International Applicants and English Proficiency Requirements

USF School of Management Graduate Programs

The USF Masagung Graduate School at the School of Management welcomes students from around the world to our full-time programs.

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

Prior to submitting your application, please contact us to set up an appointment with an admission counselor to discuss application timelines and visa processing.

In addition to the application requirements, international applicants must submit Proof of English Proficiency, described below.


International students of STEM programs may apply for CPT (Curricular Practical Training) during the academic year for their practicum assignment. International graduates of STEM programs typically apply for OPT (Optional Practical Training) after they graduate. Please direct all further questions regarding CPT, OPT, or STEM to the School of Management Admission Office.

Several USF School of Management degrees are STEM designated (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) offering a blend of disciplines in science and technology with business and management.

Proof Of English Proficiency

Requests for an English proficiency waiver must be indicated in the online application. Applicants who meet the standards indicated above, please indicate your request in the International Applicant Requirements section of the online application and upload appropriate documents to support the request. The Admissions Committee will review and determine eligibility for waivers upon review of the application in its entirety.

Please note: The University reserves the right to request additional English proficiency exams from any applicant based on the entirety of the application review; or, if the applicant’s proficiency in English should prove inadequate after admission to a program.

Minimum English Proficiency Exam Scores
Exam Minimum Score
*TOEFL (internet-based): 92
TOEFL (paper-based): 580
IELTS: 6.5
Pearson Test of English Academic: 62

*Global Entrepreneurial Management (MGEM) applicant scores are: TOEFL (internet-based) 79 - TOEFL (paper-based) 550 - IELTS 6.0 - Pearson Test of English Academic 53

Exempt Countries

Exemptions may be made for applicants who have studied in English speaking countries, countries where English is an official language, or where the government requires 11 years of mandatory English instruction (Norway, for example, and other countries in Scandinavia), at the discretion of the specific graduate program.


If you are a citizen and have completed secondary school in one of these countries you may be admitted for graduate study at USF without presenting additional evidence of English proficiency.


We recognize the following countries as predominantly native-English speaking. For applicants who are citizens of these countries and/or have completed a Bachelor's, Master degree, or two years or more of study, no further evidence of English Proficiency is required.


Applicants who obtained their undergraduate or graduate degree(s) from an international (non-U.S.) institution 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.
  • English version 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.

Once admitted to the program, all applicants must submit official, sealed transcripts. Instructions on how to send official, sealed transcripts will be provided at the time of admission. As such, it is important to have official copies of transcript(s) and degree conferral certificate(s) available for submission.

Certification Of Finances

Applicants who require an F-1 student visa must verify that they (or sponsor(s)) can fund their tuition and living expenses during their studies in the U.S. The Certification of Finances along with any required bank statement(s), bank letter(s) or sponsorship letter(s) should be uploaded to the online application.

If you are not a U.S. Citizen or U.S. Permanent Resident, please review the Financial Requirements for estimated financial requirements for graduate admission.


Applicants who require an F-1 student visa must submit a copy of their valid passport with their application.

Undocumented And DACA - Approved Applicants

The University of San Francisco considers applications for graduate programs, regardless of citizenship status, based upon academic merit and achievement. Please visit the Undocumented Students page for more resources or contact the Office of Graduate Recruiting and Admissions for questions about the School of Management programs or application.

Contact Information
Phone: (415) 422-2221

Contact Info

Admission: Graduate

Monday–Friday 9 a.m–5 p.m.

University of San Francisco
Downtown Campus
101 Howard Street, Suite 500
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 422-2221