Mission and Vision
Graduate Studies Mission
The mission of Graduate Studies is important 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.
Graduate Studies Vision
The Division of Graduate Studies aspires to become the premier urban, nationally recognized graduate school in the CSU. SF State will be a "destination" campus for all graduate disciplines that enables students to achieve their full potential as scholars and practioners. 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.
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.
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.