Graduate Requirements and Deadlines
The Office of Admissions does not require the GRE or GMAT scores for official admission to the University; however, many of our graduate programs do have this requirement. If you are unable to take these exams due to the COVID-19 epidemic and the temporary closing of testing centers, please contact your proposed program of study. Some graduate programs are able to grant extensions to the submission of these scores and others have made these exam submissions optional for Spring 2021, Summer 2021, and Fall 2021.
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.
The deadlines listed below are for the final university deadlines. Please consult with your intended program for specific priority deadlines or to verify there are not earlier deadlines that must be met.
|Masters and Educational Specialist Degrees||Admission for Fall Semester||Admission for Spring Semester||Admission for Summer Semester|
(for funding and consideration)
|Refer to Specific Major||
Final University Domestic (US Citizen and Permanent Resident) Deadline
|June 1||October 15||February 15|
Final University International Deadline
|June 1||October 15||February 15|
|Doctoral Degrees||Admission for Fall Semester||Admission for Spring Semester||Admission for Summer Semester|
(for funding and consideration)
|Refer to Specific Major||Refer to Specific Major||Refer to Specific Major|
|Final University Domestic (US Citizen and Permanent Resident) Deadline||February 15||October 15||February 15|
|Final University International Deadline||February 15||October 15||February 15|
- 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.
- All supporting materials (test scores, transcripts, etc.) must be received by the stated deadline. Any supporting materials received after the deadline may be reviewed on a space-available basis.
Each applicant to a graduate degree program at the University of South Florida is required to meet the following minimum requirements. Graduate programs often require additional information and supporting documents. Applications should consult with the desired program of interest for additional requirements:
An applicant must have one of the following (a, b, or c):
- A bachelor’s degree satisfying at least one of the following criteria:
- “B” average (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student working toward a baccalaureate degree, or
- “B” average (3.00 on a 4.00 scale) or better in all work attempted while registered as a graduate student working for a graduate degree.
- A bachelor’s degree with a “B” average or better and a previous graduate degree with a “B” average or better. In cases where an applicant has a bachelor’s and a graduate degree at the time of admission, the credentials and GPA of the graduate degree will be the determining factor for admission.
- The equivalent bachelors and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution. Bachelor’s degrees from institutions in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) are considered equivalent based on the Bologna Accord. For applicants with a 3-year Bachelor’s Degree with less than 120 hours, from Non-Bologna Accord Institutions, a transcript evaluation from a NACES member is required to confirm equivalency.
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., must also demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Click here for the list of English speaking countries. Minimum test scores required to determine proficiency are:
- IELTS - 6.5
- PTE-A - 53
- TOEFL (iBT - 79; PBT - 550)
- GRE Verbal - 153
- Duolingo - 105
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).
1. Complete the online application
2. Pay the non-refundable $30 application fee
3. Submit an official transcript (in a sealed envelope or through the official electronic submission of your institution) 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 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.
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.
4. 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. 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:
PhD in Business Administration
MBA, Full Time
MBA, Part Time
MBA, Sarasota-Manatee Campus
MBA, St. Petersburg Campus
Master of Accountancy
MA in Economics
MS in Finance
MS in Management
MS in Management Information Systems
MSM in Marketing
MSRE in Real Estate
MS in Entrepreneur in Applied Technology
Health Administration, College of Public Health
Applicants whose native language is not English or who have not earned a degree in the United States must also submit standardized tests to offer proof of English proficiency.
5. Submit any additional items required by your program (resumes, personal statements, etc.).
6. 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.
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 Net ID at https://netid.usf.edu (refer to the Net ID instructions below if you have not created the NET ID)
- 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"
To Activate Your Net ID Account: (Please allow 48 hours before creating your Net ID.)
- Go to https://netid.usf.edu
- Click on the link which says Activate your USF NetID.
- You will be asked to provide the following information:
- Your First and Last Names
- Your USF ID "U number"
- Your birthday: Month and Day only
- The last 4 digits of your Social Security Number. If you are an international applicant, you will receive an additional email with a 4 digit activation code number to use instead of the Social Security Number.
- Follow the instructions on the computer screen. If you are activating your NetID for the first time you will be asked to select a secret question and provide an answer. This is the security question used if you forget your password and need to reset it.
- You will be asked if you want to participate i the USF Emergency Notification System. If so, you will need to type in your mobile phone number so you can receive notifications. Note: When you are finished you may need to refresh your browser to close this window on your screen.
Set up your NetID Password by following the instructions.
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