Apply Now for 2024

We are still accepting applications for Fall. 

Please submit your application as soon as possible for consideration.

Application Instructions

The application process is entirely online. Please complete and/or upload all of the items listed below to your application account. There is no need to mail items to our office.

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

  • The GRE is not required.

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

  • 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.

  • A two-to-three page, double-spaced, typewritten statement 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 educational and professional goals.

  • Your current resume or CV lists and describes your educational history, work or job history, and coursework related to this graduate program. Please include any relevant extracurricular activities during your undergraduate studies, internships, and community service and involvement in community organizations.

  • Two letters of recommendation letters from individuals who can attest to your competence and academic ability to succeed in this graduate program. Ideally, both letters are academic references; one letter is possible from a professional/work reference. 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.

International Students

Notification of Admission Decision

The application review starts after the March 1 priority date. Admission decision notification begins four to six weeks after each application date. Applications are accepted after March 1.