The ATC form lists all courses the student took or intends to take to complete the MA degree. Students must submit the Graduate Approved Program (GAP) form after completing 9 units, but before completing the last 6 units. See Graduate Calendar for Deadline. Students should submit the ATC form to the Graduate Division during the third semester of our 2-year program. Submitting the form early is not useful, as students may discover the University will not offer certain courses. Hence, we ask you to wait until the third semester. The ATC form can be viewed here.
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 SF State.
- 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.
In accordance with Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations, the culminating experience must be met by the satisfactory completion of a thesis, special project, comprehensive examination, or a combination of more than one of these. An oral defense of the work is normally required. Students must file a Proposal for Culminating Experience Form during the third semester subsequent to or simultaneous with the GAP form. Students are not permitted to enroll in a culminating experience course (SXS 894, 895 or 898) until the Division of Graduate Studies approves the GAP and Culminating Experience Form. Please go to the Grad Stop Counter Graduate Advising in the One Stop Buidling to get this form. You can also access these forms below.
SXS 894 Creative Work Project
SXS 894 Creative Work Project form: This culminating experience is an orginal creative work. Projects must be described in a written document that summarizes the project's relation to other work in the area, its rational, its signifcance, and its creative methodologies. Graduate Approved Program and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement foms must be approved by the Graduat Division before registration.
SXS 895 Field Study or Applied Research
SXS 895 Field Study or Applied Research form: This culminating experience is a field study or research project. It must incorporate the application of knowledge and techniques acquired in the student's program of study. The field study or research project must be described in a written document that includes the project's significance, objectives, methodology, and a conclusion. An oral defense of the project may be required. Graduate Approved Program and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration.
SXS 898 Thesis without human subjects or Thesis with human subjects
SXS 898 Thesis form: A thesis is the written product of an original study. It demonstrates clarity of purpose, critical and independent thinking, and accurate and thorough documentation. Normally an oral defense of the thesis will be required. Students completing a thesis should review and follow the Guidelines for the Preparation and Submission of Theses and Written Creative Works found on-line through the Division of Graduate Studies web site or at the Rapid Copy Center. Graduate Approved Program and Proposal for Culminating Experience Requirement forms must be approved by the Graduate Division before registration.
There are three forms one has to complete in order to graduate:
Application for Award of Degree: This must be filed with the Division of Graduate Studies. This form is only available at the GradStop Counter for students who have an approved GAP on file by the deadline. Please pay university fees by cash or check at the Cashier's Office prior to submitting your form to the Division of Graduate Studies. For students who mail in their forms, please attach a check made out to SFSU prior to mailing in application. To have an application mailed to you, please call the Grad Hotline at (415) 338-2234 for assistance.
Report of Completion: Report of completion form requires all the signatures of your thesis committee and the director. You will not be approved for graduation without this form.
Receipt for Master’s Thesis or Written Creative Work: Obtained in the Division of Graduate Studies (ADM 254) when you bring your thesis or written creative work in for a formatting check. The Receipt must be verified at the Campus Copy Center when you submit your document and pay the binding fees.
NOTE: If you did not complete your thesis at the semester of graduation and you received an "RP" (Report in Progress) grade, you must complete a PETITION FOR GRADE CHANGE. Your application for an M.A. will be denied if your grade is not changed to a letter grade or CR (Credit).
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