GWR Information for Postbaccalaureate Students
A graduate student seeking a Master's Degree or a teaching credential must fulfill the GWR within their first quarter of residency in order to be advanced to candidacy.
Postbaccalaureate students who have earned an undergraduate degree at an institution within the CSU or UC systems have fulfilled the GWR by virtue of that degree. Your GWR milestone is updated to complete during your first quarter on campus.
Graduate students who have earned an undergraduate degree at a university outside the CSU or UC systems also may be eligible for a GWR substitution based on alternate criteria. You should review the alternate criteria for GWR substitution before attempting to satisfy the requirement in case you qualify for a substitution. (Please note: currently we do not accept passing scores on the CBEST, CSET, or TWE as substitution for the GWR.)
If you have not earned an undergraduate degree from within the CSU or UC systems, or if you do not qualify for a substitution, then 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, pass the writing exam in the class, 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).