Master of Science in Management
Frequently Asked Questions
What are the application requirements?
Application requirements are determined by the USF Graduate school. Their website provides detailed application requirements.
Can I apply with a 3 year undergraduate degree?
We require a 4 year undergraduate degree or a 3 year degree with one year of graduate work.
Do I need work experience in order to qualify for admission?
Though many current and past students have work experience, which is advantageous in subsequent job search and placement, it is not required for admission into this program. Students in this program have varied work backgrounds and different levels of experience. We review the entire portfolio when considering your application.
What does the admissions committee look for?
The admissions committee reviews each application for undergraduate transcripts, standardized scores (GMAT/ GRE, TOEFL if necessary), relevant work experience, two letters of recommendation, the statement of purpose essay and relevant extracurricular involvement. We will use your statement of purpose as your writing sample; you do not need to submit a separate writing sample.
Can I send my application information to the department for an evaluation before I apply?
The academic advisor and academic director of the program welcome queries but cannot review application materials and 'pre-admit' students to the program before the complete application is submitted and reviewed by the admissions committee.
Do I need to take the GRE or the GMAT?
Yes, these are essential components of the application. Applicants may however choose to take either the GRE or GMAT.
What is the minimum accepted GRE/GMAT score?
We don't post a minimum GRE or GMAT score as we evaluate the whole application, not a single score. However, in recent years, most successful applicants have typically had GRE scores above 305 and GMAT scores in the 530+ range. For more information about this, please contact Stacee Bender.
I took the GRE/GMAT a few years ago. Will I have to re-take the test? Can I get the GRE / GMAT requirements waived?
GRE/GMAT scores are only valid for five years.
If you have five or more years of relevant work experience you may request a waiver by completing this form and emailing it to an advisor. Requests will not be considered until ALL other application materials have been provided (transcripts, resume, recommendation letters, and statement of purpose).
Do I need to take the TOEFL? What is the minimum TOEFL score?
The TOEFL exam may be waived under certain circumstances (for example, if your undergraduate program's medium of instructions was in English and this is noted on your transcripts). Current information can be found at the USF Graduate School language requirements web page and the graduate application requirements page.
What code do I use to send test scores to USF?
The institution code for USF is 5828 and applies to all tests administered by ETS (GRE and TOEFL). More information can be found at the graduate applications requirements page. For the GMAT, the school/program code is VP9-M4-17.
Can I defer my admission if necessary?
You can request a deferment of up to one year. To do this, complete the form at the following link and send to Stacee Bender. http://www.usf.edu/admissions/documents/graduate-defermentform.pdf
Can I transfer from another university's master's program?
Students interesting in transferring to USF should apply using the same process as all other graduate applicants. If admitted, the MS MAN advisor will review your transcripts for possible transfer credits. Only courses completed with a B grade or better can be considered.
Can I email the MS MAN academic advisor with further questions?
Yes, feel free to contact Stacee Bender with additional questions, however we ask that you
- First review this FAQ document completely. To make the best use of both our times, if we have addressed your question here, we will direct you here anyway
- Follow the links for additional information from other departments at USF
- Send questions to the appropriate department (the academic advisor cannot help with specific questions about residency, I-20s, immunization, etc.)
- Include your full name and U # in the subject area (header) of all email correspondence
How does the application process work?
Applications are accepted by the USF Office of Graduate Studies and are sent to the department for evaluation when the required documents (soft copies of resume and statement of purpose (PDF format), transcripts, two letters of recommendation, and test scores) have been attached to the online application. It's best not to submit your application until you have all documents ready. Once the applications are complete and the application fee paid they are evaluated by the Muma College of Business as well as the ISDS Department and finally by the Office of Graduate Studies who will contact you with an admission decision. This can take several weeks to more than a month, depending on the number of applications received. You can check your application status on the Office of Graduate Studies Status Page.
What are the application deadlines?
The deadlines listed below are the university-wide application deadlines. Programs may have priority deadlines and so applicants should check their intended program for that information. Deadlines by Program
Applications received by the priority deadline will receive maximum consideration. Applications received after the priority deadline, but by the Final University Deadline, are considered on a space available basis. Applications must be complete with all required information by the stated deadline. Any application materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.
Domestic applicants- June 1st
International applicants - June 1st
Domestic applicants- October 15th
International applicants - September 15th
What if my application is late by a few days after the deadline?
Seating is limited in this program. Since we have no way of knowing how many students will apply in any given year, and are interested in maintaining a full class, earlier applications that meet our criteria are generally accepted without delay. However, in years where we experience strong early interest in our programs, applications that arrive closer to the deadline and after may be screened on increasingly stringent criteria to ensure that our process is fair. It is best to apply as early as possible.
How do I apply for this program?
Apply using the online graduate application.
What does a strong application look like?
- Strong GRE / GMAT test scores
- Strong undergraduate transcript
- Some relevant work experience
- Strong TOEFL/ IELTS scores (international students only)
- Two page (maximum) resume clearly identifying your technical work experience (with start and end dates, most recent first) and undergraduate major and grades.
- Two page (maximum) statement of purpose incorporating the following topics:
- What accomplishment (personal or professional) are you most proud of?
- Any special challenges you have overcome?
- Why do you want to enroll in our program?
The statement of purpose is used by the admissions team to learn relevant information that may not be conveyed by your "numbers." Please use this opportunity accordingly.
Are there any special application instructions?
Scan all required documents and attach them to the online application (resume and statement of purpose should be in PDF format). Do not send any hard copy documents when applying. Once an admissions decision is made the USF Office of Graduate Studies will contact you for any required hard copies. If you have questions about the online application process, please contact Graduate Admissions.
How can I check my application status?
Yes, applicants may review admissions status online. Note that if your status reads that your application has been 'referred' to the department, this just means it has left the Office of Graduate Studies. It is reviewed by several other departments before a final admission decision is made. The Office of Graduate Studies will contact you with the final decision.
I have questions about the online application, who should I contact?
Below are some common application questions. If you have other queries concerning the online application and required documents, they can be directed to the USF Graduate College at (813) 974-3350 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Department does not have access to the online application site.
- What should I do if my GPA is not scored out of 4.0 points? Just estimate your GPA, we look at your transcripts for your grades.
- My credits are calculated differently, as I am an international student - what should I enter? Just estimate! We will not look at this field for international students.
- The application asks about a certification, do I need this? This refers to College of Education graduate students only. Our program does not require a certification.
- The Office of Graduate Studies websites mention sending hard copies. Should I do this? Again, please attach all required documents to your online application. Do not send any hard copies until an admissions decision has been made.
- How many letters of recommendation do I need to send? Two letters are sufficient and they can be from supervisors at your place of employment or undergraduate professors.
- Do I need to submit a statement of purpose as well as an essay / writing sample? We will use your statement of purpose as your writing sample; you do not need to submit a separate sample
How long will it take to complete my degree requirements? Can I complete the program in one year?
The program requires 30 credit hours of coursework and may be taken either full-time or part-time. Our courses are scheduled such that interested full-time students can complete the program in one calendar year (fall, spring and summer).
I just got admitted. What do I do next?
The program advisor will provide registration instructions once admissions have been finalized. In the meantime, you should complete any other requirements that are outstanding with the university such as immunizations, immigration, etc.
Can I complete the program online?
What does the MS MAN program of study consist of?
How many classes do students take each semester?
Students may choose to take any number of classes each semester, subject only to scheduling constraints. We however recommend that full-time students take three or four courses (9-12 credit hours) every semester. International student are required to carry at least nine credits in order to maintain their immigration status (except for summer and graduating semester). Students working full-time often choose to take fewer classes each semester to balance work and study.
How much will the program cost?
Florida has one of the lowest costs nationwide of completing an academic degree. Total estimated program costs can be found at the USF admission website or the Tuition and Fees web page. As of July 2015, total estimated costs for two semesters range from $26,000 for domestic students to $37,000 for out-of-state students. The 'cost to attend' calculator may offer additional information.
Are there any scholarships or graduate assistant positions available?
Scholarship information can be found at the Office of Graduate Studies scholarship web page..
The ISDS department has about six to eight open GA positions each year, which are awarded on a competitive basis. These positions provide a stipend and tuition waiver for two to four courses each semester in return for specific professional expectations associated with each position. While the department does its best, it is unable to make any commitment that you will find a GA position during your time here.
In order to be hired as a graduate teaching assistant, international students should have a TOEFL speak score 26+ or a TOEIC speak score of at least 160 as well as strong GRE/GMAT scores. If a teaching assistant position requires specific skills that few applicants possess, applicants with lower speak scores (22-25) may be hired as long as they take a training class during their first semester as a GA. International students with lower TOEFL speak scores or IELTS scores may want to take or retake the TOEFL or TOEIC.
Incoming international students will have to submit a copy of their visa along with their application in order to be considered for any positions.
When we are getting ready to hire, we will send announcements to all current and incoming graduate students.
Are there part-time jobs available on campus?
Yes, these positions exist, though they become available on an irregular basis. MS MIS students have received part-time positions (including GA positions) in many different academic and administrative departments on campus. We have an active mailing list to notify MS BAIS students of these opportunities.
Where can I find information about required TOEFL / IELTS scores?
Can I get practical training while in the program?
Students may do curriculum practical training while in the program. Students must follow the guidelines.
I'm an international student, where can I get help on the documents needed to attend USF?
Information for International Students can be found at the Admissions Information for International Students website and the International Services website.
I have never traveled abroad before. What resources are available to make my initial arrival comfortable when I reach USF?
Following the American spirit of self-help, many student organizations on campus do their best to make your arrival and early days as pleasant as possible. Examples include the USF Friends of Internationals Ministry, a faith-based organization.
I am an international student with a three-year undergraduate degree. Can I apply for the MS-Management program directly, or do I need to first apply to a bridge program to complete the fourth year?
Please see the University's page on bachelor's degree equivalence on the process for such degree holders. Typically, for European students, if your institution complies with the Bolgna requirements, you should not need any additional course work. Students from other countries generally need to complete one additional year of school-work. For additional information, please contact the graduate school.