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Next Steps Risk Management

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

Step 1: It's Official

Congratulations on your acceptance to the USF School of Management. As an accepted student, you will receive an admissions packet in the mail. Please read your admissions packet carefully. In it you will find important information including:

  • The deadline for securing your space and scholarship, if applicable
  • The date of your graduate program's mandatory orientation (please see Step 7).

Until the start of your graduate program, all communications from the Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Office will be sent to the email address associated with your application. If you had previously chosen to opt out of receiving emails through the online application, you will not receive any future correspondence or notifications from the School of Management.

Graduate Admissions Office, Suite 500
101 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: (415) 422-2221, Fax: (415) 358-9112
Email:, Web:

Step 2: Get connected

Your admission notification via the online application portal included your USFconnect username and identification number. USFconnect will be your personal connection to all University and School of Management student information. As you prepare for the start of the program, you will need to log into USFconnect to submit your deposit and confirm any financial aid. As orientation approaches, you will also be able to review your schedule and access your book lists via USFconnect.

A) To create your USFconnect password, please go to USFConnect and choose “Change or Reset your password”. Your username will be needed.

B) If your USFconnect login information (from your online application admission notification) does not work, please contact Information Technology Services (contact information below)

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Information Technology Services, Lone Mountain North, Second Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6668
Email:, Web:

Step 3: Enroll

Pay your Deposit

Deposits are non-refundable and will be credited to your first term's tuition.

The deposit amount for the MSRM program is: $600

To pay online by credit card or e-check, log into USF Connect by following the instructions in your admission letter. Once in USF Connect:

  1. Click on the Student Tab.
  2. Select the View & Pay link on the left.
  3. Choose Make Payment, located in the Your Account window.
  4. Click on Web Admission Deposit.
  5. Though your account will show a zero balance, enter the deposit amount and then select the term for which you have been admitted.
  6. Click the Add Charges to Pay button.
  7. On the next screen, click Checkout.
  8. Select the desired payment option and click Continue Checkout.
  9. Enter the credit card number or e-check information.

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.


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Submit Official Transcripts

Access to registration will only be granted to those who have both deposited and submitted official transcripts for all institutions listed on your application. Documentation must also show proof of undergraduate degree completion, if not available on the course by course transcripts. If you have not already submitted official transcripts, please send them as soon as possible for acknowledgement and verification to:

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

Graduate Admissions Office, Suite 500
101 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: (415) 422-
2221, Fax: (415) 358-9112
Email:, Web:

Step 4: International Students

U.S. Business Communications and Culture Program(USBCC)

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

A) Complete and return your Binding Agreement to Participate Form via email (, mail or fax (415-358-9112)

B) Pay the $500 USBCC fee online using the “Pay your Deposit Online” instructions in Step 3

Note: The USBCC fee covers course materials and does not secure your space in the graduate program.

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

Find out more about International Student Orientation »

Graduate Admissions Office, Suite 500
101 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: (415) 422-
2221, Fax: (415) 358-9112
Email:, Web:

Step 5: Finance your Degree

The University of San Francisco recognizes that 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.The Financial Aid Office is available to assist you as you pursue both federal and private loans, as well as answer questions about company reimbursement, veteran’s benefits, and other potential funding opportunities.

Once the financial aid package has been created by the Financial Aid Office, you will find the details of the financial aid awards in your USFConnect account. You must log in to accept or decline the aid offered to you.In order to receive your aid, you must accept the award online.

A) Check the status of your financial aid

  • Log into USFconnect, and click on the Student tab.
  • Click on the Access Self Service button
  • Click on the Financial Aid tab 
  • Click on Award
  • Click on Award for Aid year
  • Select your incoming year, and submit

B) Accept or Decline your financial aid offer within 30 days

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 Financing Options Overview

A) Federal Loans (FAFSA): Free Applications for Federal Student Aid loans are available for all domestic graduate students. Stafford Loans cover up to $20,500 per fiscal school year, regardless of income level and credit rating. Repayment begins six months after graduation. Fiscal years begin each fall and include spring and summer semesters.

B) Private Loans: Lenders typically include private banks.

C) USF Scholarships: Applicants to most programs are considered for a scholarship. No application is required and students are notified at the time of admission if they have received a scholarship. Scholarship criteria and amounts vary. For further details, see:

D) Non USF-based Scholarships: Scholarships from various organizations are available. We recommend you research your options and consider organizations tied to your specific industry, ethnicity, etc.

E) Veteran’s Benefits: USF is fully dedicated to making education more accessible for our nation's veterans and their dependents. Applicants’ benefits may include the Yellow Ribbon program. For further details, see:

F) Corporate Sponsorship: Your employer agrees to subsidize all or part of your tuition.

G) Corporate Tuition Reimbursement: Your company’s tuition reimbursement policy may require that you pay your education out-of-pocket and subsequently file for reimbursement.

H) Resident Advisor Positions: Consider working and living in the USF undergraduate dormitories as a way to help pay for school. For more information, please see this website.

 Applying for Federal Student Aid (FASFA)

The FAFSA application is available at: Filing the application takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes. Typical processing time is four to five weeks from date of submission.

In order to file, you will need the following information:

A) PIN number obtained at (Expect 4-5 business days to receive your pin).

B) AGI (adjusted gross income) from your tax return OR an estimate of your AGI if not yet filed.

C) University of San Francisco School Code of 001325.

D) Username and password to access the USFconnect website (see Step 2)

Additional information about loan options, program costs, and billing information is available on the USF One Stop website.

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

Step 6: Engage with the USF Community

We encourage you to attend the Admitted Student and University-sponsored events as a great way to meet and engage with the School of Management and University community.

Student Ambassadors: We encourage you to contact our Student Ambassadors to learn more about academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular life in the School of Management.

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Facebook: Connect with incoming and current graduate students in the “University of San Francisco School of Management Graduate Admissions – Admit Class of 2014” Facebook group.

Admitted Student Events: Please save the following dates (RSVP info and other details to come).

Newly Admitted Student Discovery Day, May 16 RSVP

Reception and SF Giants Game, AT&T Park, June 26

School of Management Events Calendar

University Sponsored Events Calendar

USF Athletics Calendar

Office of Graduate Student Life


Fall : August 14, 2014

(Required, see Step 7)

Graduate Admissions Office, Suite 500
101 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: (415) 422-
2221, Fax: (415) 358-9112
Email:, Web:

Step 7: Orientation

Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students. Please mark your calendar and make arrangements accordingly.

FALL 2014 ORIENTATION: Thursday August 14, 2014 at the USF Downtown Campus

Orientation for all programs is scheduled for Thursday, August 14, 2014 at the USF Downtown Campus, 101 Howard Street. Students will be introduced to campus resources, participate in a behavioral matrix and attend program specific break-out sessions with faculty and academic advisors.

The Graduate Student Affairs Office will contact deposited students with Orientation schedules and final details by mid-July.

Graduate Student Affairs Office, Suite 500
101 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: (415) 422-2511, Fax: (415) 422-6315

Additional contact information available in Step 16

Step 8: Academics

The University Of San Francisco Graduate School of Management offers a rigorous and comprehensive management education, meeting both the academic and professional needs of our students.

Academic Calendar – Important Dates

Fall 2014

Orientation: Thursday, August 14 at USF Downtown Campus, 101 Howard Street

First day of classes: Beginning the week of Tuesday, August 19, 2014

For information on other important dates (holidays, tuition deadlines, etc.), please see the Academic Calendar.


The Graduate Student Affairs Office assists students from orientation through graduation to ensure successful navigation of the program. The Graduate Student Affairs team serves as your advisors and works to enhance the graduate student experience with relevant programs and events. In addition to providing co-curricular and professional development opportunities, your advisors will partner with you on matters of graduation audits, selection of concentrations, registration and more. They look forward to introducing themselves as orientation draws closer. Contact information is available in Step 16.


Books are not included in tuition and fees. Your required book list will be available to you via USFconnect after registration. Book costs vary by program and term depending on the number and types of courses you will be taking. You may purchase new or used books from the USF Bookstore or you may elect to order books from an alternate retail provider.


All students must have either Excel 2010 or Excel 2013 version for PC and MAC laptops.

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USF welcomes Macintosh users. Mac users will need to run Excel which requires Windows. Requirements include: Microsoft Office 2010, Window 7,and VMWareFusion OR Bootcamp. The recommended way to run Windows it to install VMWare Fusion on your Mac. Additional information on Bootcamp is available here or here.


If you have questions regarding your options or installation process, please contact ITS:


In person:IT representatives are available at the 101 Howard building (by appointment), or at LoneMountain North or Gleeson Library on Main campus.

GraduateStudent Affairs Office, Suite 500
101 HowardSt, San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: (415) 422-2511, Fax: (415) 422-6315

Additional contact information available in Step 16

Step 9: Registration

Registration for classes varies by each graduate program. The Graduate Student Affairs Office will contact deposited students with registration information by the dates below:

MSRM: The Graduate Student Affairs Office will instruct students on how to complete self-registration in late August. Your class schedule can be viewed in USFConnect once registration is complete.

Note: Submit any final admission documentation

Per you online admission letter, all students will have "holds" preventing access to registration until all official transcripts are received. Proof of degree completion must also be supplied if not already included in course by course transcripts.

Students who have been admitted conditionally to a graduate program must meet all the conditions as indicated in the student’s admission letter before the student will be eligible for registration. Students who have been admitted conditionally have received a “hold” on their student account. A “hold” prevents registration until important University matters are settled. To view your holds, please log into USFconnect,

A) Log into USFconnect and click on the Student tab.

B) Click on the Access Self Service button

C) Click Student Records

D) Click View Holds

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GraduateStudent Affairs Office, Suite 500
101 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: (415) 422-2511, Fax: (415) 422-6315

More contact information available in Step 16

Step 10: Tuition and Payment

Tuition and any applicable fees will be charged to your student account after registration. Please adhere to payment deadlines reflected in your tuition bill. Go to for complete information about the University's tuition and payment policies. Tuition can be paid in the following ways:

  • Go to View & Pay within USFConnect (see step 3)
  • Set up an authorized payer
    Authorized payers are spouses, employers, etc., who can view bills and make payments online. To set up an authorized payer, go to View & Pay, located in the Student tab of USFconnect, and click on the Authorized Payers link from the menu on the left. Authorized payers can go to for more information.
  • Special & Third Party Billing
  • USF offers third party billing, or Special Billing, to students whose employers or other outside agency will pay their tuition and/or fees and expenses. Students whose company or agency reimburses them directly are NOT eligible for Special Billing. Payments contingent upon completion of class or grade posting are also not eligible for Special Billing. Please go to: for more information.


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

Step 11: Health Insurance and Immunizations

To protect the health and wellness of all USF community members, students are provided USF-sponsored health insurance. In addition, USF requires all international students and U.S. students living in university-operated housing to submit proof of immunization.

  • Automatic enrollment into health insurance:
    Domestic Graduate students registered for 6 credit hours or more per semester will be automatically charged for health insurance. All international students registered for at least 1 credit hour or more will be automatically enrolled in and charged for the USF-Sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan. Students can opt out if they have health insurance coverage comparable to the USF health plan.
  • Who cannot opt-out of health insurance:
  • Graduate students residing in University-operated housing cannot opt-out of the USF-sponsored health insurance or apply for a waiver.
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Immunizations: Graduate students born on or after January 1, 1957, who are living in USF-operated housing must submit evidence of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) immunization. In addition, International students must submit:

A) Evidence of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) immunization.

B) Proof of Tuberculosis PPD (Montaoux) test administered in the last 12 months.

C) Students with positive PPD are required to submit a chest x-ray administered within the last 12 months.

Find out more about Immunizations »


Health Promotion Services, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-5797, Fax: (888) 471-2290
Email:, Web:

Step 12: Student ID/One Card

All USF students are issued a university photo ID called a One Card. Your USF One Card grants you access to on-campus resources, including classroom buildings, Don Dollars accounts, Gleeson Library, and Koret Health and Recreation Center. Funds, or Don Dollars, can be added to the card for use on-campus at the bookstore, dining locations, vending machines, and more. (Cards are activated by the first day of classes). After you have been registered for classes (which requires receipt of all official transcripts), you may visit the One Card Office to take your picture and obtain your One Card or you may follow the steps below:

  • Smile for the camera
    Have someone take a picture of you. You should be facing the camera with your head and shoulders visible. Save the picture as a .jpg or .jpeg file.
  • Upload the picture
    Upload the picture to the Online ID Express website:
  • Pick up

You can check the status of your One Card on the Online ID Express website. One Cards will be available for pick up at the One Card and Campus Security Systems office. The Graduate Student Affairs office will attempt to have the cards ready for you at Orientation. If not available at orientation, please view this website for instructions.


One Card and Campus Security Systems, Lone Mountain, Room 130
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-7663, Fax: (415) 422-6664
Email:, Web:

Step 13: Housing

Graduate students have two housing options:

  • On-Campus Housing:
    USF offers a limited number of graduate student housing units in university-operated apartments in Loyola Village and rooms in Pedro Arrupe Hall. To apply for on-campus housing, please log into USFconnect, click on the Student tab, and then scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on the USFrooms link. You will be required to submit a $300 non-refundable housing payment with your housing application. Resident Advisors work and live in the undergraduate dormitories. For more information on becoming a Resident Advisor, please see this website. On-Campus Move-in Day will be announced as the date approaches. Students with questions about housing should contact the student housing office: or (415) 422-6824.
  • Off-Campus Housing:
    The majority of graduate students elect to live in apartments off-campus (not operated by the University). USF’s Off-Campus Housing website provides tools for searching for housing, information on neighborhoods, worksheets for creating a budget, etc. Students have found Craigslist to be another excellent resource for apartment listings. We also encourage you to engage with other incoming students and Student Ambassadors in the “University of San Francisco School of Management Graduate Admissions – Admit Class of 2014” Facebook group to learn more about housing and to potentially find a roommate.


Student Housing and Residential Education, UC 5th Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6824, Fax: (415) 422-2480
Email:,, Web:

Step 14: FAQs

Q: Whom should I contact with questions about my admission and/or deposit?
A: Please contact the Graduate Admissions Office at (415) 422-2221 or at

Q: How do I know if I received a scholarship?
A: Scholarships are awarded at the time of acceptance, and students are notified of scholarship awards in their admission packet. Scholarships are awarded to the most highly qualified candidates based on academic, professional, and personal merit. If you have not been awarded a scholarship, you may wish to review the “Additional Scholarship Resources” on our Scholarships website. Enrolled students may apply for available research and teaching assistant positions upon starting their programs. Other on-campus job opportunities can be found on the Student Employment website.

Q: What is your policy on deferred admission?
A: A written request for a deferral of admission should be sent to the Graduate Admissions Office via email ( If the deferral is granted, the deferral will be valid for up to one year from the original semester of acceptance. Students will be required to submit their non-refundable admission deposit if they are interested in confirming their deferral. Another deposit will be needed to secure their spot in the program’s future cohort. All deposits go towards the first semester tuition. Previously awarded scholarships are not guaranteed if the student defers to a future term. Deferred applicants will be reviewed in the next term’s application review period for a scholarship.

Q: When do classes start?
A: Please see “Academics” (Step 8) for important Academic Calendar Dates

Q: What days and times will my classes be held?
A: Please see “Registration" (Step 9) for helpful tips regarding your cohort schedule.

Q: Where will my classes be held?

All San Francisco based programs will be meeting in the Downtown Campus:

San Francisco:101 Howard Street,San Francisco, CA 94105

USF has acquired the historic Folger Coffee Company building at 101 Howard Street in downtown San Francisco.

Q: How many students are in each of the program’s cohorts?
A: Cohort sizes vary by program, and range from 15 to 35 students per cohort.

Q: When is tuition due?
A: Tuition and any applicable fees will be charged to your student account after registration. You will be asked to pay your tuition in full by the designated due date or enroll in a four-month Payment Plan through the One Stop Office. Please see “Tuition and Payment” (Step 10) for more details.

Q: How do students get to campus? Is there student parking?

San Francisco: Students can access the downtown San Francisco campus by public transportation or car.

BART: Students may take BART to the Embarcadero stop. The downtown campus is a short walk from the BART stop.

MUNI: MUNI offers a variety of transit vehicles such as cable cars, historic streetcars, and buses. Students have the opportunity to purchase a semester pass for all MUNI lines at the beginning of each fall and spring semester. The Downtown andHilltop San Francisco campuses can be accessed by numerous MUNI lines including the #5, #21 and #31.

Parking: The downtown USF campus is close to a number of parking garages.

Q: Do I need a laptop?
A: Please see “Academics” (Step 8) for computer information.


Graduate Admissions Office, Suite 500
101 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: (415) 422-
2221, Fax: (415) 358-9112
Email:, Web:

Step 15: Personal Information Update

As an admitted student, it is important to keep your contact information up-to-date. The primary way the Graduate Admissions Office and Graduate Student AffairsOffice communicate with students is via email and your admissions status may be affected if you do not respond to communications from our offices in a timely fashion.

Please update your contact information via USFconnect:

A) Log into USFconnect and click on the “Student” tab.

B) Click on the “Click here” button in the Student Self-Service area

C) Click on “Addresses and Phones”

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Graduate Admissions Office, Suite 500
101 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105
Tel: (415) 422-
2221, Fax: (415) 358-9112
Email:, Web:

Step 16: School of Management Staff

Graduate Admissions Office
(415) 422-2221 /

Elisabeth Merkel, Associate Director of Graduate Recruiting and Admissions
(415) 422-6554 /

Dori Grant, Assistant Director of Graduate Recruiting and Admissions
(415) 422-7288 /

Joanna Woo, Manager of Graduate Recruiting and Admissions
(415) 422-4497 /

Lauren Ognibene, Program Assistant, Graduate Recruiting and Admissions
(415) 422-4499 /

Alissa Gossett, Program Assistant, Graduate Recruiting and Admissions
(415) 422-5284 /

Graduate Student Affairs Office

(415) 422-2511/

Mindi Mysliwiec, Director of Graduate Student Affairs
(415) 422-4324 /

Melissa Lincoln, Assistant Director of Advising
(415) 422-6314 /

Christina Teller, Assistant Director of Advising
(415) 422-2520 /

Blythe Hurley,Manger of Student Life,Graduate Student Affairs
(415) 422-2511 /

Mikaela Hinds, Program Manager, Graduate Student Affairs
(415) 422-4553/

Kendra Liebowitz, Program Assistant, Graduate Student Affairs
(415) 422-4677/