MSDS New Student FAQs
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Orientation will be held on July 5. Classes begin on July 6.
International students are also required to attend an International Student Orientation on July 5.
Your summer tuition payment is due May 1. The fall tuition payment is due August 1.
The MSDS program is a one-year, accelerated program with a required practical training component and there is no time for outside jobs. The coursework requires a great deal of time, concentration and effort and therefore outside work is not permitted.
During boot camp (summer module 1), classes will take place on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (with the exception of the first week when Orientation takes place on Wednesday and classes take place Thursday - Friday).
Fall classes take place on Monday - Friday during Fall Module 1 and on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays in Fall Module 2 (Mondays and Wednesdays are reserved for internship work). Most classes are scheduled 10am - 12pm and 1pm - 3pm and we schedule one to three classes per day.
All students are required to present proof of Covid-19 vaccination and all other required immunizations by August 15. If you have questions about this requirement, please contact USF's office of Health Promotion Services at firstname.lastname@example.org. More information will be provided soon.
No, we are not able to offer deferrals in this program. If you choose not to accept the offer of admission this year, you will need to reapply again the following year for re-admission. We encourage admitted students who choose to reapply to apply early in the admission cycle and submit a completed application by December 5.
If your visa is denied before the program start date and you have proof of denial, you may apply for an admission deposit refund.
Because the MSDS program requires students to be able to work legally in the US in order to fulfill their internship requirements, studying on a visa other than F1 can be complicated or not compatible. Please reach out if this is your case.
All students will need to be able to work legally in the US by the time the internship begins in mid-October.
Outside work (other than the internship) is not permitted, so H1 visas are not compatible with this program.
Our office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) has created an expedited visa appointment letter for MSDS students. You can use this letter beginning 60 days before your I-20 start date to make an expedited visa appointment.
Download the letter here, and please contact email@example.com with any questions.