International Graduate Financial Requirements

All F-1 (student visa) international students are required by the U.S. government to submit a Certification of Finance (COF) to their university. The COF is evidence that a student has sufficient funds to pay for tuition and living expenses for the first year of graduate studies at USF.

All F-1 (student visa) international students are required by the U.S. government to submit a Certification of Finance (COF) to their university. The COF is evidence that a student has sufficient funds to pay for tuition and living expenses for the first year of graduate studies at USF.

In your online application account, please upload proof of funds (bank statements, bank letter, scholarship letter) in the section for Certification of Finances. Proof of funding is required in order for your application to be reviewed for admission.

A bank statement or letter issued by the bank with the account holder’s name, currency type and account type in English should be uploaded. The document must be dated within 12 months of the program start date, and should show the minimum (or more) funding required by your graduate program for the first year of studies.

Valid account types include checking accounts, savings accounts, time deposits, certificates of deposit (CDs), money market accounts and cash in investment accounts. Funds in stocks/investments, bonds, lines of credit, real property or statements of income are not accepted.

Scholarship letters are also accepted from governments and organizations. The letter must be in English and indicate the amount of funds awarded.

If you have a sponsor, they must provide a signed statement that says: “I agree to financially support [your name] during their graduate studies at USF” for you to upload. Their name and signature on the letter must be in English characters with the date. Upload this letter to the application in the Certification of Finances section, along with their bank documents.

If you plan to bring dependents with you who will need an F-2 visa, please provide additional proof of funding to cover their expenses. If you were awarded a scholarship that includes funding for your dependents, please have them listed on the scholarship letter. For a 9-month program, please add an additional $5,400 per dependent adult, and for a 12-month program, please include an additional $7,200 per dependent adult. Child dependents require an additional $400 for each month of the first year of your studies.

Below are the estimates for the first academic year of graduate programs at USF. Please note these estimates are valid for students starting their studies in the semesters specified in the following tables.

 
Estimated First Year Budget for programs starting in Summer/Fall 2021 and Spring 2022

Arts and Sciences
ARTS AND SCIENCES PROGRAMS TUITION AND FEES LIVING EXPENSES OTHER EXPENSES ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT
Applied Economics $27,243 $19,562 $3,804 $50,610
Asia Pacific Studies $24,224 $19,562 $3,804 $47,590
Asia Pacific Studies Cert. $18,185 $19,562 $3,804 $41,550
Biology $70* $4,874 $3,804 $8,745
Biotechnology $25,733 $19,562 $3,804 $49,100
Chemistry $70* $8,117 $3,804 $11,990
Computer Science Bridge $33,281 $19,562 $3,804 $56,645
Computer Science $24,224 $19,562 $3,804 $47,590
Data Science $48,377 $25,008 $4,929 $78,315
Energy Systems $24,224 $19,562 $3,804 $47,590
Environmental Management $24,224 $19,562 $3,804 $47,590
International & Development Economics $27,243 $19,562 $3,804 $50,610
International Studies $30,262 $19,562 $3,804 $53,625
Migration Studies $25,733 $19,562 $3,804 $49,100
Museum Studies $30,262 $19,562 $3,804 $53,625
Professional Communications $24,224 $19,562 $3,804 $47,590
Sport Management $22,714 $25,008 $4,929 $52,650
Urban and Public Affairs $27,243 $19,562 $3,804 $50,610
Writing $22,714 $25,008 $4,929 $52,650

*Students admitted to Biology and Chemistry receive full scholarship and teaching assistant-ship. Graduate Student Association fee is $70 per year.

Education
EDUCATION PROGRAMS TUITION AND FEES LIVING EXPENSES OTHER EXPENSES ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT
Master's programs
Catholic Educational Leadership (MA) $11,112 $19,562 $3,804 $34,480
Teaching - Concentration in Catholic Education (with Credential) $13,659 $19,562 $3,804 $37,025
Counseling Psychology, MFT concentration (MA) $34,396 $25,008 $4,929 $64,335
Counseling Psychology, School Counseling $28,267 $25,008 $4,929 $58,205
Educational Technology (MA) $22,137 $19,562 $3,804 $45,500
Educational Technology (MA with Credential) $27,222 $19,562 $3,804 $50,585
Higher Education and Student Affairs (MA) $22,137 $19,562 $3,804 $45,500
Human Rights Education (MA) $22,137 $19,562 $3,804 $45,500
International and Multicultural Education (MA) $22,137 $19,562 $3,804 $45,500
Organization and Leadership (MA) $22,137 $19,562 $3,804 $45,500
Special Education (MA with Credential) $28,267 $25,008 $4,929 $58,205
Teaching (MAT with Credential) $27,222 $19,562 $3,804 $50,585
Teaching - Urban Education and Social Justice (MAT with Credential) $27,222 $19,562 $3,804 $50,585
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA) $22,137 $19,562 $3,804 $45,500
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA with Credential) $27,222 $19,562 $3,804 $50,585
Teaching Reading (MA with Certificate) $16,007 $25,008 $4,929 $45,945
Teaching Reading (MA with Certificate and Credential) $27,222 $19,562 $3,804 $50,585
Doctoral Programs
Catholic Educational Leadership (EdD) $10,437 $19,562 $3,804 $33,805
International & Multicultural Education (EdD) $20,805 $19,562 $3,804 $44,170
Learning & Instruction (EdD) $16,658 $19,562 $3,804 $40,025
Organization & Leadership (EdD) $20,805 $19,562 $3,804 $44,170
Management
MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS TUITION AND FEES LIVING EXPENSES OTHER EXPENSES ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT
Full-Time MBA $47,438 $19,562 $3,804 $70,805
Full-Time Financial Analysis $42,277 $25,008 $4,929 $72,215
Full-Time Nonprofit Administration $42,549 $25,008 $4,929 $72,485
Entrepreneurship and Innovation $50,124 $25,008 $4,929 $80,060
Information Systems $29,351 $19,562 $3,804 $52,715
Marketing Intelligence $45,294 $25,008 $4,929 $75,230
Nursing and Health Professions
NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS PROGRAMS TUITION AND FEES LIVING EXPENSES OTHER EXPENSES ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT
Health Informatics $30,162 $25,008 $7,581 $62,750
Nursing CNL for Non-Nurse with any Bachelor's to MSN $59,067 $25,008 $7,581 $91,655
Nursing CNL for RN with ADN to MSN $39,261 $25,008 $7,581 $71,850
Nursing CNL for RN with BSN to MSN $27,196 $25,008 $7,581 $59,785
Public Health $33,179 $25,008 $7,581 $65,770
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) $53,089 $25,008 $7,581 $85,680

Living Expenses is estimate for shared housing (rent), food at home ($400 per month), and health insurance ($3,158 for 2020-2021).

Other Expenses is estimate for books, a local transit pass, and personal expenses, such as eating out and entertainment.