Graduate FAQs


What is the minimum TOEFL score required for admission to the Cinema graduate programs?

TOEFL scores are required by the University. Please see the Graduate Studies FAQs for International Students for more information.

How much are registration/tuition fees per semester?

Fees are subject to change without advance notice by action of the trustees of the California State University and the campus. Contact the San Francisco State University Bursar’s Office  for registration fees.

Can I switch between the M.A. and M.F.A. programs?

No. The only way to switch degree programs is through the formal application process. This has to be done in compliance with all the rules and deadlines denoted on the application.

If I am admitted to the program, but cannot attend during the semester in which I am admitted, may I defer my studies to a later date?

Generally, newly admitted students may not defer their studies. Under special circumstances, the Graduate Committee may allow admissions deferment.

Do the Cinema graduate programs admit students for the Spring semester?

No. New students are admitted for the fall semester.

When should I apply to the Cinema graduate programs?

Applications will be accepted October 1, 2020 through January 15, 2021. The deadline for submission of application materials to the School of Cinema and the SF State Division of Graduate Studies is posted on the Graduate Admissions website. This includes resident, non-resident and international students.

How competitive is admission to the M.F.A. program?

Admission to the program has become increasingly competitive, and in each of the past two years, an average of 150 applications were submitted. Approximately 15 students are admitted each year.

How do I apply to the M.A. or M.F.A. program?

Complete Cal State Apply. Submit directly to the Division of Graduate Studies.