Women and Gender Studies Department {College of Liberal & Creative Arts}

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Prospective MA Student

How to apply to the Women and Gender Studies MA Program at San Francisco State University

The Women and Gender Studies application deadline is February 1st for the following Fall semester enrollment.

We do not admit students in the Spring semesters.

Admission to the Program

In order to be admitted to the program, students must meet all general University requirements. They must also complete an academic program (major or minor) in Women and Gender Studies at an accredited institution prior to matriculation.  In cases where a student’s academic profile shows promise but the student has not completed an undergraduate program in WGS, the admission committee will require the incoming MA student to take 9-12 upper-division undergraduate units upon advisement. These undergraduate courses will not count toward the MA degree. Once completed, the matriculated student will be granted classified status in the Women and Gender Studies MA Program.
For admission to the university, potential graduate students are required to possess a grade point average of at least 3.0 in the last 60 semester units of their undergraduate career.
The WGS department does not require GRE scores.

To apply, go to the Division of Graduate Studies website for an online application. You will also need to submit your official transcripts to the Division of Graduate Studies at:

Graduate Admissions
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave., ADM 250
San Francisco, CA 94132

See SFSU Graduate Studies site for application requirements and current application deadlines.

In addition to the general online application for admission submitted to the University, applicants must directly provide the Women and Gender Studies Graduate Admissions Committee with the following items:

  1.  A 750-word statement describing your academic background, intentions, and goals, including experience in women and gender studies; rationale for pursuing the MA degree; relation of the MA degree in Women and Gender Studies to prior academic work and career objectives.
  2.  Two scholarly letters of reference from individuals with direct knowledge of your scholarly ability.
These items must be mailed directly to:Graduate Admissions Committee:
Department of Women and Gender Studies
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, HUM 315
San Francisco, CA 94132

Profile of a Successful Graduate Candidate

Each year, the Women and Gender Studies graduate admission committee receives many applications, and we review many more applications than we can accept. In reviewing applications, the committee focuses particularly on three things: a strong academic transcript in women and gender studies or related fields (in 2013 the average overall GPA of accepted applicants was 3.7); a well-written personal statement that exhibits academic preparation for graduate school and articulates academic goals that can be supported by the methodological and intellectual interests and expertise of the department’s faculty; and letters of recommendation that speak to the student’s academic readiness for graduate level studies.

For questions about the application process, please contact the Women and Gender Studies Graduate Coordinator, Professor Jillian Sandell (sandell@sfsu.edu)

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