International Admission Criteria by Country

Review your intended graduate program website for academic department specific admission criteria and filing deadlines.

General university admission requirements are:

  1. Hold the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree
    You must have earned a degree or diploma that San Francisco State University considers equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An official determination of eligibility will be made during the graduate application process.
  2. Have the equivalent of a U.S. 3.0 GPA or "B" average
    Your overall marksheets, average exam scores or average grade earned should be better than average or better than passing.
  3. English language proficiency
    You must demonstrate your English language ability by submitting an English language proficiency score that meets minimum requirements or hold a bachelor's or master's degree earned in one of the exempted countries.

The Division of Graduate Studies accepts International Credential Evaluations from approved organizations:


International Education Evaluation (IEE) -
You may be able to receive your course-by-course evaluation in 3 DAYS or less with IEE's custom application for San Francisco State University

World Education Services (WES) -
Students should request/submit the WES ICAP report

Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) -
Students should request/submit course-by-course report

SPANTRAN – The Evaluation Company
Students should request/submit course-by-course report with GPA

Foundation for International Services, Inc. -
Students should request/submit course-by-course report

International Education Research Foundation -
Students should request/submit a Detail Report (also known as course-by-course report)

You can submit a Course-by-Course credential evaluation report to our office in lieu of country specific academic documents. Applicants may upload a credential evaluation report from one of our approved organizations in the “unofficial transcripts” section of the Documents in CAL STATE APPLY. Post-admission, the student will be required to request the organization send us an official copy of the credential evaluation report to San Francisco State University.

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