Apply Now for Fall 2018

Apply now to begin classes in Fall 2018. Priority application dates are March 15 and May 15. For information, please call (415) 422-2221 or email

How to Apply

MNA Admission

Nonprofit Administration Application Requirements

Application requirements vary slightly by program. Please be sure to read through all requirements carefully.

  • Transcript(s) — Copies of your transcripts from each accredited college or university attended must be uploaded to the online application. Once admitted to the program, instructions for sending official, sealed transcripts will be provided. The minimum graduate admission requirement includes a bachelor’s degree or recognized equivalent from an accredited institution prior to enrollment.

  • Résumé — Your current résumé or CV can list and describe your educational history, work or job history, coursework related to the graduate program to which you are applying, and any experiences relevant to your pursuit of graduate studies - including internships, published articles or other published materials, volunteer and/or community service experience, study or work outside of your home country, and any other interests or activities related to your graduate program.
  • Letters of Recommendation — Two letters of recommendation are required. Applicants to all programs should submit at least one letter from a professional contact, if possible. Ideally, one or both of your professional recommendations will come from a current or former direct supervisor. Academic recommendations are also appreciated for current undergraduates. Enter the recommenders' email addresses directly into the online application and they will receive instructions for applicant evaluation and electronic submission within 24 hours.

    The USF School of Management also accepts the Common Letter of Recommendation. The GMAC Common Letter of Recommendation effort is intended to save applicants and recommenders valuable time by providing a single set of recommendation questions for each participating school.

    If your recommender(s) must submit a hard copy letter by mail, please request that s/he complete this form to include with her/his letter.

  • Statement of Purpose or Essay — A 500–1000 word essay is required and must be uploaded in the online application Please address the following questions in a single document:
    • What are your short and long-term professional goals and how will this degree help you achieve those goals?
    • Why have you chosen this degree and who or what experience influenced you to apply?
  • Self-Evaluation (Optional) — Use this essay to evaluate your leadership and management skills, capabilities, and talents as they stand today. What would your colleagues/classmates say about you as a leader? What areas do you feel you could further develop?
  • Additional Information (Optional) — Use this essay to share any additional information you would like us to consider as part of your application, for example: gaps in employment, academic issues (probation, dismissal, failing grades, standardized test performance), etc.
  • Interview – review requirements vary by program. All interviews are by invitation only. As such, should you be selected to interview, an invitation will be sent to the email account associated with your online application and include all necessary details.
  • Scholarship Statement (Optional) — The USF School of Management offers general merit and special interest scholarships. Review available scholarships and use this essay to explain your eligibility and/or qualifications for one or more of these scholarships.

English Proficiency and International Applicant Requirements, Nonprofit Administration, Full Time

Prior to submitting your application, please contact to set up an appointment with an Admissions Counselor to discuss application timelines and visa processing

In addition to the application requirements, international applicants must submit the following:


Applicants who have completed two or more years of study or earned their undergraduate/graduate degree at an institution located in one of the countries listed in the Exempt Countries Table may be waived of the English proficiency requirement.

Applicants from countries where the government requires 11 years of mandatory English instruction may be exempt from providing an English language test score according to the discretion of an individual graduate program.

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.

International Applicants are encouraged to attend the USF School of Management United States Business Communications and Culture program (USBCC).

International Applicants to the Full-Time Master of Nonprofit Administration program who receive a TOEFL (internet-based) score of 92-99, a TOEFL (paper-based) score of 580-599, an IELTS score of 6.5 or a Pearson Test of English Academic score of 62-67 are admitted to the USF School of Management United States Business Communications and Culture program (USBCC).

Minimum English proficiency exam scores are as follows:
TOEFL (internet-based): 92
TOEFL (paper-based): 580
IELTS: 6.5
Pearson Test of English Academic: 62
American Samoa
Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands
Federated States of Micronesia
Grand Cayman
New Zealand
Republic of the Marshall Islands
Republic of Palau
Turks and Caicos Islands
United Kingdom
United States of America

International Transcripts

Applicants who obtained their undergraduate or graduate degree(s) from an international (non-U.S.) institution must submit the following:

  • Transcript(s) (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 have official copies of transcript(s) and degree conferral certificate(s) available for submission.


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. Please refer to USF International Graduate Student Financial Requirements for required funds.


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

Fall 2018 Application Deadlines USF School of Management
Application Deadlines Decision Notifications
November 15, 2017 December 15, 2017
January 15, 2018 February 23, 2018
March 15, 2018 April 20, 2018
May 15, 2018 June 22, 2018
June 15, 2018 July 13, 2018


International Applicants

We welcome students from around the world to the Full-Time MNA program. We are unable to admit any F-1-seeking international students to our Part-Time MNA program.