Academics & Admissions

About our Program

The Department of Counseling makes every effort to disseminate current and applicable information about our program on a regular basis. The information contained here is intended to acquaint prospective students with the curricular requirements and appropriate application information they need to successfully matriculate into the program. In some instances, however, changes could have been made in policy or curriculum that are not contained here. If you have questions or are in need or assistance in the process of your selecting a program that is appropriate for your career goals, contact the coordinator of the program you are interested in. Visit the Faculty link for a list of faculty and their contact information.

Thank you for your interest in SF State and the Department of Counseling.

Information Sessions

The department offers three information sesions in September, October, and November. Check back for Schedule Details after Fall Semester begins (Late August). 

See current info session Schedule

Admission Procedures

Complete two separate applications:

  1. San Francisco State University Graduate Studies online application. No Later than January 15th.
  2. Department of Counseling program application (Admission for Fall 2017 will open in October 1st, 2016). Please submit your application by no later than January 15th.


Pay the $25 Department of Counseling Application processing fee. See application for payment instructions.

Email Department of Counseling program application (email address will be provided on the department application form).


* Your GRE scores will not determine our recommendation to either admit or deny you admission to our program. We only use this score chiefly as a measure of writing proficiency and not necessarily for admission. We will review the Analytical Writing score so that we may determine your writing needs before you enter the program. We will not automatically disqualify applicants for admission because of their GRE Analytical Writing score. However, our department expects our students to write at the graduate level. Those who do not meet the minimum writing expectation, that is a 4.0 on the Analytical Writing Section of the GRE General Test, upon admission will be required to take a writing course, usually at an additional cost.

If you have any question about any of the components of the GRE or GRE test related questions, including test dates, fees, or whether you have to take the entire test, please contact the GRE Test administration. The department does not offer GRE preparatory classes. Please visit the GRE website.



Please read the FAQs prior to downloading the Department of Counseling program application.

Program Application instruction for MSC admission

To open the application properly, you must use MS Word

Graduate Programs

The Department of Counseling offers three master's degrees: the Master of Science in Counseling; the Master of Science in Counseling with a Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling; and the Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling. All graduates are eligible to take the National Counselor Examination.

Master of Science in Counseling.

There are four different counseling specializations -- Career, College, Gerontological, and School. School counseling students are eligible for the State of California Pupil Personnel Services Credential with a specialization in School Counseling (P-12).

Masters of Science in:

Master of Science in Counseling: Concentration in Marriage, Family, and Child Counseling.

Students are eligible to sit for the State of California examination for the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) license upon completion of all the Board of Behavioral Sciences requirements.

Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Students specialize in one area of counseling. A student whose objective is an MFT license will follow the curriculum for the M.S. in Counseling: Concentration in MFCC. In addition, students may apply to take an emphasis in another counseling area, such as school, career, college, gerontological or rehabilitation counseling. If accepted, additional courses and fieldwork will be required.

We prepare MFT, School, and Rehabilitation counseling students for three credentials respectively: MFT license eligibility (Marriage & Family Therapy Program), PPS Credentialing (School Counseling Program), and CRC Credentialing (Rehabilitation Program).

Click on a program title to obtain a detailed description of each program option. You will find detailed explanations of the degree offerings, including specifics for each specialization. The format for the following sections include the title of the degree, the specialization, if applicable, a description of the program and specifics related to the degree objective. The last section for each program listed is the curriculum sequence the student can expect to cover over a span of two years.

Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor


Credential Program (must have MS in Counseling)

Pupil Personnel Services Credential: School Counseling Designation – The Pupil Personnel Services Credential (PPSC) only program is designed to accommodate those individuals who currently hold a master's degree in counseling or a closely related field and who wish to acquire a credential enabling them to work as a school counselor in a public school setting.

Minor in Counseling (Undergraduate)

Minor in Counseling – Undergraduate Students We do not offer a Bachelor's degree Major in Counseling. Please refer to the SFSU Bulletin for an extensive list of undergraduate academic programs.