Graduate Programs

Frank A. Biafora, Ph.D.

Dean Biafora’s Welcome

Welcome and thank you for your interest in our graduate offerings at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg (USFSP).

As a dynamic research-active institution, USFSP College of Arts & Sciences offers world-class academics and personalized real-world experience in a culturally vibrant, urban, waterfront community. Our student body is diverse; reflecting the demographics of the region, the state, and the nation.

Our distinguished faculty is recognized locally, nationally and around the world for their excellence in research and scholarship. Our flexible programs are designed to meet the needs of the students–from the fully on-line degree in Digital Journalism and Media Studies to the hands-on research focused Psychology graduate program.

I encourage you to reach out to the Graduate Program Director of the program of your interest to learn more.

Our story at USFSP continues to be written and we are excited to invite you to be a part of our future.  Join us in the exploration that is graduate education and research at the University of South Florida St. Petersburg.

Frank A. Biafora, Ph.D., Dean,  College of Arts & Sciences

Graduate Program Directors and Important Contacts

Marketa L. Teal
Graduate Admissions

Digital Journalism & Design (MA)
Food Writing and Photography Graduate Certificate
Mark Walters, D.V.M.
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director

Environmental Science & Policy (MS & MA)
Scott Burghart, Ph.D.
Assistant Dean

Master of Liberal Arts: Liberal Studies (Interdisciplinary & Focused) (MLA)
Lisa Starks-Estes, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English and Graduate Program Director

Master of Liberal Arts: Florida Studies (MLA)
Christopher F.Meindl, Ph.D.
Frank E. Duckwall Professor of Florida Studies
Associate Professor of Geography and Graduate Program Director


Psychology (MA)
Mark Pezzo, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director

Infant-Family Mental Health Graduate Certificate
Lisa Negrini
Graduate Certificate Coordinator

Admission Criteria and Application Information
Michael Slattery
Graduate Admissions Counselor
Fax: 727-873-4889

Financial Aid

GRE Prep Course
Office of Graduate Studies