Admission FAQ

USF School of Management Graduate Programs

USF School of Management application deadlines?

Spring 2019
MBA (Part-Time)
Financial Analysis (Full-Time)
Information Systems
Public Administration (Online)
1 August 15, 2018 September 14, 2018
2 October 15, 2018 November 9, 2018
3 November 15, 2018 December 15, 2018 
Fall 2019
Program Round Deadline Decision Release Deposit
Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Financial Analysis
Global Entrepreneurial Management*
Information Systems
Nonprofit Administration
Organization Development
Public Administration
1 November 2018 December 2018 January 2019
2 January 2019 February 2019 March 2019
3 March April May
4* May June July
5 June July  July

*Final deadline for Fall 2019 Global Entrepreneurial Management is May 2019

What has to be submitted by an application deadline?

In order to hear back by our notification deadlines for each round, all materials, (essay, resume, letters of recommendation, and unofficial transcripts, and applicable international student information), must be submitted by the application deadline. If any tests (GRE, GMAT, or English Proficiency tests) are required for your program, these tests should be taken two weeks prior to the application deadline, with the expectation that official scores will arrive on or just after the deadline. A valid GMAT or GRE score is required for all MBA and MSFA applicants.

Please visit the School of Management Admissions section main page for links to each degree program for our application submission guidelines.

What are the application requirements for the graduate programs?

The application requirements for our graduate programs vary. Please click the School of Management USF Graduate Admissions page for details.

Is the GMAT or GRE required?

The Master of Science in Analytics, Full-Time MBA, Part-Time MBA, and MSFA programs require the GRE or GMAT. For more details see our Admission page.

Can I take the GMAT or GRE more than once? How long are the GMAT and GRE scores valid for?

Yes, you can take the GMAT and/ or GRE more than once, and the Admissions Committee will consider your highest cumulative score. GMAT and GRE scores are valid for five years.

Are there minimum requirements for work experience?

Yes. The following programs require that students have a minimum of two years of full-time, post-undergraduate work experience: Part-Time MBA, Professional MSFA, Master of Science in Information Systems, Master of Nonprofit Administration, Master of Science in Organization Development and Master of Public Administration. Two years of full-time, post-undergraduate work experience is preferred for admission to the Full-Time MBA program. The Executive MBA program requires a minimum of eight years of work experience including two years in a managerial position.

I am interested in both the Full-Time and the Part-Time version of a program. Can I apply to both at the same time?

Our MBA, MSFA, and MNA degrees have multiple formats. You may only apply to one MBA program in a given year and one MSFA program in a given year. The Graduate Admissions Committee will review applicants' academic and professional background to determine an appropriate program fit.

I am interested in two different degrees. Can I apply to both for the same term?

Yes, you may apply to two different degrees in a given term, but it will require two separate email addresses in order to fill out the online application. If a student is admitted to more than one degree in the same year, the student must decide on one degree to pursue.

If I am not admitted for a certain round, will I be reconsidered for a later round in the same year?

Students who are denied admission in any round of the application process must wait until the following academic year to re-apply for admission. Students who are waitlisted will be reviewed again in future rounds during that same year.

Are interviews required for admission?

Interviews are required for admission to the Executive MBA program but may be requested of applicants to any of our graduate programs. At any time during the admission process you are welcome to schedule an appointment to meet with a Graduate Admissions advisor by emailing ( or calling (415) 422-2221.

Are there any prerequisite classes?

Some programs require prerequisite classes or degrees in certain areas. Please see our Admission page for specific prerequisite requirements by degree.

What is the tuition for each of the graduate programs?

Please visit the main Tuition Page for individual degree program tuition information.

Do you offer scholarships? How do I apply for them?

Scholarships are available to applicants in all programs except the Executive MBA. Applicants are considered for scholarships when they submit an application to a program. Scholarships are awarded to the most highly qualified candidates on the basis of academic, professional, and personal merit. Students are notified at the time of admission if they have received a scholarship. You can review more information on the scholarships we offer here.

Are there other forms of financial aid available? How do I apply for financial aid?

USF offers a variety of financial aid and payment options. Visit the Financial Aid Office’s website for more details.

What is your transfer policy?

Please click here to view our Transfer Admission webpage.

As an applicant, can I get access to my letters of recommendation and other application documents?

The Family Educational Rights and Protection Act (FERPA) protects enrolled (registered and attending classes) students at an institution and does not apply to applicants. Application documents submitted to the Graduate Recruiting and Admissions Office will not be returned to the applicant.

Does USF have graduate housing?

The Student Housing and Residential Education (SHaRE) does offer assistance to graduate students for USF student housing on-campus or off-campus.