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San Francisco State is a public graduate school in San Francisco, California. It has a mid-size graduate student body with an enrollment of 3,247 graduate students. The 63 graduate programs at San Francisco State University are all on-campus only and none are offered online. The most popular graduate school programs at San Francisco State University are Teaching, Business, and English Language Studies. 39% of its graduate students are part-time graduate students.

Masters and Doctoral Programs

Graduate Students

Total Graduate Students
3,247
Part-Time Grad Students
1,252
Research Assistants
Teaching Assistants
199
Racial Diversity
  • White
    36.2%
  • Asian
    19%
  • Hispanic
    17.2%
  • International (Non-Citizen)
    9.4%
  • Unknown
    8.4%
  • Multiracial
    5.5%
  • African American
    4%
  • Native American
    0.2%
  • Pacific Islander
    0.2%

Student Life

Poll
What one word or phrase best describes students at your school?
Based on 6 responses
  • Driven
    33%
  • Friendly
    50%
  • Organized
    17%
Poll
What phrase best describes your program?
Based on 6 responses
  • Prepared me for the real world
    17%
  • Supportive/helped me grow
    83%

Professors

Poll
100%
of students agree that professors care about their students' success.6 responses
Poll
100%
of students agree that professors are engaging and easy to understand.6 responses
Poll
67%
of students agree that professors helped connect them to future opportunities.6 responses

Return On Investment

Poll
How much did you spend on your graduate degree?
Based on 6 responses
  • $75K-$100K
    17%
  • $25K-$50K
    33%
  • <$25K
    50%
Poll
How much did you make post-graduation?
Based on 6 responses
  • $125K-$150K
    17%
  • <$50K
    17%
  • Did not graduate yet
    67%
100%
of students feel the degree they are getting at this school is worth the time and money.6 responses
Living in the Area
  1. Cost of Living
    D+
  2. Crime & Safety
    B-
  3. Nightlife
    A
Median Household Income
$47,000
National
$55,322
Median Rent
$1,901
National
$949
Median Home Value
$1,525,500
National
$184,700
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21 reviews
First of all, San Francisco State University is a beautiful campus with a diverse community. Students accept each other for any flaws or insecurities they may have. Additionally, they help each other grow always empathizing and understanding while helping out with the studies altogether. Professors are very helpful, passionate about what they are teaching, and actually want their students to succeed. Professors at SFSU actually CARE. For instance, Dr. Dorie, Dr. Markova, and professor Sofia D. from the Merchandising department, Professor Heather Murdock (Humanbio) as well as Professor Miho who teaches Japanese studies especially want the best out of their students as they create approachable and safe learning environments for them.
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Each and every course had a nice flow with weeks that can be very challenging and some weeks are a little bit easy-going that help students have a bit of a break from the stress.

However, Bio LAB taught by Nabil may be a lot of work and quite challenging considering the fact that it's only a lower-division requirement. Bio LAB is already 3 hours per week (in-class activities + assignments) in addition to doing BIO pre labs, Post assessments, and notebook submission. Then there is a presentation around the midterm time on top of short answer quizzes every 2-3 weeks. I felt as though this was a lot of work just for a lower-division LAB. It personally gave me extra stress. It felt like a 4 unit course rather than a 3 unit.

The Product Development and visual merchandising course taught by Professor Stephanie Currie could have been much more fun to have if Professor Currie was an organized Professor. She lacks organization and understanding the technology.
The environment, classes and shops are great. The facilities such as library and gym are extraordinary!