How to Apply

Admission Requirements

  • Received a high school diploma or GED equivalent, or currently studying in a university
  • Official transcripts/diplomas/graduation certificates from all schools, with certified English translations required for each document issued in a non-English language
  • Non-matriculated applicants must have earned a high school diploma with a minimum high school GPA of 2.0 or have an overall college GPA of at least 2.0
  • Fulfill undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement requirement


Summer 2022:
R1: May 31, 2022 - July 1, 2022 or
R3: July 5, 2022 – August 5, 2022
(Student can take 1 - 2 classes. Not all courses are offered in every session.)

Fall 2022:
August 22, 2022 - December 16, 2022
Fall 2022 orientation will be Wednesday, August 17, 2022. All new students are required to attend.

Spring 2023:
January 30, 2023 - May 26, 2023

Application Deadlines*

Spring 2023: November 15, 2022

*Late applications will be considered. Students will be accepted on a space-available basis.

Program Fees and Cost of Living

Certificate Program Tuition & Fees* Living Expenses Total Fees
*Minimum cost for one academic year (two terms). Tuition and fees may be up to $15,810 depending on number of units of courses selected.
Certificate in the Liberal and Creative Arts $12,648 $26,251 $38,899

Certificate students pay the following tuition and mandatory fees per semester:
Tuition: $395 x number of units enrolled
Mandatory fees: $132 x number of units enrolled

Mandatory fees include:

  • A robust orientation program
  • Personalized advising services
  • Course registration assistance to ensure you are on track to complete certificate
  • An activities program with:
    • Outdoor recreation, cultural events and sports
    • Visits to San Francisco neighborhoods famous for their unique culture, arts, music, food, businesses and more
    • Guest speakers from local industries

Optional fees (non-refundable, subject to change):

  • Muni: $200 per semester. Unlimited monthly transportation pass for local buses and trains.
  • Mashouf Wellness Center: $185 spring or fall semester, $87 summer semester. Semester access to the Mashouf Wellness Center including state of the art fitness and aquatics facilities, and a recreation and outdoor program.

Optional Practical Training

Term 1: Certificate Program Full-Time Study + Term 2: Certificate Program Full-Time Study + Term 3: (Part-Time Study and Curricular Practical Training) = Optional Practical Training (12 months)

*Please confirm eligibility for OPT with the admissions coordinator.

Refund Policy

The refund policy applies to tuition and mandatory/miscellaneous fees. Optional fees are non-refundable.

Tuition, mandatory/miscellaneous, and optional fees will be finalized and posted after the ‘last day to drop with full refund’ as listed in Important Dates. Full payment of tuition and fees must be received within the day all fees are posted and census date as listed in the Academic Calendar.

In the case of third party payment, the party responsible for payments should send an Authorization to Bill letter to SF State will send invoices to the third party after census date. All tuition and fees will appear in the student center until payment is processed/received.

For class or program withdrawal, contact the Center for Global Engagement at


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