Graduate

Graduate Requirements & Deadlines

Admission to USF is more competitive than ever, but the process of applying is not difficult. Learn more about how to apply, application deadlines and admission requirements. 

APPLICATION DEADLINES

The application deadlines for graduate programs vary by department. Many programs give the highest priority for admission and funding to applications that are complete and received early in the application cycle. Find the deadline for your program of interest.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS

  • A bachelor’s degree from an approved regionally accredited institution (or international equivalent).
  • Minimum grade point average (GPA) of at least 3.00 (on a 4.00 scale) in one of the following ways:
    • All completed undergraduate coursework
    • All completed graduate coursework
  • Applicants from countries where English is not the official language, and who have not earned at least a bachelor’s degree in the U.S. from a regionally accredited institution, must also demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Minimum test scores required to determine proficiency are:
    • IELTS - 6.5
    • PTE-A - 53
    • TOEFL (iBT – 79; PBT – 550)
    • GRE Verbal – 153

Please check with your program of interest to see if there are any additional application requirements (e.g. test scores, letters of recommendation, statement of purpose and resume).

HOW TO APPLY

  1. Complete the online application
  1. Pay the non-refundable $30 application fee
  1. Mail an official paper transcript (in a sealed envelope) for each institution of higher learning attended to:

University of South Florida
Office of Admissions
4202 E Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036
Tampa, FL 33620

To expedite the processing of your application, you may upload unofficial transcripts to the application portal. However, your admission will not be finalized until we receive your official transcripts.

Documents and transcripts not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Course-by-course evaluations are highly recommended and are required for some programs.

  1. Submit any test scores required by your program (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, etc.). Scores must be requested and sent to USF directly from the testing agency. 

To expedite the processing of your application, you may upload unofficial scores to the application portal. However, your admission will not be finalized until we receive your official test scores.

  1. Submit any additional items required by your program (resumes, personal statements, etc.).

ACADEMIC CREDENTIALS

One official transcript from all institutions of higher learning attended by the applicant is required. Applicants are strongly encouraged to upload unofficial copies of their transcripts which may include documents such as mark sheets, completion certificates, and diploma supplements through their online application to expedite the processing of their application.

Any offer of admission granted using unofficial transcripts/documents will not be finalized and future enrollment will be blocked until official, paper transcripts/documents are received in a sealed envelope from the Office of the Registrar where the applicant attended school.
Please note:

  • Final transcripts must show that the required degree was earned prior to enrolling in the graduate program at USF. If the prior degree has not been completed by the start of the graduate program the applicant must contact Graduate Admissions to defer admission to a future semester.
  • Graduate Admissions does not accept electronic transcripts from prior institutions to finalize admissions to the University of South Florida.
  • All transcripts must be in English; it is the applicant's responsibility to have transcripts/documents translated and evaluated* before submitting them as part of their graduate application packet. If you are applying while still completing a degree, you must submit transcripts of at least six (6) semesters of completed undergraduate work. Final transcripts/certificates showing that the bachelor's degree was awarded prior to graduate matriculation will be required if an applicant is admitted and enrolls, but they are not necessary unless the applicant is admitted.

*All foreign transcripts/documents that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Documents signed by a notary or other person with no educational affiliation will not be accepted. Some graduate programs require a course-by-course evaluation from a foreign transcript evaluation service.

The credential evaluation must be submitted directly to the Office of Admissions at the following address. All documents used by the service that performs the evaluation must include a copy of the original document, along with an English translation (if necessary).

University of South Florida 
Office of Admissions
4202 E. Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036
Tampa, FL  33620

For your convenience, we have listed several credential evaluation services. Additional recommended services can be found at www.naces.org.

BOLOGNA PROCESS 

In most cases, the bachelor's degree must include the number of credits associated with 4 years of post-secondary academic study. In recognition of reforms initiated by the Bologna Process, degrees from participating institutions in countries that have fully implemented the Bologna Process* may be considered equivalent for admission evaluation. 

The Graduate School is undertaking a pilot study that will recognize three-year baccalaureate degrees from these countries* as an equivalent bachelor's degree. Three-year degrees from other Bologna signatory countries may be considered on a case-by-case basis. In addition to supplying all other application documents required by USF, applicants with 3-year Bologna degrees must include an official diploma certificate and diploma supplement (in English) from the degree granting institution.

* USF recognizes 3-year baccalaureate degrees from countries where the Bologna Process has been fully implemented, including the use of nationally established qualification frameworks, use of the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), and issuing of diploma supplements (link to list of these countries). The following countries meet these criteria: Denmark, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, United Kingdom.

GRE/GMAT REQUIREMENTS

GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

All applicants to programs requiring the GRE* should submit GRE test scores earned within five (5) years of the desired term of entry. Official scores should be submitted to USF directly from Educational Testing Service (ETS), but applicants may provide unofficial copies of their test scores to expedite the processing of their applications. Any admission granted using unofficial scores will not be finalized until official scores from ETS are received. The institution code for USF is 5828.

* In special cases, the GRE requirement may be waived at the discretion of individual graduate programs. Please contact your program of interest directly for additional information.

GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test)

Applicants to programs in the College of Business should submit GMAT* scores earned within five (5) years of the desired term of entry. Official scores must be submitted to USF directly from the Pearson VUE Testing Service, but applicants may provide unofficial copies of their test scores to expedite the processing of their applications. Any admission granted using unofficial scores will not be finalized until official scores from Pearson VUE are received. The following are the institution codes for USF administered by Pearson VUE:

  • VP9-M4-23 PhD in Business Administration
  • VP9-M4-04 Executive MBA
  • VP9-M4-97 MBA, Full Time
  • VP9-M4-80 MBA, Part Time
  • VP9-M4-18 Masters in Accountancy
  • VP9-M4-67 MA in Economics
  • VP9-M4-86 MS in Finance
  • VP9-M4-17 MS in Management
  • VP9-M4-66 MS in Management Information Systems
  • VP9-M4-40 MSM in Marketing
  • VP9-M4-48 MS in Entrepreneur in Applied Technology
  • VP9-4J-76 Health Administration, College of Public Health

* Applicants may not have to submit a GMAT if they have taken the GRE. Please contact your program of interest directly for additional information.

ENGLISH PROFICIENCY REQUIREMENTS

International applicants from non-English speaking countries or who have not earned a degree in the United States must provide a minimum IELTS score of 6.5 taken within 2 years of the desired term of entry, a minimum PTE-A score of 53 or a minimum TOEFL score of 79 (internet-based test), 213 (computer-based test) or 550 (written test). Official scores must be submitted to USF directly from the testing agency, but applicants should upload unofficial copies of their test score reports to expedite the processing of their applications. Any admission granted using unofficial scores will not be finalized until official scores are received from the testing agency.

The English proficiency requirement may be waived if the applicant has:

  • Scored 153 (new scale) or 500 (old scale) or higher on the GRE Verbal Test
  • Earned a college degree at a regionally accredited U.S. institution of higher learning

Applicants who are unable to meet this requirement should contact INTO University of South Florida for information on its Academic English program for international students.

INTO University of South Florida also offers Graduate Pathways programs for international applicants.

If you are from one of the English-speaking countries listed below, you are not required to submit TOEFL scores.

English Speaking Countries

  • Antigua
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Bahrain
  • Barbados
  • Barbuda
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • Botswana
  • Canada, except Quebec (French)
  • Cayman Islands
  • Commonwealth Caribbean
  • Dominica
  • England (UK)
  • Fiji
  • Ghana
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Kenya
  • Irish Republic
  • Jamaica
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Ireland (UK)
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Scotland
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa (If Afrikaans is Not listed as native lanquaqe)
  • St. Kitts & Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent & Grenadines
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Tobago
  • Trinidad
  • Uqanda
  • United Kinqdom
  • United States, except Puerto Rico
  • Virqin Islands
  • Wales (UK)
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

NOTE: International students from countries from predominantly English-Speaking Countries who want to be considered for a teaching assistantship must show proficiency in spoken English even if their English proficiency examination requirement has been waived for admission to a graduate program.