International Admission Criteria by Country

SFSU International Students


Review your prospective program's website for department specific admission criteria and deadline.

The general university admission requirements are:

  1. Hold the equivalent of a U.S. Bachelor's degree
    If you were educated outside of the United States, you must have earned a degree diploma that San Francisco State considers to be the equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution. An official determination of eligibility will be made during the application process.
  2. Have the equivalent of a U.S. 3.0 GPA or "B" average
    your overall marks, 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 a TOEFL OR IELTS score that meets our minimum requirement or hold a U.S. Bachelor's or Master's degree. Individuals educated in English speaking countries do not need to provide a TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score.

International Credential Evaluation Organizations approved by the Division of Graduate Studies

International applicants 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.

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

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

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)