The Graduate Programs at USF - preparing students to serve, lead, succeed.
The University of San Francisco prepares graduate students to act as thoughtful, just, and skilled leaders of an increasingly global community. Our rigorous and thorough approach to classroom learning combined with real world experience leads our students to find success in a wide variety of fields, from boardrooms to courtrooms to classrooms around the world.
We offer over 60 graduate programs at the master's and doctoral levels, in five different schools – the College of Arts and Sciences, School of Education, School of Law, School of Management, and School of Nursing and Health Professions.
USF’s relatively small size belies the breadth of our graduate curriculum and the unique opportunities that come from working so closely with our outstanding faculty – over 90% of whom have obtained PhDs or other terminal degrees in their fields.
Many of our programs are designed to accommodate working professionals, with features like spring and fall admission, flexible class schedules, and online learning. In San Francisco, our graduate programs are offered on our main "Hilltop" campus, at our Downtown campus, and at our Presidio location. Programs are also offered at four branch campuses throughout the greater Bay Area, and our Southern California location is in Orange.
Application procedures differ according to the degree program, but generally, an online application, personal statement, resume, test scores, transcripts, and personal recommendations are required.
While USF does expect that potential graduate students will have distinguished themselves academically, we do not have fixed grade point average (GPA) or test score requirements. We look at each application as a whole, with an eye towards applicants who show interest in the USF mission of making the world a better place.
Getting to Know Us
The University of San Francisco was founded in 1855 as San Francisco's first university. As a Jesuit Catholic university, USF shares a 450-year tradition of academic excellence and commitment to educating the whole person with 27 other Jesuit universities in the United States. USF's 9,800 students come from throughout the U.S. and from over 70 foreign countries. 50,000 living alumni include Pulitzer prize winners, leading local and national political figures, and CEOs of major corporations.
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