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School of Graduate Studies and Research

Graduate Student Handbook

Welcome from Dean Archer of the Graduate School
We at the School of Graduate Studies and Research (SGSR) are pleased to provide this handbook, which we hope will help both new and continuing students navigate graduate student life at Central Washington University.

You have embarked on an exciting journey. Graduate school is fun and exciting, but it can also be stressful and difficult. This handbook has been compiled to help make your progress as smooth as possible.

The information will help guide you through the hurdles of graduate school, and provide advice that comes from our experience working with graduate students, their faculty advisors and committees. This guide is meant for general overview purposes only. Refer to your own department’s handbook or policy guide for detailed information pertaining to your area of study.

If you have questions at any time during your graduate career, do not hesitate to contact me directly via phone: 509.963.3100 or email:; I and my staff are also available to meet you virtually via zoom. 

Please download the handbook here

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