Other Regulations

Transfer of Credit

The university will generally accept, with the graduate coordinators’ approval, up to six semester units of earned credit through a combination of SF State Open University, any extension credit courses, and transfer work from other universities.

Graduate Standards

The Graduate Division requires a 3.0 (B) average in all post-baccalaureate work before the M.A. degree can be awarded. The Department of History expects its M.A. candidates to earn an A or B in all courses taken as part of the master's program. No course in which the grade fell below a B- can be included on the Graduate Approved Program. Only 30% of a student's units can be taken on the basis of Credit/No Credit.

Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One: assessment of the writing sample based on graduate-level rubrics; completion of writing component of GRE with a score of 4.0 or better.

Level Two: satisfactorily completing the writing requirements in History 700.

Deadline for Filing Graduation Documents  

Students are responsible for informing themselves of and meeting the deadlines for the filing of all University documents and forms. These deadlines are listed in the University Calendar printed in the Bulletin. Graduate Studies also maintains a list of deadlines. The following forms or items must be submitted to the University before the granting of the degree--most, but not all, of these forms are to be filed with the Graduate Division office:

  1. the Graduate Approved Program form;
  2. the Culminating Experience Requirement form;
  3. the Completion of Specified Graduate Requirements form for satisfactory completion the language requirement;
  4. the Completion of Specified Requirements form for the Comprehensive Written Examination or the Oral Defense of Thesis, whichever is appropriate;
  5. the Thesis, if appropriate;
  6. and the Application for the Degree.

University policy specifies that students have seven years in which to complete a master's degree. In the unlikely event that a student takes longer than seven years, then he or she becomes subject to the special conditions of California Administrative Code, Title 5, Education. Students who fall into this category should contact the graduate coordinators.

Validity of Graduate Approved Program

The Graduate Approved Program (GAP) on file with the Graduate Division will be valid only during the time a student is enrolled and retains continuing registration eligibility in the University [Students lose continuing registration ability when they are absent from the University for more than one term.] Students who lose their continuing registration eligibility will have their filed GAP program voided. Students wishing to renew their work toward the graduate degree will need to be readmitted to classified standing in the department and to file a new GAP that meets current requirements (or to file a Request to Activate Previously Filed Documents if no new curriculum requirements are in effect), and will be subject to any new policies and procedures implemented during their absence from the University. There is one exception. If the only degree requirement pending is the completion of the thesis, and it is within the seven year limit, you do not have to apply for readmission. You only have to complete the thesis and file for graduation.

Time Limitations for the M.A. Thesis

All students who select to write a thesis as their “Culminating Experience Requirement” must register for the 898 course (only once). If you do not complete the thesis at the end of the semester or summer session of registration, you will be issued a grade of WP (Work in Progress) or an NC (no credit) grade if progress has been unsatisfactory. When the thesis has been approved by the candidate’s committee and accepted by Graduate Division, the graduate coordinator will submit to the registrar’s office a grade change from a “WP” to a “CR” (credit) for the units of course 898.

Remember that you have (only) seven years for the completion of all degree requirements, including the submission of the “Application for Graduate Degree.”