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 2019 and Spring 2020

Arts and Sciences
ARTS AND SCIENCES PROGRAMS TUITION AND FEES LIVING EXPENSES OTHER EXPENSES ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT
Applied Economics $25,828 $17,832 $3,776 $47,435
Asia Pacific Studies $22,963 $17,832 $3,776 $44,571
Asia Pacific Studies Cert. $17,235 $17,832 $3,776 $38,843
Biology $50 $8,187 $4,892 $13,130
Biotechnology $24,396 $17,832 $3,776 $46,005
Chemistry $50 $11,430 $4,892 $16,372
Computer Science Bridge $31,556 $17,832 $3,776 $53,165
Computer Science $22,963 $17,832 $3,776 $44,571
Data Science $45,877 $22,875 $4,892 $73,645
Energy Systems $22,963 $17,832 $3,776 $44,571
Environmental Management $22,963 $17,832 $3,776 $44,571
International & Development Economics $25,828 $17,832 $3,776 $47,435
International Studies $28,692 $17,832 $3,776 $50,300
Migration Studies $24,396 $17,832 $3,776 $46,005
Museum Studies $34,420 $17,832 $3,776 $56,030
Professional Communications $21,531 $17,832 $3,776 $43,140
Sport Management $21,531 $22,875 $4,892 $49,300
Urban and Public Affairs $25,828 $17,832 $3,776 $47,435
Writing $21,531 $22,875 $4,892 $49,300
Education
EDUCATION PROGRAMS TUITION AND FEES LIVING EXPENSES OTHER EXPENSES ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT
Master's programs
Catholic Educational Leadership (MA) $10,938 $17,832 $3,776 $32,546
Counseling Psychology, MFT concentration (MA) $33,924 $22,875 $4,892 $61,690
Educational Technology (MA) $21,826 $17,832 $3,776 $43,434
Higher Education and Student Affairs (MA) $21,826 $17,832 $3,776 $43,434
Human Rights Education (MA) $21,826 $17,832 $3,776 $43,434
International and Multicultural Education (MA) $21,826 $17,409 $3,776 $43,011
Organization and Leadership (MA) $21,826 $17,409 $3,776 $43,011
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA) $21,826 $17,409 $3,776 $43,011
Teaching Reading (MA with Certificate) $15,777 $22,311 $4,892 $42,981
Master's with Credential Programs
Teaching (MAT with Credential) $26,800 $17,409 $3,776 $47,985
Counseling Psychology, School Counseling concentration (MA with Credential) $27,828 $22,875 $4,892 $55,595
Educational Technology (MA with Credential) $26,800 $17,832 $3,776 $48,407
Teaching - Concentration in Catholic Education (with Credential) $16,180 $17,832 $3,776 $37,788
Teaching - Urban Education and Social Justice (MAT with Credential) $26,800 $17,409 $3,776 $47,985
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA with Credential) $26,800 $17,409 $3,776 $47,985
Teaching Reading (MA with Certificate and Credential) $26,800 $17,409 $3,776 $47,985
Special Education (MA with Credential) $27,828 $22,311 $4,892 $55,032
Doctoral Programs
Catholic Educational Leadership $10,287 $17,409 $3,776 $31,472
International & Multicultural Education $20,523 $17,409 $3,776 $41,709
Learning & Instruction $16,429 $17,409 $3,776 $37,614
Organization & Leadership $20,523 $17,409 $3,776 $41,709
Management
MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS TUITION AND FEES LIVING EXPENSES OTHER EXPENSES ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT
MBA Full-Time $42,954 $17,832 $3,776 $64,562
Entrepreneurship and Innovation $47,511 $22,875 $4,892 $75,277
Financial Analysis Full-Time $40,149 $22,875 $4,892 $67,915
Global Entrepreneurial Management $40,000 $9,427 $4,964 $54,391
Information Systems $28,664 $17,832 $3,776 $50,271
Nonprofit Administration Full-Time $42,237 $22,875 $4,892 $70,003
Nursing and Health Professions
NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS PROGRAMS TUITION AND FEES LIVING EXPENSES OTHER EXPENSES ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT
Health Informatics $24,990 $22,240 $6,842 $54,072
Nursing CNL for Non-Nurse with any Bachelor's to MSN $54,087 $22,240 $6,842 $83,169
Nursing CNL for RN with ADN to MSN $36,075 $22,240 $6,842 $65,157
Nursing CNL for RN with BSN to MSN $20,833 $22,240 $6,842 $49,916
Public Health $31,918 $22,240 $6,842 $61,000
Executive Leadership (DNP) $46,673 $22,240 $6,842 $75,755
Family Nurse Practitioner for RN with BSN (DNP) $24,990 $22,240 $6,842 $54,072
Family Nurse Practitioner for RN with MSN (DNP) $34,689 $22,240 $6,842 $63,771
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for RN with BSN (DNP) $41,617 $22,240 $6,842 $70,699
Psychiatric-Mental Health Nurse Practitioner for RN with MSN (DNP) $48,545 $22,240 $6,842 $77,627
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) $40,231 $22,240 $6,842 $69,331
Population Health Leadership DNP (For RN with MSN) $43,002 $22,240 $6,842 $72,085

 
Estimated First Year Budget for programs starting in Summer/Fall 2020 and Spring 2021

Arts and Sciences
ARTS AND SCIENCES PROGRAMS TUITION AND FEES LIVING EXPENSES OTHER EXPENSES ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT
Applied Economics $26,711 $18,604 $3,804 $49,120
Asia Pacific Studies $23,751 $18,604 $3,804 $46,160
Asia Pacific Studies Cert. $17,831 $18,604 $3,804 $40,240
Biology $50 $4,226 $3,804 $8,080
Biotechnology $25,231 $18,604 $3,804 $47,640
Chemistry $50 $7,406 $3,804 $11,260
Computer Science Bridge $32,631 $18,604 $3,804 $55,040
Computer Science $23,751 $18,604 $3,804 $46,160
Data Science $47,432 $23,873 $4,929 $76,235
Energy Systems $23,751 $18,604 $3,804 $46,160
Environmental Management $23,751 $18,604 $3,804 $46,160
International & Development Economics $26,711 $18,604 $3,804 $49,120
International Studies $29,671 $18,604 $3,804 $52,080
Migration Studies $25,231 $18,604 $3,804 $47,640
Museum Studies $35,591 $18,604 $3,804 $58,000
Professional Communications $23,751 $18,604 $3,804 $46,160
Sport Management $22,271 $23,873 $4,929 $51,070
Urban and Public Affairs $26,711 $18,604 $3,804 $49,120
Writing $22,271 $23,873 $4,929 $51,070
Education
EDUCATION PROGRAMS TUITION AND FEES LIVING EXPENSES OTHER EXPENSES ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT
Master's programs
Catholic Educational Leadership (MA) $10,983 $18,604 $3,804 $33,390
Counseling Psychology, MFT concentration (MA) $34,023 $23,873 $4,929 $62,825
Educational Technology (MA) $21,897 $18,604 $3,804 $44,305
Higher Education and Student Affairs (MA) $21,897 $18,604 $3,804 $44,305
Human Rights Education (MA) $21,897 $18,604 $3,804 $44,305
International and Multicultural Education (MA) $21,897 $18,604 $3,804 $44,305
Organization and Leadership (MA) $21,897 $18,604 $3,804 $44,305
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA) $21,897 $18,604 $3,804 $44,305
Teaching Reading (MA with Certificate) $15,834 $23,873 $4,929 $44,635
Master's with Credential Programs
Teaching (MAT with Credential) $26,961 $18,604 $3,804 $49,370
Educational Technology (MA with Credential) $26,961 $18,604 $3,804 $49,370
Teaching - Concentration in Catholic Education (with Credential) $13,529 $18,604 $3,804 $35,935
Teaching - Urban Education and Social Justice (MAT with Credential) $26,961 $18,604 $3,804 $49,370
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA with Credential) $26,961 $18,604 $3,804 $49,370
Teaching Reading (MA with Certificate and Credential) $26,961 $18,604 $3,804 $49,370
Special Education (MA with Credential) $27,996 $23,873 $4,929 $56,795
Doctoral Programs
Catholic Educational Leadership $10,357 $18,604 $3,804 $32,765
International & Multicultural Education $20,628 $18,604 $3,804 $43,035
Learning & Instruction $16,517 $18,604 $3,804 $38,925
Organization & Leadership $20,628 $18,604 $3,804 $43,035
Management
MANAGEMENT PROGRAMS TUITION AND FEES LIVING EXPENSES OTHER EXPENSES ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT
MBA Full-Time $46,652 $18,604 $3,804 $69,060
Entrepreneurship and Innovation $49,186 $23,873 $4,929 $77,990
Financial Analysis Full-Time $41,451 $23,873 $4,929 $70,255
Global Entrepreneurial Management (SEVIS Transfer Students) $40,000 $23,873 $4,977 $68,770
Global Entrepreneurial Management (Summer J1 or F1 Visa) $16,000 $8,065 $2,254 $26,320
Information Systems $29,153 $18,604 $3,804 $51,560
Nonprofit Administration Full-Time $42,237 $23,873 $4,929 $71,040
Nursing and Health Professions
NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS PROGRAMS TUITION AND FEES LIVING EXPENSES OTHER EXPENSES ESTIMATED TOTAL AMOUNT
Health Informatics $26,665 $23,873 $7,581 $58,120
Nursing CNL for Non-Nurse with any Bachelor's to MSN $57,878 $23,873 $7,581 $89,330
Nursing CNL for RN with ADN to MSN $38,656 $23,873 $7,581 $70,110
Nursing CNL for RN with BSN to MSN $22,391 $23,873 $7,581 $53,845
Public Health $34,058 $23,873 $7,581 $65,510
Doctor of Psychology (PsyD) $41,743 $23,873 $7,581 $73,195

Living Expenses is estimate for shared housing (rent), food at home ($400 per month), and health insurance ($2,741 for 2019-2020).

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