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Before You Apply

Program Materials

Prospective students should prepare application materials in advance before starting the online Cal State Apply application.

Program Requirements for All Applicants: The following requirements apply to all prospective students:

  • Curriculum vitae/resume
  • A "Statement of Purpose" describing your reasons for wanting to pursue a certificate, degree, and/or credential in your selected program
  • Two Letters of Recommendation
  • Unofficial transcripts (copies are OK) from all colleges and universities you have attended
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA – can be cumulative GPA or last 60 semester/90 quarter units

Application Process

Prospective students seeking graduate degrees, graduate certificates, and credentials must complete the online application through Cal State Apply. Applicants must complete all required sections of the online application for admission to SF State and to the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies, and Instructional Technologies. The complete admission process requires approximately four to six weeks from the application deadline.

Submit Your Application

Visit Cal State Apply and start an application by selecting the semester you intend to enter the program.

All program requirements are uploaded onto the Program Materials quadrant of the online application (i.e. Curriculum Vita, Personal Statement, Two Letters of Recommendation, Unofficial Transcripts).

International Students

If you are an international student or if you have a bachelor’s degree from outside the United States, please go to the Graduate Admissions for International Students page of the Division of Graduate Studies: There may be additional requirements for admission, such as the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).

Confirm Admissions Status

After submitting your application, you can check your admission status on your SF Gateway account:


If you have questions about the application process please contact the ELSIT Department at (415) 338-1653 or email us at