FAQ's For Current Students
Q: Where can I get the schedule for classes?
Class schedules are no longer available on paper. All class schedules for every semester are now online. SFSU has computer labs on campus for your convenience. You can check the online class schedule at the SFSU Student Schedule page.
Q: When I applied to the Graduate Division, I turned in all my transcripts. Why do I have a registration hold due to missing transcripts?
Many students turn in partial or "in progress" transcripts when they apply to SFSU. We ask that you submit a final transcript once they become available. This is especially important if the institution is the one at which you earned your BA. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in a registration hold.
Q: How do I check my ATC and Culminating Experience Proposal status?
Q: What forms do I need to file to earn my degree and graduate?
An "Application for Award of Degree" must be filed online through your ‘Student Center.’ Students who are completing their Culminating Experiences will need to submit either a Receipt for Thesis, Written Creative Work, Dissertation, or Music Composition (for students completing 898, 893, Music 894*, or 998, ) or a Report of Completion (for students completing an oral defense, 892, 894, or 895). The Report of Completion can only be obtained from your department office. To obtain a Receipt for Thesis, Written Creative Work, Dissertation, or Music Composition you must come to Graduate Studies (ADM 254) for a format check. At the final format check, Graduate Studies will sign your receipt as proof of completion and provide you with submission instructions. The Receipt must accompany you for submission to the Digital Scholarship Center (Library Room 80). For detailed information on the format check process and submission guidelines visit our Thesis webpage here: http://grad.sfsu.edu/content/current-students/thesis. If you did not complete your Culminating Experience course in one semester, your committee chair will also need to file a change of grade form with the Registrar's Office to change your grade from "Report in Progress" (RP) to "Credit" (CR).
* Students in Music Composition will need to file both the "Receipt for Master's Thesis or Written Creative Work" and the "Report of Completion".
Q: I've completed all requirements for my program, how long will it take for my degree to be awarded?
The degree evaluation process is a lengthy one, involving the verification of satisfactory completion of all courses and the culminating experience project. Evaluations of degrees are usually completed within 90 days of when grades are posted. Students may also request a letter from the Division of Graduate Studies, stating that their degree is pending final evaluation.
Q: When can I expect to receive my diploma in the mail?
Students who have been awarded their graduate degree can expect to receive their diploma in the mail approximately 4-6 months after the degree has been posted on their academic record.
Q: How do I sign up for the Commencement Ceremony?
The following students are automatically listed to participate in the Commencement Ceremony in May:
- Students who have earned their degree in the previous Fall or Summer semesters.
- Students who apply for Spring graduation.
- Students who apply for Summer graduation during the Spring application period.
Information packages will be sent out in April. You may also check to see if you are on the list by going to SF State Commencement Page.
Q: What if I need to get proof of my graduate degree before my diploma arrives?
After students have received confirmation that their graduate degree has been awarded, students may request a final transcript showing the degree conferred from the Registrar's Office 415/338-2079 or online with the Official Transcript Request form.