Requirements & Deadlines

English Proficiency

Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must demonstrate proficiency in English by submitting acceptable scores on one of the English proficiency tests listed below. These scores must have been earned within two (2) years of the desired term of entry. Applications submitted with English proficiency scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied.

Minimum English Proficiency Scores for Admission

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.

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.

The English proficiency examination requirement may be waived for admission if the applicant meets one of the following conditions:

English Speaking Countries Exempt from the English proficiency examination requirement

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.