College of Arts and Sciences

How to Apply

When you apply to a graduate program at USF, the process is entirely online. First, you create an application account and complete the application at your own pace. You upload all application items to your application account. No items need to be mailed to USF.

Start Your Application

Application Instructions

It is important to review the general application instructions as well as your graduate program's specific requirements and application deadline, which are listed on each program's "How to Apply" page below:

Online Application

To start your application select the "Start Your Application" button above. Complete the required sections of the application, including uploading any required documents. Please ensure that your uploaded documents are easy to view online. If you submit test scores, you must upload a copy of your score and request that an official score report be sent to USF. You are encouraged to submit your completed application a few weeks before the deadline.

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose is a key piece in your application. Instructions for the Statement of Purpose vary for each program. Visit your program's How to Apply page above for details. 

The statement is a two- to three-page document (length may vary for each graduate program) that includes: your personal, educational and career goals; reasons for pursuing your Master's program; features, objectives or aspects of the USF program that interest you; and any personal, academic, extracurricular, volunteer and professional projects and experiences that have prepared you for your graduate program or influenced your decision to pursue the Master's program.

For applicants to Computer Science, the 'Experience and Background Essay' is required as the statement of purpose. Upload this document to your application account.

Resume

Your current resume or CV can list and describe your educational history, work or job history, coursework related to the graduate program to which you are applying, and any experiences relevant to your pursuit of graduate studies — including internships, published articles or other published materials, volunteer and/or community service experience, study or work outside of your home country, and any other interests or activities related to your graduate program. Upload this document to your online application.

Transcripts (Academic Records)

Upload a copy of your university-issued transcript from each university, college (university-level) and community college you have attended. Please make sure the institution name is on the document you upload. Transcripts from all attended schools and study abroad programs must be submitted since universities at which you earned your Bachelor's Degree often do not list transfer and study abroad courses with grades. If you have not yet graduated from your Bachelor's Degree institution, submit a copy of your current transcript, showing in progress courses. If admitted, official transcripts showing proof of graduation will be required. Applicants who attended undergraduate programs at USF should upload their unofficial transcripts for departmental review, but are not required to send official USF transcripts. 

Letters of Recommendation

Follow the instructions in the online application in order to provide your recommenders' contact information. They will receive an email submit their letter through the online system. You can log into your account to send them a reminder at any time. You may submit your application before your recommenders upload their letters. 

GRE and GMAT Scores

The USF school code for the GRE is 4850. Here are GRE policies by program:

GRE General score required GRE Subject score recommended GRE not required
Analytics
(GMAT also accepted)
Biology
Biotechnology
Chemistry
Computer Science
Biology
Chemistry
Asia Pacific Studies
Collegiate Athletics
Economics
Environmental Management
International and Development Economics
International Studies
Museum Studies
Public Affairs
Sport Management
Urban Affairs
Writing

If you take the GRE exam and your program does not require it, you may still submit the score report if you choose to do so. Upload your copy of your GRE score report when you apply online, and then request ETS to send your official score report to USF.

International Applicants

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to the items above, international applicants need to provide items listed on the International Graduate Student page.

Undocumented and DACA Approved Applicants

The University of San Francisco considers applications for graduate programs, regardless of citizenship status, based upon academic merit and achievement. Please visit the Undocumented Students page for more resources or contact Elsa Evans in the Office of Graduate Programs for questions about the College of Arts & Sciences programs or application.
Elsa Evans
Email: elevans@usfca.edu
Phone: 415.422.5603

Recommended Minimum GPAs

GPAs below the recommended minimum are considered on a case by case basis. 

2.7 3.0 3.2
Chemistry
Collegiate Athletics
Environmental Mgmt
Sport Management
Writing
Asia Pacific Studies
Biotechnology
Computer Science
Economics
International and Development Economics
International Studies
Museum Studies
Public Affairs
Urban Affairs
Biology