Why Graduate Education At San Francisco State?

From your first steps on campus, you’ll be encouraged to speak up, step out and immerse yourself in all the opportunities an San Francisco State education can bring: job opportunities, internships, scholarships, community service adventures, social justice activism and interdisciplinary collaboration with students and professors from every country in the world — not to mention the exciting experience of living in San Francisco.

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.

Our Graduate Business Programs, conveniently located at the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus in the heart of San Francisco, prepares leaders for careers in the growing innovative industries of the dynamic Bay Area and global marketplace.

San Francisco State’s abundant resources for graduate students in the social sciences, humanities and creative arts include 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.

Numerous graduates also go on to earn doctorates, including at prestigious universities such as  Stanford, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Princeton, CalTech, UC Berkeley, UC San Francisco and other prominent institutions. According to a study sponsored by the U.S. National Science Foundation, San Francisco  State ranks fourth nationally among master’s level colleges and universities for the total number of graduates who go on to Ph.D. programs.

The faculty at San Francisco State are trained in some of the finest institutions in the world. They are active scholars engaged in vital research and creative endeavors that are changing the way we understand our world. Faculty members include winners of prestigious teaching awards, cutting-edge researchers, and professionals devoted to solving community problems. They work closely with graduate students and pride themselves in their close collaboration with students on research projects and creative works.

Mentorship that recognizes differences -- and helps students feel that they belong in their institution and their program -- also matters. Good institutional mentoring recognizes the resources necessary for students to succeed and thrive, and adjusts programs and expectations to fit the profile of its students.

  • U.S. News & World Report consistently ranks many of San Francisco State’s graduate programs among the best in the United States. Our programs are nationally recognized and draw top applicants.
  • One of the top 10% of all business schools globally  –U.S. News & World Report
  • San Francisco State has the first and only College of Ethnic Studies in the country 
  • San Francisco State was the first U.S. university to establish an international relations department
  • Graduate College of Education graduates are the highest paid in the country –USA Today
  • San Francisco State was ranked in the top 25 for U.S. universities on Payscale and CollegeNet’s Social Mobility Index. That means we’re among the best at making it affordable for our students to graduate and obtain good-paying jobs. 
  • San Francisco State is one of the best Colleges that add the most value –Forbes
  • Top 25 for film schools in U.S. – Hollywood Reporter
  • Alumni have won 20 Pulitzers, 16 Oscars, 47 Emmys, 10 Grammys, and 12 Tonys
  • San Francisco State is a pioneer in the discovery of planets outside our solar system, locating 500+ to date
  • Faculty includes 10 winners of the National Science Foundation’s most prestigious award, the Faculty Early Career Development Grant