Master of Arts in Cinema Studies
Admission to the Program
The School of Cinema accepts new M.A. students for the fall semester only.
The graduate admission application to San Francisco State University is a two-part process. Part One is the university application submitted to the Division of Graduate Studies. Part Two is the academic department application submitted to the Graduate Coordinator for your intended degree program. You must submit Part One and Part Two of your graduate admission application simultaneously by deadline to be considered for admission. Applicants may only apply to a single graduate program per application term.
- Apply online through CSU Mentor for a Graduate Program. The Office of Graduate Admissions no longer accepts paper applications to graduate programs.
- Pay the 55.00 USD application fee. We recommend that you pay online by credit card at the moment you submit your application. If you selected the option to pay the application fee by check or money order, make the check payable to “San Francisco State University”
- Send all required documents noted on your online SF Gateway Portal “To Do List” to the Division of Graduate Studies:
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave., ADM 250
San Francisco, CA 94132
Apply to the School of Cinema's M.A. in Cinema Studies Program. The application can be found on the School of Cinema website—see Applying to Graduate Program(s).
Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or better in the last two years of undergraduate study. Applicants with degrees in areas other than film or media who show exceptional potential will be considered for admission to the program if they have completed at least three courses in cinema or media history and theory.
The admission materials specifically requested by the School of Cinema include:
- A one to two page Résumé summarizing the applicant’s education, awards or recognition, work experience, languages, and special skills.
- A Background and Research Interests Statement (two single-spaced pages maximum). Applicants should describe how their past academic work has prepared them for graduate work. Non-film/media majors should describe an aspect of work done in their major area, and discuss how they plan to develop these (or other) research interests as a graduate student in the MA in Cinema Studies program.
- An example of academic writing (6 - 12 pages) that illustrates the applicant’s ability to make and support a thesis as well as familiarity with scholarly form and expository style. Papers from the film and media disciplines are preferred, but other academic work is acceptable.
- A thesis proposal (two pages maximum). Applicant should describe the general area or, if possible, the specific topic, and should address the following: What is the issue? What will your perspective be? What importance does this topic have for film study in general? (This topic need not be binding; it helps the School determine if resources match the applicant’s needs.)
- Two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to the applicant’s scholarship and potential for success in a graduate program. (Note: the School does not provide an official recommendation form.)
- Unofficial transcripts.
- The GRE is NOT required.
All prospective M.A. students may contact the School’s graduate office about specific questions. Write:
School of Cinema
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132
Additional information and application forms are available on the School of Cinema website: www.cinema.sfsu.edu.
Written English Proficiency Requirement
First level proficiency is assessed by means of written work completed in CINE 700 for an overall grade of B or better.
Second level proficiency is assessed by means of the thesis proposal.
Advancement to Candidacy
Prior to admission, M.A. candidates should have successfully completed three undergraduate film studies courses beyond the introductory level. Deficiencies will be identified on admission to the program and should be completed as soon as possible. All deficiencies must be satisfied prior to advancement to candidacy.
Required Courses for M.A. in Cinema Studies
All students must complete at least 30 units. Upper division courses not used to satisfy graduate admission deficiencies are acceptable as electives on approval by a graduate advisor.
Cinema Studies (M.A.) — 30 units
Core Requirements (6 units)
|CINE 700||Introduction to Graduate Studies||3|
|CINE 898||Master's Thesis||3|
Electives (minimum 24 units)
Chosen from the following:
|CINE 720||Critical Paradigms and the Cinematic||3|
|CINE 721||Cinematic Documentary||3|
|CINE 722||Independent Cinema||3|
|CINE 723||Cinema Forms and Aesthetics||3|
|CINE 727||Cinematic Styles, Forms and Movements||3|
|CINE 728||Cinema Histories||3|
|CINE 741||Cinema and the City||3|
|CINE 743||Sexuality in the Cinema||3|
|CINE 747||Post-colonial Cinema||3|
|CINE 748||Cinema and Cultural Studies||3|
|CINE 749||Critical Practices||3|
|CINE 820||Seminar in Critical Theory||3|
|CINE 821||Seminar in Documentary Cinema||3|
|CINE 823||Curation and Cinema||3|
|CINE 852||Directed Experience in Film Education||3|
|CINE 897||Research Projects in Cinema Studies||3|
|CINE 899||Independent Study||3|
Not all courses will be offered each semester; please check the Cinema website cinema.sfsu.edu for schedule information for the relevant semester.