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GRADUATE ACADEMIC POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

MASTER'S DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

A student pursuing an advanced degree should prepare and file a Graduate Approved Program (GAP) form in the Graduate Division Office in the semester immediately preceding registration for the final six units of graduate work. This form lists the specific requirements (i.e., courses, examinations, theses, etc.) to be completed before the degree can be awarded. It must be approved by the graduate major adviser and the graduate coordinator (or committee) of the student's major college, and then be submitted to the dean of the Graduate Division for review and approval. Once the GAP is accepted and approved by the Graduate Division, the student is officially advanced to candidacy. Any change in the GAP requires the filing of a Petition for GAP Substitution or Exception form with the Graduate Division.

The following minimum standards apply to all master's degree Graduate Approved Programs.

WRITTEN ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENT

Each graduate student must demonstrate the ability to write standard American English correctly and effectively. The writing of a graduate student should be characterized by precision of rhetoric and general control of the written word at a level appropriate to the intellectual expectations for advanced study in the field. To assure that each graduate level student has the desired proficiency in written English, two distinct assessments are to be made by the major department during his/her enrollment as a graduate student. These two stages or levels of assessment are summarized below. Detailed requirements for each program area can be obtained from the major department offering the degree.

The first level (or assessment) of proficiency in written English shall be determined by the major department for all newly admitted students to the program, preferably before the first enrollment takes place, but no later than the end of the first semester of enrollment. An applicant is expected to be able to use correct grammar, syntax, spelling and punctuation and to present concepts and information in a logically organized and coherent form appropriate for initial study in the major field. Some departments require that their students take the Graduate Essay Test (GET), administered by the Testing Office, to determine if writing deficiencies exist and, if so, what type. If remedial work is necessary, the student shall be expected to complete prescribed courses in English or other corrective work at a level acceptable to the department.

The second level (or assessment) of proficiency in written English occurs later in the student's graduate program, preferably by the time of Advancement to Candidacy (i.e., the time a Graduate Approved Program is filed and approved). At this time, the student shall be expected to demonstrate writing skills which exemplify scholarly style in his/her chosen discipline. In some disciplines the style may be somewhat impersonal and objective, while in others it may be more subjective and creative. The student should know how to quote, paraphrase or write a precis, integrate quotations and rephrasings with original ideas, cite sources and prepare manuscripts or other works in accordance with accepted scholarly style in the field of study.

HUMAN AND ANIMAL SUBJECT REQUIREMENTS

Any research conducted by a student at this university that involves human and/or animal subjects requires the prior approval of the Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) and/or the University Animal Care and Use Committee (UACUC). Such approval must be obtained before the initiation of any research activity involving these subjects. Contact the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs for forms and mandated procedures to be followed.

ADVANCEMENT TO CANDIDACY BY FILING THE GRADUATE APPROVED PROGRAM (GAP)

A student is advanced to candidacy for a degree when the Graduate Approved Program (GAP) is accepted and approved by the dean of the Graduate Division. All conditions placed on conditionally classified status must be satisfied before a student submits a GAP. It should be filed in the semester immediately preceding registration for the final six units of graduate work. The GAP should list the specific requirements (e.g., courses, examinations, theses, etc.) to be completed before the degree can be awarded. It must be approved by the graduate major adviser and the graduate coordinator (or committee) of the student's major college and then be submitted to the dean of the Graduate Division for review and approval. As of the time the Graduate Approved Program (GAP) is filed and reviewed by the Graduate Division, the student must have earned a 3.0 grade point average in all of the course work taken in post-baccalaureate status at SFSU, as well as a 3.0 in all course work completed to date on the GAP. Once the GAP is approved, a copy will be mailed to the student.

A Graduate Approved Program (GAP) will be valid only as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment status with the university as defined elsewhere in the Bulletin. Any time a student is required to reapply for admission to the university, s/he must also be reconsidered for admission by the major department. If readmitted, a new GAP must be completed that meets current curricular requirements.

CHANGE IN THE GRADUATE APPROVED PROGRAM (GAP)

If a student wishes to change his/her GAP by adding or removing a course, s/he should file an adviser and college approved Petition for GAP Substitution or Exception form with the Graduate Division. Reasons for waivers or substitutions to the program should be noted on the form.

GRADUATE APPROVED PROGRAM GRADE POINT AVERAGE

If a student does not complete the Graduate Approved Program with the required 3.0 (B) average, the department/program may terminate the student's candidacy and classified status in the program or authorize a change in the courses listed on the Graduate Approved Program. The change may include courses taken by the student but not included on the GAP or stipulate additional courses the student is to take in order to raise the grade point average to the minimum level. The additional courses must be: at the upper division or graduate level; graded with letter grades; regular courses, not to include 699 or 899 courses; approved by the graduate adviser; and applicable to the degree objective, although the courses need not be restricted to the student's major department/program.

If the student fails to earn the minimum 3.0 grade point average on completion of the revised Graduate Approved Program, it will be recommended that his/her candidacy be terminated without the award of the master's degree.

CUMULATIVE GRADE POINT AVERAGE FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS

A student intending to earn a master's degree at this institution must have earned a 3.0 (B) cumulative grade point average in all course work taken in post-baccalaureate standing (last seven years only) at San Francisco State University. When the student fails to meet this requirement, additional course work must be completed in order to make up the deficiency. There is no provision for waiving this requirement.

The additional courses must be: at the upper division or graduate level; graded with letter grades; regular courses, not to include 699 or 899 courses; approved by the graduate major adviser; and applicable to the degree objective, although the courses need not be restricted to the student's major department/program.


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