Mission and Vision

San Francisco State University provides students from diverse backgrounds access to 64 master’s degree
programs, an Ed.D program in Educational Leadership and three joint doctoral degrees offered with the
University of California. In 2006, the University reviewed graduate policies and academic standards for
master’s degrees and implemented a program review process and a course of action that will prepare students
for the world of work or further doctoral education.

SFSU Graduate Studies Mission

The mission of Graduate Studies is to implement the academic policies and curricula that promote excellence across the disciplines. Graduate students, from diverse experiences, will seek advanced study in programs leading to teaching occupations; professional and clinical careers; doctoral study; as well as innovative professions that contribute to our local communities, the state and the nation.

SFSU Graduate Studies Vision

The SFSU Division of Graduate Studies aspires to become the premier urban, nationally recognized graduate school in the CSU.  SFSU will be a “destination” campus for all graduate disciplines that enables students to achieve their full potential as scholars and practitioners.  The curriculum will embody ethical thinking and social justice woven throughout the course of study as students meet the highest expectations of critical thinking, intellectual engagement, creativity, scholarly work and service associated with their fields of study or disciplines.

Student Objectives:

  • Provides applicants with comprehensive support in the admission process to facilitate access for diverse
  • and non-traditional student populations who meet the admission requirements.
  • Provides graduate student support by managing graduate student assistantship programs, the Graduate
  • Equity Fellowship, and Provost Scholar Tuition Waiver programs.
  • Provides students with information on their roles and responsibilities as active agents in their pursuit of a
  • degree.
  • Helps new and returning students to access and understand University policies, regulations and
  • procedures.
  • Provides students with 24/7 online access to forms and procedures and policies to facilitate completion of
  • their degrees.
  • Guides students in the accurate and timely completion of degree requirements through workshops and
  • one-on-one meetings with Graduate Studies staff and advisors.
  • Provides one-on-one Graduate Advising support and mentoring to supplement program faculty advising
  • and provide specific referrals for specialized help with academics, psycho-social issues and financial aid.
  • Reviews records, performance and goals of students on probation or subject to disqualification and meets
  • with students for individual support and referrals.
  • Provides pre-graduation checks to help students meet graduation requirements and manage their
  • culminating research and projects to ensure a quality experience and intellectual competence.
  • Provides students with opportunities to display their research and scholarship or projects in a public venue
  • and provide opportunities to participate in research and thesis competitions at the state level.

Faculty Objectives:

  • Responds to domestic and international student inquiries for information on graduate majors and programs within the University by responding to phone, email and social networking requests, and sending information packets.
  • Participates in Graduate Fairs as a method of recruitment for graduate programs and manages online program recruitment processes with a focus on improving destination campus status.
  • Manages University graduate admissions processes and supports programs in their admission processes.
  • Supports faculty, staff and graduate coordinators in their missions to provide students with comprehensive information and mentoring options leading to graduation in a timely manner.
  • Provides departments with access to online forms required for advising, petitions and procedures.
  • Provides faculty and staff training sessions about graduate requirements and advising support options for students.
  • Provides access to 24/7 admission and enrollment, and graduation data sets for graduate faculty, the graduate coordinator and program admission personnel.
  • Manages graduate fellowship programs, the Provost Scholar tuition waiver process and graduate assistantships providing support for graduate students.
  • Collaborates with the Human and Animal Protocol Office related to graduate student research.
  • Provides opportunities to showcase graduate student and faculty research and creative works by managing the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase and the CSU Research Competition.
  • Provides support for faculty in the strategic development of new or revised graduate degree program curricula, options for hybrid state and self-support programs, and program review documents with consideration of institutional priorities, values, and capacity of the program to maintain faculty lines, curricular offerings and research and scholarship activities leading to the degree.