The University of
San Francisco evaluates, without prejudice, applicants for admission
from regionally accredited postsecondary institutions and from
postsecondary institutions that are candidates for accreditation (as
defined in the Handbook of Accreditation, Accrediting Commission for
Senior Colleges and Universities, Western Association of Schools and
Colleges). Applicants are reviewed on the merits of their prior academic
achievements and potential for achieving the goals and objectives of
the program to which they seek admission. The University of San
Francisco shall not refuse, on the basis of policy, to recognize the
degrees or accept the transfer of credits from a regionally accredited
postsecondary institution or a postsecondary institution that is a
candidate for regional accreditation.
Courses from regionally accredited four-year postsecondary
institutions or from such institutions that are candidates for regional
accreditation are generally transferable if the course content is
similar to the content of a course listed in the University of San
Francisco Catalog. Courses from regionally accredited, two-year
postsecondary institutions, or such institutions that are candidates for
regional accreditation, are generally transferable under the same
conditions. If the institution is part of the California Community
College System, those courses which have been designated as "California
State University Transferable" will be accepted. The University does not
accept transfer of credit from unaccredited institutions.
Graduate applicants must submit a bachelor's degree (and a
master's degree for Ed.D. and certain D.N.P. applicants) from a U.S.
college or university that is a regionally accredited institution of
Degrees from Outside the United States
The international applicant for admission to USF master's
level programs and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program must have a
bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher learning.
Three-year undergraduate (bachelor's) degrees within the
Bologna Process signatory countries will be accepted by the following
University of San Francisco School/Colleges:
- College of Arts and Sciences
- School of Nursing and Health Professions
- School of Management
- School of Law (for the LLM program).
The School of Education will review three-year bachelor's
degrees from countries within the Bologna Process on a case-by-case
basis, as California licensure and/or credential requirements may limit
or prohibit acceptance into some School of Education programs based on
Three-year undergraduate degrees from all other countries
(e.g., in Africa, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan) will be reviewed on a
case-by-case basis by all schools and colleges at the University of San
In all cases, the University of San Francisco will only
accept degrees from colleges and universities that are recognized by a
governmental ministry of education (or its equivalent) as a
degree-granting institution for the country within which the institution
of higher learning is located.
Applicants for admission to Masagung Graduate School of
Management must present an evaluation of all required academic documents
compiled by an independent academic credential evaluation provider. USF
MBA requires that all applicants use World Education Services; their
website is accessible at www.wes.org.
Applicants for admission to all other graduate programs must
request that official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions
attended be sent directly to USF.
Applicants who attended institutions that do not issue
complete academic records in English must submit both official copies of
native-language records and literal translations prepared by an
appropriate university or government official.
Official transcripts must show all courses and subjects
taken and all grades (marks) received. If the degree conferral date or
graduation date is not posted on the transcript, additional
documentation, such as degree and graduation certificate or a copy of
the diploma, must be submitted.
Diploma supplements must accompany transcripts from European