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Before You Apply

Who Should Apply?

  • U.S. Citizens or Permanent Resident Aliens (domestic) who are first-time or transfer graduate applicants to USF St. Petersburg and who have earned a bachelor’s degree or will have earned a bachelor’s degree or U.S. equivalency before enrollment if accepted. If you have not yet graduated, a photocopy of your current transcript is acceptable to get the application process started. However, any admissions decision will be provisional until your official transcript is received.
  • International students who have had their foreign transcripts evaluated and show U.S. bachelor’s degree equivalency before enrollment if accepted. We consider evaluation reports from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). Additional information for International Students.

What are the Minimum Requirements for All Applicants?

Multiple sources of information are used to assess a graduate application. These may include an applicant’s undergraduate grade point average, standardized test scores such as the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT), letters of recommendation, and samples of academic work. Each graduate program sets the criteria for measuring the potential for success of each applicant.

  1. Each applicant must meet one of the following:
    • Undergraduate Grade Point Average
      • A “B” average or better (3.0 or better) in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student working towards a baccalaureate degree, or
      • A “B” average or better (3.00 or better) while registered as an upper division undergraduate student working towards a bachelor’s degree
    • OR a Earned Master’s Degree
      A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and a previous graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution.
    • OR a Foreign Institution Equivalent
      The equivalent bachelor’s degree and/or graduate degree from a foreign institution. See instructions for transcript evaluation under the section entitled “International Applicants.”
  2. Each applicant must submit a GRE* or GMAT (for MBA applicants) unless specifically waived by the program taken within five years prior to submission of your application. GRE and GMAT minimums are set by each individual graduate program. To find out the minimum required test scores for each program, please visit the Degree Programs page.

Pre-Application Checklist

Apply Today

  • Apply Online
    Submit a graduate application and $30 application fee online. A separate application and additional $30 application fee is required for each program you wish to apply to.
  • Order Transcripts
    • Order and submit official (UNOPENED IN A SEALED ENVELOPE) paper copy transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities other than a USF institution (USF system transcript will be accessed automatically by our office).
    • If official transcripts cannot be accessed readily, we can use unofficial (opened transcripts, student-accessed transcripts or photocopies) transcripts to start the admissions process. However, any admission decision will not be finalized until the official transcripts are received.
    • Official transcripts should be submitted to:
      University of South Florida St. Petersburg
      Graduate Admissions – BAY 204
      St. Petersburg, FL 33701
  • Schedule Tests & Request Reference Letters
    • Be sure to check your desired program’s admissions criteria and start submitting any supplemental requirements to the Office of Graduate Studies. Common supplemental requirements may include test scores, reference letters, statement of purpose, writing samples, and a resume.  You will have the opportunity to submit these items electronically during the online application.  It is very important that you check the graduate program’s website to make sure you are submitting all the necessary requirements. Program Information can be found on the Degree Programs page.
    • Most programs require some type of standardized test score (GRE, GMAT, etc.). Consider making plans to attend a GRE or GMAT preparation course offered at USF St. Petersburg. Be sure to submit official score reports to USFSP through the appropriate testing agency. Unofficial reports can be used to begin the admissions review process and avoid delays.
  •  If applicable, be sure you have fulfilled requirements to meet eligibility for in-state tuition rates.