Advancement to Candidacy

About the Advancement to Candidacy form:

  • The ATC form acts as a contract between you, your department, and the university. It lists the specific requirements you must complete before your degree can be awarded.
  • The ATC form must be approved by Graduate Studies before enrolling in and beginning research for the culminating experience course.
  • You can submit the ATC form after completing at least eighteen semester units.
  • Forms are submitted the semester prior to enrollment in the Culminating Experience Course and are due every November and April 1st.
  • ATC form needs to be filled out in coordination with your program adviser and submitted for final review, approval and signing through the DocuSign ATC Submission Portal.

Instructions on submission:

  1. Find your program specific ATC form (listed below).
  2. Fill out the form accordingly and save the document as a PDF.
  3. Navigate to the ATC Submission Portal, here you will be instructed to upload your ATC PDF.

Important: Please only use the link above to start the ATC form routing process. Once you start the routing process for the ATC submission, make sure to complete the form in ONE session. We advise students first complete and save their ATC as a PDF before navigating to the ATC submission portal. 

Below you can find further instructions on the ATC Submission Portal

  • Enter the information prompted in the required fields:
    1. Your name and SFSU email address
    2. The name and SFSU email address of your Graduate Program Advisor
    3. The name and SFSU email address of your Department Chair/Graduate Program Coordinator (Find your Graduate Program Coordinator at: https://grad.sfsu.edu/content/graduate-coordinators)
    4. (Optional) You can send a completed copy of the form to an additional party of your choosing.

Note: Biology students should enter Giovanna Tuccori (gmt@sfsu.edu). Creative Writing MA & MFA students should enter Katherine Kwid (kkwid@sfsu.edu).

  • Click "Begin Signing"
     
  • Fill out the top portion of the form and attach the Advancement to Candidacy Form.
    1. Click the paperclip icon to begin uploading:
    2. Once all documents are attached, you can scroll down to review the uploaded documents. 
  • Click “FINISH” at the top of the page to send the form for Review.

Upon completion, all parties will receive the finalized copy of the form.
Students should review the finalized version in case the form was not approved or comments were added by advisers.

Watch a video on how to submit the ATC (Advancement Candidacy) online now! https://youtu.be/ujpg4RNUEyo

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ATC Requirements

For important details on what may be included on your ATC form visit the Graduate Studies Bulletin.

ATC Coursework Substitutions

Occasionally, programs are unable to offer a course listed in the Bulletin as acceptable for the degree. When this occurs necessary paperwork must be submitted to amend the ATC form.

Electives

If an elective course is not offered or you have enrolled in a different elective after submission of the ATC, an ATC Substitution Form is required.

Core Coursework

However, if a required core course is not offered, a Petition for Waiver of Graduate Program Regulations must be approved prior to enrolling in substituting course and submitted with the ATC form.

Seven Year Limit

Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations requires that a master’s degree shall be completed in no more than seven years. Coursework expires and cannot be used to meet degree requirements after seven years. You can find when your coursework expires here in the Bulletin using our timeline to Degree Completion Table.

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Download/view the ATC Forms:

Bachelor & Master of Scince in Nursing Combined
Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership
Master of Arts in Anthropology
Master of Arts in Asian American Studies
Master of Arts in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts
Master of Arts in Chinese Post-Fall 2021
Master of Arts in Chinese Pre-Fall 2021
Master of Arts in Cinema Studies
Master of Arts in Classics
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
Master of Arts in Communication Studies
Master of Arts in Comparative Literature
Master of Arts in Creative Writing
Master of Arts in Curriculum &instruction
Master of Arts in Design
Master of Arts in Education Adult Education
Master of Arts in Education Early Childhood Education - Post Fall 2022
Master of Arts in Education Early Childhood Education - Pre Fall 2022
Master of Arts in Education Educational Adminstration & Leadership
Master of Arts in Education Educational Administration
Master of Arts in Education Elementary Education
Master of Arts in Education Equity & Social Justice
Master of Arts in Education Instructional Technologies
Master of Arts in Education Mathematics Education (Elementary Education)
Master of Arts in Education Mathematics Education (Secondary Education)
Master of Arts in Education Secondary Education
Master of Arts in Education Special Education
Master of Arts in English Composition
Master of Arts in English Creative Writing
Master of Arts in English Linguistics
Master of Arts in English Literatures
Master of Arts in English TESOL
Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies
Master of Arts in Family and Consumer Sciences
Master of Arts in Geography
Master of Arts in Geography Resource Management and Environmental Planning
Master of Arts in Gerontology
Master of Arts in History
Master of Arts in Human Sexuality Studies
Master of Arts in Humanities
Master of Arts in International Relations Academic
Master of Arts in International Relations Professional
Master of Arts in Mathematics
Master of Arts in Museum Studies
Master of Arts in Music Composition
Master of Arts in Music Music Education
Master of Arts in Music Music History
Master of Arts in Philosophy
Master of Arts in Political Science
Master of Arts in Psychological Science Mind, Brain, & Behavior
Master of Arts in Psychological Science Social, Personality & Affective Science
Master of Arts in Psychological Science Developmental Psychology
Master of Arts in Spanish
Master of Arts in Special Education
Master of Arts in Theatre Arts
Master of Arts in Women & Gender Studies
Master of Business Administration
Master of Fine Arts in Art
Master of Fine Arts in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts
Master of Fine Arts in Cinema
Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
Master of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts
Master of Music in Music Chamber Music
Master of Music in Music Conducting
Master of Music in Music Solo Classical Performance
Master of Public Administration
Master of Public Health
Master of Public Health 2022
Master of Social Work in Individuals, Families, and Groups PPSC
Master of Social Work in Individuals, Families, and Groups Title IV-E
Master of Science in Accountancy - Students with Bachelor in Accountancy
Master of Science in Accountancy - Without Bachelor in Accountancy
Master of Science in Accountancy 2022
Master of Science in MS Astronomy and Astrophysics
Master of Science in Biology Cell & Molecular Biology
Master of Science in Biology Integrative Biology
Master of Science in Biology Physiology and Behavioral Biology
Master of Science in Biomedical Biotechnology
Master of Science in Biomedical Stem Cell Science
Master of Science in Business Analytics
Master of Science in Chemistry
Master of Science in Chemistry Biochemistry
Master of Science in Computer Science
Master of Science in Counseling Career Counseling
Master of Science in Counseling College counseling
Master of Science in Counseling Gerontological Counseling
Master of Science in Counseling Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling
Master of Science in Counseling School Counseling
Master of Science in Data Science and Artificial Intelligence
Master of Science in Engineering Civil Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering Electrical and Computer Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering Electrical Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering Embedded Electrical and Computer System
Master of Science in Engineering Energy Systems
Master of Science in Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Master of Science in Engineering Structural Earthquakes
Master of Science in Geographic Information Science
Master of Science in Geosciences
Master of Science in Interdisciplinary Marine & Estuarine Sciences
Master of Science in Kinesiology Exercise Physiology
Master of Science in Kinesiology Movement Science
Master of Science in Kinesiology Social Science
Master of Science in Nursing
Master of Science in Nursing - Family Nurse Practitioner
Master of Science in Physics
Master of Science in Psychology Clinical Psychology
Master of Science in Psychology - Industrial Organizational Psychology
Master of Science in Psychology School Psychology
Master of Science in Quantitative Economics
Master of Science in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism
Master of Science in Statistical Data Science