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Next Steps

Welcome to the MPA program at USF. The steps below will provide you with the information you need to successfully enroll at USF.

Reserve Your Spot

Congratulations on your acceptance to the USF School of Management. Your official admission packet will arrive via post mail shortly.


myUSF is your personal connection to your student information. Log in to myUSF with the username and ID number listed in the acceptance letter posted to your online application. Within myUSF you can pay your admission deposit and accept your financial aid award. You will also find your class schedule and book lists here as your orientation date approaches. Video tutorials to help get you started with myUSF and many other USF interfaces can be accessed here.

Step 1) Log In to Your myUSF Account

Your personal myUSF account has already been created for you. myUSF is the gateway to the university where you can register for classes, pay tuition, access your USF email, view your student record and update your contact information.

The first time you log in, you will need to create a password. Please follow instructions below:

  1. Visit
  2. Choose Set New/Forgot password
  3. Enter your USF username (indicated on your online and printed acceptance letters) and the CAPTCHA text
  4. Click Submit
  5. Enter your USF Student ID / CWID # (indicated on your online and printed acceptance letters)
  6. Enter your date of birth
  7. Click Submit

Step 2) Pay Your Admission Deposit

Secure your spot in the MPA program by paying your $250 admission deposit. Deposits are non-refundable and will be credited to your first term's tuition.

To pay online by credit card or e-check, please follow instructions below:

  1. Log in to myUSF
  2. Click the link for View & Pay in the Quicklinks box on the right
  3. Click Make Payment and select the link for Admission Deposits
  4. Select your starting semester; enter the deposit amount as appears on your acceptance letter+
  5. Complete the checkout process to submit your payment

+Please note that the deposit balance will appear as $0. You must enter the deposit amount as is listed on your acceptance letter.

For other payment options, go to

Please note: If your deposit is not received by the deadline indicated in your acceptance letter, the School of Management reserves the right to rescind your admission and any scholarship received.

Step 3) Update your personal information

  1. Login to myUSF with your Username and Password (see Step 1).
  2. Select Student Self-Service.
  3. Click on the Personal Information tab to update addresses, phone numbers, and emergency contacts. 

Step 4) Submit official transcripts

Access to registration will only be granted to students who have both deposited and submitted official transcripts from all institutions listed on their application. If you have not already submitted official, sealed transcripts, please send them as soon as possible to:

University of San Francisco
Office of Graduate Admission
2130 Fulton Street - Lone Mountain
San Francisco, CA 94117

Getting Started

Orientation: Orientation introduces new students to campus resources and provides opportunities to attend program-specific breakout sessions with faculty and academic advisors. Orientation is mandatory for all incoming students. The Graduate Student Affairs Office contacts deposited students with Orientation schedules and final details by mid-July. Please mark your calendar and plan to join us:


FALL 2015 ORIENTATION: Saturday, August 22, 2015

USF Downtown Campus, 101 Howard Street, Suite 500.

Registration: The Graduate Student Affairs Office registers all deposited students for their first semester. You can expect more information about this course schedule in early August. Students who have not submitted the admission deposit and official transcripts will not be registered.

Student ID/One Card: All registered USF students are issued a university photo ID called a One Card. Your USF One Card grants access to on-campus resources, including classroom buildings, Don Dollars accounts, Gleeson Library, and Koret Health and Recreation Center after the first day of classes. Don Dollars can be added to your One Card for use on campus at the bookstore, dining locations, vending machines, and for printing.

To obtain your One Card: Please follow the instructions on the Online ID Express. The Graduate Student Affairs Office will give you your One Card at Orientation.

Textbooks: Books are not included in tuition and fees. Your required book list will be available to you via myUSF after registration in early August.

Canvas: Canvas is an educational software platform that provides a user-friendly environment for online teaching and learning. Many of your faculty may use Canvas to post information relevant to their course including the syllabus, course readings and discussion boards*.

To access Canvas

  1. Login to myUSF
  2. Click on the Canvas button
  3. Click on Instructure Canvas, then select the Courses tab

*You will not see course information until you are registered AND only once the instructor has published his/her course to Canvas.

Health Insurance: All graduate students are required to have health insurance and are automatically enrolled and billed for the USF-sponsored student health insurance plan. Students who already have health insurance coverage comparable (equal or better) to the USF-sponsored plan under a United States-domiciled health insurance company may waive this requirement. For more information please visit the USF Health Promotion Services website.

Financing Your Degree

Financing a graduate degree represents a significant investment in your future. The USF One Stop office is committed to helping you find the best funding available. Financial Aid advisors are available to discuss federal and private loan options and to answer questions about company reimbursement, veteran’s benefits, and other potential funding opportunities. One Stop’s website also features a series of helpful video tutorials to assist students.

If you received a Financial Aid award you must accept the award online in order to receive it.

To check the status of your financial aid:

  1. Login to myUSF
  2. Click on Student Self Service.
  3. In the Student section click on Financial Aid.

Accept or Decline your financial aid offer within 30 days

  1. Click on the Award link.
  2. Follow instructions as required.

Here is the 2015-2016 Financial Aid Checklist for graduate students.

USF Scholarships: Scholarship recipients are notified of their award amount and distribution at the time of admission. USF scholarships are applied automatically to the recipient’s account and it is not necessary to take any action to accept the award.

Tuition and Payment: Tuition and any applicable fees are charged to your student account after registration. Please adhere to payment deadlines reflected in your tuition bill.

To make a Payment:

  1. Login to myUSF
  2. Select the View & Pay link.

There, you can view your bill, make a payment, and more. Remember, you will not receive a paper bill, so you must log into View & Pay to view your balance. You may not use a credit card to pay for tuition and fees. Information about accepted forms of payment can be found here. If your semester balance cannot be paid in full, the university offers payment plans. To learn more, please visit the One Stop website.

One Stop Office Information:

Lone Mountain, Room 251
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-2020, Fax: (415) 422-6084
Email:, Web:

Important Resources

School of Management students benefit from being part of a larger campus community with a variety of resources to support students' academic and personal needs while in graduate school.

Student Support Offices
Graduate Student Affairs
Graduate Recruiting and Admissions
Career Management
Alumni and External Affairs
Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)
International Student and Scholar Services
Learning and Writing Center
One Stop
Student Disability Services
Student Health Services
University Ministry

Campus Resources
Koret Health and Recreation Center

Off campus


Branch Campuses
Downtown Campus
Hilltop Campus
San Jose
Santa Rosa

Engaging with the USF Community

Connect with current students, faculty, staff, and your future classmates before orientation. Below, you will find some great ideas to help you get involved early.

Student Ambassadors
Contact our Student Ambassadors at to learn more about academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular life in the School of Management.

Visit a Class
Meet students and faculty, and experience the classroom environment firsthand. Class visit schedules are available here.

Admitted Student Events
Join your future classmates throughout the months leading up to orientation at various hosted events. Specific dates and details are sent by email to all admitted students, but you can anticipate the following:

May - Admitted Student Day
June - Giants baseball game and pre-game reception
July - Admitted Student Happy Hour
January - Spring Graduate Student Welcome Reception

Additional Resources
School of Management Calendar of Events
University Sponsored Events Calendar
USF Athletics Calendar
Graduate Student Senate
Graduate Business Association