College of Arts and Sciences

How to Apply

When you apply to a graduate program at USF, the process is entirely online. First, you create an application account and complete the application at your own pace. You upload all application items to your application account. No items need to be mailed to USF.

Start Your Application

Application Instructions

It is important to review the general application instructions as well as your graduate program's specific requirements and application deadline, which are listed on each program's "How to Apply" page below:

Online Application

To start your application select the "Start Your Application" button above. Complete the required sections of the application, including uploading any required documents. Please ensure that your uploaded documents are easy to view online. If you submit test scores, you must upload a copy of your score and request that an official score report be sent to USF. You are encouraged to submit your completed application a few weeks before the deadline.

Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose is a key piece in your application. Instructions for the Statement of Purpose vary for each program. Visit your program's How to Apply page above for details. 

The statement is a two- to three-page document (length may vary for each program) that includes: your personal, educational and career goals; reasons for pursuing your Master's program; features, objectives or aspects of the USF program that interest you; and any personal, academic, extracurricular, volunteer and professional projects and experiences that are related to your graduate program or your decision to pursue your program.


Your current resume or CV lists and describes your educational history, work or job history, coursework related to your graduate program, and experiences related to your pursuit of graduate studies – including internships, published articles or materials, volunteer or community service experience, study or work outside of your home country, and any other interests or activities related to your graduate program. Upload this document to your application.

Transcripts (Academic Records)

Upload a copy of your university-issued transcript from each university, college (university-level) and community college you have attended. Please make sure the institution name is on the document you upload. Transcripts from all attended schools and study abroad programs must be submitted because the university at which you earned your Bachelor's Degree may not list transfer and study abroad courses with grades. If you have not yet graduated from your Bachelor's Degree institution, submit a copy of your current transcript that shows classes in progress. If admitted, an official transcript showing proof of graduation is required. Applicants who attended undergraduate programs at USF should upload their unofficial transcripts for departmental review, but are not required to send official USF transcripts.

Letters of Recommendation

Follow the instructions in the online application in order to provide your recommenders' contact information. They will receive an email to submit their letter through the online system. You can log into your account to send them a reminder at any time. You may submit your application before your recommenders upload their letters.

Test Scores and GPAs

The USF school code for the GRE is 4850. The following table shows required tests and recommended minimum GPA for each program:

Program GRE GRE Subject GPA
Analytics Yes (or GMAT) No 3.0
Asia Pacific Studies No No 3.0
Biology Yes Optional 3.2
Biotechnology Yes No 3.0
Chemistry Yes Optional 2.7
Collegiate Athletics No No 2.7
Computer Science Yes No 3.0
Economics No No 3.0
Environmental Management No No 2.7
International and Development Economics No No 3.0
International Studies No No 3.0
Migration Studies No No 3.0
Museum Studies No No 3.0
Professional Communications No No 3.0
Public Affairs No No 3.0
Sport Management No No 2.7
Urban Affairs No No 3.0
Writing No No 2.7

If you take the GRE exam and your program does not require it, you may still choose to submit your score report. Upload your GRE score report when you apply online, and then request ETS to send your official score report to USF.

International Applicants

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to the items above, international applicants need to provide items listed on the International Graduate Student page.

Undocumented and DACA Approved Applicants

The University of San Francisco considers applications for graduate programs, regardless of citizenship status, based upon academic merit and achievement. Please visit the Undocumented Students page for more resources or contact Elsa Evans in the Office of Graduate Programs for questions about the College of Arts & Sciences programs or application.
Elsa Evans
Phone: 415.422.5603