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

Eligibility:

  • 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.

Application Instructions:

  • Consult with an SF Scholars Coordinator to determine if you are eligible for the SF State Scholars Program, and if the program is the best fit for you.
  • Complete the SF State Scholars Application and submit it to your SF Scholars Coordinator for approval. The SF Scholars Coordinator will forward your application to the Division of Graduate Studies for final submission.
  • No Application fee is required.
  • No GRE/GMAT test is required.

Download/View: SF State Scholars Application

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San Francisco State Scholars Eligible Programs

Accounting

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
Spring admission deadline: October 29, 2020

Anthropology

The SF State Scholars program in Anthropology gives motivated students the opportunity to begin our MA program while completing their BA degree. Small-group seminars and close supervisor-student interaction in thesis research and creative works projects provides practical professional training. Our graduates find jobs in a wide-range of industries, non-profits and government agencies or work as high school and community college teachers, film producers and researchers. Others choose to continue their studies in Ph.D. programs.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Cynthia Ann Wilczak

Chinese

The SF State Scholar Program in Chinese is designed for motivated undergraduate Chinese majors who wish to complete both their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees within a five year timeframe. Those accepted into the program enroll in graduate-level classes starting in their senior year, thereby shortening time to graduate degree completion. SF State offers the only Master’s degree in Chinese in the California State University (CSU) system, providing students with qualifications needed for college-level teaching and doctoral research. The Master’s curriculum includes core and elective courses in literature, linguistics, pedagogy, research methodology, and translation/interpretation.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Chris Wen-chao Li

Comparative World Literature

The SF State Scholars in Comparative World Literature program provides students with in depth analysis of cultural, historical, literary, linguistic, ethical and social concerns in literature. The program is of particular value for students who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in comparative literature or in a foreign language and literature, or who plan to teach literature at the K-12 or community college levels.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Dane Johnson

Design

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

Earth & Climate Sciences

The SF State Scholars program in Earth & Climate Sciences gives talented students the opportunity to blend the BS and MS programs for completion in as little as 5 years. This is a flexible program for students in any of our undergraduate emphases (in Geology; Hydrology; or Ocean, Weather & Climate), and ideal for transfer students who want the research experience and training leading to an MS in Geosciences. Students who successfully complete this program will have a competitive advantage for employment in government agencies, environmental consulting, education, or preparation for a PhD program.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Mary Leech

Economics

The Economics SF State Scholars program provides an accelerated route for students to acquire advanced skills and preparation for in-demand careers in government, business, and non-profits, especially in quantitative and data analytics professions. The program also provides an essential bridge and foundation for those students who wish to pursue Ph.D. programs in Economics or related fields. The Economics SF State Scholars program enables talented students to spread the challenge of a Master of Science in Quantitative Economics over their undergraduate and graduate careers, allowing them greater flexibility in acquiring a master's degree that will enhance their career prospects greatly.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Anoshua Chaudhuri

Engineering

The School of Engineering offers the SF State Scholars programs in three areas including Civil, Computer, and Electrical Engineering.

B.S. in Civil Engineering + M.S. in Engineering: Concentration in Structural/Earthquake Engineering:

The blended program in Civil Engineering offers an excellent accelerated opportunity to earn the master’s degree in Structural/Earthquakes engineering. It aims to provide advanced training in practical design and structural theory to enable students to specialize in structural/earthquake engineering and to make an immediate, lasting impact on both current and future careers. The courses are taught in various topics by well-respected professionals and professors in the field. This program will allow students to increase their academic/professional portfolio to have a competitive advantage in the working field.

SF Scholars Coordinator (Civil Engineering) - Cheng Chen
Spring admission deadline: January 15

 

B.S. in Computer/Electrical Engineering + M.S. in Engineering: Concentration in Embedded Electrical and Computer Systems:

The blended programs offer an accelerated route for motivated undergraduate students in Computer/Electrical Engineering to complete both their B.S. and M.S. degrees in five years. Students work directly with a faculty advisor to gain research experience and necessary skills to apply creativity, critical thinking, and technologies in developing engineering products and solutions for real-world problems. The undergraduate program introduces a breadth of the field and the master program a depth, the combination of which is an excellent preparation for flourishing in modern tech economy.

SF Scholars Coordinator (Computer Engineering) - Xiaorong Zhang

SF Scholars Coordinator (Electronical Engineering) - Hamid Mahmoodi

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

Humanities

The SF State Scholars program in Humanities gives undergraduate majors who want to pursue graduate study the opportunity to begin their MA coursework during their senior year, and thus to complete a BA and MA in five years. Our MA program involves 12 units of core seminars on topics in interdisciplinary humanities, 15 units of electives (drawn from our own or other LCA graduate programs), and a culminating thesis or exam. Our MA graduates find themselves well-prepared for a range of career paths, including community college teaching, law, and public service. A number of our graduates pursue PhDs in humanities fields (such as literature, history, cultural studies).

SF Scholars Coordinator - Cristina Ruotolo

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

Kinesiology

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 - Jimmy Bagley

Marine Biology and Limnology + Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences

The Biology and Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Studies Scholar Program is an opportunity for exceptional students to become a competitive masters level marine scientist in a shorter time. Our faculty and marine science laboratories, right on the Bay, will train you to work across disciplines on vital issues confronting coastal and ocean regions where environmental and society impacts intersect.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Ellen M Hines

Political Science

The Political Science SF State Scholars program provides an accelerated route for students to enter a competitive workforce in government, law, business, and teaching, and/or to better prepare them for more advanced graduate training in doctoral programs and law schools. Start your graduate work while still an undergrad! Political Science SF State Scholars students will be able to begin their advanced degrees early, allowing them to spend more time on specialized research, work more closely with SF State faculty, and save money and time covering the costs of an MA degree. The program may be done part time or full time.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Nicole Watts

Philosophy

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 & Justin Tiwald

Psychology

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

Social Work & Gerontology

The SF State Scholars Program offers students a unique opportunity to earn two degrees (BA in Social Work + MA in Gerontology) in five years. This blended, interdisciplinary program provides students with an academic roadmap and meaningful opportunities to: 1) be active learners fully engaged in exploring our most important societal issues, 2) promote life-long learning, 3) gain a richer understanding of aging in the global world, and 4) realize the activist potential of our disciplines. Successful completion of both degrees (BA in Social Work + MA in Gerontology) will enable students to master the knowledge and skills competencies needed to leverage themselves for advanced doctoral/professional studies, meaningful careers in the public and non-profit sectors, and worthwhile service to a diverse community of elders.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Jocelyn Clare Hermoso & Darlene Yee-Melichar

Sociology & Gerontology

The SF State Scholars Program offers students a unique opportunity to earn two degrees (BA in Sociology + MA in Gerontology) in five years. This blended, interdisciplinary program is designed to provide students with an academic roadmap and meaningful opportunities to: 1) be active learners fully engaged in exploring our most important societal issues, 2) promote life-long learning, 3) gain a richer understanding of aging in the global world, and 4) realize the activist potential of our disciplines. Successful completion of both degrees (BA in Sociology + MA in Gerontology) will enable students to master the knowledge, competencies and skills needed to leverage themselves for advanced doctoral/professional studies, productive career opportunities, and worthwhile service to a diverse community of elders.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Christopher Bettinger & Darlene Yee-Melichar

Spanish

The SF State Scholar Program in Spanish offers those students interested in pursuing graduate study an excellent opportunity to accelerate the process and better position themselves in the workforce. Students with a Master of Arts degree in Spanish have gone on to careers in teaching, administration, non-profits, journalism, and have also be accepted into prestigious doctoral programs around the world.

SF Scholars Coordinator - Michael F. Hammer & Ana Luengo Palomino

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.