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College of Business

Accountancy MSA

The MSA program is flexible for business and non-business undergraduates and is designed to meet the academic course work requirements for the Certified Professional Accounting (CPA) examination. Specialized areas of study also include financial accounting, auditing, managerial accounting, taxation, and accounting information systems.

Business Administration MBA

The MBA program is tailored to prepare you with the knowledge you need to lead and manage a broad range of businesses. You may choose to earn a general MBA degree, a concentration in sustainable business or build an emphasis in a particular area such as finance, management, marketing, decision sciences, international business, information systems or our newest areas in leadership and social innovation.

Economics MA

The Master of Arts in Economics is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in economic theory and quantitative techniques, necessary for doing applied work in economics or a related field (e.g., financial economics).

Business Administration (Executive MBA Part-Time) MBA

With a focus on refining innovative leadership competencies, management skills, and entrepreneurship, this premier program properly equips working professionals to meet the demands of today’s global economy and advance to the executive level in their careers.

College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Anthropology MA

The study of human diversity lies at the core of the Department of Anthropology. Through their graduate careers, our students acquire a detailed knowledge about human populations past and present as well as the essential skills that enable all of us to engage with the world’s modern multicultural community in an ethical and just way.


The three-year MFA program is designed to provide professional competency for the student pursuing a career as an artist including working in a range of public roles. The program offers the following emphasis: ceramics, conceptual and information arts, new practices, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, or textiles.  

Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) MA

The graduate program reflects a comprehensive view of the communication discipline with an integration of theory and practice. Our professors bring real-world expertise in the theory and practice of television, video, audio, radio, digital production and content delivery, multimedia, scriptwriting, and media business.

Chinese MA

The Master of Arts in Chinese provides graduate-level training in the areas of literature, linguistics and pedagogy, through which the student builds a foundation for further research and language-related careers. 

Cinema MFA

The Master of Fine Arts in Cinema program offers rigorous, professional training in cinema production in conjunction with an understanding of cinema history, theory and aesthetics.

Cinema Studies MA

The M.A. in Cinema Studies at SF State offers students the opportunity to pursue graduate research in cinema and media scholarship. We believe that “cinema” refers to all moving image media, from early films to emerging digital media forms. The M.A. program emphasizes not only the study of cinema history, theory and criticism, but of all “cinematic” media and the theories related to them. The curriculum allows students considerable freedom to choose among a wide variety of course offerings, building toward producing a thesis that emphasizes focused research on a specific topic related to their interests.

Classics MA

The Master of Arts in Classics introduces students to advanced methodologies used in the study of the ancient languages, the interpretation of ancient texts, and the analysis of material culture.

Communication Studies MA

The graduate program prepares students for communication-related careers that require an advanced degree. We invite students into a life of engaged scholarly inquiry in communication with a focus on social justice. Students and faculty work in community where curriculum and scholarship span the breadth of human interaction and performance.

Comparative Literature MA

The program combines the objectives of graduate study in foreign languages and literatures with an emphasis on the intercultural and international aspects of literature. The goal of the program is to provide graduate training in subjects common to more than one national literature.

Creative Writing MFA

The MFA in Creative Writing is a 54 unit program which consists of writing workshops as well as creative process and /or literature courses. Our curriculum reflects our commitment to a variety of styles, subjects, and approaches, recognizing the complexity and breadth of contemporary writing.

English (Creative Writing) MA

The Master of Arts in English with concentration in Creative Writing offers students the opportunity to focus on ambitious, constructive exploration of creative written work; central to this exploration is the study of diverse works of literature.

English (Composition) MA

The graduate program is intended to train, or give additional training to, professionals in the field of composition, whether they teach or intend to teach at the college, community college, or advanced high school levels, supervise writing programs, or pursue doctoral work in composition or English education.

English (Linguistics) MA

The graduate program provides students with a solid grounding in the tools of language analysis. The program provides a background for teachers of English at the secondary and community college levels, for other specialists in education, and for those who wish to pursue advanced studies in the structure of language.

English (Literature) MA

The graduate program provides students with opportunities for professionalization in the field of English literature. The program both offer students a broad background in critical theory and literature written in English and provide opportunities for in-depth study.

English (TESOL) MA

The graduate program is offered as a result of a local, national, and international demand for persons prepared to perform various services in English as a foreign or second language. This concentration includes work in literature and foreign languages, with electives in Education and the social sciences, as well as specialized work at an advanced level in linguistics and language teaching.

French MA

The graduate program offers a challenging and enriching experience for those who are interested not only in the French language but also in French culture and society. The program is primarily focused on the study of literature and culture, from the Middles Ages to the 20th century.

German MA

The graduate program in German offers students a challenging and enriching course of studies that encompasses literary and cultural history with particular emphasis on interdisciplinary studies, culture and aesthetics, and linguistics.

History MA

The graduate program offers specialties in the history of the United States, Europe before 1500, Europe after 1500, Latin America, World History, and Gender in History. In addition, the recently adopted concentration in Modern World history gives our students an opportunity to study an important emerging field of history.

Humanities MA

The Master of Arts in Humanities is an interdisciplinary program that promotes the cross-cultural study of texts (written, aural and visual), traditions, and courses. Our inquiry focuses on expressive forms, social conduct, values, and artistic insights across human communities.

Industrial Arts MA

The program emphasizes problem-solving competencies that facilitate the ability to solve many problems, which can be both conceptual and practical in nature. Graduate students in the program study visual communication and product design with an interdisciplinary perspective or may develop a specialized area of study in graphic design and/or visual communications, product design and /or manufacturing, industrial technology, project management, or digital media.

International Relations MA

The graduate degree program is focused on training our students to be international professionals. Our M.A. graduates are well prepared to enter a competitive workforce in government, business and non-profit, or to pursue advanced graduate training leading to a Ph.D.

Italian MA

The Master of Arts in Italian program stresses the study of literature and culture. We emphasize Italianistica (Italian Studies), and individual authors from the Middle Ages to the present.

Japanese MA

The program offers a diverse range of graduate level courses in Japanese languages, literature, culture, linguistics, and pedagogy. The M.A. in Japanese offers two emphases: Teaching Japanese as a Foreign Language and Professional Applications of the Language Study as part of the Graduate curriculum.

Museum Studies MA

The graduate program is designed to provide professional training in major areas of museum work—Museum Management & Fundraising, Curatorship, Registration/Collections Management, Exhibition Design, Cultural Property Law and Protection, and Museum Education & Public Programming.

Music MA/MM

The School of Music and Dance offers both professional and liberal arts degree programs in music: Master of Arts in Music and Master of Music. The M.A. program is for students interested in advanced Composition Studies, History and Literature, or Music Education. The M.M. program provides graduate study for the superior performer and allows for maximum development of specialized skills in the candidate’s particular area of documented achievement.

Philosophy MA

One of the top eight M.A. programs in the U.S. – according to The Philosophical Gourmet – this graduate program provides students opportunities to study with distinguished scholars with expertise in philosophy of science, law, medical ethics, religion, feminism and more.

Political Science MA

The graduate program is designed for students who wish to proceed to further post-graduate study at the doctoral level as well as those who seek to terminate their study with the M.A. Areas of specialization within the program may include: American Politics, Political Theory, and Comparative Politics.

Spanish MA

The graduate program is mostly focused on Spanish and Latin American literature and culture from the Middle Ages to the present. Over the course of their graduate studies in Spanish, students acquire a solid grounding in major works of poetry, prose, and theater, as well as the tools necessary to approach these works critically. 

Drama MA

The Master of Arts in Drama provides training for students wishing to expand their knowledge and increase their competence in the fields of history and literature of the theatre, acting, directing, theatre design, and production.

Theater Arts (Design) MFA

The Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts offers a Concentration in Design/Technical Production and is designed to provide rigorous, professional training to prepare students for careers as professional theatre artists or artist teachers.

Women and Gender Studies MA

The graduate program focuses on women, gender, and feminism in transnational and multicultural contexts, preparing students to engage critically with analytical categories such as gender, race, sexuality, nation, class, labor, and able-bodiedness.


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College of Ethnic Studies

Asian American Studies MA

The graduate program is designed, through disciplinary and interdisciplinary inquiries and analyses of Asian American history, literature and the arts, gender and family studies, as well as community studies, to provide students with a critical knowledge of the diverse Asian American population.

Ethnic Studies MA

The graduate program is designed to increase students’ knowledge and understanding of the experiences of people of color and Native peoples. The program provides training in techniques for the analysis of historical and contemporary social problems related to these experiences, and the curriculum develops students’ capacity to structurally assess, plan, and evaluate social policies aimed at the resolution of these problems.

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College of Health and Social Sciences

Family & Consumer Sciences/Dietetic MA

The Master of Arts in Family & Consumer Sciences is designed to prepare students for advanced studies of individual, family, and community issues using an interdisciplinary approach.

Counseling MS

The M.S. in Counseling offers three master’s degrees: M.S. in Counseling; M.S. in Counseling with a Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling; and the M.S. in Rehabilitation Counseling. All graduates are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination.

Gerontology MA

The applied Masters of Arts in Gerontology program is designed for students preparing for a career in the field of aging or in a related human service field.

Sexuality Studies MA

Our graduate program provides an integrative and comprehensive graduate degree for students interested in studying and working with issues related to human sexuality, sexuality education, research, and social policy.

Kinesiology MS

Students in the M.S. program apply multiple perspectives to problems related to exercise, fitness, motor skills and/or development in the contexts of activities of daily living, play, games, sport, and other forms of human physical activity.

Nursing MS

The School of nursing provides graduate and post graduate level educational opportunities for registered nurses and individuals with bachelor’s degree in other fields who wish to enter the nursing profession.

Physical Therapy (Joint DPT w/UCSF)

The Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) program is designed to prepare scholarly clinicians, educators, collaborative clinical researchers, administrative managers and community leaders.

Public Administration MPA

The MPA program is based on the premise that policy and administration must be understood in relation to each other, and the core of the program seeks to develop knowledge, skills, and understanding in both public policy and public administration.

Public Health MPH

The MPH program in Community Health Education offers an innovative 44-unit curriculum in community health education that promotes social justice and develops culturally and professionally competent leaders in the field of public health.

Recreation, Parks, & Tourism MS

Learn the skills needed to be employed in the dynamic multifaceted profession of recreation, parks, and tourism from our faculty who have worked extensively and conducted research in these fields.

Social Work MSW

The MSW program prepares students to become competent human service providers for versatile, creative, and sensitive practice in multiple setting and involving diverse populations.

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Graduate College of Education

Education (Adult Education) MA

Graduates of this program work as leaders in a wide variety of contexts addressing the increasing need for adult education activities in literacy programs, community-based organizations, and many other formal and non-formal settings.

Education (Equity & Social Justice) MA

A major component of this graduate program is social activism. The graduate program focuses on theoretical, historical and political perspectives of race, class, gender, language, and sexual orientation as they apply to the theory and practice of education.

Education (Instructional Technologies) MA

Instructional Technologies (ITEC) graduates are professionals who holistically apply learning theory; and design, develop, and evaluate instruction with appropriate technologies.

Education (Educational Administration) MA

Graduates of the program will understand how national and international social and technological changes impact education and what their implications for leadership are – particularly for schools with historically marginalized students.

Education (Special Interest) MA

The program allows graduate students to design and complete, under advisement, a program of specialized study that emphasizes a particular issue or problem in education.

Education (Elementary Education) MA

The Master of Arts in Education: Concentration in Elementary Education provides elementary school teachers with advanced knowledge of research, theory, and practice in the field of elementary education in general as well as in particular subject matter disciplines. This concentration is a continuation of the SF State Multiple Subjects Credential Program and is only open to students who have completed their credential within three years of applying to the MA.

Education (Early Childhood Education) MA

The graduate program provides educators with advanced knowledge and training in research, theory, and practice for working with children and families in multicultural and multilingual early childhood settings.

Education (Language & Literacy) MA

Designed to extend knowledge in the field of language and literacy development when teaching linguistically and culturally diverse groups, either in elementary, secondary or adult education

Education (Mathematics) Education MA

The graduate program promotes and supports teacher-leaders to be knowledgeable both in mathematics content and in the use of pedagogical practices that enable all students to learn mathematics.

Education (Secondary Education) MA

The graduate program is designed to support beginning teachers in developing and reflecting on their practice in relation to recent and continuing research on teaching and learning in their subject areas.

Special Education MA

The graduate program is designed for competence in research and leadership skills in working with people with disabilities in program emphasis areas, including early childhood, mild/moderate disabilities, moderate/severe disabilities, orientation and mobility, and visual impairment.

Special Education (Joint PhD w/UCB)

The Doctoral Program in Special Education, offered jointly by San Francisco State University and the University of California, Berkeley, culminates in a Ph.D. degree. The program draws on the strengths of both universities in developing leaders and research specialists in the field of special education.

Communicative Disorders (w/ Speech-Lang. Path) MA/CRED

The program is designed to train competent, culturally sensitive speech-language pathologist who can appreciate and understand the importance of research in clinical practice. 

Educational Leadership EdD

This innovative program has a distinct mission: to prepare educational leaders for P-12 schools and community colleges who will transform their organizations to enhance learning and achievement for all students.

Credential Programs    

All programs are based on excellence in teaching and clinical services, with a commitment to research and scholarship, focusing on the integration of services to schools and community agencies.     

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College of Science and Engineering

Biology MS

Our graduate programs in cell and molecular biology, conservation biology, ecology and systematics, marine biology, microbiology, physiology and behavioral biology, and biomedical are all designed to train and education students to meet the challenges of leadership roles in the biological sciences.

Chemistry/ Biochemistry MS

The M.S. in Chemistry is designed as a balanced program in analytical, inorganic, organic, and physical chemistry, and biochemistry. The department also offers the M.S. in Chemistry with a Concentration in Biochemistry for students who want to specialize in the biochemical aspects of chemistry.

Marine Science MS

The MS in Marine Science provides students with in-depth training in interdisciplinary science research, technology, communication and teaching skills, professional internship experience, career development workshops and dedicated program advising. This two year program prepares students for leadership in a variety of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) related professions, to solve the critical challenges facing urbanized coastal ecosystems in a time of rapid global change.  

Marine Science RIP TIDES Interdisciplinary Studies MS

The MS in Marine Science Research Intensive Pedagogical Training of InterDisciplinary Estuarine Scientists, or RIP TIDES for short, aims to prepare students to work at the intersection of global change, ecosystem dynamics, and societal challenges.

Computer Science MS

The graduate program prepares students for a wide variety of careers in computing and related industries, and for advanced study toward a Ph.D. degree. We offer three specializations: Software Engineering, Computing for Life Sciences, and Computing in Business.

Engineering (Embedded Electrical & Computer Systems) MS

The concentration in Engineering focuses on designing reliable, energy efficient, high performance computing circuits in emerging nanotechnologies.

Engineering (Energy Systems) MS

A newly developed concentration area for the M.S. in engineering degree addresses this rising demand for energy professionals. Concentration area includes coursework in: Energy Resources and Sustainability; Renewable Energy Systems; Energy-Efficient Buildings; energy Auditing, Measurement and Verification.

Engineering (Structural/Earthquake Engineering) MS

The concentration of the M.S. in Engineering focuses on research and design studies towards resilient and sustainable civil engineering infrastructure.

Geography MA

The graduate programs in Geography meet the academic needs of individuals seeking careers in environmental management and policy, urban and regional planning, Geographic Information Science or as academics at the community college level, as well as students who wish to pursue doctoral studies elsewhere.

Geographic Information Science MS

The graduate program prepares graduate students for advanced careers in a wide range of geospatial information research and application. GISci encompasses the development, use, and applications of geographic information systems (GIS), cartography, remote sensing, global positioning systems (GPS), and spatial statistics.

Geosciences MS

The graduate program is an advanced, postgraduate degree that prepares students for careers in private industry, government, teaching in community colleges, or for continuing postgraduate studies leading to a doctoral degree at another university.

Mathematics MA

The graduate program offers students the opportunity to study advanced mathematics under the guidance of a faculty encompassing many different areas of research. Classes are small and graduate students pursue their own mathematical interests through seminars and research projects with faculty members.

Physics MS

SF State offers the Master of Science in Physics and the Master of Science in Physics with a concentration in Astronomy. These programs serve students who seek advanced knowledge in physics in astronomy.

Psychology (Clinical Psychology) MS

The program is designed to qualify students to provide mental health services in diverse settings, including community mental health centers, schools, hospitals, private practice, and managed care environments (to name a few).

Psychology (Developmental Psychology) MS

The program is designed for students with major interests in areas of social and emotional development, parent-child relationships, sex differences, development across cultures and ethnic minority groups, learning, cognition, and psycholinguistics.

Psychology (Industrial/Organizational Psychology) MS

The program is designed to qualify students for professional careers in organizational behavior and human resource functions in business, industry, or government; or for doctoral programs in industrial/organizational psychology.

Psychology (Mind, Brain, and Behavior) MA

The program consists of 35 semester units typically requiring four semesters to complete. Much of the Program is tutorial, with each student working closely with a faculty adviser. Twelve of the units involve independent study with an appropriate faculty member.

Psychology (School Psychology) MS

The M.S. program prepares students to provide professional expertise in school settings for the purpose of promoting improvement in the quality of life for children, their families, and the community. This program leads to the Pupil Personnel Services Credential with authorization in School Psychology.

Psychology (Social Psychology) MA

The graduate program prepares students for professional careers in research, teaching, and practical applications of social psychology at the Master of Arts level, while at the same time offering a foundation of education and experience appropriate for students who intend to proceed to doctoral study.

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