Office of Graduate Studies and Research

Cindy Juntunen, Associate Provost of Research and Dean of Graduate Studies


As Associate Provost for Research and Dean of Graduate Studies, I am fully committed to ensuring the best possible education for graduate and professional students at California State Monterey Bay.  Graduate school is a wonderful, challenging, and engaging experience, designed to enhance both your intellectual creativity and your life skills. 

We are fortunate to have a range of graduate programs at CSUMB.  They emphasize unique learning experiences, discipline-specific capstones, and individualized research and scholarship goals.  They also have several things in common:

  • Commitment to student achievement and success
  • Endorsement of the core principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Engaged faculty who are well-versed in research and practice

If you are a current CSUMB graduate student, I am delighted that you are here and stand ready to assist you in any way.  If you are exploring graduate school and thinking about what CSUMB can offer you, I hope you will reach out to our office or to the faculty director of your program to learn more.  I believe that we can offer every student on our campus an outstanding educational experience, and I would love to have you join the Otter raft!

Check it out

You can find out more about each of our programs under the Graduate Programs link on our main webpage.  

If you’re wondering about the big question “Why graduate school?”, check out this report from the Council of Graduate Schools (2018), Graduate Education and the Public Good -


The Office of Graduate Studies and Research exists to improve the whole graduate student experience at CSUMB, including rigorous academic programs and student life.


Graduate students at CSUMB engage in rigorous, rewarding programs; receive effective and efficient student services; engage in the recreation and social opportunities afforded by CSUMB and the region; and, find a fulfilling career or further education that leads to a rewarding life and active participation in our democratic processes.