Graduate English Language Proficiency

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

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System)
  • PTE (Pearson Test of English Academic)
  • Duolingo English Test (accepted from areas where, and while, test centers are closed due to the Covid 19 Coronavirus)

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

Programs Duolingo
IELTS PTE Academic
College of Arts and Sciences
Data Science 115 90 17 6.5 61
Asia Pacific Studies, Biology, Biotechnology, Professional Communication, Public Affairs, Urban Affairs 115 100 17 7.0 65
Chemistry, Environmental Management, International Studies, Museum Studies 115 90 17 6.5 61
Applied Economics, Computer Science, International and Development Economics, Sport Management, Writing 115 79 17 6.5 53
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)

Please 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.