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Withdrawing from Courses and/or Program

Students are held responsible for completion of every course in which they register through the end of the add/drop period for each term. To withdraw from some or all classes after the designated add/drop period, students must submit a withdrawal form. A student wishing to withdraw from their entire program must indicate this on their withdrawal form. We strongly suggest students connect with their advisor prior to completing the withdrawal form.

For students enrolled in any Extended Learning program following the regular academic calendar:

Students may withdraw ("W" grade) from classes using MyCSUSM during a time period beginning the day after the add/drop window ends through the 19th day of the term. Beginning the 20th day of the term through the end of the 12th week, students will be required to provide third party documentation to support the withdrawal and obtain approval from the faculty and department chair, dean, or dean's designee. After the 12th week of the term, the withdrawal request must be reviewed and approved from a presidential appointee. 

For students enrolled in any Extended Learning fully online or accelerated degree program:

Students enrolled in online degree programs have until the 7th day of the session to drop classes with no academic or financial penalty. After the 7th day students must submit a withdrawal form with appropriate supporting documentation.

Withdrawal Form

Leave of Absence

Graduate degree students may take an authorized leave of absence for up to two (2) semesters. Leaves of absence can be authorized for conditionally classified or classified graduate students providing the student is: (1) in good academic standing (as defined by the program's requirements), (2) has completed at least six credit hours of CSUSM coursework toward the graduate degree in the program, and (3) has filed a completed Request for Graduate Student Leave of Absence form (please contact your Academic Advisor to obtain this form).

The completed form, including signatures of the student's faculty advisor (where applicable) and the graduate program coordinator, must be submitted to Extended Learning so that your Academic Advisor may submit the form to the Office of Registration and Records before the end of the add/drop period of the term for which the leave has been requested. A leave of absence will not be authorized if the student has completed all requirements except the culminating experience. Unauthorized leaves and failures to return from an authorized leave of absence will result in the student being dropped from the graduate program. In such cases, the student must reapply to the university and the graduate program to be considered for reinstatement.

If you are a graduate student who wants to request a leave of absence fill out this form:

Leave of Absence Request Form