How to Apply

The application process is completed entirely online. No items need to be mailed to USF. You can simply upload all of your application items to your application account.

First, create an account. Then, complete the application at your own pace.

Please ensure that your uploaded documents are easy to view online. You are encouraged to submit your completed application a few weeks before the deadline.

Program-Specific Instructions

Each graduate program has specific requirements and deadlines:

Application Items

All applicants provide the following items. International applicants must provide a few additional items.

  • Statement of Purpose
    Instructions for the Statement of Purpose often vary for each program. Please visit your program's How to Apply page for details.

    The statement is a two- to three-page, double-spaced document. The length may vary for each graduate program.

    Your Statement Should Include:

    • personal, educational and career goals
    • reasons for pursuing your specific Master's program
    • features, objectives, classes, professors or aspects of the USF program that interest you
    • any personal, academic, extracurricular, volunteer and professional projects and experiences that have prepared you for your graduate program or influenced your decision to pursue the Master's program.

    For Computer Science the 'Experience and Background Essay' is required as the statement of purpose.

    Upload this document to your application account.

  • Resume
    Your current resume or CV can list and describe your educational history, work or job history, coursework related to the graduate program to which you are applying, and any experiences relevant to your pursuit of graduate studies - including internships, published articles or other published materials, volunteer and/or community service experience, study or work outside of your home country, and any other interests or activities related to your graduate program.

    Upload this document to your application account.

  • Transcripts (Academic Records)
    Upload a copy of your university-issued transcript from each university, college (university-level) and community college you have attended. Please make sure the institution name is on the document you upload. Transcripts from all attended schools and study abroad programs must be submitted since universities at which you earned your Bachelor's Degree often do not list transfer and study abroad courses with grades. If you have not yet graduated from your Bachelor's Degree institution, submit a copy of your current transcript, showing in progress courses. If admitted, official transcripts showing proof of graduation will be required.

    Applicants who attended undergraduate programs at USF should upload their unofficial transcripts for departmental review, but are not required to send official USF transcripts.

  • Letters of Recommendation
    A minimum of two recommendation letters is required for your application. Follow the instructions in the online application to provide the contact information for your recommenders. When you save their contact information in your account, within 24 hours they will receive instructions on how to submit their letter through the online system.

    You can log into your account to send them a reminder at any time. You may submit your application before your recommenders upload their letters.

  • GRE, GMAT and GPA Scores
    The USF school code for the GRE is 4850.

    If you submit test scores, you must upload a copy of your score and request that an official score report be mailed to USF.

    If your program does not require a GRE score, you may still submit the score report if you choose to do so. Upload your copy of your GRE score report when you apply online, and then request ETS to send your official score report to USF.

Test Scores and GPAs

The chart below explains which graduate programs require the GRE or GMAT, and the recommended minimum Bachelor's degree GPA (grade point average) at U.S. institutions.

Program GRE GRE Subject GPA
Analytics Yes (or GMAT) No 3.0
Asia Pacific Studies No No 3.0
Biology Yes Optional 3.2
Biotechnology Yes No 3.0
Chemistry Yes Optional 2.7
Collegiate Athletics No No 2.7
Computer Science Yes No 3.0
Economics No No 3.0
Environmental Management No No 2.7
International and Development Economics No No 3.0
International Studies No No 3.0
Migration Studies No No 3.0
Museum Studies No No 3.0
Professional Communications No No 3.0
Public Affairs No No 3.0
Sport Management No No 2.7
Urban Affairs No No 3.0
Writing No No 2.7

International Applicants

International applicants need to provide additional items.

International Applicant Instructions

Undocumented and DACA Approved Applicants

The University of San Francisco considers applications for graduate programs, regardless of citizenship status, based upon academic merit and achievement. Please visit the Undocumented Students page for more resources or contact the Office of Graduate Programs for questions about the College of Arts & Sciences programs or application.

Contact for Undocumented and DACA Applicants
Elsa Evans
Phone: 415.422.5603

Contact Info

Office of Graduate Programs

Monday–Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Harney Science Center, Room 141, San Francisco, CA 94117-1082 (415) 422-5101