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Steps to Apply

Applications are accepted up to one year in advance of the desired term of entry. Applicants are responsible for submitting applications before the appropriate program or university application deadlines. Priority is given to applications that are received before the application deadline and are complete when submitted. Complete applications received after the deadline date will be processed for the next available semester. If space is available after the application deadline, programs may continue to receive and process applications.

Your application checklist is as follows:

Step 1: Submit Graduate Application

All graduate applications to USF must be submitted online through our online application. In the online application you can upload your unofficial transcripts, test scores, and additional application materials.*

Application materials for Direct Receipt programs should be sent directly to the program (NOT to the Office of Admissions.) Refer to the list of Direct Receipt programs for their addresses.

*Many programs require additional application materials such as resumes, writing samples, or letters of recommendation. These items may be sent as part of the overall graduate application packet or directly to the appropriate department/program. These materials will be forwarded to the appropriate program if sent with the application packet but DO NOT become part of the applicant's permanent file; therefore, the Office of Admissions does not track them.

Step 2: Pay Application Fee

All applicants are required to submit an application fee of $30.00 for EACH graduate program (see USF Regulation USF4-0107: Special Fees, Fines and Penalties). If you attended USF as a former degree-seeking student or non-degree seeking student then you will also be required to submit the application fee. You can submit oayment in one of the following ways:

ALL APPLICATION FEES SUBMITTED ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. 

Step 3: Request Transcripts

One official transcript from all institutions of higher learning where the applicant has earned a degree is required, but applicants may provide unofficial copies of transcripts to expedite the processing of their applications. Any admissions granted using unofficial transcripts will not be finalized until official transcripts are received in a sealed envelope from the Office of the Registrar where they attended. All transcripts must be in English; it is the applicant's responsibility to have transcripts translated and evaluated* before submitting them as part of their graduate application packet. If you are applying while still completing an undergraduate degree, you must submit transcripts of at least six (6) semesters of completed undergraduate work. Final transcripts showing that the bachelors degree was awarded prior to graduate matriculation will be required if an applicant is admitted and enrolls. Do not submit USF transcripts if you have attended as a USF degree-seeking student.

*All foreign transcripts that are not in English must be accompanied by a certified English translation. Documents signed by a notary or other public official with no educational affiliation will not be accepted. Some graduate programs require a course-by-course evaluation. In the event that the university receives documentation that is questionable, or suspicious in any way, the university will require a course-by-course evaluation from a foreign transcript evaluation service. Click here for a list of evaluation services.

Step 4: Submit Test Scores

* 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. 

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

Step 5: Demonstrate English Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit test scores earned within two years of the desired term of entry for:

The TOEFL/IELTS requirement may be waived if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:

Step 6: Complete Conduct Clearance (Legal Disclosure Statement)

All graduate applicants are required to answer the Conduct Clearance questions of the graduate application. The applicant will not be notified of the admission decision until answers to the two questions have been received and cleared by the Vice President of Student Affairs or his/her designee (Associate Dean of Students), if warranted.

Step 7: Complete Additional Requirements of Programs (If Applicable)

Many programs require additional application materials such as resumes, writing samples, or letters of recommendation. These items may be sent as part of the overall graduate application packet or directly to the appropriate department/program. These materials will be forwarded to the appropriate program if sent with the application packet but DO NOT become part of the applicant's permanent file; therefore, the Office of Admissions does not track them.

Step 8: Provide Financial Guarantee

In compliance with United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) regulations, all international applicants must provide evidence of sufficient funds available for their studies. We require a current bank statement (dated within the past two months) on bank letterhead, with the name of the account holder and currency clearly indicated in English. An Affidavit of Support cannot be used in place of a bank statement.

Documentation of available funds for a full academic year or two semesters, including tuition, fees, and living expenses is required before the University of South Florida can issue you an I-20 or DS-2019. Therefore, we encourage you to submit your financial documents during the application process. If you do not, your application will still be processed, but your I-20 or DS-2019 will not be issued until you have provided sufficient evidence of financial support.