SF State Scholars 4+1

The School of Design is Part of the SF State Scholars (4+1) Program

The San Francisco State Scholars program provides undergraduate students with an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree.  Students in this program pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. This program allows students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree. 

The School of Design’s SF State Scholars Program allows undergraduates to earn an MA in Design degree in as little as one extra year.

Please review the eligibility requirements for the SF State Scholars Program. Interested students are asked to book an advising appointment with the Graduate Coordinator, Dr. Hsiao-Yun Chu.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 1. Students are eligible to apply to the program as an SF State undergraduate before completing 90 semester units and before enrolling in a senior capstone course in their major.
  • 2. Students must have a 3.0 cumulative GPA or 3.0 in the last 60 semester units.
  • 3. Students may complete all GE lower division requirements before applying for an SF State Scholar program.
  • 4. Students must not be declared in another major or second baccalaureate.
  • 5. While in undergraduate status, students may only count 15 units toward their master’s degree.

Application Materials:

SF State Scholars Application

Design SF State Scholars Program_Supplemental Application

Application Procedures:

The application to the SF State Scholars Program in Design comprises 2 parts. The first is the Official Program Application. This official application requires you to complete a plan of study with the Graduate Coordinator in Design (or other designated faculty member).

The second part is the Supplemental Application for the SF State Scholars Program which is listed below. Both parts of the application, the Official Application and the Supplemental Application, are required.

Deadline for Applications:

Applications are due on or before April 1st of the semester preceding the applicant’s final undergraduate year (normally, April 1st of your junior year.) If April 1st falls on a weekend, then applications will be due on the Monday immediately after April 1st (e.g. April 2nd or April 3rd).

The SF State Scholars Program is an accelerated track, and not all students who apply will be accepted. Students not accepted into the Scholars Program are welcome to apply to the MA Program through the regular channels in the future.