Mission and Vision

Graduate Studies Mission

Our mission is to provide a dynamic, diverse and collaborative learning environment that prepares graduate students to be strong leaders and engaged public citizens.

Graduate Studies Vision

Our vision is to become the premier urban, nationally recognized graduate school in California making of SF State a destination campus for students looking for excellence, intellectual engagement, creativity, and a culture of service and commitment to public good.


Academic Colleges

SF State's academic programs have an outstanding track record for producing master's graduates who move  into immediate employment in professional fields. SF State's six colleges offer master's degrees that will open doors to an exciting career.

 College of Business

Our MBA degree prepares students to succeed in a global economy. An integrated business education with strong ties to Asia Pacific Produces graduates that effectively manage across cultures and business environments.

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 College of Education

Our degree programs can further your career, boost your income or open doors to new careers in educational administration, special education, instruction technologies and multiculturalism.

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 College of Liberal & Creative Arts

SF State graduates are teaching at major universities, writing best-selling novels, working as foreign-language interpreters and creating museum exhibits. Our programs in cinema, broadcasting, music, and theater have produced Oscar, Emmy and Grammy Award winning graduates.

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 College of Ethnic Studies

With this increasingly sought after expertise, our graduates pursue careers in primary, secondary and higher education, youth-related social programs and community advocacy research. Nearly half of our graduates pursue doctoral studies.

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 College of Health & Social Sciences

Employers look to SF State when filling top-tier jobs in counseling, social work, gerontology, nursing, physical therapy, dietetics, public administration, health education, kinesiology.

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 College of Science & Engineering

SF State's connection to exciting startups, Silicon Valley, the biotechnology industry and major government and private research centers give our Science and Engineering graduates a significant edge when industry employers to seek to fill top jobs in the new knowledge-based workforce.

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University Rankings and Research

  • U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks many of SF State's graduate programs among the best in the United States. Our programs are nationally recognized and draw top applicants from across the country and internationally.

  • Our faculty, in collaboration with our graduate students, are active scholars engaged in vital research and creative endeavors that are changing the way we understand our world. Projects undertaken by our faculty are funded by grants and contracts from the most competitive government and private agencies.

  • Graduate students seeking degrees in the fields of science develop their skills in the Conservation Genetics Laboratory, the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, an electron microscope facility, a DNA analysis facility, a Thin Film Laboratory, the Center for Computing and Life Sciences and the Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Center.

  • SF State's abundant resources like the largest radio and television production facilities in Northern California, the Design Center for Global Needs, the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives, the Digital Cinema Lab, the Confucius Institute and the Graduate String Quartet Residency Program.

  • All graduate students have the use of our state-of-the-art, newly renovated Library. The new building includes 3000 seats for quiet and group study, over 250 public computers, a Digital Media Studio for students with 9 editing rooms, and extended hours study areas with 18 group study rooms.