Each applicant to a graduate program at USFSM is required to meet the following minimum requirements:
- An applicant must have one of the following:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and satisfying at least one of the following criteria:
- “B” average or better in all work attempted while registered as an undergraduate student working for a degree, or
- “B” or better average in all work attempted while registered as an upper division undergraduate student working for a baccalaureate degree.
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution and a previous graduate degree from a regionally accredited institution. In cases where an applicant has a bachelor’s and a graduate degree at the time of admission, the credentials and GPA of the graduate degree will be the determining factor for admission.
- The equivalent bachelor’s and/or graduate degrees from a foreign institution. Bachelor’s degrees from institutions in the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) are considered equivalent based on the Bologna Accord. For applicants with a 3‐year Bachelor’s Degree with less than 120 hours, from Non‐Bologna Accord Institutions, a transcript evaluation from a NACES member is required to confirm equivalency.
- Submission of standardized test scores is at the discretion of the graduate program. Applicants from countries where English is not the official language must also demonstrate proficiency in English by providing acceptable scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
- All specific and additional requirements of the graduate program to which admission is sought (including requirements to submit standardized test scores) consistent with the Statement of Principle.
The College Dean must approve any exceptions to these requirements.
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Additional Requirements of Programs
Colleges/programs may require additional application materials, such as resumes, writing samples, or letters of recommendation. These items may be sent as part of the overall graduate application packet. These materials will be forwarded to the appropriate program if sent with the application packet but they do not become part of the applicant’s permanent file.
Conditional Admission Criteria
A college may admit applicants conditionally pending satisfaction of remedial or program requirements. These conditions may include receipt of satisfactory scores on standardized tests, attendance in and satisfactory grade in specific core or remedial courses, etc. It is the responsibility of the college to track the student’s satisfactory completion of the conditions and notify Admissions when conditions are met. Failure to satisfy those conditions by the deadline established by the program will result in academic dismissal from the program. The College will coordinate with the Admissions Office.
Deferment of Admission Request
An applicant’s acceptance is granted for the semester and the particular program specified in the official acceptance notification. The applicant must validate that acceptance by enrolling for that semester. Applicants who fail to validate their admission may contact Admissions and request a Deferment of Admission. This request must be made in writing within 12 months of the initial requested entry date. If a request for Deferment of Admission is not received in the specified time, a new application and fee must be submitted. Deferment requests must also be received no later than the program or University application deadline for the semester desired, whichever is earlier. Applicants who were admitted provisionally upon receipt of official test scores and/or transcripts must supply those missing items prior to having their deferment decision processed by Admissions. International students must also provide a new financial statement dated no earlier than 6 months before the requested date of entry.
Denial of Admission / Appeal for Reconsideration Criteria
Applicants denied admission will be given timely notice by email or in writing. Denied applicants who meet the minimum standards may write the College to which they applied within 30 days of the date of denial to request reconsideration. The Appeal for Reconsideration Form request should present additional evidence of potential for academic success at USFSM and contain reasons why reconsideration is warranted. Applicants denied admission to degree programs are eligible to enroll as special (non-degree seeking) students. Non-degree seeking applications can be found on the USFSM website.
Exception Admission Criteria
The University may admit up to 10% of new enrollees as exceptions to the Board of Trustees minimum requirements. To be considered for an exception, applicants should present evidence that might account for the previous academic record and demonstrate potential for academic success. Examples of this evidence include excellent letters of recommendation from trusted academicians, performance in graduate courses taken as a post-bachelor’s student, professional experience in the discipline for a period of time, etc. Each request for a 10% exception must include a statement describing the special circumstances of the applicant. It is the discretion of the College to accept exception application requests.
Final Admission Criteria
Applicants accepted for admission whose official documents (transcripts and/or test scores) have been received by the Office of Admissions are admitted as “Final.”
Provisional Admission Criteria
Applicants accepted for admission whose official documents (transcripts and/or test scores) have not been received by Admissions are admitted provisionally pending receipt of these missing items. The required transcripts and/or test scores must be received before a third semester registration is permitted. If the missing documents are not provided by the end of the second semester of attendance, Admissions may place a registration hold on the student’s file.
A graduate student who is not registered and enrolled for a minimum of six (6) credits in a 12 month period is automatically placed in non-degree seeking (i.e. inactive) status. Students must be readmitted to the degree program to continue their studies. Re-admission is at the discretion of the program and is not guaranteed.
Eligibility for Readmission
- Students who have been Academically Dismissed from the University for Academic Dishonesty may not apply to any graduate program at USF System Institutions.
- Deadlines: The readmission application and all supporting materials must be submitted by the application deadline.
Additional Requirements for Readmission
In order to be considered for readmission, students must submit a new graduate application, application fee, and any required supporting materials.
The College may require new test scores (GRE/GMAT/TOEFL) and transcripts.
Students who are readmitted must meet the degree requirements and policies in the Graduate Catalog in effect at the time of readmission.
Prior Coursework taken at a USF System Institution:
Coursework taken at a USF System Institution prior to readmission may be accepted toward the degree requirements at the discretion of the College. However, all coursework taken when previously enrolled as a graduate student is included in the overall GPA. Refer to the Time Limitation Policy for time limits on coursework applied toward the degree. Students who completed the required coursework and were previously in doctoral candidacy do not have to retake courses older than eight years unless determined by the program. Students may be required to take new coursework at the program’s discretion. The decision to accept courses previously transferred to USFSM and applied toward the degree is at the discretion of the program.
Students must enroll for the semester in which their readmission is effective.
The readmission policy does NOT apply to inactive students wishing to enroll in a program other than the original admitting program. These students must submit an application for the new program of interest. Transcripts of any work completed while not attending a USF System Institution may be required.
Re-admission Following Non-enrollment
A graduate student who is not registered and enrolled for a minimum of six (6) credits in a 12 month period is automatically placed in non-degree seeking (i.e. inactive) status. Students must be readmitted to the degree program to continue their studies. Re-admission is at the discretion of the program and is not guaranteed. Refer to the Re-admission Policy in the Graduate Admissions Section for more information.
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Update of Admission Request
If admission has not been granted because of a late application or missing credentials, the student must request that Admissions update the application for a future semester and specify the new enrollment date. The Update of Admission request must be made in writing within 12 months of the initial requested entry date and must be received no later than the program or University application deadline for the semester desired, whichever is earlier. Applications are held for only 12 months. If a request for change in entry date is not received in the specified time, a new application and fee must be submitted.