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APPLY ONLINE NOW for Fall 2013
The M.S. in Web Science program start each fall (late August) and spring (late January). The priority application dates are:
for fall (August) admission
for spring (January) admission
Applications are considered for fall 2013 admission until July 15, 2013.
The application system is online and is managed by the Office of Graduate Programs in the College of Arts and Sciences. Applicants do not need to mail any application items to the Office of Graduate Programs or to the Urban Affairs program office. Applicants create an application account and then complete the application at their own pace. When the application information is completed and all application documents have been uploaded to the online account, the applicant can then submit their application with the $55 application fee.
Once all application items have been received and verified, applications will be reviewed for admission and for a limited number of scholarships. It is best to apply as early as possible, before the deadline.Applications that are complete and on file at USF at that time will be given priority consideration for admission and financial assistance offered by the Department of Web Science. Applications are accepted and reviewed after these dates on a case-by-case basis. Applicants are encouraged to submit their application earlier than the date listed above.
Admission decisions are released after the deadline. Included in the admission decision letter will be notification of any scholarship awarded by the graduate program. Once the class for the fall program is filled, later qualified applicants may be placed on a waiting list.
Start your application online. You can scan and upload your application items to your USF online application account. Please ensure that your scanned documents are easy to read and printable. If you are submitting test scores, you must request that official scores are sent to USF. You are encouraged to submit your completed application several weeks before the deadline.
Applicants who hold a Bachelor's Degree in any field from an accredited institution and have fulfilled the foundation requirements (see
) are considered for admission as a graduate student with
Those who have not fulfilled the foundational requirements will be considered for admission as a graduate student with
Regular status is attained after completion of any required foundational coursework at USF.
Required Application Items
See the application instructions for more details about each item required in the application.
Online application and fee of $55.
An official transcript from all accredited colleges or universities attended. Three-year Bachelor's Degrees are accepted for admission review.
Computer Science Background Essay - Please see the description below.
Two letters of recommendation
Official GRE General scores (verbal section is not considered)
International students need to submit a TOEFL/IELTS/PTE score, a copy of the first page of the passport, and a completed Certification of Finance form with supporting bank statements (
see International Students
). The USF school code for the TOEFL and the GRE is 6996 or 4850.
Please do not mail any application items to the Department of Computer Science or the Office of Graduate Programs.
Computer Science Background Essay
This 1- to 3-page double-spaced statement describes any involvement in software development, research and extracurricular experiences. This statement is used in conjunction with other application items to evaluate your eligibility for admission and for a Graduate Fellowship. Topics in your statement may include:
Any significant software development projects. Include the purpose of the project - commercial, academic, or just for fun.
Research projects in which you may have been involved.
Any published articles or other technical documents
Significant skills and interests you may have beyond computer science, especially skills that show creativity.
Any experience in communicating technical material, such as teaching or making presentations.
Management or team leadership roles
Experience in public/community service projects
The department seeks highly-motivated students with strong technical backgrounds who are eager to develop innovative software and to perform research, as well as extend their computer science education.
Tests and GPA Requirements
The GRE (Graduate Record Exam) score needs to be 1200 or higher through a combination score of the quantitative and analytical writing sections (Q + 100xAW + 200). The GRE General exam scores are required for admission (the verbal section of the GRE is not considered in the admission decision process). The GRE may be waived for applicants with exceptional professional or academic experience. The average GRE Quantitative score is 700 and higher. The USF school code for the GRE and the TOEFL is 6996 or 4850.
An official TOEFL, IELTS or PTE score is required of international applicants. A minimum TOEFL score of 71 (iBT) or 530 (print-based) is required for consideration. The minimum IELTS score is 7.0. After review of an application, coursework in USF's
Intensive English Program
may be recommended or required. Students applying to the MSCS program with an Emphasis in Entrepreneurship require a minimum TOEFL score of 100 (iBT) or 600 (paper test). The USF school code for the GRE and the TOEFL is 6996 or 4850.
There is no strict GPA (grade point average) requirement for admission to the graduate program. In general, however, a GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a scale of 4.0 as the highest score) strengthens an application to any graduate program. International applicants do not need to calculate their GPA. The MSCS and MSWS Programs will review all courses and grades (marks) for each course.
Learn more about the Admission and Fellowship Award policies for graduate students on the Financial Aid and Tuition
If you are a US citizen or permanent resident, you can begin the free application process for a US federal student loan at
. The USF federal school code for the FAFSA is 001325.
For any financial assistance offered by the Department of Computer Science, all applicants (US domestic and international) will be considered and notified of such an award by letter from the College of Arts and Sciences. There is no separate application for this assistance.
Start your application online and complete all required sections, including uploading required unofficial documents. All application items (for example, resume, official transcripts, English language test scores, and recommender information) must be uploaded before you submit your application. Once you submit, your application will be incomplete until your recommenders submit their online letter of recommendation. Check your online application frequently to monitor the status of your application.
Notification of Admission Decision
When an application and all application items have been submitted and verified, then an application is complete and ready for admission review by the Web Science Program. Admission decisions are released beginning 4 to 6 weeks after an application is complete.
Included in the admission decision letter is notification of any scholarship awarded by the graduate program. Applicants receive email notification when the admission decision is available online. Admitted applicants also receive an admission package in the mail.
Advising, Registration, Orientation and Start of Classes
Admitted students should contact the Department of Computer Science for details about the advising and registration schedule in late August for fall students and in late January for spring applicants. The Computer Science department can be contacted at 415.422.6530 or
International students should note that the earliest arrival in the United States that an F-1 visa allows is 30 days before the start date on the I-20 form issued to you.
Each Fall (August) and Spring (January) International Student Orientation
International students are highly recommended to arrive at USF at least 10 days before the first day of classes in the fall and spring in order to finalize housing arrangements and attend the International Student Orientation. Orientation is held by the Office of International Student and Scholar Services. All international students are required to attend the International Student Orientation, as well as the Computer Science Graduate Student Orientation. For details, time and location, please visit
and click on "New Students".
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