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The famous city of San Francisco is situated in Northern California, on the western coast of the USA. There are four public universities in San Francisco, as well as a large number of private higher education providers and over 200,000 resident students.
The main city of San Francisco is situated on the northern point of the San Francisco Peninsula, but is also part of the wider San Francisco Bay Area. It is associated with famous developments in 20th-century history and culture, including the Beat Generation of poets and novelists and the ‘Summer of Love’ that defined popular music in the 1960s.
In keeping with this heritage, San Francisco is renowned as a liberal, multicultural and open-minded city, celebrating its LGBT community and home to a broad range of well-integrated international communities (an estimated 40% of San Francisco residents were born overseas).
Postgraduate students in San Francisco have the enviable experience of studying at some of America’s best universities whilst living in one of the most famous and vibrant cities in the modern world. San Francisco’s famous landmarks include the Golden Gate Bridge, the disused Alcatraz prison, the Chinatown region and the cable car system that helps navigate the city’s many steep hills.
The city’s strong transport links also offer the chance for resident students to visit other famous Californian cities, including San Jose, Los Angeles and Sacramento.
The oldest university in San Francisco is its campus of the University of California: University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) founded in 1873. UCSF specialises in health sciences and medicine, being internationally renowned in these fields.
Other prestigious local universities include the University of California and Hastings College of the Law (first founded in 1878 and the oldest law school on the western US coast) as well as San Francisco State University (part of the California State University system).
The city’s private higher education providers include institutions such as the Hult International Business School, provider of an internationally renowned MBA programme.
San Francisco has a thriving economy based on technology and digital industries, with world-famous organisations like Facebook, Google and Apple headquartered in nearby Silicon Valley.
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The School of Nursing and Health Professions offers a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree with an emphasis in Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) providing one-of-a-kind opportunities for interprofessional collaboration. Read more
The MA in Asia Pacific Studies/Master of Business Administration program is designed to provide a humanities-based, interdisciplinary degree that applies business expertise to the development of Asia and its impact on global economic systems. Read more
Students in the MA in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program develop valuable cultural competency of the Asia Pacific region. Reflecting the diversity and innovative spirit of San Francisco, the program offers a wide range of courses in the history, literature, politics, business, and culture of Asian regions. Read more
USF’s Master’s in International Studies is a three-semester program, which provides students with in-depth, interdisciplinary knowledge of the issues and challenges that face the global community. Read more
The University of San Francisco offers a unique master’s degree in Museum Studies where students prepare for leadership positions in artistic, cultural, and heritage organizations that operate in a constantly changing social dynamic. Read more
Our MA in Urban and Public Affairs program trains students in public policy, urban studies, and grassroots organizing, examining ways policy and community engagement can effect positive change. Read more
USF's M.A. degree in International & Multicultural Education (IME) Program is dedicated to understanding formal and informal education within its sociocultural, linguistic, and political contexts around the world. Read more
The Master's in Counseling Psychology program with a concentration in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) prepares students to be socially and culturally responsive relationship and family therapists and mental health counselors. Read more
Leadership is the essential resource for creating and sustaining organizations, communities, and societies. The primary goal of the O&L MA program is to bring before students a continuum of new knowledge and understanding that reflects current theories, research, and innovative practices. Read more
At the School of Education, our faculty, staff, and students are scholars and social justice advocates engaged within the diverse San Francisco Bay Area and beyond
Each graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences offers a limited number of partial scholarships. Program Scholarships range from $1,000 to $15,000