Big achievements.
Bold goals.
Boundless futures.

Three Campuses — One USF

Each USF campus offers a one-of-a-kind college experience – all under the umbrella of a single Preeminent Research University.

Map of USF campuses in Florida

Learn more about each campus below

The Tampa Region Isn’t A Location. It’s A Destination.

Not all USF Highlights Happen at USF

You won’t spend your entire college career in the classroom, so choose a college that offers an exciting surrounding community with stunning year-round weather. From world-class beaches and nature to exceptional arts, cuisine, shopping and sports, USF's incredible Gulf Coast location does not disappoint.

Gulf Coast Visitor Guide
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Student Life

Don’t just earn a college degree.
Make incredible memories along the way.

Discover Why Graduate Students Choose USF

From our stunning campus locations and amenities to our diverse culture and exceptional resources, you’ll discover numerous reasons graduate students love calling USF home. With the academic and support opportunities available, you’ll benefit today when you start your degree program and tomorrow when you step into your career.





Pursue Your Passion Outside the Classroom

Connect with other students who share your interests, culture or beliefs. USF features more than 700 clubs and organizations across our three campuses. Whether you want to support a cause, continue engaging in a beloved activity or explore something new, USF's student-run clubs and organizations are a great way for you to make friends, expand your education and get involved on campus.





Find Your Fit

At USF, we emphasize a balanced approach to your education that doesn’t end with academics. Stay physically active with award-winning recreation centers, swimming pools, fitness classes, watersports and more. We feature on-campus medical clinics and counseling services to keep you healthy inside and out. Plus, we feature numerous other services, such as career counseling, tutoring and financial education, to ensure you finish your degree ready to take the next big step.





Choose Excitement — Choose USF

Your average day at USF is anything but average. Across our three locations, you’ll enjoy 1,000+ on-campus events each year, from concerts and celebrity guest lectures to movies and art exhibits. This includes special cultural events where we come together to celebrate USF's global diversity and learn about our rich student body made up of students from across the world. All USF students also receive free admission to 17 men’s and women’s varsity sports, including football.

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Research

Discoveries happen all the time at USF.
Will you be a part?

RESEARCH AT USF

Where Passion Drives Discovery

You want to change the world. USF gives you the opportunity. As the first university in Florida to create a research-specific strategic plan, USF has always made discovery and innovation a priority. We offer graduate students the opportunity to work alongside internationally renowned faculty and researchers in pursuit of solutions to the world’s most urgent challenges.

SEE RESEARCH FUNDING OPPORTUNITIES See Points of Pride
$525.4 million in research contracts and grants awarded in 2019

$525.4 million

in research contracts and grants awarded in 2019

#16 among all universities worldwide in generating new patents

#16

among all universities worldwide in generating new patents
Intellectual Property Owners Association/NAI, 2019

117 new patents, 98 license/options and six new startup companies in fiscal year 2019

117

new patents, 98 license/options and six new startup companies in fiscal year 2019

COVID-19

USF continues to closely monitor the evolving coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

We remain committed to sharing the most accurate information and sound epidemiological guidelines, and we will continue to update our community as conditions change.

Stay connected on USF Community Updates on Covid-19

Programs of Study

With over 150 degree programs at the graduate, specialist and doctoral levels, USF provides you with the resources and opportunities to make a difference in your community and the world.

Explore Our Programs

Specialty Programs

Get ready to pursue your passions and hone your expertise.

At USF, you can find a degree path and program that empowers you to reach your goals.

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Dual Degree

Our dual degree programs mean you don’t have to choose between dreams.

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Online Programs

Did you know USF ranks as a national leader in online education?

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Graduate Certificates

Choose from 100+ graduate certificates, including fully online, partially online and on-campus options.

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Student Success

Student Success isn’t just a support unit at USF.
It’s a promise.

Health Services

From administering influenza vaccinations to communicating about disease outbreaks and other potential health concerns, USF supports you with the medical care you need.





Counseling Services

At USF, we believe in supporting students inside and out. Our Counseling Center offers a variety of free services for students, including individual, group and couples counseling.





Academic Support

You can expect to be challenged with our rigorous graduate programs. But you can also expect many academic support services and resources to ensure your success, including access to USF's tutoring centers, libraries and scholar commons.





Career Services

At USF, we’re invested in your future. From picking a major to securing an internship to landing a job in your field, USF Career Services offers all the assistance you need to go from the classroom to the office.

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Student Success in Online Classes

A Prestigious Education: On Campus or Online.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we are committed to protecting students’ health while delivering an exceptional college experience. USF plans to offer a mix of fully face-to-face courses, fully online courses and some courses with a blended mode of instruction (partially in-person and partially online).

Our long history of delivering interactive, engaging online classes means you’re in good hands, whatever challenges the future brings. Along with a premiere online education, you’ll receive a wealth of virtual support — from tutoring services to wellness workshops — to position you for success.

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Did You Know?

USF's internationally acclaimed Digital Learning team specializes in transitioning on-campus courses online

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Sample Online Courses

Explore some of our top-tier courses and digital learning spaces.

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Top 6 Myths About Online Learning

If this is your first time learning online, we’re here to dispel any myths.

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5 Ways to Connect with Peers in an Online Class

Yes, you can forge meaningful connections online.

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Safety

Explore a world of opportunity.
We’ll give you a secure place to start.

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Campus Safety

Your Safety Is Our Priority

USF is committed to maintaining a secure, friendly and welcoming campus community. With our University Police Department, emergency Blue Light Phones around campus, text messaging notifications and other on-campus resources, you can stay focused on your grad school experience, confident you’re protected by our sweeping safety measures.

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Admission to USF

Step into the career you want with a graduate
degree from a world-class university.

Admissions Requirements

We Want You at USF

Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree and a minimum 3.00 GPA in completed college coursework. Some programs may require additional materials, such as test scores, letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose or a resume. If you are unable to take standardized tests such as the GRE or GMAT due to COVID-19, please contact your proposed program of study for possible extensions or waivers.

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Campus Selection

On your application, you can select Tampa, St. Petersburg or Sarasota-Manatee as your home campus. No matter where you study, you’ll earn a degree from Florida’s only Preeminent State Research University located in a metropolitan area. Not sure which campus offers your graduate program? Reach out to your program contact for assistance.

PROGRAM CONTACT

See Why Graduate Students Choose USF

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Admissions Requirements

USF Notice of Nondiscrimination

The University of South Florida encourages applications for admission from qualified students regardless of race, color, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other protected group status in compliance with all applicable federal, state and local laws on nondiscrimination and equal opportunity.

Learn more about our campus diversity

How to Apply

You can apply to USF in just four easy steps.

STEP 1

Complete and submit the online application at admissions.usf.edu/application.

STEP 2

Pay the nonrefundable, $30 application fee.

STEP 3

Submit your official college transcript(s) to USF.We Want Your Student at USF

STEP 4

Submit any test scores required by your program (GRE, GMAT, TOEFL, etc.).

Standardized tests must have been taken within five years of the desired term of entry.

STEP 5

Submit any additional items required by your program.

STEP 6

Answer the Conduct Clearance questions of the graduate application.

Statistics and Tuition

The numbers don’t lie. See how they add up to incredible
education value for graduate students at USF.

STATs and tuition

A World-Class Education. An Affordable Cost.

We keep tuition low and value high. Even if you live out of state, costs for graduate students often are competitive with the rates at your local university.

Best Value

Best Value

College in 2020
The Princeton Review, 2020

#3 among the 50 Most Affordable In-State Public Universities

#3

among the 50 Most Affordable In-State Public Universities
AffordableColleges.com, 2020

Top 100 Best Values in Public Colleges

Top 100

Best Values in Public Colleges
Kiplinger’s Personal Finance, 2019

STATs and tuition

Estimated Cost of Attendance for 2020-21: Living on Campus

In-State

$25,840

Out-of-State

$33,864

Graduate Scholarships

Find out how we help you keep the cost of our graduate programs low. With scholarships, fellowships, assistantships and more available to offset the cost, an affordable graduate degree from a world-class institution has never been more in reach.

Graduate Scholarships and Fellowships

At USF, we don’t believe finances should be a barrier to your future. Graduate students can take advantage of numerous USF and federal scholarship and fellowship opportunities to offset the cost of master’s and doctoral programs. This includes our STARS scholarship database for USF awards and the USF Foundation, which awards over $5 million in free privately funded scholarships each year.





More Scholarship and Fellowship Details

Ready to see how affordable your graduate degree can be? Start browsing our scholarship databases to find out how much you could save on a graduate program at USF.

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GRADUATE INTERNSHIPS AND CO-OPS

Get a Career Foothold Before You Complete Your Program

Graduate financial support at USF includes supporting you as you gain hands-on skills by working in the field, making professional employment connections and entering the workplace. Find out how USF supports you with a variety of internship and cooperative education (Co-op) opportunities that give you the momentum you need to seamlessly transition from the classroom to a career.

INTERNSHIPS   MICRO-INTERNSHIPS   COOPERATIVE EDUCATION (CO-OP)  

USF Assistantships

Our support for graduate students doesn’t end with scholarships and fellowships. Many colleges and departments at USF employ students as graduate assistants on a competitive basis to teach (TA), conduct research (RA), or carry out other relevant tasks that contribute to the student’s professional development (GA).

Get Matched for Your Scholarships




Scholarship Resources

Don’t miss other ways to cut your college costs. Check out our scholarship articles on the Admit-A-Bull blog for advice on how to successfully find and earn lucrative awards that can make your graduate degree more affordable.

Blog: Financial Aid and Scholarship Central




Graduate Student Employment

Scholarships, fellowships and assistantships aren’t the only ways we support graduate students. Discover the jobs available to help offset your costs. As a large metropolitan university, USF offers both on- and off-campus employment options you won’t find at other universities. Our strong connection to the Tampa region’s thriving business community can help lay the groundwork for your successful transition from a graduate program to a lucrative career.

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Deadlines

Your future as a graduate student at USF awaits.
See the important dates for starting your journey.

Masters and Educational Specialist Degrees

FEBRUARY 15

Final summer semester application deadline for masters and educational specialist degrees

JUNE 1

Final fall semester application deadline for masters and educational specialist degrees

OCTOBER 15

Final spring semester application deadline for masters and educational specialist degrees

*Refer to specific major for priority deadline. Applications received by the priority deadline will receive maximum consideration.

JUNE 1

Final fall semester application deadline for masters and educational specialist degrees

JUNE 1

Priority fall semester application deadline for USFSM masters and educational specialist degrees

OCTOBER 1

Priority spring semester application deadline for USFSM masters and educational specialist degrees*

Doctoral Degrees

OCTOBER 15

Final spring semester application deadline for doctoral degrees

OCTOBER 15

Final spring semester application deadline for masters and educational specialist degrees

Virtual Tour

We could tell you all about life at USF, but we’d rather show you!
Discover all the places USF Bulls learn, eat, sleep, study and play.

VIrtual Tour

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Application Process

See the steps to complete the application process, including how to submit the application fee, official test scores and official transcripts.

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