GWR Information for Postbaccalaureate Students
A graduate student seeking a Master's Degree or a teaching credential must fulfill the GWR within his/her first quarter of residency in order to be advanced to candidacy.
Postbaccalaureate students may want to meet with an advisor before attempting to satisfy the requirement in case they meet alternate criteria for GWR substitution. For example, postbacclaureate students who earned an undergraduate degree at an institution within the CSU or UC systems may request that their profile be updated (contact the University Writing & Rhetoric Center Office). And, graduate students who earned an undergraduate degree at a university outside the CSU or UC systems may be eligible for a GWR substitution based on alternate criteria. (Please note: currently we do not accept passing scores on the CBEST, CSET, or TWE as substitution for the GWR.)
If you are required to fulfill the GWR, there are two options for doing so:
- Pass the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE)
- Enroll in a GWR-approved upper-division course and earn a C grade or better
*Graduate students interested in registering for the WPE should contact Marikay Pannone in the Writing & Rhetoric Center office (Kennedy Library, Room 202A; 805.756.2067).