ATC ( Advancement to Candidacy)

The ATC form lists all courses the student took or intends to take to complete the MA degree. Students must submit the GAP form after completing nine units, but before completing the last six units. See Graduate Calendar for Deadline. Therein, students should submit the ATC form to the Graduate Division during the third semester of our 2-year program. Submitting the form early serves no purpose, as students may discover the University will not offer certain courses. Hence, the third semester makes the most sense. Please go to the Grad Stop Counter Graduate Advising in the Administration Building (Adm. 254) to get this form

The form requires the signature of the student’s thesis advisor, the graduate advisor, and/or director of the program. Once the Graduate Division approves the GAP, the student advances to “candidacy.” GAP program forms remain valid as long as the student maintains continuous enrollment.

The following minimum standards apply to all master's degree Graduate Approved Programs.

  • A minimum of 30 semester units, or more if required by your program.
  • A 3.0 GPA is required for course work listed on the ATC and in all post-baccalaureate work taken at SFSU.
  • No lower division course work (100-299).
  • No prerequisite course work.
  • Only courses with grades of C or better (grades of C- and lower may not be included).
  • A minimum of one-half of the units at the 700-899 level.
  • No more than 12 semester units of work taken before you obtained classified status.
  • The ATC/GAP may not have more than 30% of the work with CR grades.
  • A maximum of 6 semester units of credit in special study courses (699, 899) or experimental courses (674, 677, 874, 877).
  • A maximum of 4 student teaching units.
  • A maximum of 6 semester units of any combination of extension work, credit by examination, and/or transfer work, in a 30-unit program.
  • The ATC/GAP must specify how the student has met the two-level written English proficiency requirement.
  • The ATC/GAP must specify a final demonstration of competence such as a thesis, a field research project, a comprehensive examination, or an approved culminating experience.
  • Complete your Graduate Program within a seven year limit as specified by The California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Education.