Frequently Asked Questions

How much are course fees?

All courses taken at SSU to count toward the MA degree, both the graduate courses as well as the electives, are at the standard program fee rate. The current fees are $390 per unit.

How long does it take to complete the program?

There are three summers of required courses, a teaching practicum/internship, elective courses, and a comprehensive final examination. Most students take 26 months from start to finish.

Is there housing available?

There is a "Seawolf Guest Suite" available on campus (currently $39/night), upon availability (http://sonoma.edu/ces/seawolfsuites.htm). For further details, or for additional housing questions, contact Christopher Hendry at Conferences and Event Services at 707-664-2527.

Is there financial aid available?

The program is eligible for financial aid. For all financial aid questions, contact the university's Financial Aid Office.

How do I register for SPAN 595 / Special Topics elective courses?

Identify which course(s) and/or topics you will study, then obtain the consent of the graduate advisor (to count the class as an elective in your program) and the course instructor (to allow you to be in the class under the terms described on the 595 description). Once you have the necessary signatures (instructor and graduate advisor), you may register through Extended Education.

How do I register for SPAN 501 Teaching Practicum/Internship?

First, identify where and with whom you would like to do the practicum/internship, then, in conjunction with the supervisor, create a written description of the practicum/internship (making sure to comply with all the requirements indicated on the practicum/internship description). After obtaining the necessary signatures (student, supervisor, graduate advisor), you may register through Extended Education.

How do I register for the graduate summer classes?

Registration information and forms are posted on the Extended Education website in the spring semester for the upcoming summer's courses, or you may register in person at the office of Extended Education.

Once I'm in the program, what paperwork do I need to take care of?

There are three forms that all graduate students must complete:

  1. You will fill out a GSO1 after your second summer of coursework. The graduate advisor will make the GSO1 forms available to you during your summer classes.
  2. You will need to fill out an application to graduate. These forms are available through the SSU Graduate Studies office, and are due several months before you complete all your requirements. For example, for students graduating in August, the graduation application is due April 1.
  3. You will fill out a GSO2 during your final summer of coursework. The graduate advisor will make the GSO2 forms available to you during your summer classes.
When does the program accept new students?

New students are accepted and admitted once each year. The priority date for applications is March 1st each year; applicants whose materials are in by the priority date are notified by early April, prospective students may still apply after that date if there is space available.