Next Steps: Master of Public Administration

Step 1: myUSF Account

myUSF is the gateway to the university where you can register for classes, pay tuition, access your USF email, view your student record and update your contact information.

Instructions to Login
  • Visit
  • Choose Set New/Forgot password
  • Enter your USF username (see admission letter) and the CAPTCHA text
  • Submit
  • Enter your USF Student ID / CWID # (see admission letter)
  • Submit
  • Select Student-Service
  • Update Address, Contact, and Emergency contacts

Step 2: Pay your Deposit

Login to your application portal and complete the Intent to Enroll form. 
Select the preferred form of payment.
Your portal will update with the deposit amount due. Follow the link "Submit Payment" to securely pay online.
Refer to your admission letter for your deposit deadline. 

Please note: If your deposit is not received by the deadline indicated in your acceptance letter, the School of Management reserves the right to rescind your admission and any scholarship received. Click here  to pay your deposit today.

Questions about Depositing?

Step 3: Send Your Official Transcripts

Access to registration will only be granted to students who have both deposited and submitted official transcripts from all institutions listed on their application. If you have not already submitted official, sealed transcripts, please send them as soon as possible to avoid any delay in registration: 

University of San Francisco 
Office of Graduate Admission
2130 Fulton Street - Lone Mountain
San Francisco, CA 94117

Your online application will reflect when transcripts have been "received-official". Please log in to your online application to check the status of your transcripts. 
You will not be permitted to register for your second semester classes until your official transcript has been received and verified. As stated in the online application, USF reserves the right to rescind admission based upon official documents received or not received.

Questions about Transcripts?

Step 4: Financial Aid for U.S. Students

Financing a graduate degree represents a significant investment in your future. The USF Office of Student Accounts is committed to helping you find the best funding available. Financial Aid advisors are available to discuss federal and private loan options and to answer questions about company reimbursement, veteran’s benefits, and other potential funding opportunities. 

After receipt of your FAFSA application for U.S. students, the Financial Aid Office will determine your aid eligibility and send you a financial aid notice. Upon receiving your notice, you must log in to accept or decline the aid offered to you.

  • Go to myUSF
  • Find Self-Service
  • Select Student
  • Select Student tab again
  • Select Financial Aid menu
  • Check status of your aid
  • Accept or decline your aid

Payment & Billing Questions? Fall 2018 Tuition is due August 1, 2018. If you have any questions about payment plans, methods of payment, or general tuition questions contact the Office of Student Accounts. Please have your student ID ready when contacting the Office of Student Accounts, you can find your USF Student ID in your admission letter. 

Questions about FAFSA?
Tel: (415) 422-2571
Office of Student Accounts, Lone Mountain, Room 200
2800 Turk St. San Francisco, CA 94118

Step 5: New Student Orientation


Each graduate program provides a mandatory orientation during which students learn important information and procedures for their graduate program, and meet new classmates. In this page you will find dates specific to School of Management here. Please visit the Academic Calendar to view important USF dates:

Fall 2018 - Full-Time Programs Location Date Time
MBA Downtown August 13 - 16, 2018 TBD
Financial Analysis Downtown August 14, 2018 TBD
Entrepreneurship & Innovation Downtown August 14 - 18, 2018 9:00 am
Nonprofit Administration Downtown August 11, 2018 TBD
Global Entrepreneurial Management Barcelona August 31, 2018 TBD
International Students Only Location Date Time
International Student Orientation McLaren August 17, 2018 8:30 am
Fall 2018 - Part-Time Programs Location Date Time
Part-Time MBA Downtown August 11, 2018 TBD
Hybrid Financial Analysis Downtown August 11, 2018 TBD
Organization Development Downtown August 11, 2018 TBD
Nonprofit Administration Downtown August 11, 2018 TBD
Public Administration Downtown August 11, 2018 TBD
Information Systems San Jose August 11, 2018 TBD

The Graduate Student Affairs team will send Orientation agendas via email.

Contact Graduate Student Affairs

All International Graduate Students must attend the International Student Orientation on August 17 at 8:30am at the McClaren Conference Complex. The mandatory international student sessions are designed to address the most common questions and concerns that international students have as well as covering important information such as immigration regulations pertaining to your visa, academic expectations, and cultural adjustment.

International students may also contact:
International Student and Scholar Services, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-2654, Fax: (415) 422-2412
Email:, Web:

Step 6: Housing Options

For graduate students who move to San Francisco, you will need to make your own housing arrangements. Graduate students have two housing options:

  • Off-Campus Housing:
    The majority of USF graduate students choose to live in apartment off-campus (not operated by the university). Some graduate programs offer assistance in connecting students who want to search for an apartment together. USF's Off-Campus Housing website provides tools for searching for housing, information on SF neighborhoods, worksheets for creating a budget, and more. Go to the Off-Campus Housing site to get started now. Join the USF Housing Network on Facebook  to get connected with other USF students. 
  • On-Campus Housing:
    USF also offers a limited number of gradate student housing units in university-operated apartments in Loyola Village and rooms in Pedro Arrupe Hall. To apply for housing at USF, log into myUSF, click on the Student tab, and then scroll to the bottom of the page. Click on the USFrooms link on the lower left. As part of your application in USFrooms, you will need to submit a $300 non-refundable housing pre-payment.

Student Housing and Residential Education, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-6824, Fax: (415) 422-2480
Email:, Web:

Step 7: Registration Process for Classes

Registration: The Graduate Student Affairs Office will contact you regarding class registration. You will register for classes shortly before the semester begins. You can expect more information about the course schedule in early August. Students who have not submitted the admission deposit and official transcripts will not be registered.

Student ID/One Card: All registered USF students are issued a university photo ID called a One Card. Your USF One Card grants access to on-campus resources, including classroom buildings, Don Dollars accounts, Gleeson Library, and Koret Health and Recreation Center after the first day of classes. Don Dollars can be added to your One Card for use on campus at the bookstore, dining locations, vending machines, and for printing. To obtain your One Card please follow the instructions on the Online ID Express. The Graduate Student Affairs Office will give you your One Card at Orientation.

Textbooks: Books are not included in tuition and fees. Your required book list will be available to you via myUSF shortly after the semester start. 

Canvas: Canvas is an educational software platform that provides a user-friendly environment for online teaching and learning. Many of your faculty may use Canvas to post information relevant to their course including the syllabus, course readings and discussion boards*.

Login to Canvas
1) Login to myUSF
2) Under Courses select "Canvas"
3) Click on Instructure Canvas, then select the Courses tab.
4) Visit for more details on configuring your Canvas classes

*You will not see course information until you are registered AND only once the instructor has published their course to Canvas.

Registration Questions?

Step 8: Health Insurance

Automatic Enrollment: To protect your health and well-being all domestic graduate students registered for 6 credit hours or more, all international graduate students registered for 1 credit hour or more, and all graduate students who reside in USF operated housing will be automatically charged and enrolled in the USF-sponsored health insurance plan.
Exception: Graduate students enrolled in online degree programs who do not reside in USF-operating housing will NOT be automatically charged and enrolled in the USF sponsored health insurance.

Waive USF plan: Students who have a health insurance plan with coverage comparable to the USF-sponsored plan may choose to waive the student insurance each academic year. Students can visit to view waiver instructions and access the health insurance waiver application.

Voluntary Enrollment: Domestic graduate students registered for under 6 credit hours and graduate students enrolled in an online degree program are eligible to voluntarily purchase the plan online by visiting

Deadlines: The deadline to waive the student insurance or voluntarily enroll in the plan for the Fall semester is September 1. The deadline for the Spring semester is February 1.

For more information, visit

Health Promotion Services, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-5797, Fax: (888) 471-2290
Email:, Web:

Step 9: Proof of Immunization

To protect the health of all USF community members, USF requires all international students and domestic graduate students living in university-operating housing to submit proof of immunizations.

  • Domestic students (residing in USF-operated housing only): Graduate students born on or after January 1, 1957, who are living in USF-operated housing, must submit evidence of two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. If proof of immunization for MMR is not available, a blood titer showing immunity for each disease will be accepted.
  • International Students: International students must submit the following immunization records: 
         -Evidence of two doses of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine. If proof of immunization for MMR is not available, a blood titer showing immunity for each disease will be accepted.
         -Proof of a Tuberculosis PPD (Montaoux) test administered in the last 12 months. (Students with a positive) PPD test are required to submit the results of a chest x-ray administered in the last 12 months).
         -Proof of three doses of the Hepatitis B vaccine or a test showing immunity.
  • Submit proof: Students must submit their records through the online HPS Immunization form, or by fax at 888-471-2290. Records such as an immunization card, high school transcript showing immunization, or Evidence of Immunization form signed by a licensed medical professional will be accepted. If needed, download the Evidence of Immunization form by clicking here.
  • Deadlines: The deadline to submit proof of immunizations for the Fall semester is August 15. The deadline for the Spring semester is January 15. Failure to submit required records will result in a $100 late fine and possible registration hold.

Health Promotion Services, UC Fifth Floor
2130 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94117
Tel: (415) 422-5797, Fax: (888) 471-2290
Email:, Web:

Step 10: CompleteThink About It Course

Think About It: Graduate is a mandated online 45 minute training program provides sexual assault and sexual harassment (including Title IX and Campus SaVE Act) training carefully tailored to the unique needs of graduate and branch campus students. All incoming graduate students, branch campus students, visiting students, online, and special program students are required to take the course.

Students who do not successfully complete the Think About It course will be fined $100.


  • Fall Semester Admits: August 15
  • Spring Semester Admits: January 15

Health Promotion Services, UC Fifth Floor
Tel: +1 (415) 422-5797, Fax: +1 (888) 471-2290
Email:, Web:

Step 11: Know Your Rights and Responsibilities

The Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records

  • Privacy of Records:
    Under federal law, students' records (including grades, GPA, class schedule, tuition and billing records, and more) cannot be disclosed to any third-party, even parents or spouses, without the written authorization of the student (some exceptions apply). To learn more about your FERPA rights, go to
  • Student Consent to Release Information:
    Students who wish to allow a third-party (parents, siblings, etc.) to view their education records must submit a form authorizing the access. Access can be granted to academic records, tuition and billing records, and/or financial aid records. Go to for instructions on how to submit the form.
  • What if I don't submit the Student Consent to Release Information form?
    If you do not authorize your someone to have access to your records, USF will not disclose any information to them. This means that your spouse or parents will not be able to call USF to find out information about your financial aid or balance even if they are helping you pay your tuition.

Office of Student Accounts, Lone Mountain, Room 200
2800 Turk St. San Francisco, CA 94118
Tel: (415) 422-2571

Step 12: Engage with USF Community

Connect with current students, faculty, staff, and your future classmates before orientation. Below, you will find some great ideas to help you get involved early.

SOM Admit Facebook Group
Meet your cohort online through the School of Management private facebook page

Student Ambassadors
Contact our Student Ambassadors at to learn more about academic, co-curricular and extra-curricular life in the School of Management.

Visit a Class
Meet students and faculty, and experience the classroom environment firsthand. Class visit schedules are available here.

Admitted Student Events
Join your future classmates throughout the months leading up to orientation at various hosted events. Specific dates and details are sent by email to all admitted students, but you can anticipate an invitation in Fall, Spring, and Summer.