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CSSE Frequently Asked Questions

Who can I contact if I have questions about CSSE?
Inquiries about the program can be submitted via e-mail. Procedural questions regarding admissions should be directed to the Graduate School of Education's Admissions Office at or (510) 642-0841.

Do you offer interviews as part of the application process? Can I meet with someone to learn more about the program?
We do not conduct formal interviews as part of the application process; however, if you would like to meet with someone about the program, please send an e-mail to schedule an appointment.

Can I do the CSSE concentration as a part-time student? Is it possible to work full-time while a student?
No. It is not possible to be part-time member of a CSSE cohort. This is a full-time program, and classes typically meet during regular business hours. It may be possible to work part-time, if you have already satisfied your internship requirement.

Do you admit students in the spring semester?
No. We only accept students for admission in the fall semester.

Is financial aid available for international students?
Only U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens (those holding permanent resident cards) may apply for funds administered by the Financial Aid Office. For more information about financial aid, please visit the Financial Support for Graduate Students.

Are GRE scores required?
Yes, applicants must submit GRE scores when applying for admission.

Do I have to be a current or former student athlete to apply?
No. The Cultural Studies of Sport in Education admissions committee looks to admit a diverse group of students with a range of backgrounds.

Should I gain teaching experience before applying?
It is not necessary to have prior teaching experience before applying to the program.

Do I need an educational background in a particular field to be admissible?
No. The CSSE concentration accepts students with various majors and from a wide range of backgrounds.

Can my statement of purpose count as my writing sample?
No. The statement of purpose should be a clear and specific statement of why you want to study the intersection of athletics and academics.

Does my writing sample have to be a paper I wrote for a class?
The writing sample can be on any topic, and is preferably a paper written for a class, but we will accept other forms of writing that demonstrate your ability to write clearly and critically.

How long should my writing sample be?
The writing sample should be around 8 to 10 pages long.

Does the program offer a teaching credential?
No. Students who wish to teach in a California public schools will need to enroll in a teaching credential program before, during, or after completion of the CSSE M.A. degree program. Students with an interest in teaching English may be able to combine their interest in the Cultural Studies of Sports in Education concentration with the Multicultural Urban Secondary English (MUSE) master÷s and credential program. MUSE is a two-year program offered by the Language and Literacy, Society and Culture area of study at Berkeley's Graduate School of Education, and is operated in association with the Bay Area Writing Project. Students receive their Single Subject English Credential after one year and their M.A. by taking a seminar in the second year, often while they are in their initial year of teaching. (The M.A. from the Cultural Studies of Sport in Education program can substitute for the second year of the MUSE program.) Please visit MUSE for more information.