FAQ

Q1. What are the first steps for applying to RIPTIDES?

A1. Please follow the instructions on this page: https://riptides.sfsu.edu/admissions
 

Q2. I have a full-time job; is the RIPTIDES program the type of graduate training that I can do at night or on-line?

A2. The RIPTIDES program is an intensive Masters of Science training program designed to give trainees not only an interdisciplinary marine and estuarine research experience leading to writing a manuscript ready to publish in a peer-reviewed journal, but demands a full course-load and professional development internship along with required teaching experience all within a four-semester time period.  Due to the concentrated and condensed nature of the program the answer is NO, this is not a night-time or on-line type of MS program.
 

Q3. Do I need to take the GRE?

A3. The GRE is optional, however we advise that you submit your scores if you have taken it.
 

Q4. Do I need to apply for the $34,000 + in-state tuition NRT fellowship?

A4. All applicants (must be a US citizen) are AUTOMATICALLY ELIGIBLE for the NRT fellowship. No extra application materials are required. 
 

Q5. Regarding international applicants

A5. International applicants are eligible to attend RIPTIDES, yet are not eligible for the NRT fellowship or tuition.
 

Q6. Is the RIPTIDES program located on the SF State main campus in San Francisco?

A6. The RIPTIDES program is based at SF State's marine research facility called the Estuary & Ocean Science (EOS) Center (formerly the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC)).
 

Q7. What is the Pedagogical Requirement?

A7. All begining RIPTIDES students are reuqired to attend a teacher training workshop held by Dr. Kimberly Tanner: https://www.sfsusepal.org/courses/graduate/.