Admission to the Master of Arts Program

In order to be admitted to the Master of Arts (M.A.) program students must:

  • Have an undergraduate major in literature (English, world literature, comparative literature, or any foreign language and literature).
  • Have a minimum grade-point average of 3.0 in the undergraduate major.
  • Have sufficient proficiency in a foreign language taught at the graduate level at San Francisco State University so that the student can take graduate literature seminars in that language.  ("Foreign language" means a language other than the student's native language. Normally, the minimal requisite proficiency is the equivalent of an undergraduate minor in the foreign language.)
  • Submit a 2-3 page statement of purpose, including information on proficiency in foreign language(s) and literature(s), and an 8-10 page formal writing sample of literary analysis to the Department of Comparative and World Literature.

Students who have not met all of the requirements may be considered for admission to the program conditionally, with the consent of a graduate adviser. Any conditions of admission and the time limit for fulfilling the conditions are stated in writing when a student is accepted into the program. Failure to fulfill the conditions within the specified time limit can result in denial of permission to continue taking courses toward the M.A. degree. All conditions must be satisfied before the student submits an "Admission to Candidacy" (ATC) form prior to graduation. For additional information about filing the ATC, please consult the Graduate Studies website.