San Francisco State University Graduate Program Reviews

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of students recommend
(3.87 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 81 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 3 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 29,045 (25,945 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 23 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 39% part-time, 61% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $8,688 in-state; $18,192 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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3.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2017

I want to highlight that attending San Francisco State University has been a bit chaotic. On the one hand, I have professors who are passionate about their work, but on the other hand the department as a whole lacked structure. I am currently still enrolled and am responsible for knowing when and what to do to complete my thesis. Advisor has several students at the same time, and it is difficult meeting them to receive support. If you are self-motivated and have a clear vision of what you want to do for your thesis, I recommend coming here. If you are unsure about what research you are looking to do for your thesis, I would think about it carefully. You will have to deal with this on your own. That is what I am most disappointed about in this program, that there are simply to many students to get the proper guidance, and it is up to you to seek it. Living in San Francisco is also very expensive. I paid about $950 a month for one room in a house, plus utilities. None the less, San Francisco is an amazing city, and the student are very passionate about their majors and being involved on campus.
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Information Technology
Graduation Year: 2013

Its in the heart of the silicon valley with great technology or updated technology being taught. Its a state university, so the fees is less and the job market is great. So come get a degree and make use of it
4.0 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2018

My emphasis is in social justice and equity. The readings while older are still very relevant. The professors focus on how to solve the current issues in education instead of just focusing on the fact that there are problems in education. This program is best for people who have taught or been educators. There is a great deal of application that won't have relevance unless you have worked in a classroom.
4.33 out of 5.0
Degree: Anthropology
Graduation Year: 2017

The anthropology graduate program at SFSU is excellent. The professors are very accessible and helpful. There is a grad lounge with monthly potlucks. There are no field schools offered at this time. It is expensive to live in San Francisco.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling Psychology
Graduation Year: 2017

The student body and faculty is diverse. There is no cohort system which means that there is lots of scheduling flexibility but not a lot of depth in personal relationships with other students. If you want close relationships with your colleagues, you will need to do that on your own. The quality of classes is generally high. I have friends that are receiving the same degree from a private school but have some pretty terrible professors. The professors range from being excellent to adequate. Since the school has a rigorous program, there are some issues with having enough internships that can meet these requirements. One of my internships (which was facilitated by the school) almost did not give me enough to clinical hours to meet the requirements of my courses. This created some academic problems. Other students have also had this issue. Overall this school is an excellent choice. I would highly recommend it.
3.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2017

There needs to be more financial aid options in my graduate program.
4.67 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2017

The Museum Studies department from the beginning showed a sense of community and strength. Prior to being accepted the department had a meeting so potential students could ask questions about the application process, student life, work load or any other questions we had. The faculty was welcoming answered all of our questions in great detail; I knew I was going to like the school, and more importantly the department. Once I was accepted, I starting receiving e-mails from teachers forwarding information about jobs and internships; it put my mind at ease knowing that there were jobs out there and that professors would help facilitate the transition from graduate life to working. The cons do not have to do with the program itself if not the school. Paying for tuition is difficult; especially if you are paying for school by yourself. I work a full time job and have to find time to study. Moreover, the fact that the Museum Studies program is limited to San Francisco State makes it difficult to live because it is expensive, but there are several transportation options I can choose from. Overall, the Museum Studies Program is wonderful! It has competent professors who care about their student's futures. Furthermore, the environment is welcoming and offers events for students to network and socialize. When you have such a positive learning environment the cons seem to dissipate.
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2017

I think this is a great program that allows for open thinking and interpretation. I just wish there were more people studying Classics!
3.92 out of 5.0
Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2016

The graduate program for Special Education at SFSU has both strengths and weaknesses. Its strengths include great faculty that care about your education and well being. Every semester, teachers let students know of conferences and hiring expos put on by districts in the area. Also, classes are offered at night for the working professional. The two cons of the program are not actual issues with the program itself; cost and required courses and tests. Every semester the cost for enrolling has increased. My paycheck does not increase every semester. The required tests and courses that the state says I need, seem more like a money grab than actual research-based, validated courses that will improve my teaching. This last semester was especially frustrating. I had to take the CSET Writing test ($75); 90 minutes to write two 600 word essays. I was insulted by this test. I already had 30 post graduate units, if I cannot write a 600 word essay, I never should have been awarded a BA or my preliminary credential. I just took a course that was added to the program a couple years ago by the state. This course also insulted my knowledge and skills and felt like a waste of money every time I was in the class.
4.58 out of 5.0
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

I have found the Master's program at San Francisco State University (SFSU) in Kinesiology to be extremely rewarding. The advisors, professors and student body all work cooperatively to make the graduate school experience exceptional. The master's students represent a wide-range of interests and academic pursuits and the professors are always available to help guide and mentor the students. For those who are interested there are plenty of research opportunities in exercise physiology, biomechanics, motor learning and sport psychology. The breadth of the curriculum and the number of research opportunities can be overwhelming. With any graduate program you should have an idea of what you would like to do in the program prior to entry. Otherwise, you may end up like me and take all the classes!
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