Steps in the Graduate Admission Process
For a more detailed description of the application process, scroll down past the chart.
The graduate application process for SFSU Computer Science Department consists of two parallel steps: Step 1. Applying for general admission to the SFSU graduate program and Step 2. Applying for admission to the SFSU Computer Science graduate program.
Applicants Possessing a 4-year Bachelors Degree in Computer Science
Applicants should follow the application process below:
Step 1. The prospective student submits an application to the Graduate Division (refer to the graduate division web site at SFSU: http://www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy/).
Step 2. In parallel with Step 1., The applicant submits the following materials to the Computer Science Department: two letters of recommendation and the General GRE scores. The GRE scores are acceptable if taken within three years of application to the program.
All documents, including transcripts, TOEFL scores, GRE scores and Letters of Recommendation, along with the application, must be submitted by the application deadline, or the application will not be reviewed. So please plan ahead to submit ALL your documents before the deadline.
Although there are no minimum score requirements for the GRE, many of our successful applicants score in the 75th percentile or higher for the quantitative part. Verbal GRE scores may be lower than this, however all graduate students must meet SFSU English Level I requirements by the end of their first year of study.
The Graduate Division will check the application materials to ensure that the applicant has satisfied general SFSU requirements such as minimum grade point average, receipt of official transcripts from all prior institutions attended, completed Bachelor’s degree from a 4 year program (or, equivalent) and requisite TOEFL scores where applicable. In addition, the Computer Science Department will check the preparedness of the student to successfully participate in the Computer Science Masters Program.
Applicants may visit the Graduate Division's website to obtain information on the status of materials sent to the Graduate Division (e.g., transcripts, TOEFL scores).
Materials for Step 2 (Letters of recommendation and GRE scores) should be sent to the Computer Science Department. Letters can be sent to the department at firstname.lastname@example.org or by mailing hard copy. GRE scores must be mailed from the ETS to:
Computer Science Department
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave.
San Francisco, CA 94132
The Computer Science Department will provide regular updates, via email, to the applicant indicating the status of the application once Graduate Admissions has marked the status of the application as "R" Under Department Review. Applicants will be notified about required application materials that have not yet been received by the Computer Science Department. For inquiring about the status of the application in the Computer Science Department please send e-mail to email@example.com .
Students who have obtained, or will shortly obtain, a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from SFSU or other CSU campuses are urged to consult with the Department Chair as early as possible for assistance in applying to the graduate program.
Once all application materials have been received the application will be reviewed, with the decisions forwarded to the applicant shortly thereafter.
Applicants Possessing a 4-year Bachelors Degree not in Computer Science - Conditionally Classified Admission
These students may be admitted on condition that they achieve the requisite grade point average in specified prerequisite courses in the minimum possible time. Therefore, we strongly encourage students who have completed a bachelor's (or postgraduate) degree in other disciplines, such as Biology, Mathematics or Physics, or who have significant practical experience in a computer related field to apply to our masters program.
These students should follow the two step application process as above. They should also submit a completed Course Equivalency Form (CEF) either with the material they send in Step 2 above or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. The CEF will be used to determine the necessary conditional courses to be completed after admission to the program. Prospective students either living in or visiting the San Francisco area are welcome to make an appointment with a graduate advisor or the Department Chair to discuss conditional courses to be required.
The Conditions for admission will be clearly stated in the admission documents. Students must satisfy those conditions in order to continue in their graduate program.
Prospective students are welcome to send any questions to the graduate advising assistant at email@example.com