B.A.+M.A. Degrees Scholars Program

The San Francisco State Scholars Program provides motivated undergraduate students with an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree. Earn graduate credit in your junior and/or senior year, then complete your master’s degree in one year or less. Develop research skills, sharpen critical thinking skills, gain multicultural competencies and receive specialized mentorship.

The Master of Arts in Ethnic Studies is designed to be a versatile degree that provides a solid foundation for careers teaching at community colleges, working in community and multicultural resource development, administrative work in the non-profit sector, employment in student resource centers, practical application in the business fields and much more.

AAS Graduate Celeste Francisco

“Pursuing my M.A. in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University taught me the importance of giving back to the communities that raised me. I’m incredibly grateful for the support and mentorship I received from the faculty in the department, along with the spaces of Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP) and ASPIRE. As a Queer, second generation Filipinx American, the program allowed me to make sense of my identities, and piece together my family’s story. The program gave me the research and teaching background that I carry into my work. I’m currently an Instructor at SF State and Queermittee Director for the nonprofit LEAD Filipino. I’m also a Team Coordinator for Stop AAPI Hate’s Youth Campaign and teach K-6 students through Bayani Ng Kabataan. The MA in AAS program reinforced my love for teaching Ethnic Studies and community organizing.”

Celeste Francisco, M.A. ‘20 


Pathway to B.A. and M.A. Degrees

Minimum Units

B.A. to M.A. Eligibility and Process

  • Undergraduate students interested in an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree through the San Francisco State Scholars Program must be sponsored by a Tenured/Tenure Track faculty advisor in the degree program.
  • Students must apply to the program before they complete 90-105 semester units (consult with your program) and before enrolling in a senior capstone course in their major.
  • Students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA or 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester units.
  • Students must not be declared in another major or second baccalaureate.
  • Students must meet admission requirements for their intended graduate program. For more information about your program admission requirements, please consult with your department (additional supplemental materials might be required).
  • Students must submit a San Francisco State Scholars Program application that includes a Planned Course of Study to the Division of Graduate Studies.
  • Consult with an SF Scholars Coordinator to determine if you are eligible for the SF State Scholars Program and if the program is the best fit for you.
  • Complete the SF State Scholars Application and submit it to your SF Scholars Coordinator for approval. The SF Scholars Coordinator will forward your application to the Division of Graduate Studies for final submission.
  • No Application fee is required.
  • No GRE/GMAT test is required.

Transition to Graduate Level for Current Undergraduate SF State Scholars:

  • In the last semester of completion of undergraduate degree requirements (e.g., degree applicable 120 units, GE, GWAR, SF Studies), SF State Scholars students will apply for graduation for their B.A./B.S. in Gateway Student Center. For more information about the registrar’s office deadlines please visit the registration graduation webpage.
  • The application fee will be automatically applied to student financial accounts once they apply for graduation.
  • The Registrar’s office uses the Degree Progress Report (DPR) to determine if the student meets the requirements for graduation.
  • The DPR will not reflect which courses were taken in undergraduate standing that will be used toward the student’s graduate program. SF Scholars program coordinators will work with students to verify which classes they plan to use for the master’s degree.
  • After students apply for graduation, each SF State Scholars program coordinator will send a list of students and classes they wish to use toward their graduate degree. This should be sent to Khaled Ezzat at khaled@sfsu.edu by March 15th for Spring and October 15th for Fall.


Explore Gator Resources

To view the full course list, please visit B.A.+M.A. Degrees Scholars Pathways

Planning Sheet Forms

Supervision Course Forms

To enroll in an AAS supervision course, a registration form is required. Please fill out and email completed forms to your instructor. Add codes will be released to you upon review/approval by your instructor. Be sure to use the add code to enroll in the class online before the add deadline.

AAS Major/Minor Declaration!

Download the Asian American Studies declaration form.

Meet with a B.A.+M.A. advisor, please contact:

Jason Ferreira, Ph.D., cheo@sfsu.edu



Available advising centers 

Ethnic Studies Advising Center
The Ethnic Studies Advising Center (ESAC) serves all Ethnic Studies majors/minors and all students taking courses within the College with their academic, professional and personal goals, from the time of admission to the time of graduation. 

Advising Hub
The Advising Hub is a one-stop-shop of all advising needs to ensure students are on a successful path to graduation with support from General Education and minor advisors. 

Undergraduate Advising Center
UAC is the home base for freshmen during their first year and undeclared major students at Sf State. 

Graduate Advising Center
The Division of Graduate Studies offers counseling and advising regarding issues ranging from admission to graduation. Whether you are a current, prospective master's degree, doctoral or credential student, the Graduate Advising Center is here to assist you.

Undergraduate admissions counselors are available to provide guidance? 

Please contact aas@sfsu.edu for additional questions or concerns.  

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