Admissions

Students applying to San Francisco State University’s Gerontology Program should familiarize themselves with its requirements and relevant deadlines for admission set by the Graduate Division.

Applicants to the Gerontology Program are accepted both fall and spring. The deadline for fall application is August 1 and for spring is December 1. To learn more about the program and the admission process attend a Prospective Student Informational Session.

Read more about the M.A. in Gerontology in our new Gerontology Program brochure

Read more about the Gerontology's scholarships that can help fund your degree.

Gerontology Prospective Student Informational Sessions

Apply Now! December 1, 2021 is the deadline for admissions applications to the M.A. in Gerontology for Spring 2022.

The faculty of the Gerontology Program will offer informational sessions for prospective students interested in Spring 2022 admission.

These Gerontology informational sessions will be offered as webinars through Zoom; they will be held on the following dates and times:

•          Monday, August 30, 6-7 p.m.

•          Tuesday, September 28, 3-4 p.m.

•          Wednesday, October 13, 6-7 p.m.

•          Thursday, November 11, 12-1 p.m.

During these informational sessions, prospective students will learn about SF State’s M.A. in Gerontology, its admission process, course offerings, degree requirements, faculty advisors, and scholarship opportunities. 

Faculty will be available to answer questions and advise prospective students. Please note that December 1, 2021 is the deadline for Gerontology student admissions applications for Spring 2022.

Click here for the link to join us for one of these Gerontology Informational Sessions.

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.
  • Apply online through CalState Apply. The Office of Graduate Admissions no longer accepts paper applications to graduate programs. Click here for important information and instructions on using the CalState Apply online application system. Submit the following materials by uploading them to the Cal State Apply online application:
    • Two letters of recommendation from faculty and/or employers. These should be from individuals who know the candidate well and can address their potential for succeeding in graduate school. The letters do not have to be from faculty members at an academic institution, they can be from supervisors or others familiar with the candidate's work.
    • Your current resume.
    • Statement of purpose to the SF State M.A. in Gerontology Program. This statement of purpose should describe the following information in a coherent essay (in no more than four pages, double-spaced):
      • Life experiences that have led you to an interest in gerontology
      • Background in gerontology, including any work or volunteer experience you might have
      • Areas of specific interests in the gerontology, including what has led you to these specific interests
      • Career and professional goals and aspiration
      • How the M. A. in Gerontology degree will be helpful and consistent with your career goals and aspirations
      • Why this is the right time in your career to come into a Gerontology program and seek the degree
      • Why the SF State M.A. in Gerontology degree program is a good fit for you and your career / professional goals

Level One Preadmission Writing

Indicate the ability to write in a proficient manner by satisfactorily submitting a written statement of purpose for pursuing the graduate degree in gerontology. Applicants who do not submit a well-written statement of purpose will be advised to enhance their writing proficiency by taking a prerequisite course and then reapply to the program.

Level Two Writing Proficiency

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