Apr 01, 2023  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

About USF

Welcome to the University of South Florida, a Preeminent State Research University, located in the heart of Tampa Bay, the University of South Florida is dedicated to empowering students to maximize their potential for lifelong success.

USF is situated in the vibrant and diverse Tampa Bay region, with campuses in Tampa, St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee. Together these campuses serve more than 50,000 students and offer undergraduate, graduate, specialist and doctoral degrees.

Across our 13 colleges, graduate students choose from over 177 majors and over 250 concentrations, from business and engineering to the arts and USF Health. We are dedicated to empowering our students to prosper and have been recognized nationally for closing the achievement gap regardless of race, background or socioeconomic status.

Over the past five years, USF has been the fastest-rising university in the nation, public or private, on the U.S. News and World Report’s list of best universities. USF ranks as the 46th best public university in America.

Our graduate programs continue to number among the best, according to the U.S. News and World Report, with ten programs ranking in the top 50 in 2021.

High-impact, global research is central to USF’s mission as the State’s only metropolitan Preeminent Research University, as designated by the Florida Board of Governors. USF was awarded a record $525.4 million in research grants in fiscal year 2019, putting USF at the forefront of cutting-edge research of medicine, science, engineering, the arts and more.

Established in 1956, USF is a leader among Golden Age Universities. Our on-campus Technology Incubator has created over 354 jobs, and our Center for Entrepreneurship ranks #3 among all public institutions in the 2020 Princeton Review Best Graduate Entrepreneurship program rankings. We are also leaders internationally, and in 2019-2020, we were #3 in the nation for Top Producer of Fulbright Scholars, with 9 faculty scholars. Our forward-looking, entrepreneurial spirit has helped us cultivate an exceptional environment for our students.

In 2019, USF Tampa earned the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities’ (APLU) Institutional Award for Global Learning, Research & Engagement.  USF received the 2019 American Council on Education/Fidelity Investments Award for Institutional Transformation, a recognition of USF’s commitment to student success. In addition, USF was the winner of the Institute of International Education’s 2019 Heiskell Award for Access and Equity.

Our belief that every student will succeed if given the opportunity informs everything we do here at USF. We welcome you to explore more about our university – in person and online – and discover how you can prosper at USF.

USF Vision, Mission, Goals, Values, and, Accreditation

USF Strategic Plan: https://www.usf.edu/system/about/strategic-plans.aspx


Led by outstanding faculty and professional staff, the University of South Florida conducts innovative scholarship, creative activity and basic and translational research, and delivers a world-class educational experience promoting the success of our talented and diverse undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. As a public metropolitan research university, USF, in partnership with our communities, serves the people of Florida, the nation, and the world by fostering intellectual inquiry and outcomes that positively shape the future - regionally, nationally and globally.


  • To promote the lifelong success of well-educated, highly skilled, and adaptable alumnae/alumni who lead enriched lives, are engaged citizens and thrive in a dynamic global market.

  • To conduct high-impact research and innovation to advance frontiers of knowledge, solve global problems and improve lives.

  • To be a major social and economic engine creating robust global, national and regional partnerships to build a prosperous and sustainable future for our regional communities and the State of Florida.

  • To provide a safe, inclusive and vibrant community for learning, discovery, creative activities and transformative experiences enabled through adaptive design of physical, social and digital environments.

  • To practice continuous visionary planning and sound management throughout USF to ensure a strong and sustainable financial base, and to adapt proactively to emerging opportunities in a dynamic environment.



The University of South Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of South Florida.

Normal inquiries about the institution, such as admission requirements, financial aid, educational programs, etc., should be addressed directly to the institution and not to the Commission’s Office.

Graduate Degrees Offered by the University

Master of Accountancy M.Acc.
Master of Architecture M.Arch.
Master of Arts M.A.
Master of Arts in Teaching M.A.T.
Master of Business Administration M.B.A.
Master of Education M.Ed.
Master of Fine Arts M.F.A.
Master of Health Administration M.H.A.
Master of Music M.M.
Master of Physician Assistant Studies M.P.A.S.
Master of Public Administration M.P.A.
Master of Public Health M.P.H.
Master of Science M.S.
Master of Science in Bioinformatics and Computational Biology M.S.B.C.B.
Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering M.S.B.E.
Master of Science in Biotechnology M.S.B.
Master of Science in Chemical Engineering M.S.C.H.
Master of Science in Civil Engineering M.S.C.E.
Master of Science in Computer Engineering M.S.C.S.
Master of Science in Electrical Engineering M.S.E.E.
Master of Science in Engineering Management M.S.E.M.
Master of Science in Environmental Engineering M.S.E.V.
Master of Science in Health Informatics M.S.H.I.
Master of Science in Industrial Engineering M.S.I.E.
Master of Science in Information Technology M.S.I.T.
Master of Science in Marketing M.S.M.
Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering M.S.M.S.E.
Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering M.S.M.E.
Master of Science in Medical Sciences M.S.M.S.
Master of Science in Nursing M.S.N.
Master of Science in Public Health M.S.P.H.
Master of Social Work M.S.W.
Master of Urban and Community Design M.U.C.D.
Master of Urban and Regional Planning M.U.R.P.

Advanced Graduate Degrees

  Education Specialist
Doctor of Audiology
Doctor of Business Administration
Doctor of Education
Doctor of Philosophy
Doctor of Public Health
Doctor of Nursing Practice

Professional Degrees

  Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Pharmacy
Doctor of Physical Therapy

Additional Accreditation:

Muma College of Business
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Nursing
College of Public Health
Lynn Pippenger School of Accountancy
School of Art & Art History
School of Music
School of Social Work
School of Theatre & Dance
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
Engineering Accreditation Commission of ABET
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
Council on Education in Public Health (CEPH)
Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)
National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)
National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST),
National Association of Schools of Dance (NASD)

The University of South Florida and all colleges, departments and degree programs therein establish certain academic requirements that must be met before a degree is granted. These requirements concern such things as curricula and courses, majors and minors, and academic residence. Advisors, directors, department chairs, and deans are available to help the student understand and arrange to meet these requirements, but the student is responsible for fulfilling them. At the end of a student’s course of study, if requirements for graduation have not been satisfied, the degree will not be granted. For this reason, it is important for all students to acquaint themselves with all regulations and to remain currently informed throughout their college careers and to be responsible for completing requirements. Courses, majors, and requirements described in the Catalog may be suspended, deleted, restricted, supplemented, or changed in any other manner at any time at the sole discretion of the University and the USF Board of Trustees.

Degrees, Majors, and Concentrations (Authorized)

As of the date of this publication, the University is authorized to offer over 44 different graduate degrees, with graduate majors authorized as follows.  Click here to view the Graduate Majors (A-Z)  .

177 Total Graduate Majors 257 Total Concentrations
119 Master’s 175 Concentrations at the Master’s Level
2 Education Specialist 10 Concentrations at the Specialist Level
53 Doctoral (Ph.D., Ed.D., Au.D., D.N.P., D.P.H., D.B.A.) 70 Concentrations at the Doctoral Level
3 Professional Doctoral (including M.D., D.P.T., PharmD.) 1 Concentration at the Professional Level




List of Majors


University Administration

The University of South Florida is a member of the State University System (SUS) of Florida and is governed by the Florida Board of Governors and the University Board of Trustees.

Florida Board of Governors

For a current list of the Board of Governors (BOG), please refer to their website: http://www.flbog.org/

University Board of Trustees

The USF Board of Trustees is the public body corporate of the university. It sets cost-effective policy for the institution and serves as the legal owner and governing board. The Board of Trustees is responsible for high quality education programs within the laws of the State of Florida and regulations of the Florida Board of Governors. It holds the institution’s resources in trust and is responsible for their efficient and effective use as per Florida Statute 1.001 University Board of Trustees Powers and Duties.

The Board of Trustees is comprised of thirteen members, six whom are appointed by the Florida Governor and five whom are appointed by the Florida Board of Governors and confirmed by the Florida Senate for a term of five years. The elected Faculty Senate President and Student Government President also serve as trustees.

Information about each Trustee is available online at: https://www.usf.edu/board-of-trustees/about/trustees.aspx
Jordan B. Zimmerman, Chair
Stefanie E. Goforth, Vice Chair
Sandra Callahan
Mike Carrere
Michael E. Griffin
Oscar Horton
Deanna Michael
Claire Mitchell
Leslie Muma
John B. Ramil
Byron E. Shinn
Charles Tokarz
Nancy H. Watkins
USF President Steven Currall, Ph.D.
USF Provost and Executive Vice President Ralph Wilcox, Ph.D.
Regional Chancellors
Martin Tadlock (St. Petersburg)
Karen Holbrook (Sarasota-Manatee)

Office of Graduate Studies Administration

Reference USF Policy 11-001 - https://usf.app.box.com/v/usfpolicy11-001

  Sr. Vice Provost and Dean, Office of Graduate Studies

Dwayne Smith, Ph.D.

  Associate Dean, Office of Graduate Studies Ruth Bahr, Ph.D.
  Campus Assistant Dean, St. Petersburg Campus Donna Knudsen, Ph.D.
  Campus Assistant Dean, Sarasota-Manatee Campus Sandra Stone, Ph.D.

USF Graduate Liaisons

USF - St. Petersburg campus
USF - St. Petersburg campus
USF - Sarasota-Manatee campus
USF - Sarasota-Manatee campus
USF Health
Dwayne Smith, Ph.D.
Ruth Bahr, Ph.D.
Martin Tadlock, Ph.D.
Donna Knudsen, Ph.D.
Karen Holbrook, Ph.D.
Sandra Stone, Ph.D.
Charles J. Lockwood, M.D., MHCM

College Deans

  College of Arts and Sciences Eric Eisenberg, Ph.D.
  College of Behavioral and Community Sciences Julianne Serovich, Ph.D.
  Muma College of Business Moez Limayem, Ph.D.
  College of Education Judith Ponticell, Ph.D., Interim
  College of Engineering Robert Bishop, Ph.D., P.E.
  College of Global Sustainability Govindan Parayil, Ph.D.
  College of Graduate Studies Dwayne Smith, Ph.D.
  College of Marine Science Thomas K. Frazer, Ph.D.
  Morsani College of Medicine Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM
  Taneja College of Pharmacy Kevin Sneed, Ph.D.
  College of Nursing Usha Menon, Ph.D., RN, FAAN - Interim
  College of Public Health Donna Petersen, Ph.D.
  College of The Arts Chris Garvin, M.F.A.
  Judy Genshaft Honors College Charles Adams, Ph.D.
  Library Todd Chavez, M.A.
  Undergraduate Studies Allison Crume, Ph.D.

College Graduate Associate Deans (EGAD)

- http://www.grad.usf.edu/graduate-coordinators.php

Sanjukta Bhanja, Ph.D.
David Naar, Ph.D.

  College of Arts and Sciences Bob Potter, Ph.D.
  College of Behavioral and Community Sciences Jennifer Lister, Ph.D.
  Muma College of Business Jackie Reck, Ph.D.
  College of Education Ann Cranston-Gingras, Ph.D.
  College of Engineering Sanjukta Bhanja, Ph.D.
  College of Global Sustainability TBA
  College of Graduate Studies Ruth Bahr, Ph.D.
  College of Marine Science David Naar, Ph.D.
  Morsani College of Medicine

Tricia Penniecook, Ph.D.

Michael Barber, D.Phil.

Laura Swisher, Ph.D.

  College of Nursing Catherine Gaines Ling, Ph.D.
Theresa Beckie, Ph.D.
  Taneja College of Pharmacy Shyam Mohapatra
  College of Public Health Janice Zgibor, Ph.D.
  College of The Arts Barton Lee

USF Graduate Council

For the most current list members, please refer to the website: https://www.usf.edu/graduate-studies/faculty-and-staff/graduate-council/index.aspx

College of Arts and Sciences (4)
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Arts and Sciences
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences (2)
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Muma College of Business (2)
Muma College of Business
College of Education (2)
College of Education
College of Engineering (2)
College of Engineering
College of Marine Science (2)
College of Marine Science
Morsani College of Medicine (3)
Morsani College of Medicine
Morsani College of Medicine
College of Nursing (2)
College of Nursing
Taneja College of Pharmacy (2)
Taneja College of Pharmacy
College of Public Health (2)
College of Public Health
College of The Arts (2)
College of The Arts
Libraries (1)
Gary Daughdrill
Rocco Malservisi
Amy Davis
Ray Miltenberger, Council Chair
Robert Hooker
Shivendu Shivendu
Yun Sun
Mahshid Rahnamay Naeini
Pamela Hallock Muller
Brad Seibel
Vrushank Dave, Vice-Chair
Ingrid Bahner, Policy Chair
Marcia Johansson, Curriculum Chair
Harleah Buck
Manas Biswal
Sheeba Varghese Gupta
Janice Zgibor

USF Locations

University of South Florida
4202 E. Fowler Avenue
Tampa, Fl 33620
(813) 974-2011
Website: www.usf.edu
University of South Florida
5700 N. Tamiami Trail
Sarasota, FL 34243-2197
(941) 359-4200
Website: http://usfsm.edu/
University of South Florida
140 Seventh Avenue S.
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 87-1142
Website: www.usfsp.edu

Office of Graduate Studies Directory

4202 E. Fowler Ave., ALN226, Tampa, FL 33620 813-974-2846 (Main line) www.grad.usf.edu
Senior Administration
Dwayne Smith, Ph.D., Sr. Vice Provost and
Dean, Office of Graduate Studies
(813) 974-7359
Ruth Bahr, Ph.D., Associate Dean (813) 974-7161 rbahr@usf.edu
TBA, Executive Administrative Specialist
(813) 974-7359
TBA, Administrative Specialist    
Kokita Wilson, HR Liaison and Office Manager (813) 974-3810 kwilson@usf.edu
TBA, Receptionist (813) 974-2846  
Carol Hines-Cobb, Assistant Director, Academics (813) 974-4239 cdh@usf.edu
Joseph Butts, Technology & Systems Manager (813) 974-3586 tron@usf.edu
Mathdany Clark, Academic Services Administrator (813) 974-2847 mnoel@usf.edu
Lisa Wetmore, Academic Services Administrator, Cybersecurity (813) 974-3689 lwetmore@usf.edu
Leigh Anne Blackwell, Academic Services Administrator, Cybersecurity   lablackwell@usf.edu
TBA, ETD    
Elizabeth Fernandez, Fiscal and Business Manager (813) 974-8356 efernand@usf.edu
Javier Rodriguez, Fiscal and Business Specialist 813) 974-9328 jrodriguez@usf.edu
Student Affairs
Gary Oliver, Assistant Director, Student Success (813) 974-7935 goliver@usf.edu
Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA)
Kiri Kirkpatrick, Ph.D., Associate Director of
Postdoctoral Affairs and Graduate Student Development
(813) 974-0795 kiri@usf.edu
Brandis Baines-Waiz., Academic Program Specialist (813) 974-3655 bwaiz@usf.edu
Graduate and Professional Student Council (813) 974-2846 gpsc@grad.usf.edu
Office of Admissions - Graduate Admissions (813) 974-3350 admissions@usf.edu

For the convenience of students, the following OGS staff are located at

the St. Petersburg and Sarasota-Manatee campuses.

St. Petersburg Campus Office    
140 7th Avenue South, PNM 102, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 (727) 873-4567 (Main Line) usfsp-gradstudies@usf.edu
Donna Knudsen, Campus Assistant Dean   knudsen@usf.edu
Lisa Akins, Office Manager (727) 873-4884 akinsl@usf.edu
Mike Slatterly, Assistant Director (727) 873-4479 mslatter@usf.edu
Marketa Teal, College of Arts and Sciences Recruiter (727) 873-4770 mteal@usf.edu
Karen Callahan, College of Education Recruiter (727) 873-4219 kecallah@usf.edu
Nicki Hannum, Admissions Evaluator (727) 873-4283 nickih@usf.edu
Sarasota Campus Office    
5700 N. Tamiami Trail, Sarasota, FL 34243-2197    
Sandra Stone, Campus Assistant Dean