How does the internship part of the program work?

The internship experience is an important aspect of the MAIS curriculum. Students start an internship in the summer semester of the program.

How to Apply

Who can apply and what are the requirements for applying?

Applicants must hold a four-year degree with any major from an accredited university-level institution. You may apply during your senior year prior to the completion of your undergraduate degree, however, you must graduate prior to beginning the program. An overall GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended as well as two semesters of a non-English language.

How do I apply and what are the required application items?

You can apply online or by submitting a hard copy of your application. The application requirements for admission are: MAIS application form, application fee, two letters of recommendation, statement of purpose, and official transcripts.

What are the required standardized tests?

International students are required to submit a TOEFL or IELTS score, unless they received a degree from an English-speaking country. See our other exemptions

Does the MAIS program require the GRE or GMAT for admission?

The GRE or GMAT are optional and not required for admission. The Admissions Committee has found that an applicant's undergraduate academic record and an applicant's professional experience are better indicators of success for graduate studies. An applicant may want to submit either their GRE or GMAT test score if they believe it might strengthen their application.

How can I schedule a visit to campus?

Prospective students are encouraged to attend the information meetings held on campus. Individual visits can be scheduled by contacting the international studies office at mais@usfca.edu.

Where should I send supporting application documents?

All application items can be uploaded when applying online. Please DO NOT send any applications to the international studies office.

How can I check the status of my application?

Log in to your online USF application account to check the status of your application.

You can send your recommenders a reminder to submit your letter from there as well.

When does the program begin?

The program begins each fall (August). The program does not start in spring.

How many students do you accept each fall?

Approximately 35 percent of students who apply are accepted each year.

Is there orientation for new students?

Yes, there is a required orientation for both U.S. and international students. The orientation is held the week before the first class meeting and attendance is mandatory by all students accepted into the program. You will receive an orientation package with all the necessary details and information.

International Students

As an international student, what do I need to apply to MAIS?

A completed and signed Certificate of Finance is required with your application, if in need of an F-1 Student Visa. If you plan to study in the U.S. under another visa that allows full-time studies, then you do not need to submit a Certificate of Finance.

Financing Your Education

How much does the program cost?

See the Office of Graduate Admission's Tuition & Fees page.

Is a deposit required to reserve a space in the graduate program?

Yes, each admitted student must deposit $700 to hold their position in the cohort to which they have applied. This deposit is non-refundable and is applied to your tuition.

Is financial assistance available?

All U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents are eligible to file for federal loans. Please visit the Financial Aid & Tuition page for graduate programs.

Are scholarships available?

The program offers a limited number of partial scholarships on a competitive basis.

Are graduate assistantships or other types of student employment available on campus?

The university offers a substantial number of student jobs on campus, including assistantships. Both U.S. and international applicants are eligible for student employment and can apply for these jobs once enrollment at the university has begun.

Graduate assistantships are only available on the main campus in San Francisco. The Office of Student Employment maintains a listing of currently offered on-campus jobs, which typically require an in-person interview after enrolling at the university.

Student Health Insurance and Housing

Can I purchase USF health insurance?

The USF health insurance policy is required for graduate students, unless a student is covered by equivalent insurance coverage. USF health insurance is charged for students enrolled in the fall (August 1 – December 31) and spring (January 1 – July 31). It is not charged or required for students who start their program in the summer until the fall enrollment period begins August 1.

Where do I find information about housing?

USF offers limited housing to graduate students on the main campus in San Francisco, mostly in the apartment-style Loyola Village. International students are given first priority to on-campus graduate student housing, but all students are encouraged to apply for on-campus housing in a timely manner. Visit the student housing page for more information and for on-campus housing contracts (which detail the costs).

Contact Info

International Studies MA

Kalmanovitz Hall, Room 213, 2130 Fulton Street, San Francisco, CA 94117-1084 (415) 422-5122