Department of Mathematics

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The M.A. Program in Mathematics

The Master of Arts in Mathematics at SFSU offers students the opportunity to study advanced mathematics under the guidance of a faculty encompassing many different areas of research. Classes are small, usually fewer than 20, and graduate students pursue their own mathematical interests through seminars and research projects with faculty members.

The expected completion time for the program is two years. After graduation, students enroll in Ph.D. programs, seek employment in the San Francisco Bay Area's technology and financial industries, or at one of California's 110 community colleges.

Support for graduate students is provided through teaching assistantships and scholarships. For many students, teaching is an important part of their career preparation. At SFSU, graduate student instructors manage all aspects of their classes.

San Francisco State University is a large comprehensive urban university enrolling about 7000 graduate students in 124 different Master's degree and credential programs. The campus is located in an unusually vibrant and beautiful city with a rich intellectual and cultural life. Graduates find opportunities in nearby Silicon Valley, home to many of the world's leading technology companies, in downtown San Francisco's large financial and insurance industry, and in a thriving biotechnology sector.

San Francisco State University is strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity; applications are encouraged from underrepresented groups.

For more general information, contact the Graduate Coordinators Dr. Yitwah Cheung and Dr. Joseph Gubeladze. You are encouraged to contact individual faculty members if you have specific questions about their research activities.

Admission Requirements & Application Procedures

Admission to the program requires an undergraduate degree but not necessarily in mathematics. Many students with minors in math have succeeded in the SFSU graduate program. Successful applicants are expected to have completed three semesters of calculus, linear algebra, and three upper division math courses, including modern algebra and real analysis, with a grade of B or better. However, an applicant who is deficient in one of those courses may be admitted conditionally on passing it satisfactorily during the first calendar year of study.

Information on how to apply along with on-line application forms are available from the Graduate School. Applicants must contact all colleges and universities where they have been enrolled and order official transcripts for SFSU. To be considered for admission, we require GRE general exam scores. Applicants for fellowships and teaching positions must submit at least two letters of recommendation. These letters may be from academic supervisors, past employers or anyone else who can address the applicant's qualifications for graduate study in mathematics. Applicants may submit these with their applications.

The graduate application process for SFSU Mathematics Department consists of two parallel steps:

Step 1: Apply for general admission to the SFSU graduate program. The prospective student submits an application to the Graduate School online at CSU Mentor. For domestic applications click here, for international applications click here.

Online applications are uploaded to SFSU Student Systems in 24 hours. Submit one set of official transcripts from all post-secondary (post-high school) programs attended. Send one set to the University:

San Francisco State University
Graduate Admissions
1600 Holloway Avenue
ADM 254
San Francisco, CA 94132

Send the second set to the Mathematics Department. Unofficial transcripts may be submitted to the department, official transcripts, however, must be on file with the Office of Graduate Admission.

Step 2: Apply for admission to the SFSU Mathematics Department graduate program. The prospective student should have General GRE scores sent to:

Mathematics Department
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132

GRE scores must be taken no earlier than three years prior to the date of application. Applicants wishing to be considered for scholarships or teaching positions should have at least two letters of recommendation sent to the Mathematics Department.

The Graduate Division will check the application and transcripts to ensure that the applicant has satisfied the minimum university requirements for admission to the graduate program. Assuming those requirements have been met, the Mathematics Department will evaluate the applicant's mathematical preparation for successful participation in the Mathematics Master of Arts Program.

Application Deadlines: All materials have to be received by

  • March 1 for consideration in the following Fall semester
  • October 1 for consideration in the following Spring semester.

General information about graduate studies at San Francisco State University can be obtained from the university web page or by calling 415.338.2234. International students should contact the Office of International Programs, San Francisco State University, San Francisco, CA, 94132, USA. Their phone number is 415.338.1293, and they have a very informative web page.

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