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Next Steps

Welcome to the MBA program at USF. The steps below will provide you with the information you need to successfully enroll at USF.

Reserve Your Spot

Congratulations on your acceptance to the USF School of Management. Your official admission packet will arrive via post mail shortly.


myUSF is your personal connection to your student information. Log in to myUSF with the username and ID number listed in the acceptance letter posted to your online application. Within myUSF you can pay your admission deposit and accept your financial aid award. You will also find your class schedule and book lists here as your orientation date approaches. Video tutorials to help get you started with myUSF and many other USF interfaces can be accessed here.

Step 1) Log In to Your myUSF Account

Your personal myUSF account has already been created for you. myUSF is the gateway to the university where you can register for classes, pay tuition, access your USF email, view your student record and update your contact information.

The first time you log in, you will need to create a password. Please follow instructions below:

  1. Visit
  2. Choose Set New/Forgot password
  3. Enter your USF username (indicated on your online and printed acceptance letters) and the CAPTCHA text
  4. Click Submit
  5. Enter your USF Student ID / CWID # (indicated on your online and printed acceptance letters)
  6. Enter your date of birth
  7. Click Submit

Step 2) Pay Your Admission Deposit

Secure your spot in the MBA program by paying your $500 admission deposit. Deposits are non-refundable and will be credited to your first term's tuition. International students required to participate in the U.S. Business and Culture Class (USBCC) must submit an additional $500 deposit, for a total admission deposit amount of $1,000.

To pay online by credit card or e-check, please follow instructions below:

  1. Log in to myUSF
  2. Click the link for View & Pay in the Quicklinks box on the right
  3. Click Make Payment and select the link for Admission Deposits
  4. Select your starting semester; enter the deposit amount as appears on your acceptance letter+
  5. Complete the checkout process to submit your payment

+Please note that the deposit balance will appear as $0. You must enter the deposit amount as is listed on your acceptance letter.

For other payment options, go to

Please note: If your deposit is not received by the deadline indicated in your acceptance letter, the School of Management reserves the right to rescind your admission and any scholarship received.

Step 3) Update your personal information

  1. Login to myUSF with your Username and Password (see Step 1).
  2. Select Student Self-Service.
  3. Click on the Personal Information tab to update addresses, phone numbers, and emergency contacts. 

Step 4) Submit official transcripts

Access to registration will only be granted to students who have both deposited and submitted official transcripts from all institutions listed on their application. If you have not already submitted official, sealed transcripts, please send them as soon as possible to:

University of San Francisco
Office of Graduate Admission
2130 Fulton Street - Lone Mountain
San Francisco, CA 94117

Getting Started

Orientation: Orientation introduces new students to campus resources and provides opportunities to attend program-specific breakout sessions with faculty and academic advisors. Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students. The Graduate Student Affairs Office contacts deposited students with Orientation schedules and final details by mid-July. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us:

Full-Time MBA students - Thursday, August 20, 2015
Part-Time MBA students - Saturday, August 22, 2015

USF Downtown Campus, 101 Howard Street, Suite 500.

Registration: The Graduate Student Affairs Office registers all deposited students for their first semester. You can expect more information about this course schedule in early August. Students who have not submitted the admission deposit and official transcripts will not be registered.

Student ID/One Card: All registered USF students are issued a university photo ID called a One Card. Your USF One Card grants access to on-campus resources, including classroom buildings, Don Dollars accounts, Gleeson Library, and Koret Health and Recreation Center after the first day of classes. Don Dollars can be added to your One Card for use on campus at the bookstore, dining locations, vending machines, and for printing.

To obtain your One Card: Please follow the instructions on the Online ID Express. The Graduate Student Affairs Office will give you your One Card at Orientation.

Textbooks: Books are not included in tuition and fees. Your required book list will be available to you via myUSF after registration in early August.

Canvas: Canvas is an educational software platform that provides a user-friendly environment for online teaching and learning. Many of your faculty may use Canvas to post information relevant to their course including the syllabus, course readings and discussion boards*.

To access Canvas

  1. Login to myUSF
  2. Click on the Canvas box
  3. Click on Instructure Canvas, then select the Courses tab.

*You will not see course information until you are registered AND only once the instructor has published his/her course to Canvas.

Health Insurance: All graduate students are required to have health insurance and are automatically enrolled and billed for the USF-sponsored student health insurance plan. Students who already have health insurance coverage comparable (equal or better) to the USF-sponsored plan under a United States-domiciled health insurance company may waive this requirement. For more information please visit the USF Health Promotion Services website.

Financing Your Degree

Financing a graduate degree represents a significant investment in your future. The USF One Stop office is committed to helping you find the best funding available. Financial Aid advisors are available to discuss federal and private loan options and to answer questions about company reimbursement, veteran’s benefits, and other potential funding opportunities. One Stop’s website also features a series of helpful video tutorials to assist students.

If you received a Financial Aid award you must accept the award online in order to receive it.
To check the status of your financial aid:

  1. Login to myUSF.
  2. Click on Self-Service.
  3. In the the Student section click on Financial Aid.
Accept or Decline your financial aid offer within 30 days
  1. Click on the Award link.
  2. Follow instructions as required.

Here is the 2015-2016 Financial Aid Checklist for graduate students.

USF Scholarships: Scholarship recipients are notified of their award amount and distribution at the time of admission. USF scholarships are applied automatically to the recipient’s account and it is not necessary to take any action to accept the award.

Tuition and Payment: Tuition and any applicable fees are charged to your student account after registration. Please adhere to payment deadlines reflected in your tuition bill.

To make a Payment:

  1. Login to myUSF.
  2. Select the View & Pay link.

There, you can view your bill, make a payment, and more. Remember, you will not receive a paper bill, so you must log into View & Pay to view your balance. You may not use a credit card to pay for tuition and fees. Information about accepted forms of payment can be found here. If your semester balance cannot be paid in full, the university offers payment plans. To learn more, please visit the One Stop website.

One Stop Office Information:

Lone Mountain, Room 251
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-2020, Fax: (415) 422-6084,

Important Resources

School of Management students benefit from being part of a larger campus community with a variety of resources to support students' academic and personal needs while in graduate school.

Student Support Offices
Graduate Student Affairs
Graduate Recruiting and Admissions
Career Management
Alumni and External Affairs
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
International Student and Scholar Services
Learning and Writing Center
One Stop
Student Disability Services
Student Health Services
University Ministry

Campus Resources
Koret Health and Recreation Center

Off campus


Branch Campuses
Downtown Campus
Hilltop Campus
San Jose
Santa Rosa

Program Preparation
Harvard Business Review Free Microsoft Excel Boot Camp

International Students

Obtaining/Maintaining a Student Visa: International students applying for an F-1 student visa should find their I-20 enclosed in their acceptance packet. Students who currently hold a valid F-1 student visa need to have an international advisor from their current school transfer their I-20 (SEVIS record) to the University of San Francisco. Please check the information on your I-20 carefully. For more information on applying for a student visa, paying the SEVIS fee, and other immigration-related information, please visit the Pre-Arrival section of the International Student and Scholar Services website.

If you enter the U.S. on an I-20 issued by the University of San Francisco, you are expected to enroll at USF for that specific term and cannot transfer to another school for, at least, one academic term. International students must complete their Status Verification process in the International Student and Scholar Services Office within the first week of classes. Please bring your passport, USF I-20, previous I-20’s, and I-94 (issued upon arrival in U.S.) to the International Student and Scholar Services Office in the University Center, 5th floor.

U.S. Business Culture Class (USBCC): International Students may be conditionally admitted to some graduate programs based upon successful completion of the School of Management’s United States Business Culture Class (USBCC). If you are conditionally admitted, please be sure to:

  1. Review the Binding Agreement to Participate Form provided in your admit packet as well as the USBCC website.
  2. Complete and return your Binding Agreement to Participate Form via email to Graduate Student Affairs at
  3. Pay the USBCC fee when you submit your admission deposit. The total amount due is listed in your acceptance letter.

International Student Orientation: Upon arriving at USF, all new Graduate International Students must attend the Graduate International Student Orientation program. International Student Orientation addresses areas of cultural adjustment, academics in the United States, immigration matters, USF and San Francisco resources, and other points of interest. You'll have the opportunity to meet other new students and to ask questions of current students. A detailed schedule with additional optional activities will be posted on the Orientation section of the ISSS website

ISSS Airport Shuttle: ISSS offers a transportation shuttle from the San Francisco International Airport to USF. Students can learn more about this shuttle and register for a ride on the ISSS website.

Health Insurance & Immunizations: All international students enrolled in one unit or more is automatically enrolled in and charged for the USF-sponsored health insurance plan. To waive the insurance requirement, your insurance plan must be comparable to or better than the USF Sponsored Health insurance plan. For more information, please visit the Health Promotion Services website

International students are required to submit proof of immunization. For deadlines and how to submit your proof of immunization, please refer to the Health Promotion Services website.

International Student Mentor Program: Have questions about USF, concerns about moving, or maybe just want to make some friends? If so, the International Mentoring Program may be of interest to you!

New international MBA and MSFA students can build their community by meeting and seeking advice from current 2nd year USF students. The International Mentoring Program helps answer your questions about campus resources, living in the Bay Area, and adjusting to new situations.

For more information and to request a mentor, please contact

Engaging with the USF Community

Connect with current students, faculty, staff, and your future classmates before orientation. Below, you will find some great ideas to help you get involved early.

Student Ambassadors
Contact our Student Ambassadors at to learn more about academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular life in the School of Management.

Visit a Class
Meet students and faculty, and experience the classroom environment firsthand. Class visit schedules are available here.

Admitted Student Events
Join your future classmates throughout the months leading up to orientation at various hosted events. Specific dates and details are sent by email to all admitted students, but you can anticipate the following:

May - Admitted Student Day
June - Giants baseball game and pre-game reception
July - Admitted Student Happy Hour

Additional Resources
School of Management Calendar of Events
University Sponsored Events Calendar
USF Athletics Calendar
Graduate Student Senate
Graduate Business Association