To provide evidence of English Language Proficiency in the classroom, international students must submit test scores from either:

The following table shows the minimum requirements for each school or program.

Programs Duolingo English Test TOEFL Internet (iBT) Minimum iBT subscore IELTS PTE Academic
College of Arts and Sciences
Applied Economics, Computer Science, Computer Science Bridge, International and Development Economics, Sport Management 115 79 17 6.5 53
Asia Pacific Studies, Biotechnology, Chemistry, Data Science, Energy Systems Management, Environmental Management, Intl Studies, Migration Studies, Museum Studies, Professional Communication 115 90 17 6.5 61
Biology, Public Leadership, Urban and Public Affairs, Writing 115 100 17 7.0 65
School of Education
Master's Programs 115 92 20 7.0 62
Doctoral Programs 120 100 20 7.0 68
School of Management
All Programs 120 92   6.5 62
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Entry-level MSN, PsyD, and DNP 125 100   7.0 68
All Other Programs 115 90   6.5 68

Exemptions may be made for applicants who have studied in English speaking countries, countries where English is an official language, or where the government requires 11 years of mandatory English instruction (Norway, for example, and other countries in Scandinavia), at the discretion of the specific graduate program.

Countries Where English is an Official Language

If you are a citizen and have completed secondary school in one of these countries you may be admitted for graduate study at USF without presenting additional evidence of English proficiency.

  • Botswana
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Kenya
  • Lesotho
  • Liberia
  • Malawi
  • Namibia
  • Nigeria
  • Philippines
  • Sierra Leone
  • Singapore
  • Swaziland
  • Tanzania
  • Uganda
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe

English-Speaking Countries, Commonwealths, and Territories

We recognize the following countries as predominantly native-English speaking. For applicants who are citizens of these countries and/or have completed a Bachelor’s, Master’s degree, or one or two years or more of study (please see the school or college to which you are applying), no further evidence of English proficiency is required.

  • American Samoa
  • Anguilla
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bermuda
  • British Virgin Islands
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Grand Cayman Islands
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • Mariana Islands
  • Marshall Islands
  • Micronesia
  • Montserrat
  • New Zealand
  • Palau
  • Saint Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Lucia
  • St. Vincent & the Grenadines
  • South Africa
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • Turks and Caicos Islands
  • United Kingdom: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales
  • United States of America (except Puerto Rico)

Note: The University reserves the right to request additional English proficiency exams from any applicant based on the entirety of the application review; or, if the applicant’s proficiency in English should prove inadequate after admission to a program.

Office of Graduate Enrollment

Lone Mountain Main 251
2800 Turk Street
San Francisco, CA 94118

Monday – Friday:
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