Minimum Graduate Admission Requirements

If a student meets the minimum requirements for graduate and post-baccalaureate studies, he/she will be considered for admission in one of the following categories:

  • Graduate Classified: Admitted without contingencies. Must meet program and University requirements.
  • Graduate Conditionally Classified: Student must remediate or complete all deficiencies identified prior to admission. Must apply for classified status. If admitted, must meet all program and University requirements.
  • Contingent Admittance: If you were admitted before your undergraduate degree was earned, you must forward your final transcript with degree posted by the fourth week of instruction the semester you're admitted. If you do not submit proof of your degree, you will be declassified and you will have to reapply for admission as a graduate student.

No units taken as a Second Bachelor's Student can be utilized as part of a Master's Program.

Admission Forms
  • Graduate Application Form for DOMESTIC Applicants
  • Late Application Request
    Applicants seeking to apply after the program deadline has passed, must obtain support from the  Department Chair, Program Director or Graduate Coordinator for the program to which you apply.  A signed petition is no longer required to allow a prospective student to apply after a deadline. A Department Chair, Program Director or Graduate Coordinator must request a late application from the Division of Graduate Studies.
  • Petition for Graduate Admission Exception (PGA) Form
    The Petition for Graduate Admission Exception (PGA) requires departmental support. Please contact your department to request an appointment with a graduate coordinator or department chair for assistance in completing this petition. Incomplete petitions will be returned to the student until all supporting documentation can be provided.
  • Residency Questionnaire Form
    This form is requested during initial review of an application when California Residency cannot be determined from information provided on the CSU Application for Graduate Admissions. You will be notified by mail or email if this form is needed. Submit this form ONLY when requested by the Division of Graduate Studies.
  • Immunization Form
    SFSU students are required to show proof of Measles, Mumps and Rubella (MMR) Immunization. In addition SFSU students who are 18 years old or younger will need to show proof of Hepatitis B immunization at the beginning of their first semester. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in a registration hold.
  • Transfer Unit Evaluation
    Graduate courses taken at another university are not automatically transferable to a SF State program. At the discretion of your department faculty, with support of the Dean of Graduate Studies, a maximum of 6 semester units may be used in meeting the requirements of a 30 unit program, or proportionally more for a program requiring 45 or more units. Students requesting transfer of units should confer with the department chair or graduate coordinator and the Division of Graduate Studies during the admission process or immediately after notification of admission.
  • Special Major Application
    Must work with Graduate Studies Advisor to develop program.


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