Graduate Programs: Additional FAQs for International Prospective Students

Admission to a graduate program at San Francisco State University is a two-part process: 
Step 1: Apply on-line 
Submit official transcripts(mark sheets) and degree certificates, TOEFL/IELTS scores, and SEVIS documents (including bank statements) to the Division of Graduate Studies 
Step 2: submit to school of Engineering 
Statement of purpose, 2 letters of recommendation and GRE scores (institution code: 4683) directly to the department 
Graduate program deadlines

Please see the University's International English Test Requirements.

Please see the University's International English Test Requirements.

Go to TOEFL or IELTS to find the test center nearest to you.

Yes, we can use an unofficial copy of your TOEFL or IELTS score report to evaluate your graduate admission application. Your TOEFL or IELTS score cannot be older than two years and upon admission you will be required to submit an official score report. Use ETS school code 4683 to request an official copy of your TOEFL score report.

If you have earned a U.S. Bachelor's or Master's degree, you do not have to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score.

Please check division of Graduate studies website

No. Please mail the university attested copies of your transcript in a university sealed envelope to the graduate admission office.

The Division of Graduate Studies can evaluate your graduate admission application using unofficial transcripts and degree certificate; however you will be required to submit official transcripts by the fourth week of your first semester or you will not be allowed to register for future terms. To be considered official, your academic documents must be university issued or university attested and must arrive in our office in a signed and sealed envelope.

San Francisco State University will not return any documents submitted by a student. For this reason, do not submit your only copy of original academic documents. If you have only one copy of your academic documents please refer to question eight .

You must submit official transcripts, degree certificates; TOEFL or IELTS score reports by the fourth week of your first semester, or you will not be allowed to register for future terms.

No. Only students who intend to study at San Francisco State University with an F1 visa need to submit evidence of financial resources and a SEVIS information form

Show your current university student adviser a copy of your formal SFSU admission letter and ask them to transfer your SEVIS record to San Francisco State University. Once your SEVIS record has been transferred to SFSU, advisers in the Office of International Programs at SFSU will prepare a transfer I-20 for you.

No.If the student does not enroll in the semester admitted, he/she needs to reapply again and resubmit all the documents if reapplication is beyond one semester.

No. But generally students find part-time jobs on campus. Also you can check with Office of student financial aid or Finaid .