How to Apply

Apply Now for Fall 2018

The priority application date is January 15. Final application date is March 1.

How to Apply

Program Manager:

Kresten Froistad-Martin

Urban and Public Affairs Specific Instructions

Our program starts each fall term (late August).

Letters of Recommendation
The application to the master's program requires two letters of recommendation from individuals who can attest to your competence and ability to succeed in this graduate program. Ideally, both letters are academic references and refer to your academic abilities. It is possible that one letter is from a professional/work reference.

Statement of Purpose
A two-to-three page, double-spaced, typewritten document that describes your personal, academic and/or professional reasons for pursuing a master's in urban and public affairs, and for choosing USF’s program. The statement should relate your workplace experiences and other backgrounds to your goals.

A resume should include relevant extracurricular activities during your undergraduate studies, volunteer experiences, internships, work experience, and any other experiences (including community service and involvement in community organizations).

Admission Review Criteria

The admission committee evaluates each application based on the following items and factors:

  • Copy of each university or college (university-level) transcript
  • Resume (including internships and work experiences)
  • Background (academic, volunteer, internship and/or work) in any of the following: urban issues, policy and policy issues, politics, community organizations, and community service
  • Statement of purpose
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Professionalism displayed throughout the application process

Contact Info

Office of Urban and Public Affairs

Kresten Froistad-Martin, Program Manager

Masonic, Room 106
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton St.
San Francisco, CA 94117
(415) 422-5060