Minimum Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements


Minimum requirements for admission to graduate study in the California State University are in accordance with Title 5, Division 5, Chapter 1, Subchapter 3, of the California Code of Regulations. The University has the right to require higher standards than the minimum requirements published in Title 5.To meet minimum eligibility standards for graduate study at San Francisco State, an applicant must:

  1. Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution, or shall have completed equivalent academic preparation as determined by the appropriate campus authority. Internationally Educated Students can view requirements by county.
  2. Be in good academic standing at the last college or university attended;
  3. Have a 3.0 GPA in their earned undergraduate degree or in the last 60 semester (90 quarter) units completed, or have earned a post-baccalareate degree.
  4. Meet additional academic program requirements.
  5. F-1 and Internationally Educated Students must meet minimum English Proficiency Test Requirements.


Pre-admission Writing Assessment

The University requires that all applicants meet a pre-admission (Level I) writing standard prior to entering a graduate program. Departments or programs stipulate the pre-admission writing standards appropriate to their discipline. Departments may require a specific score range on the analytical writing section of the GRE,CSET Writing Skills Test, or GMAT or faculty will assess graduate-level writing with a department/program administered writing exam or essay. Students who do not meet Level I writing standards, but meet other admissions requirements, may be admitted with specific conditions stipulated by the department. Conditions for meeting Level I writing standards should be met no later than the second consecutive semester after admission.

Prepare application materials in advance before starting the online Cal State Apply application. Application materials vary by program, and may require you to upload:

  •      CV/Resume
  •      Personal Statement
  •      Letters of Recommendation
  •      Writing Sample
  •      Essay
  •      Test Score Reports
  •      Portfolio
  •      Program Application Forms
  •      Other materials that the program is requesting

Your intended graduate program website will provide detailed instructions for each of the application materials required for review.















In addition to any documents required by your program, you are also required to upload legible unofficial copies of transcripts from each college or university attended. Including study abroad coursework, or community college coursework, even if this coursework appears as transfer credit on your degree transcript. Full academic disclosure is required.

For F1 and Internationally Educated Students ONLY ↩️

Scan transcripts and ensure that your document is readable and saved as a PDF. Your upload must include ALL of the same information that would appear on an official transcript, including:

  • Full name
  • The name of the university/college
  • A complete list of all coursework listed by academic term, including number of units and grades earned
  • Any degree you have already earned (and degree date)
  • Include transcript Key/Legend
  • Ensure that all other identifying marks are visible and clearly legible

Graduate Studies will not accept any of the following submissions:

  • Illegible scanned documents
  • Illegible photographs of transcripts
  • Damaged/Incomplete copies

An incomplete academic history will significantly delay review of your application. The Graduate Admission may request official transcripts from you at any point during the application review process. If selected for admission, you will be required to submit official transcripts to the Division of Graduate Studies in order to secure your admission.