The application process is entirely online. No items need to be mailed to USF. Upload all of your application items to your account.

Requirements For All Applicants

Additional Requirements for International Applicants

  • Passport
    Applicants who require an F-1 student visa must submit a copy of their valid passport with their application. Please be sure to submit a clear copy of your passport photo/information page. This can be uploaded via your application portal or by emailing
  • International Address
    All F-1 and J-1 visa applicants are instructed to use their international address on the application. If you are currently in the United States, you can use that address for mailing.
  • Visa Transfer
    If you are currently on an F-1 visa or returning from OPT and are planning to transfer your SEVIS record please review the section titled SEVIS Transfer Applicants (create a new page with the information listed below). If you are currently in the United States in F-1 status or currently on OPT, you can transfer your status to USF. Students who have completed at least one academic term in the U.S in F-1 status can transfer their SEVIS record to USF, or complete a “Change of Level” from another USF degree, and continue to maintain F-1 status.
    Please submit a completed School of Management Graduate Application by June 1.

We cannot sponsor F1 student visas for part-time programs.

Academic Credentials

All applicants must submit copies of their official transcript and proof of bachelor degree conferral. You must submit your transcripts and proof of degree conferral in the original language of instruction as well as an English translation.

Applicants who obtained their undergraduate or graduate degree(s) from a school in the United States, can have their transcript sent electronically to USF.

All applicants MUST provide an official transcript and degree conferral before they can enroll for spring courses.

Degree From a Non-U.S. Institution

If you received your bachelor’s degree or other graduate degree from an international (non-U.S.) institution, you must submit the following:

  • Transcript(s) and/or academic record in the original language of your institution.
  • Official degree conferral certificate(s) indicating degree completion or expected date of completion.
    • If you have not graduated yet, include proof of enrollment.
    • Three-year Bachelor’s degrees are accepted for admission review.
  • Official English translation of transcript(s) and degree conferral certificate(s). A notarized English translation of your transcript/degree conferral certificate or evaluation by a credentials service is required if the university does not issue English language transcripts. If you have not graduated yet, please include proof of enrollment.

Certificate of Finance

All students who are not U.S. citizens and wish to attend USF, on either an F-1 or J-1 visa must submit proof of funding is required in order for USF to issue your student visa. Students who require an F-1 visa must demonstrate that they can fund educational and living expenses in the U.S. for each year of study. Even though a graduate program may award financial aid, students still must verify that they have funds to cover their costs in order to qualify for an F-1 visa.

If you are not a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident, please review the Financial Requirements for your desired School of Management graduate program.

When reviewing the cost of attendance please note:

  • Living expenses are an estimate for
    • Shared housing (rent)
    • Food at home ($400 per month)
    • Health insurance ($3,158 for 2021-2022)
  • Other expenses is an estimate for books, a local transit pass, and personal expenses, and activities such as eating out and entertainment.

Proof of funding is required at the time of application in order for the university to issue the I-20 form for the F-1 visa interview in a timely fashion. Your Certification of Finances should be filled out in your application along with the following documents as required:

  • Bank statement(s) or bank letter(s)
  • Sponsorship letter(s)
  • Scholarship Letters

Bringing Family Members

If you bring family members with you that require an I-20, you will need to provide additional proof of funding to cover their living expenses. If you plan to bring dependents with you who will need an F-2 visa, please provide additional proof of funding to cover their expenses. If you were awarded a scholarship that includes funding for your dependents, please have them listed on the scholarship letter. For a 9-month program, please add an additional $5,400 per dependent adult, and for a 12-month program, please include an additional $7,200 per dependent adult. Child dependents require an additional $400 for each month of the first year of your studies.

Health Insurance & Immunization

All incoming students are required to purchase USF Health Insurance which is included in the total cost of attendance. In some rare instances, USF can accept a waiver if the student has U.S.-based health insurance with comparable coverage. Any questions about health insurance waivers should be directed to the Student Health Promotion Services office (

All incoming students are required to provide proof of immunization. Please refer to the Health Promotion Services website for more details and to upload required documents.

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