English Proficiency

The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), IELTS (International English Language Testing System), or Pearson Test of English Academic is required of most international students with very few specific exceptions.

The following table shows the minimum requirements for each school or program. When taking the TOEFL, please indicate the USF school code 4850 so that your test score will be sent directly to USF. USF also accepts the IELTS and the Pearson Test of English Academic.

Programs TOEFL
IELTS PTE Academic
College of Arts and Sciences
Data Science 575 90 17 6.5 61
Asia Pacific Studies, Biology, Biotechnology, Public Affairs, Urban Affairs 600 100 17 7.0 65
Chemistry, Environmental Management, International Studies, Museum Studies 575 90 17 6.5 61
Applied Economics, Computer Science, International and Development Economics, Sport Management, Writing 550 79 17 6.5 53
School of Education
Master's Programs 580 92 20 7.0 62
Doctoral Programs 600 100 20 7.0 68
School of Management
Global Entrepreneurial Management 550 79   6.5 53
All Other Programs 580 92   6.5 62
School of Nursing and Health Professions
Entry-level MSN, PsyD, and DNP 600 100   7.0 68
All Other Programs 600 90   6.5 68

The following exceptions apply to USF’s English language proficiency test score requirement:

Applicants who have completed a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, or two years or more of studies in a degree program in English at a higher education institution in the United States, Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom, American Samoa, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grand Cayman, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad/Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, Republic of the Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, or Republic of Palau are not required to submit an English language proficiency test score.

Applicants from countries where the government requires 11 years of mandatory English instruction may be exempt from providing an English language test score according to the discretion of an individual graduate program (for example, Scandinavian countries such as Norway).

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.