Graduate Application Requirements

  1. Graduate Application
  2. Application Fee
  3. Transcripts (including evaluations)
  4. Test Scores
  5. Conduct Clearance Policy (Legal Disclosure Statement)
  6. Application Documents Access/Forward/Return Policy
  7. Additional Requirements of Programs (If applicable)

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:

  1. Submit Graduate Application: All graduate applications to USF must be submitted online through our online application. 



    Mail application documents* (transcripts and test scores) to:

    University of South Florida
    Office of Admissions
    4202 E Fowler Avenue, SVC 1036

    Tampa, FL 33620
 


    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.

  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. Applicants have the option to pay their application fee by credit card (Discover, Master Card, Visa) or by E-Check (personal checking/savings account) through Our Online Graduate Application. The Online Graduate Application will not be uploaded if the application fee is not paid. ALL APPLICATION FEES SUBMITTED ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. <<Back to top

  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. <<Back to top

  4. Submit Test Scores:

    GRE (Graduate Record Examination):


    All applicants to programs requiring the GRE* must submit GRE test scores earned within five (5) years of the desired term of entry. Official scores must be submitted to USF directly from the Educational Testing Service, but applicants may provide unofficial copies of their test scores to expedite the processing of their applications. Any admission granted using unofficial scores will not be finalized until official scores from ETS are received. The institution code for USF is 5828 and applies to all tests administered by ETS. 



    *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. <<Back to top

    GMAT (Graduate Management Aptitude Test):

    Applicants to programs in the College of Business should submit GMAT** scores earned within five years of the desired term of entry. Official scores must be submitted to USF directly from the Pearson VUE Testing Service, but applicants may provide unofficial copies of their test scores to expedite the processing of their applications. Any admission granted using unofficial scores will not be finalized until official scores from Pearson VUE are received. The following are the institution codes for USF administered by Pearson VUE.


    VP9-M4-23 Ph.D. in Business Administration 

    VP9-M4-04 Executive M.B.A

    VP9-M4-41 Hospitality Management, USF Sarasota-Manatee

    VP9-M4-97 M.B.A., Full Time

    VP9-M4-80 M.B.A., Part Time 

    VP9-M4-01 M.B.A., USF Sarasota-Manatee

    VP9-M4-25 M.B.A., USF St. Petersburg 

    VP9-M4-18 Masters in Accountancy 

    VP9-M4-67 M.A. in Economics 

    VP9-M4-86 MS in Finance 

    VP9-M4-17 M.S. in Management 

    VP9-M4-66 M.S. in Management Information Systems 

    VP9-M4-40 MSM in Marketing 

    VP9-M4-48 M.S. in Entrepreneur in Applied Technology

    VP9-4J-76 Health Administration, College of Public Health



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

    TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System):

    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:


    TOEFL - A minimum total score of 79 on the internet-based test, 213 on the computer-based test, or 550 on the paper-based test are required.

    IELTS – A minimum total score of 6.5

    Applications submitted with TOEFL or IELTS scores that do not meet the minimum requirements will be denied.

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

    • Has scored 153 (new scale) or 500 (old scale) or higher on the GRE Verbal Test
    • Has earned a college degree at a U.S. institution of higher learning
    • Has earned a college degree from an institution whose language of instruction is English (must be noted on an official document from an approved officer of the institution) 

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  5. 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. <<Back to top

  6. Application Documents Access/Forward/Return Policy: No application, test scores, transcripts, letters of recommendations, or other documents submitted with the application packet will be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution/third party. The Office of Admissions applicant file is not to be released to the applicant or other third parties. Requests, subpoenas, or court orders are to be forwarded to the Office of the General Counsel after review by the Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions. Applicants once admitted and enrolled during the term of admission may request access to their student file at the Office of the Registrar. Letters of Recommendation that the applicant has waived the right to view (indicated on Request for Recommendation Form) are not to be given, copied or viewed by the applicant or third parties. Requests for degree/enrollment verification information are referred to the Office of the Registrar. The Office of Admissions graduate application files may be copied and released to USF staff conducting legitimate University business. <<Back to top

  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. <<Back to top