Graduate How to Apply
Admission to USF is more competitive than ever, but the process of applying is not difficult.
APPLY IN 6 EASY STEPS
Ready to get started? Here’s everything you need to do to complete your graduate application package.
If you have any questions about the application process, please reach out to GradAdmissions@usf.edu.
1. Submit Your Application
Complete the USF online application.
2. Pay Your Application Fee
Pay the nonrefundable, $30 application fee.
OPTION 1: Pay the graduate degree seeking application fee through the Online Graduate Application site
- Return to your USF online application: https://secure.vzcollegeapp.com/usf/
- Click on Begin or Continue an Application
- Log into your online application
- Select "Pay Now"
- Submit payment using a credit card (Discover, Master Card, and Visa) or E-Check (personal checking/savings account).
- International Students ONLY: electronic fund transfer from international banks through Flywire (admissions application fee portal)
OPTION 2: Pay the graduate degree seeking application fee through OASIS
- Create your NetID with instructions provided to you in an email sent by USF Information Technology after applying.
- Sign in through MyUSF and navigate to OASIS (Online Access Student Information System)
- After the OASIS window pops up, then navigate to the "Student section"
- Select "Admissions"
- Select the option "Pay My Application Fee"
3. Submit Official College Transcript(s)
For each institution of higher learning attended, send a transcript to USF through the official electronic submission of your institution or in a sealed envelope 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 should upload unofficial transcripts to the application portal. Unofficial transcripts will be used for the initial review of your application. Your admission will not be finalized until we receive your official transcripts from all institutions attended.
4. Submit Test Scores
If any test scores are required by your program (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, etc.), they must be requested and sent to USF directly from the testing agency. Standardized tests must have been taken within five years of the desired term of entry.
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.
Testing agencies can electronically send your scores to USF by using the following institution codes:
- For GRE: institution code 5828
- For TOEFL: institution code 5828
- For GMAT:
- 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-M4-01: MBA, Sarasota-Manatee Campus
- VP9-M4-25: MBA, St. Petersburg Campus
- VP9-M4-18: Master of Accountancy
- VP9-M4-67: MA in Economics
- VP9-M4-86: MA in Finance
- VP9-M4-17: MS in Management
- VP9-M4-66: MS in Management Information Systems
- VP9-M4-40: MSM in Marketing
- VP9-M4-74: MSRE in Real Estate
- VP9-M4-48: MS in Entrepreneur in Applied Technology
- VP9-4J-76: Health Administration, College of Public Health
5. Submit Additional Information
Upload any items required by your program (resumes, personal statements, etc.) to your online VZ application.
6. Answer Conduct Clearance Questions
All graduate applicants are required to answer the Conduct Clearance questions of the graduate application. The answers to the two questions must be received and cleared by Student Rights and Responsibilities, if warranted, before the applicant will be notified of the admission decision.
GET TO KNOW THE ADMISSIONS PORTAL
Once you apply, you’ll use USF's Admissions Portal to complete most remaining application tasks. From here, you can see any missing items, upload documents, complete requested forms, check your application status and more. Access the portal any time by logging in with your NetID and password.
You should receive an email from USF Information Technology after you submit your application with information on how to activate your NetID. If you have any NetID issues, please contact USF Information Technology at email@example.com.
CHECK YOUR RESIDENCY STATUS
When you apply to USF, the Office of Admissions uses information on your application to determine whether you are an in-state or out-of-state resident. This classification is important because it sets your tuition rates.
If we don’t receive enough information on your application to determine residency, you will be classified as a non-Florida resident for tuition purposes. It’s very important to respond to requests for information about your residency as soon as possible. Learn more about how residency is determined and how to ensure you’re classified correctly.
SUBMIT YOUR FINAL TRANSCRIPTS
Please note: If admitted, your admission is contingent upon submitting final college transcripts before the first day of classes. Learn more about how to submit your final transcripts.