Admissions Process


Admission Application Criteria

A prospective student must fulfill the general University requirements as stated in the section of the Graduate and Post-baccalaureate Admissions of this Bulletin. To be considered for unconditional admission to the M.A. in Gerontology, the applicant must have completed an undergraduate major in an appropriate field (e.g. health and human services) with a minimum grade point average of 3.0. Applicants whose undergraduate major did not include gerontology courses should consult the graduate coordinator about prerequisite courses in gerontology. If the applicant’s undergraduate record meets the basic requirements and gives promise of a successful pursuit of graduate work, the program will recommend admission to graduate classified status or graduate conditionally classified status specifying the conditions and time limit within which they must be met.

Students will be expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Meet the admissions standards of the University.
  • Have an earned undergraduate grade point average of 3.0.
  • Have completed an introductory course in gerontology or its equivalent.
  • Have documented experience or competence in interpersonal/group communication skills as demonstrated in a personal interview with the admissions committee, letters of recommendation, or course work.
  • Have completed a course in statistics with a grade of C or better. Competence may be demonstrated by passing a statistics proficiency test.
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty and/or employers.

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Written English Proficiency Requirement

Level One Preadmission: Indicate the ability to write in a proficient manner by satisfactorily completing the GRE with a passing score of at least 4.0. Prospective students will also be required to submit a written statement of purpose for pursuing the graduate degree in gerontology. Applicants who do not pass the GRE, or who do not submit a well-written statement of purpose, will be advised to enhance their writing proficiency by taking a prerequisite course through the College of Extended Learning or elsewhere, and then reapply to the program.

Level Two: Indicate the ability to write in a scholarly manner in the discipline by satisfactorily completing GRN 890 for the culminating experience requirement.

Admission Application Process

Thank you for your interest in the Master of Arts in Gerontology at San Francisco State University. We are currently accepting applicants for the Spring 2018 semester. Please submit your application materials as soon as possible. Please note that the application procedure involves the submission of 1) Cal State Apply online application; 2) Gerontology Program Application Form uploaded to Cal State Apply; and 3) Three letters of reference sent via email to pace@sfsu.edu .  The application deadline is November 1, 2017 for Spring 2018.

Once we have received both the program application package and the evaluation of your CSU application from the Graduate Division, we will review your file and notify you of your admission status. It has been our experience that the university application process may be lengthy and the program may not know of your admission status until the beginning of the semester. In addition, as part of the evaluation process, applicants may be personally interviewed by one of the Gerontology Program faculty. Please keep in touch with us to ensure the smooth and timely processing of your application.

Thank you again for your interest in the Gerontology Program. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions regarding the application materials. We look forward to working with you.

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