The program is designed to allow graduate students to design and complete, under advisement, a program of specialized study that emphasizes a particular issue or problem in education. It is expected that students’ programs will be interdisciplinary in nature, and that students will display considerable independence in identifying appropriate courses that will comprise their area of specialization. Applicants to the program must specify their area of interest and confer with a program adviser about objectives, study plans, and procedures prior to admission.
People who have completed the MA degree in Education with a Special Interest Concentration have found work in a variety of settings, including: (1) public school district settings, where graduates work as curriculum developers, specialized mentor teachers, resource teachers, and school reform leaders; (2) non-profit organizations, where graduates work as community service coordinators; (3) public non-formal school settings, where graduates work as environmental center leaders, museum educators, public parks and recreation educators, and education specialists for philanthropic foundations; (4) government agencies, where graduates work in county, state and federal education-oriented agencies in fields such as migrant education and Title I education; and (5) the private sector, where graduates work as staff developers, human resource specialists, media specialists, and conflict mediators.
Developed to allow graduate students to design and complete, under advisement, a program of specialized graduate study that emphasizes a particular issue or problem in education of interest to them.
Students must also develop an understanding of the impacts of race/class/gender/sexual orientation/disability status upon their area of study.
Baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution
Minimum 3.0 grade point average in last 60 credit units attempted
How to Apply
- Online Graduate Application
- $55.00 application fee
- Official transcripts from all colleges or universities attended
- TOEFL or IELTS score report (international students only)
See Step 1 below for instructions.
- ELSIT Department Application form
- 2 letters of recommendation
- 2 page statement of purpose
See Step 2 below for instructions.
You must first apply to the university through the Division of Graduate Studies. If you are a US resident follow the Domestic Students procedure. If you are a non-US resident follow the International Students procedure.
- 2 copies of official transcript(s) from every College or University attended
- $55.00 application fee by check or money order if you did not pay online by credit card. Please make check or money order payable to San Francisco State University
1. Apply to graduate study through SF State's online application system. The Office of Graduate Admissions no longer accepts paper applications to graduate programs.The application fee is 55.00 USD and we recommend that you pay online by credit card at the moment you submit your application.
2. Send the Division of Graduate Studies the following:
- Official academic documents from every college or university ever attended
- TOEFL or IELTS score report
- Financial Statement/Medical Insurance Form
- $55.00 application fee by check or money order if you did not pay online by credit card. Please make check or money order payable to San Francisco State University.
Send the above documents to:
International Graduate Admissions
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue, ADM 250
San Francisco, CA 94132
Step 2: Apply to Program Department
You must also apply directly to the specific department within the Graduate College of Education for this program.
Applicants to this program must submit the following:
- ELSIT Department Application Form
- Two letters of reference from professors, employers, or other people you have worked with on a professional basis
- One set of transcripts, copies are acceptable, from all colleges and universities attended including SFSU, both undergraduate and graduate
- Statement of Purpose outlining the reasons for wanting to pursue a degree and/or credential in the selected program
- Program Advisors and Evaluators may contact students for interviews
Attn: ELSIT Admissions
Dept. of Equity, Leadership Studies, & Instructional Technologies, GCOE
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave, BH 239
San Francisco, CA 94132-4158
Step 3: Confirm Admission Status
After submitting your applications you can confirm your admission status on your SF State Gateway account.
If you have questions about the admissions process please contact the ELSIT Department at 415-338-1653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.