (Nursing)
    • Matthew Wells (Public Administration)
    • Brooke Wrisley (English)
  • May 15, 2020, Graduate Studies Outstanding Research Award: The Office of Graduate Studies would like to recognize the exceptional work of the two recipients of this award for the 2020 Virtual Research Gallery:
    • David House (Computer Engineering Science) - "Metasurface Absorber for 24.125 GHz Using the Split Ring Resonator Metaparticle"
    • Paris Krause (Biology) - "Using Remote Sensing to Determine Aboveground Biomass of California Oak Species".