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Admission Requirements

Matriculated Graduate Students

Matriculated graduate students may apply to the certificate program by sending the following to the College of Ethnic Studies at ethnicst@sfsu.edu: Name, SF State ID and full information for the course(s) you would like to take in Fall 2021. You may indicate alternatives, in case your chosen class fills before the enrollment date.

Students accepted to the certificate program should consult with their advisor immediately to find out how best to sequence their coursework to satisfy both home department requirements and certificate requirements.


Teacher Training in Ethnic Studies

Teachers currently employed with a school district may be eligible for a special course rate. Find out how to enroll on the Teacher Training page.


Non-Matriculated Students

Applicants who are not currently matriculated in any SF State graduate degree must apply (via Cal State Apply) and be admitted to the University and the graduate certificate program. Acceptance into the program is with the approval of the certificate program coordinator and consent of the admissions committee following the review of the application materials listed above. Individuals interested in admission to the certificate program need not have completed undergraduate degree programs in Ethnic Studies or a related field.

Admission to the certificate program does not mean automatic admission to any other M.A. program at SF State. Certificate program students must still apply to their desired M.A. program if they seek to earn an additional M.A. while they are in the certificate program. Some units from the certificate may be transferable to SF State M.A. programs at the discretion of the graduate coordinator of the M.A. program.

If you are admitted to the certificate program you will be contacted with enrollment instructions.


Grade Requirements & Writing Proficiency

All coursework used to satisfy the requirements for the certificate must be completed with a minimum grade point average of 3.0, and only courses completed with a grade of B- or better may be included to meet graduate certificate requirements. While taking courses for the graduate certificate, students will have demonstrated appropriate writing proficiency through written assignments in designated courses by the achieving the minimum GPA to complete the certificate.