Graduate Student Resources

This page contains resources and answers to questions that are frequently asked by graduate students. 

For New Students

You can inquire about the  types of parking permits via USFs Public Safety Office:

https://www.usfca.edu/public-safety/student-services/transportation-public-safety/parking/permits

Telephone: ( 415) 422-4222

Street parking right outside the campus area is generally difficult to find Monday - Friday. 

All textbooks are available in the USF Bookstore a week or two before class.

Or online: go to https://myusf.usfca.edu/, log in to your student dashboard, click "self-service", click "registration", then click "buy textbooks online."  

The payment plan provides a convenient means for paying tuition, fees, and room and board through regularly scheduled payments. USF expects that students will either enroll in the semester payment plan or make a full payment for all charges by the payment due date for each term. If payment is not received or if you have not enrolled in the payment plan by the due date, your course registration may be canceled. 

You can enroll in the semester payment plan online and set up automatic payments. The semester payment plan is available for the fall, spring, and summer semesters.

To learn more and to enroll, please visit here.

You may send an email to paymentplan@usfca.edu for information specific to your plan.

It's easy! Log onto your myUSF account with your username and password. The information was provided to you by our Graduate Admissions Office via email shortly after you received your acceptance letter. If you cannot find this information now, then please contact USF’s ITS Department at 422-6668 for this information. 

Log on:  https://myusf.usfca.edu/

Once you are logged into your myUSF account, go to “email”, click on “options”, click on “settings” where you will see the “mail forwarding” field to fill in.

It is very important to note that once you are a registered student, the Department will no longer use your personal email address to send you important email communications. Therefore, you must take action to have your myUSF emails automatically forwarded to one of your personal email accounts that you regularly check, or check your myUSF email regularly.

Here's how you set up your myUSF account:
  • Go to myusf.usfca.edu/caslogin and enter the username provided on your admission status page (https://gradapply.usfca.edu/apply/status). If you can't find your username, email asgraduate@usfca.edu and ask for your Banner username.

  • Leave the password box blank (your USF ID number is NOT your password).

  • Click on "Problems signing in?

  • Select "Reset Password."

Please follow the instruction here to set up your One Card. New students must complete this step before arriving on campus in order to have access to different buildings and classrooms. 

You can view the latest COVID-19 vaccination requirements and testing information here. For all questions related to COVID-19, please contact USF Health Promotion Services at hps@usfca.edu or call (415) 422-5797

There are printers for students to use for printing/copying/scanning available throughout the USF campus. Please follow the Self-Service Print/Copy Program instruction to get started.

When it comes to searching for off-campus housing, USF Off-Campus Student Services is your best place to start. They offer a variety of resources to get you started with your search, including an online housing/roommate portal, resources for international students, and  1:1 consultation to help you navigate the search process.

For Current Students

To register for your Graduate Thesis or Faculty-Directed Independent Study course (typically ECON 699), please follow the following steps.

  1. Complete the Directed Study Registration Form, signed by your thesis advisor and your Academic Program Director in PART II. 
    • For MS AE, your Academic Program Director is Professor Peter Lorentzen;
    • For MS IDEC, your Academic Program Director is Professor Alessandra Cassar;
  2. Submit your signed form, along with a syllabus developed by your advisor, to registrar@usfca.edu

The department frequently shares job and internship opportunities directly with current students, mainly through the following two ways:

For job search tips, employer info sessions, and USF career fairs, please visit USF Career Services Center.