Special Degrees Programs

The San Francisco State Scholars program provides undergraduate students with an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree.  Students in this program pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. This program allows students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree. The San Francisco State University Scholars program offers students additional career prospects, intellectual growth and the opportunity to deepen skills and research competencies. In addition, Scholars students will receive a unique form of mentorship that is not often expected at a large urban university.

For more information or if you have any questions about SF Scholars Accelerated Degree, please contact the Special Academic Programs Coordinator: Khaled Ezzat at khaled@sfsu.edu


  • Undergraduate students interested in an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree through the San Francisco State Scholars Program must be sponsored by a Tenured/Tenure Track faculty advisor in the degree program.
  • Students must apply to the program before they complete 90-105 semester units (consult with your program) and before enrolling in a senior capstone course in their major.
  • Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester units.
  • Students must not be declared in another major or second baccalaureate.
  • Students must meet admission requirements for their intended graduate program. For more information about your program admission requirements, please consult with your department (additional supplemental materials might be required).
  • Students must submit a San Francisco State Scholars Program application that includes a Planned Course of Study to the Division of Graduate Studies.

Download/View: SF State Scholars Application

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San Francisco State Scholars Eligible Programs


The Accounting SF State Scholars program is designed to enable students to earn the units required by the California Board of Accountancy.  In five years, students will cover the material on the Certified Public Accountancy exam, meet the 150-hour requirement, and earn both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s degree.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Jung Hoon Kim
Fall admission deadline: May 1


A blended program in Design would offer current undergraduates the opportunity to extend their education to master the necessary skills in the field, which includes studying the theory and methods underpinning contemporary design and design thinking and applying these in the culminating experience project. These skills offers additional career prospects, intellectual growth and the opportunity to deepen skills and research competencies; and significant practical and financial benefits.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Hsiao-Yun Chu


The Engineering department offers an excellent opportunity to students to be part of the blended BS Civil Engineering +MS Concentration in Structural/Earthquakes degree program. Engineering is a popular major in the Bay Area because of constant strong demands in the job markets. This program will allow students to increase their academic/professional portfolio to have a competitive advantage in the working field.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Cheng Chen
Spring admission deadline: January 15

Ethnic Studies

The Ethnic Studies SF State Scholar program is a great opportunity for motivated students majoring in Africana Studies, Asian American Studies, or Latina/Latino Studies. The Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies is designed to be a versatile degree that provides a solid foundation for careers teaching at community colleges, working in community and multicultural resource development, administrative work in the non-profit sector, employment in student resource centers, practical application in the business fields, and much more.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Katynka Martinez
Spring admission deadline: November 15
Fall admission deadline: February 1

International Relations

The International Relations SF State Scholars program provides an accelerated route for students to enter a competitive workforce in government, business, and non-profits or to pursue advanced graduate training leading to a Ph.D in the International Relations field. The International Relations SF State Scholars program enables talented students to spread the challenge of an M.A. over their undergraduate and graduate careers so that they use their time and money wisely toward an education that will enhance their career prospects.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Juanita Darling


The SF State Kinesiology Scholar Program is designed for exceptional undergraduate students in Kinesiology that would like to complete both their undergraduate and Master's degrees in a shortened time frame (5-5 1/2 years). The program provides an excellent opportunity for students to further enhance their knowledge base and academic skills in the field of Kinesiology. It also allows students to develop more competitive applications to doctoral programs (e.g. Physical Therapy, Medicine, Kinesiology) and improve their employment opportunities. Students receive specialized advising from a faculty mentor as well as extended research experience in the student's area of interest.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Kate Hamel


SF State's graduate program in Philosophy ranked among the top nine terminal M.A. programs in the United States. It is a leader in placing students in doctoral programs and is distinguished among graduate programs in offering training and supervision in teaching. Philosophy SF State Scholars students will have the opportunity to move on more quickly, and highly competitively, to begin their advanced degrees in philosophy, religious studies, law, and public policy, while saving money that they will need to cover the costs of their professional degrees.

        SF Scholars Coordinator - Alice Sowaal & Carlos Montemayor


The Developmental Psychology SF State Scholar program is an exceptional opportunity for students in the Psychology major. The Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology is designed to be a versatile degree that provides graduate training in lifespan development with an emphasis on the theory, methodology, and techniques to answer complex questions about change over time. Graduates of the program will be eligible to teach at college-level courses, manage data collection efforts, serve as statistical consultants, and will be competitive candidates to PhD programs in developmental psychology, clinical psychology, and child and family studies.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Jeff Cookston

Theater Arts

The School of Theatre & Dance offers students an opportunity to complete both B.A. and M.A. Theatre Arts programs in five years. After completing the B.A. courses in theatre practice and backgrounds, students may enter the M.A. program for more intensive studies in theatre history, dramatic literature, dramaturgy, and directing, with additional elective study in design and educational theatre. The program prepares students for advanced study in a Ph.D program, teaching in theatre arts, and practicing dramaturgy.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Kim Schwartz

Women & Gender Studies

The Master of Arts in Women and Gender Studies considers global structures of power and histories of racism in relation to local, regional, national and transnational feminist practices. The interdisciplinary program provides analysis and debate of activist scholarship by feminists who confront and transform various institutions and arenas, including education, politics, law, media and arts, sexuality, nonprofit groups, global nongovernmental organizations, communities, labor struggles and cultural productions.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Martha Kenney


An MA/MS in interdisciplinary studies is an innovative and individualized program for students whose interests and academic goals are not satisfactorily attained through one of the master's degrees programs offered at San Francisco State. These individualized degrees provide an opportunity for students and faculty to design courses of study that are highly responsive to emerging fields of knowledge and practice.

A MA/MS in Interdisciplinary Studies needs to be initiated by the student in collaboration with faculty. Students will need to develop a 30–36 unit plan of study that draws on courses from at least three disciplines from two Colleges with the intent to integrate the concepts and perspectives of those disciplines into a focused central theme leading to new ways of looking at a subject, issues or problem relevant to a student's unique interests.

For more information or if you have any questions about Interdisciplinary Studies, please contact the Special Academic Programs Coordinator: Khaled Ezzat at khaled@sfsu.edu

The courses to be applied toward the degree must be carefully selected for their interrelatedness and general applicability to the objectives of the unique program of study being proposed. Determination of degree designation as an MS or MA is the decision of the major advisor and the Dean of Graduate Studies. This degree cannot be used to meet credential or licensing requirements.

The program must:

  • Be compatible with the general mission and objectives of the University.
  • Be based upon regular courses already offered in the University.
  • Include 30- 36 unit plan of study that draws on courses from at least three disciplines from two Colleges.
  • Be supported by members of the faculty with expertise in the areas of study.

Application Instructions

Identify your primary faculty advisor and two additional tenured or tenure-line faculty members at SF State campus who have the expertise and interest in advising and supporting you in the proposed program of study.

Email Khaled Ezzat, the Interdisciplinary Studies Program Coordinator at khaled@sfsu.edu  to obtain the Proposed Interdisciplinary Studies Program Requirements Form which is required for upload to the documents section of this application.

Complete the Documents, Recommendations, and Questions sections of Cal State Apply.

Admission Criteria

All applicants for an Interdisciplinary Studies master’s program must:

  • Meet the general requirements for admission to graduate study as specified in the University Bulletin.
  • Have earned a 3.25 grade point average in the undergraduate degree or in the last 60 academic semester units taken prior to admission to Graduate Studies.
  • Have demonstrated English competency and proficiency before beginning the program, which can be met by earning a score of 4.5 or better on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) analytical writing section (students with a business background can substitute the GMAT analytical writing score of 4.5). Students can also demonstrate English proficiency by completing a Writing intensive course. This course can be used to meet this requirement upon approval from the Primary Major Advisor and the Division of Graduate Studies.
  • Students may not use courses from fields of study, such as, nursing, physical therapy or counseling which lead to licensure or certification unless a single course is specifically authorized by the department chair.
  • Have identified and met with the primary faculty advisor and two additional tenured or tenure-line faculty members at SF State campus who have the expertise and interest in advising and supporting you in the proposed program of study. The primary faculty advisor must be from a department that offers a graduate degree. Lecturer faculty may not serve on Interdisciplinary Studies committees because lecturer faculty may not be available each semester for advising.

For more information or if you have any questions about Double Master's Degrees, please schedule an appointment with Graduate Advising

Double master's degree programs are structured for graduate students who wish to pursue two master’s degrees at once. Double master's degrees require a lot of coordination and planning and may not be ideal for every student. If you are up for the challenge, earning two degrees can help you enhance your knowledge and open up new career opportunities.

To peruse double master’s degrees in SF State:

  1. Student must be currently active in a master’s program and has a good standing in their current degree program.
  2. Student must have completed at least 15 units of their current master’s degree program,
  3. Student must formally apply and be admitted to the new master’s degree program and
  4. Student may not use the same coursework nor complete the same culminating experience for both programs. For concurrent degrees with a common core, faculty of the programs must determine alternative core courses for the second degree.