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    Apr 04, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate 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.

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

Across our 14 colleges, undergraduates choose from over 180 majors and concentrations, from Business and Engineering to The Arts and USF Health. We are proudly dedicated to empowering our students to prosper and have been recognized nationally for our achievements in closing the gap between white and black student success.

Our graduate programs continue to number among the best, according to the U.S. News and World Report, with eight programs ranking in the top 50 in 2018. We strive to make these stellar programs affordable and offer a number of assistantships, fellowships and grants to help graduate students fund their degrees.

High-impact, global research is central to what we do here at USF. In 2018, our university skyrocketed into the top 25 public universities for research expenditure – and reached 42nd in the nation overall among public and private universities. With a total research expenditure of $568 million in 2016-2017, USF is at the forefront of cutting-edge research of medicine, science, engineering and the arts.

Established in 1956, we take pride in being a Golden Age university and a leader among young universities. Our youth allows us the flexibility and freedom to forge new paths and foster innovation and progress. Our on-campus Technology Incubator has created over 230 jobs locally, and our Center for Entrepreneurship ranks in the top 15 nationally. We are also leaders internationally, and in 2018 were the number one producer of Fulbright Scholars in the nation, for the second year in a row.

Above all else, our forward-looking, entrepreneurial spirit has helped us cultivate an exceptional environment for our students. In 2018, USF earned the Active Minds Healthy Campus Award, given in recognition of our success prioritizing and promoting the health and well-being of our students. And now home to a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa – the most prestigious national honor organization in the country – USF is poised to help these students unleash their greatest potential.

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

Mission

The University of South Florida’s mission is to deliver competitive undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, to generate knowledge, foster intellectual development, and ensure student success in a global environment.

Vision

The University of South Florida is a global research university dedicated to student success and positioned for membership in the Association of American Universities (AAU).

As Florida’s leading metropolitan research university, USF is dedicated to:

  • Student access, learning, and success through a vibrant, interdisciplinary, and learner-centered research environment incorporating a global curriculum.
  • Research and scientific discovery to strengthen the economy, promote civic culture and the arts, and design and build sustainable communities through the generation, dissemination, and translation of new knowledge across all academic and health-related disciplines.
  • Partnerships to build significant locally- and globally-integrated university-community collaborations through sound scholarly and artistic activities and technological innovation.
  • A sustainable economic base to support USF’s continued academic advancement.

Accreditation

The University of South Florida (USF) is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s, specialist and doctorate 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.

Degrees Offered by the University

Undergraduate Degrees

  Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Fine Arts
Bachelor of Music
Bachelor of Science
Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering
Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering
Bachelor of Social Work
B.A.
B.F.A.
B.M.
B.S.
B.S.C.H.
B.S.C.E.
B.S.C.P.
B.S.C.S.
B.S.E.E.
B.S.I.E.
B.S.I.T.
B.S.M.E.
B.S.W.
 

Graduate Degrees

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

Professional Degrees

  Doctor of Medicine
Doctor of Pharmacy
Doctor of Physical Therapy
M.D.
Pharm.D.
D.P.T.
 

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 55 different degrees, with graduate majors authorized as follows.  Click here to view the Graduate Majors (A-Z)  .

108 Master’s 164 Concentrations at the Master’s Level
2 Education Specialist 15 Concentrations at the Specialist Level
53 Doctoral (Ph.D., Ed.D., Au.D., D.N.P., D.P.H., D.B.A.) 76 Concentrations at the Doctoral Level
3 Professional Doctoral (including M.D., D.P.T., PharmD.) 1 Concentration at the Professional Level

 

 

List of Majors

•  Political Science, M.A.
 

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 was created in 2001 and is responsible for cost-effective policy decisions appropriate to the system mission and the implementation and maintenance of high quality education programs within the laws and rules of the State. The legislature also mandated a Campus Board for each of the following USF System institutions and campuses: USF St. Petersburg and USF Sarasota-Manatee. The members of each Campus Board are appointed by the USF Board of Trustees.

The 13 trustees include distinguished figures in the law, commerce, medicine, education, philanthropy and public policy leadership. Six trustees are appointed by Florida’s governor and five trustees are appointed by the Board of Governors. The USF System Faculty Council President and USF System Student Advisory Council President also serve as trustees. The University of South Florida System President and President of the University of South Florida serves as Corporate Secretary. Information about each Trustee is available online at:
http://system.usf.edu/board-of-trustees/index.asp

 
Jordan B. Zimmerman, Chair
Leslie Muma, Vice Chair
Mike Carrere
Britney Deas
Stephanie E. Goforth
Michael E. Griffin
Oscar Horton
Deanna Michael
Harold W. Mullis, Esq., Chair
John B. Ramil
Byron E. Shinn
Charles Tokarz
Nancy H. Watkins
 
Chief Executive Officer of the USF System and President of USF Steven Currall, Ph.D.
   
Provost and Executive Vice President of the USF System and USF Campus Ralph Wilcox, Ph.D.

Office of Graduate Studies Administration

Reference USF Policy 11-001 - http://regulationspolicies.usf.edu/policies-and-procedures/pdfs/policy-11-001.pdf

  Sr. Vice Provost and Dean, Office of Graduate Studies
Associate Dean, Office of Graduate Studies
Dwayne Smith, Ph.D.
Ruth Bahr, Ph.D.

USF System Graduate Liaisons

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

College Deans

  College of Arts and Sciences
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Muma College of Business
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Global Sustainability
College of Graduate Studies
College of Marine Science
Morsani College of Medicine
Taneja College of Pharmacy
College of Nursing
College of Public Health
College of The Arts
Honors College
Library
Undergraduate Studies
Eric Eisenberg, Ph.D.
Julianne Serovich, Ph.D.
Moez Limayem, Ph.D.
Robert C. Knoeppel, Ph.D.
Robert Bishop, Ph.D., P.E.
Govindan Parayil, Ph.D.
Dwayne Smith, Ph.D.
Jacqueline Dixon, Ph.D.
Charles J. Lockwood, MD, MHCM
Kevin Sneed, Ph.D.
Victoria Rich, Ph.D.
Donna Petersen, Ph.D.
James Moy, Ph.D.
Charles Adams, Ph.D.
Todd Chavez, M.A.
Paul Atchley, Ph.D.

College Graduate Associate Deans (EGAD)

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

  College of Arts and Sciences
College of Behavioral and Community Sciences
Muma College of Business
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of Global Sustainability
College of Graduate Studies
College of Marine Science
Morsani College of Medicine
Morsani College of Medicine – Graduate Studies
Morsani College of Medicine – Rehabilitation Sciences
College of Nursing
College of Nursing
Taneja College of Pharmacy
College of Public Health
College of The Arts
Bob Potter, Ph.D.
Alicia Mendoza, Ph.D.
Jackie Reck, Ph.D.
Anne Cranston-Gingras, Ph.D.
Sanjukta Bhanja, Ph.D.
TBA
Ruth Bahr, Ph.D.
David Naar, Ph.D.
Tricia Penniecook, Ph.D.
Michael Barber, D.Phil.
Laura Swisher, Ph.D.
Catherine Gaines Ling, Ph.D.
Theresa Beckie, Ph.D.
Shyam Mohapatra
Kay Perrin, Ph.D.
Barton Lee

USF Graduate Council

For the most current list members, please refer to the website: http://www.grad.usf.edu/graduate-council.php

 
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
TBA
TBA
Amy Davis
Ray Miltenberger, Council Chair
Robert Hooker
Shivendu Shivendu
Katie Tricarico
TBA
TBA
TBA
Pamela Hallock Muller
Brad Seibel
Vrushank Dave, Vice-Chair
Ingrid Bahner, Policy Chair
TBA
Marcia Johansson, Curriculum Chair
Harleah Buck
Manas Biswal
Sheeba Varghese Gupta
Janice Zgibor
TBA
TBA
TBA
Maryellen Allen

USF Institution Locations

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

Office of Graduate Studies Directory

4202 E. Fowler Ave., ALN226, Tampa, FL 33620 813-974-2846 www.grad.usf.edu
 
  Phone Number Email
Senior Administration
  Dwayne Smith, Ph.D., Sr. Vice Provost and Dean, Office of Graduate Studies (813) 974-7359 dsmith@usf.edu
Ruth Bahr, Ph.D., Associate Dean (813) 974-7161 rbahr@usf.edu
Staff
  Ashlee John, 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  
Academics
  Carol Hines-Cobb, Assistant Director, Academics (813) 974-4239 cdh@usf.edu
Joseph Butts, Technology & Systems Manager, Academics (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
Accounting
  Elizabeth Fernandez, Fiscal and Business Manager (813) 974- 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 Contact:
Admissions (813) 974-3350 admissions@usf.edu