Jun 03, 2023  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Welcome to Graduate Studies




On behalf of the entire University of South Florida community, I am delighted to welcome you to USF and thank you for your interest in completing your graduate studies at our incredible university. USF is situated in the heart of one of the fastest growing and most diverse regions in the country, and with three extraordinary campuses located across the Tampa Bay area, we are deeply connected to all aspects of the surrounding community.

At USF, our graduate students play active and important roles in teaching and research activities that contribute to our institution’s success and to the robust research engine that fuels innovation in the Tampa Bay region, the state of Florida, and beyond. Researchers at USF are at the forefront of innovation in medicine, environmental science, engineering, business, education, and the arts, and our graduate students have countless opportunities to participate in groundbreaking research that helps solve complex challenges in society.  

Our university is also a top producer of new inventions and life-changing discoveries. USF ranks eighth in the nation among public universities and 15th worldwide among all universities in generating new U.S. utility patents. We are on a path of growth and continued excellence, which is why USF is ranked as one of the top 50 public universities in the nation, and the fastest-rising university in America, according to U.S. News and World Report.

Our graduate students are bold, creative, and determined to build a better future, and we are committed to providing you with an enriching experience that helps you achieve your goals. You’ll find a multitude of student services and departmental resources that are available to support you throughout your studies at USF, such as the Office of Graduate Studies, the Graduate and Professional Student Council, and over 600 student organizations focusing on a variety of interests and fields.

I invite you to explore our wide array of graduate programs and the various opportunities to learn and work alongside some of the world’s most accomplished scholars, scientists, and inventors, who each make USF the remarkable institution it is today. Our faculty and staff look forward to supporting you throughout your educational, professional, and personal journeys here at USF.

In Bull Pride,

Rhea F. Law



A Message from the Interim Provost and Executive Vice President, Dr. Eric Eisenberg

I want to welcome you to the University of South Florida as you prepare to embark on the challenging and rewarding journey into graduate education. As a top 50 metropolitan research university, USF attracts many of the world’s best and brightest students, and, today, that includes you.

Graduate school is a serious commitment and one to which the dedicated faculty and staff at USF attach special importance. We promise to engage you in meaningful programs and initiatives that support the educational and socio-economic wellbeing of the local, national, and global communities we serve and prepare you for life-long success. We champion interdisciplinary inquiry and collaboration as the keys to success not only within our academic programs, but also in the global landscape of 21st-century business, communications, science, and culture.

We believe that partnerships between students, faculty, and researchers across campus, in the community, and around the world strengthen both the university and the graduate student experience leading to new knowledge and exciting, innovative solutions to pervasive and emerging problems.

USF is a place where you can challenge yourself by contributing to your chosen discipline, your community, and the world at large in a meaningful and sustainable way. Whether you aspire to remain in academe or to pursue professional positions in the public sector, business or industry, I am confident that your investment of time, talent, and energy as a graduate student at USF will present you with wonderful and exhilarating prospects for the future.

Eric Eisenberg, Ph.D.
Interim Provost and Executive Vice President




Welcome!  I invite you to explore the many academic opportunities available at the University of South Florida. With over 170 graduate majors and 124 Graduate Certificates, USF provides a quality graduate education preparing you to meet the demands of your chosen career. There are opportunities to engage in internships, research, and study abroad activities that allow you to put your knowledge into practice and impact the local community and beyond. 

The Graduate Catalog serves two purposes: 1) to provide information to individuals interested in pursuing a graduate degree and 2) to support our current students as they navigate their graduate career. It serves as the primary source of academic and procedural information, University policies and procedures, as well as specific details on each graduate major and graduate certificate. 

The Office of Graduate Studies is available to answer any questions you may have and can assist you with your graduate journey. Please visit our website to learn about opportunities, including workshops and professional development events, which can help you with your personal and professional goals.  Each major has a Graduate Director who is available to assist with Department/School level issues. You can find your Graduate Director and contact information at this link: http://www.grad.usf.edu/programs/search_all.php 

We hope that you enjoy your time at USF and that you will take full advantage of the opportunities that the University of South Florida has to provide.

Ruth Huntley Bahr, Ph.D.
Dean, Office of Graduate Studies