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MPA Admission

Application Requirements, Deadlines, and International Applicant Information

For information on tuition, scholarships, and financial aid, please review the Financing Your Education page.


  • Official Transcript(s) – Upload copies of transcripts from each accredited college or university attended to the online application. If admitted to the program, instructions for sending official, sealed transcripts will be provided. For transcripts from schools/universities outside of the U.S.A. – please refer to the International Applicants section below.
  • Résumé – Submit a current résumé. Two years of professional work experience is preferred.
  • Letters of Recommendation – Two letters of recommendation are required. At least one letter should come from a professional contact. Enter the recommenders' email addresses directly into the online application for electronic submission. If the recommender must submit a hard copy letter by mail, please request that your recommender complete this form, to include with his/her letter.
  • Statement of Purpose or Essay – A 500 to 1000 word essay is required. Please write and upload one document which describes how your academic, professional, and personal background has led you to pursue the Master in Public Administration at University of San Francisco. Please also include specific reference to your experience in the practice of public or nonprofit administration, and your short and long term goals upon graduation.
  • English Proficiency – All applicants are required to demonstrate English proficiency by submitting a TOEFL, IELTS, or PTE Academic score. Any applicant who has completed two or more years of a degree program at a higher education institution in the U.S.A., or any of the exempt countries listed in the International Applicants section below, is waived of this requirement. Participation in the USF School of Management United States Business Communications and Culture program (USBCC) may be required of any applicant at the discretion of the Admission Committee.


Spring 2015 - San Jose and Online

Application Deadline
Tests Taken By
Notification Date
Deposit Date
June 15
June 1
July 25
August 22
August 15
August 1
September 26
October 24
October 15
October 1
November 26
December 19
November 15
October 1
December 4
December 19

Applications received after the final deadline will be considered on a space-available basis.

Fall 2015 - Downtown San Francisco, Sacramento, and Online

Application Deadline
Tests Taken By
Notification Date
Deposit Date
November 15
November 1
December 19
January 23
January 15
January 1
February 20
March 16
March 15
March 1
April 17
May 18
May 15
May 1
June 19
July 17
June 15
June 1
July 13
July 24

Have questions? Please contact to set up an appointment with an Admissions Counselor.

International Applicants

We are unable to admit any F-1-seeking international students to our Master of Public Administration program as we cannot sponsor student visas for part-time programs.

In addition to the application requirements, international applicants must submit the following:

Proof of English Proficiency

Applicants who have completed two or more years of study or earned their undergraduate/graduate degree at an institution located in one of the countries listed in the Exempt Countries Table may be waived of the English proficiency requirement.

Minimum score requirements are as follows:

TOEFL (internet-based): 100
TOEFL (paper-based): 600
IELTS: 7.0
Pearson Test of English Academic: 68
Exempt Countries:

United States of America
New Zealand
United Kingdom
American Samoa
Grand Cayman
Turks and Caicos Islands
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
Republic of Palau


Applicants who obtained their undergraduate or graduate degree(s) from an international (non-U.S.) institution must submit the following:

  • Transcript(s) (academic record) in the original language of your institution.
  • Official degree conferral certificate(s) indicating degree completion or expected date of completion.
  • English version of transcript(s) and degree conferral certificate(s). A notarized English translation of your transcript/degree conferral certificate or evaluation by a credentials service is required if the university does not issue English language transcripts.

Once admitted to the program, all applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts. Instructions on how to send official, sealed transcripts will be provided at the time of admission. As such, it is important have official copies of transcript(s) and degree conferral certificate(s) available for submission.

International Skill Verification Services

USF strongly recommends that candidates from China, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam, undergo the International Skill Verification Services (ISVS) and the International Study Candidate Assessment Process (ISCAP).

You may participate in the ISCAP from any quiet, private location with a good Internet connection, such as a room in your home or office, using a laptop or desktop computer with a working camera and microphone. The ISCAP is a guided live interview-based process that requires no specific preparation. It is designed give universities a better sense of your spoken English and ad hoc English writing skills, as well as give you the opportunity to powerfully share who you are with us. Please schedule your assessment as soon as possible on the ISVS website and send your ISCAP report to the University of San Francisco School of Management upon completion.

Learn more about the international student experience at the USF School of Management.