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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:

  1. Pass the Writing Proficiency Exam (WPE)
  2. 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).


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Jan. 7 - March 20

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April 9, 10, 27

*Click here for WPE preparatory resources.

Writing Consultations

The University Writing & Rhetoric Center offers free writing consultations to all Cal Poly students. Students may visit one of three locations and work with a consultant for thirty or sixty minutes.  *Note: the center is no longer located in Building 10, Room 138; the center's main location is now in Kennedy Library, Room 111C. Click here for more information.

English Placement

The CSU determines four levels of English placement based on multiple measures of students' pre-college performance. Students placed in both Category III and Category IV are required to complete a two-quarter stretch sequence of English composition. Category IV students are also required to complete Early Start English prior to enrolling in the two-quarter stretch sequence. More information is available here.

Graduation Writing Requirement

The GWR must be fulfilled by all Cal Poly students who are seeking a degree, including a Master's degree or teaching credential.  Undergraduate students must complete 90 units before they can fulfill the requirement and should fulfill the requirement before the senior year.  Visit the GWR page for more information.