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How to Apply

Start your application for 2015 admission here.The Master of Public Affairs Program (MoPA) starts every fall in late August. The early application date for priority admission and scholarship consideration is January 15. The final application date is March 1. Applications are accepted and considered for admission after March 1 on a space-available basis.

PLEASE NOTE: To start your application, click here for important instructions and items required by all graduate programs. In addition, read below for instructions specific to the Master of Public Affairs.

International applicants please click here for important instructions.

Letters of Recommendation

Two letters of recommendation (at least one is an academic recommendation from a professor; preferably both letters are academic recommendations). Recommendation letters are submitted by individuals who can attest to the applicant's ability and competence to succeed in the studies, research and writing required by this graduate program.

Tuition Deposit

All students who are admitted to the graduate program are required to submit a tuition deposit to reserve a space in the program after notification of admission is received. The tuition deposit deadline is included in the student's letter of admission. The tuition deposit must be received at the McCarthy Center at USF on, or before, that date or the admitted student is not guaranteed a place in the graduate program. An applicant's admission will be canceled after the due date for the tuition deposit so that another qualified student may be offered that student position.

Advising, Registration, Orientation and Start of Classes

Admitted students should contact the Master of Public Affairs Program for details about the advising and registration schedule in late August for new students each fall. The department can be contacted at 415.422.5662 or