B.A. in Urban Studies and Planning and Master of Public Administration SF State Scholars Roadmap

The San Francisco State Scholars program provides undergraduate students with an accelerated pathway to a graduate degree. Students in this program pursue a bachelor’s and master’s degree simultaneously. This program allows students to earn graduate credit while in their junior and/or senior year, reducing the number of semesters required for completion of a master’s degree.

This roadmap is a suggested plan of study and does not replace meeting with an advisor. Please note that students may need to adjust the actual sequence of courses based on course availability. Please consult an advisor in your major program for further guidance.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
Fall SemesterUnits
ENG 114 Writing the First Year: Finding Your Voice (A2) 1 3
GE Area A 2 3
GE Area B: Quantitative Reasoning (B4) 3 3
GE Area C 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
 Units15
Spring Semester
GE Area A 3
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
GE Area E 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 3
 Units15
Second Year
Fall Semester
GE Area B: Physical Science (B1) and Laboratory Science (B3) 5 3-4
GE Area C 3
GE Area D 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 4 6
 Units15-16
Spring Semester
GE Area B: Life Science (B2) and Laboratory Science (B3) 5 3-4
GE Area F ± 3
U.S. and California Government 3
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 4 6
 Units15-16
Third Year
Summer Semester
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective - Take Two 4 6
 Units6
Fall Semester
USP 401GW Seminar in Urban Studies and Planning - GWAR (Major Core) 3
USP/PLSI 492 Research Methods (Major Core) 4
Major Elective (20-22 units total) On Advisement - Take Two 6 6-8
GE Area UD-B: Upper-Division Physical and/or Life Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units16-18
Spring Semester
USP 492/PLSI 493 Research Methods (Major Core) 4
Major Elective (20-22 units total) On Advisement - Take Two 6 6-8
GE Area UD-C: Upper-Division Arts and/or Humanities (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
GE Area UD-D: Upper-Division Social Sciences (Consider SF State Studies Course) 3
 Units16-18
Fourth Year
Summer Semester
Complementary Studies or SF State Studies or University Elective 4 4
 Units4
Fall Semester
P A 700 Foundations of Governance and Management (Graduate Core) 3
Select One (Major Core): 4
Introduction to Urban Policy and Analysis  
Land-Use Planning  
USP 603
USP 604
Public Service Internships
and Internship Seminar
4
Management Perspectives (12 units total) - Select One 7 3
Graduate Elective (12 units total) - Select One 8 3
 Units17
Spring Semester
P A 705 Design and Consumption of Research (Graduate Core) 3
P A 715 Policy Process and Civic Engagement (Graduate Core) 3
Select One (Major Core): 4
Senior Seminar  
Senior Thesis  
Major Elective (20-22 units total) On Advisement - Take Two 6 6-8
 Units16-18
Fifth Year
Fall Semester
P A 706 Applied Data Analysis (Graduate Core) 3
Management Perspectives (12 units total) - Select Two 7 6
Graduate Elective (12 units total) - Select One 8 3
 Units12
Spring Semester
Select One (Culminating Experience): 3
Capstone Course in Public Administration  
Master's Thesis  
Management Perspectives (12 units total) - Select One 7 3
Graduate Elective (12 units total) - Select Two 8 6
 Units12
 Total Units159-167