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Degrees + Majors - Academic Programs

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SF State offers three types of undergraduate degrees:

  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Bachelor of Music
  • Bachelor of Science

SF State offers 13 master's and doctorate degrees:

  • Master of Arts
  • Master of Business Administration
  • Executive Master of Business Administration
  • Master of Fine Arts
  • Master of Music
  • Master of Public Administration
  • Master of Public Health
  • Master of Science
  • Master of Social Work
  • Doctor of Education (Joint Doctorate)
  • Doctor of Philosophy (Joint Doctorate)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy (Joint Doctorate)
  • Doctor of Physical Therapy Science (Joint Doctorate)

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SF State offers bachelor's degrees 75 disciplines with 49 concentrations; master's in 63 disciplines with 41 concentrations; and 4 doctoral degrees.

As an undergraduate, if you want to specialize in one field, you can select a single major. If you have more than one main interest, you can choose either a double major or a major and a minor. With the help of you advisor, you can also design a special major that draws on courses from a variety of fields.

Some majors are identified as impacted or high demand majors. When declaring a major, be sure to determine whether or not there are special requirements to enter that major. Such majors require that students meet specific prerequisites before gaining admission. For graduate programs, check with the academic department in which you are interested for specific application requirements.

For more information, see Planning Your Studies at SF State in the current Bulletin.

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Like an academic major, a minor is a focused area of study; however, a minor does not require as many units. SF State offers 85 minors. Most majors do not require completion of a minor to earn the degree. Currently, only the jounalism major requires a minor.

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SF State offers 28 credential programs for prospective teachers, counselors, and other education specialists.

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Certificate programs are coherent sets of courses that do not lead to an academic degree but that are oriented toward particular skills or occupations. They usually take less time to complete than a degree.

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General Education

In addition to your major area of study, undergraduate students at SF State must fulfill a 48-unit program of General Education requirements (GE). GE classes complement your major area of study and introduce you to the richness and diversity of the arts and sciences.

The GE program will improve your basic skills in writing, speaking, and reasoning; will provide breadth of knowledge in the arts and sciences; and will enable you to relate and apply knowledge from several disciplines to the study of significant topics.

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