Cleveland State University
Cleveland, OH 44115

Cleveland State University was established in 1964 by an act of the Ohio General Assembly. University facilities include the Main Classroom Building; the twenty-story Rhodes Tower, which houses faculty offices, the library, and University Center; the Business College and Law Library complex; the Convocation Center; the Cole Center; the Health Science and Physical Education complex; the Intramural Sports Center, an outdoor soccer field and tennis courts; the Theater Arts Building; the Law College; the Music and Communication Building; and the Urban Affairs complex. The University consists of six academic colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the James J. Nance College of Business Administration, the College of Education, the Fenn College of Engineering, the Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs, and the Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Thirty-seven master's degrees, six doctoral degrees, and five additional advanced degrees and eighteen graduate certificate programs are offered. Special programs include continuing education, women's studies, cooperative education, student development, and black studies. The graduate faculty has more than 500 members. Approximately 16,000 students attend CSU, approximately 5,000 of whom are enrolled in graduate work.

The Location and Community
CSU, an urban university, enjoys a close relationship with its community. Cooperative work-study programs and student internships with community institutions are available. Because the campus is located close to downtown Cleveland and near University Circle, students can easily take advantage of the city's outstanding cultural offerings. The famed Cleveland Orchestra, the Playhouse Square Foundation theaters, the Cleveland Playhouse, and Karamu House present full seasons of concerts, drama, and dance. Students also have access to the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Museum of Natural History, the Cleveland Historical Society, the Cleveland Health Museum, Cleveland Public Library, the Great Lakes Science Center, the S.S. Mather Maritime Museum, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Programs of Study and Degree Requirements
Cleveland State University (CSU) offers master's degrees in accountancy and financial information systems, applied communication theory and methodology, biology, business administration (graduate certificates in health-care administration; health-care total quality management and continuous quality improvement; urban real estate development and finance; and data-driven marketing planning available), chemical engineering, chemistry, civil engineering, engineering mechanics, computer and information science, economics, education (counselor education; curriculum and instruction; educational administration; postsecondary education and supervision; and a graduate certificate in adult learning and development), electrical and computer engineering (graduate certificate in software engineering also available), English, environmental engineering, environmental science, environmental studies, health sciences, physical therapy, occupational therapy, (graduate certificates in ergonomics/human factors; culture, communication, and health care; and occupational therapy/physical therapy in the schools), history (art history specialization available), industrial and manufacturing engineering, labor relations and human resources, mathematics, mechanical engineering, music, philosophy (graduate certificate in advanced bioethics available), physics (specialization in medical physics available), psychology (clinical counseling and experimental psychology, post-master's in school psychology, graduate certificate in gerontology, and professional diversity training available), public administration, public health, social work, sociology, Spanish, speech pathology, urban planning, and urban studies and public affairs (graduate certificates in urban geographic information systems, nonprofit management, urban economic development, and urban real estate development and finance available). Three post-master's programs grant degrees in educational administration, counseling and pupil personnel administration, and school psychology. Doctoral programs in biology, business administration, clinical/analytical chemistry, engineering (specialization in applied biomedical engineering available), urban education, and urban studies and public affairs also are offered. Most master's degree programs have a 32-semester-hour minimum requirement and can be completed in one year of full-time study. Part-time graduate students constitute a large component of graduate enrollment. Graduate courses generally are offered in the late afternoon and evening for the benefit of the part-time student.

Facilities & Resources
Research centers and institutes at the University include the Biomedical and Health Institute; the Center for Environmental Sciences, Technology, and Policy; the Cleveland Center for Mass Spectrometry; the CSU DNA Analysis Center; and the Labor-Management Relations Center. In addition, the Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) Research Institute is a partner in the research offerings in the clinical chemistry, engineering, and biology doctoral degree programs. Affiliations with the CCF at the master's level include the areas of health sciences, nursing, public health, and health-care administration. The Cleveland MetroHealth Center is a partner in the master's degree programs in chemistry and speech pathology. The NASA-Glenn Research Center annually sponsors more than $5 million in research at the University. The Advanced Manufacturing Center provides an opportunity for collaborative research sponsored by the College of Engineering and private industry. The University Library supports CSU's instructional and research programs through resources and services made available to students both in-house and over the Internet. The library contains more than 900,000 volumes of print resources, 7,200 serial subscriptions (online and in print), more than 100 online research databases, 670,000 microforms, and substantial holdings of sound recordings, curriculum materials, art slides, films, videotapes, and multimedia products. The library provides more than 125 public computers connected to the Internet for access to online resources to conduct research. Information regarding library holdings is available online through SCHOLAR at An adaptive technology lab also is available with software designed specifically for students with disabilities.

Expenses and Aid
Graduate courses cost $425 per semester credit hour for Ohio residents and $690 for nonresidents. Tuition for a full-time load (13-16 semester credit hours) is $4,757 per term for Ohio residents and $8,433 for nonresidents.

Financial Aid:
Graduate teaching, research, and administrative assistantships are available in most departments that offer graduate degrees. A full-time graduate assistant may be awarded a stipend ($5,480 minimum per term for master's level and $5,900 minimum per term for doctoral level) in addition to tuition support. Graduate assistants are required to provide 10, 15, or 20 hours of service per week in the department's research and/or teaching program. Graduate tuition grants also are available to qualified students. Funds permitting, Doctoral Dissertation Research Expense Awards and Travel Awards to present research at professional meetings and conferences are available on a competitive basis to qualified doctoral students. Funds are also awarded to graduate students on the basis of need through the Financial Aid Office.

Housing/Living Expenses:
Dormitory accommodations are available for full-time students; however, there currently are no housing facilities for married students. Convenient off-campus apartments in downtown Cleveland or in the nearby suburbs are available at varying costs. The campus is easily accessible by public transportation.

How to Apply / Application
Graduate applicants are required to have a 2.75 cumulative grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale (Some programs require a 3.0 or better. Students should consult the program descriptions in the online graduate catalog at Applicants may be asked to submit the results of the GRE, GMAT, MAT, or English language proficiency tests, as appropriate. At the time of application, students must submit a $30 nonrefundable application fee payable in U.S. currency. Applicants must submit transcripts from all colleges previously attended and two recommendation letters (not required for all programs; applicants should consult the graduate catalog). Applications, including transcripts, and all supporting materials must be received in the Office of Graduate Admissions by July 15 for fall term, December 2 for spring term, and April 15 for summer term. For programs with earlier application deadlines, applicants should consult the online graduate catalog.

Who to Contact
Graduate Admissions Office
Rhodes Tower West, Room 204
Cleveland State University
2121 Euclid Avenue RTW204
Cleveland, Ohio 44115-2214


Fax: 216-687-5400


Faculty,Graduate Deans and Chairpersons

• Arts and Sciences: Earl Anderson, Ph.D., Dean (Interim).

• Art: George Mauersberger, M.F.A., Chairperson.

• Biological, Geological, and Environmental Sciences: Michael Gates, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Chemistry: Stan Duraj, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Communications: Susan Kogler-Hill, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Economics: Vijay Mathur, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• English: John Gerlach, Ph.D., Chairperson (Interim).

• Health Sciences: Bette Bonder, Ph.D., Chairperson (Interim).

• History: Joyce Mastboom, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Mathematics: Sherwood D. Silliman, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Modern Languages: Philippa Yin, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Music: Eric Ziolek, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Nursing: Noreen Cavan Frisch, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Philosophy: Jane McIntyre, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Physics: Myron Kaufman, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Political Science: Donald E. Schulz, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Psychology: Mark H. Ashcraft, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Social Work: Maggie Jackson, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Sociology: Peter Meiksins, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Speech Pathology: Benjamin Wallace, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Business Administration: Robert F. Scherer, Ph.D., Dean.

• Accelerated M.B.A.: Patricia Hite, Director.

• Doctor of Business Administration Director: Benoy Joseph, Ph.D.

• Executive M.B.A.: Patricia Hite, Director.

• M.B.A. Director: Benoy Joseph, Ph.D.

• Master of Public Health (M.P.H.): Brenda Stevenson Marshall, Ph.D.

• Accounting and Business Law: Lawrence A. Kreiser, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Computer and Information Science: Donald G. Golden, Ph.D. Chairperson.

• Finance: Lawrence A. Kreiser, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Health-Care Administration: Brenda Stevenson-Marshall, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Management & Labor Relations: Jeffrey Susbauer, Ph.D., Chairperson (Interim).

• Marketing: Marian Webb, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Operations Management & Business Statistics: James Flynn, Ph.D., Chairperson (Interim).

• Education: James McLoughlin, Ph.D., Dean.

• Ph.D. Program Director: Carl F. Rak, Ph.D.

• Counseling, Administration, Supervision, and Adult Learning: Elliott R. Ingersoll, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Curriculum and Foundations: Francine Peterman, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance: Vincent J. Melograno Jr., Ed.D.

• Specialized Instructional Programs: Clifford T. Bennett, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Engineering: Charles K. Alexander, Ph.D., Dean.

• Doctoral Program Director: Joan M. Bellovich, Ph.D.

• Chemical Engineering: Orhan Talu, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Civil and Environmental Engineering: Paul Bosela, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Electrical and Computer Engineering: Eugenio Villaseca, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Engineering Technology: Donald J. Anthan, MSEE, Chairperson. (Acting).

• Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering: Joseph Svestka, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Mechanical Engineering: Mounir B. Ibrahim, Ph.D., Chairperson.

• Law: Steven Steinglass, J.D., Dean.

• Urban Affairs: Mark S. Rosentraub, Ph.D., Dean.

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