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GRADUATE STUDIES: REQUIREMENTS AND PROCEDURES
Master's programs are carefully designed to serve multiple purposes, including the development of professional competence and the capability for continued self-directed learning, as well as preparation for advanced graduate study for those students interested. The professional degrees, often considered terminal degrees, are designed to prepare scholar-practitioners for career and leadership roles in business, government, the arts, and human/health service delivery fields.
The graduate program of the university has in recent years continued to build upon its strong liberal arts base by introducing new programs in such areas as classics and Japanese. In addition, significant efforts have been made to meet the evolving societal needs of Northern California, and especially the San Francisco Bay Area, by introducing new graduate programs in such areas as conservation biology, resource management and environmental planning, museum studies, physical therapy, women studies, gerontology, marriage and family counseling, ethnic studies, and the professional programs in art, cinema, creative writing, music, and theatre arts.
The university has also given considerable attention to the development of interdisciplinary programs to meet the varied needs of its graduate students. Most colleges of the university offer college-based graduate programs (e.g., interdisciplinary studies in creative arts, education, ethnic studies, humanities, and social science), as well as more specialized interdisciplinary programs such as gerontology and museum studies. In addition, students may structure an individualized special major program, typically including course work that focuses on a selected theme from at least three departments across the campus.
On the following pages will be found general information about graduate study and about how to begin and complete a master's degree. For detailed information about a specific program, the student should refer to that program's entry in this Bulletin and/or contact the program's graduate adviser. Answers to questions of a more general nature may be found on the following pages or in other sections of this Bulletin (consult Index for appropriate page references) or sought by contacting the Graduate Division of the university.
To be eligible, a student must as a minimum:
To be eligible, a student must as a minimum:
While each department may establish its own specific criteria, the following are typically used as basic guidelines:
In unusual situations a graduate student, who is in resident study and in good academic standing, may request permission to obtain credit for courses by examination. An applicant for such an examination must obtain the approval of the instructor who normally teaches the course and the department chair. Grading options will be the same as that available to the course being challenged by examination.
Credit by examination is restricted to regular courses offered by the university. The examination is to be comprehensive and searching and include whatever activity, test, or demonstration is deemed appropriate for evaluating the skills, understanding, or knowledge required by the objectives of the course. Grades received as a result of the examination will be recorded on the student's permanent record and appropriate grade points assigned.
Under no circumstances will a post-baccalaureate student be given permission to exceed eighteen units in any semester. Students attempting to do so will be administratively dropped from their excess units.
Summer Sessions. Graduate students are limited to sixteen units for the total summer.
Consult the graduate major adviser in the proposed field of study. If initially accepted by the new department, the student should obtain from and file with the Records and Registration Office an Advancement to Classified Graduate Standing or Credential Standing application form. The Records and Registration Office will verify that the student is a post-baccalaureate student in good standing at SFSU; attach a copy of a student transcript showing any course work completed at SFSU to the present date; and forward the application (and transcript, if applicable) to the department offering the program requested. The student must submit any required supplementary materials (e.g., test scores, transcripts from other universities and colleges, recommendations, etc.) directly to the major department/program. The major department/program makes its decision and forwards the signed application form to the Registrar's Office. The student receives from the Registrar's Office a copy of the application indicating the action taken.
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