San Francisco State University Graduate Program Reviews

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(3.89 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 80 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: WASC WSCUC, + 3 more
  • Campus Setting: City: Large
  • Student Population: 30,256 (26,906 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 25 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 38% part-time, 62% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $7,742 in-state; $16,670 out-of-state
Source: NCES

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3.25 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2016

San Francisco State offers quality education by experienced professors. The cost is not prohibitive. The social life of the graduate program is not very robust, but that seems to be because it is a commuter school. Overall, it is an excellent graduate program.
2.42 out of 5.0
Degree: English
Graduation Year: 2016

pros: student diversity, faculty accessibility cons: rising tuition , accommodation options
2.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Creative Writing
Graduation Year: 2014

Great teachers, I could always meet with them if needed, but little help for career choices in a field where there is no direct path.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Film Production
Graduation Year: 2015

The pros of the graduate program involves traditional teaching of film production, which involves working with film stock and editing. But the program also includes the acquisition of digital video production. The cons involves the transition from film to video.
3.67 out of 5.0
Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros = Weekend, can attend while working, great Professors Cons = weekends, commute
3.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2016

Great opportunities for professional development, support from faculty and staff, rigorous coursework, overall challenging but great preparation for the profession.
2.58 out of 5.0
Degree: History
Graduation Year: 2015

The educators in my department are outstanding academics and lecturers, but Graduate School hasn't been as intense as I thought it would be and I still don't feel ready for a PhD program. Maybe everything will click into place next year. SFSU has budget issues, and the years of cut backs are really starting to take a toll on the quality vs. price ratio.
3.75 out of 5.0
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

Cons: Being a Masters Program, there is not a lot of financial aid. Although the department offers several scholarships (including fellowships and graduate teaching positions), I would warn entering students to expect some loan debt. My only other regret about the program is that the main campus library is more of a study spot than a place where one can do practical research. As a newer addition to the campus, there just aren't a lot of books in there (you'll literally find rows of empty shelves). Pros: The Classics Department has its own reference library with plenty of primary and secondary sources. You are also likely to find very friendly people in there to talk to. The library is separated into three rooms, so that if one section is too loud, you can enter a side door and enclose yourself with other translating hermits in silence. Being a state school in the Bay Area, I think SFSU gets overlooked with schools like Standford and UC Berkeley nearby. I definitely think that the Classics program at this institution is underrated. All of the professors are excellent and come from top tier institutions. They are also very friendly and available to meet. This is partly due to the small size of the department, but I also think that majority of the faculty is sensitive to their student's needs (especially the MA grads) and willing to assist in course studies, professional pursuits, and in some cases, informal life therapy. Any student completing this MA program will find it a suitable platform for pursuing a teaching credential (which the university also offers in Latin), museum studies, archaeology, or doctorate in Classics.
4.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2011

San Francisco State's Education: Equity and Social Justice MA degree program was a welcome change over the anonymity I experienced during my undergraduate studies at UC Davis. SFSU professors and school staff are welcoming, supportive and caring. Fellow students in the program are collaborative, engaging and innovative. My financial aid was great- since I was a full-time student with no income, I paid for just 10% of course fees! I would recommend the Education: Equity and Social Justice MA degree program to anyone interested in affecting proactive social change in education!
3.83 out of 5.0
Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2015

The Masters of Public Health program with an emphasis in Community Health Education at San Francisco State is a great program to get involved in. With small class sizes and a supportive staff, this program will really help you understand the global issues effecting the up and coming young generations. Overall, the program is a great experience and an important program for anyone interested in getting involved in a growing health and wellness industry.
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