How to Apply

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Application date is November 1 for spring 2022, and February 15 for fall 2022. Fall 2021 application is also open.

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David Ryan

Academic Director

Application Instructions

The application process is entirely online. Please complete and/or upload all of the items listed below to your application account, and please do not mail items to our office. Spring applicants are expected to be experienced with programming in one of general purpose programming languages.

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Bachelor's Degree
A Bachelor's degree in any field is required. A GPA of 3.0 or higher is recommended.

Test Requirements
The GRE is not required

For international applicants, an English Language exam score (TOEFL, IELTS or PTE) is required.

Transcript (Academic Record)
Upload a copy of your transcript from each university and college attended. Transcripts from any transfer schools and study abroad programs must be submitted since Bachelor's Degree institutions typically do not list transfer and study abroad courses with grades. If still enrolled in your Bachelor's program, submit a copy of your transcript showing in-progress courses. If admitted, an official transcript with proof of graduation is required. USF undergraduates upload their unofficial transcripts for admission review and do not need to send an official USF transcript.

Statement of Purpose
A three-to-five page, double-spaced document that describes your personal, academic and professional background, as well as reasons for pursuing a Master’s in Professional Communication and for choosing USF’s program in particular. The statement should relate your workplace experiences and backgrounds to your goals in the communication field.

Resume or CV
Your current resume or CV lists and describes your educational history, work or job history, coursework related to communications, and any other experiences relevant to your pursuit of graduate studies – including internships, published articles or other published materials.

Letters of Recommendation
Two letters of recommendation letters (at least one letter from a professor; preferably both letters are academic recommendations). Additional letters of recommendation are accepted. Letters are submitted by individuals who can attest to your ability to succeed in the research and writing required by this program. Follow the instructions in the online application to provide the contact information for your recommenders.

You may submit your application before your recommenders upload their letters.

International Applicants

There are additional items and instructions for international applicants.

Notification of Admission Decision

Admission decision notification begins four to six weeks after the two application dates of February 1 and April 1. Applications are accepted after April 1.

Contact Info

Professional Communication MA

Donna Uchida, Program Director

USF Downtown Campus, 101 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94105 (415) 422-6708