Master of Arts Admissions Application Process

There are seven elements to the application process:


The statement of purpose is the first document that the admissions committee will read. It is critical that you write a strong and exciting statement, so you should prepare yourself to write many different drafts. It will be helpful if others can read your statement and be brutally honest in their comments. In the statement you must first of all let us know what you want to accomplish by studying human sexuality in our program. We are interested to read what life experience, including educational experience, compelled you to seek a graduate degree in the field. What do you expect to achieve during your graduate education and what future goals do your education and degree support? Write a story that tells us how these two years you will spend in our program fit in your life. What history led you to the Department of Sexuality Studies, what will you do here, and where do you plan to go after completing the program? We want to make sure that your goals can be met by the strengths of our program. It will help you if your statement generates excitement about you among the members of the admissions committee. Please write no more than two pages single spaced, using normal margins and font sizes.


When you ask for letters of recommendation, it behooves you to send letters that will be highly favorable. You can ask your referees, politely, if they will write you a strong letter. A weak letter will hurt your chances like few other things. We will read the letters of recommendation after we have read your statement and will make sure that your referees support the impression you have given about yourself. Most importantly, we will try to ascertain that you have the academic potential to be successful in a demanding graduate program and that you will finish what you have started. We don't have a form for your referees to fill out. We do expect that they send YOU their letters directly in a sealed envelope with a signature across the flap. You will then submit your letters with your complete program admissions package. This process should allay any concerns you have of your letters not arriving at all or not arriving on time. We will not share their letters with you at any point.


Indicating a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Please note for the admissions process you will need to submit two sets of transcripts for all your college course work.You need to send your official transcripts to the university and you need to send an unofficial set with your complete program admissions package.


Then analytical writing score on your GRE exam is the only score we use in our admissions process.  You need at least a score of 4.0 for the "writing assignment." Please send the official copy. SCHOOL CODE: 4684 ( You do not need a specific major code, your application will be matched up with your GRE score) Our mailing address is:

Department of Sexuality Studies

Master of Arts Admissions

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Ave HSS 370

San Francisco, CA 94132


Applicants, regardless of citizenship, whose native language is not English and who preparatory education was principally in a language other than English are required to take TOEFL. The minimum score is 550 for the written test or 213 for the computer test.


DEADLINE: March 1, 2017

The department application form is available to download as a PDF document.


Please keep in mind that you also and separately have to apply to the graduate school of San Francisco State University. You can find specific information about this part of the process at the Graduate Studies Site.

The application deadline for Fall 2018 for CSU Mentor and submission of all completed application materials is:

-Early priority: March 1, 2018

-Second priority: April 15, 2018

-Final deadline: July 1, 2018

Cohorts will be accepted each year for the Fall semester only.

*Please send your complete application in one package. Do not send your materials separately.*

Send the complete application to:


Department of Sexuality Studies

Master of Arts Admissions

San Francisco State University

1600 Holloway Ave HSS 370

San Francisco, CA 94132

United States of America