Mar 03, 2024  
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog

2023-2024 Graduate Catalog


2023-2024 USF Graduate Catalog

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The policies and procedures herein have been approved, as appropriate, by the USF Graduate Council Policy Committee and by the full USF Graduate Council, a Standing Committee of the Faculty Senate.

The policies, procedures, and requirements herein are applicable to students admitted to a graduate degree program or graduate certificate, and/or non-degree seeking students taking graduate coursework. Undergraduate students should refer to the Undergraduate Catalog, even if taking graduate coursework. It is the student level that dictates which publication governs, not the level of coursework.

USF Office of Graduate Studies, 4202 E. Fowler Avenue, ALN226
Tampa, FL 33620

© 2023, University of South Florida - Office of Graduate Studies

This catalog is effective for the 2023-2024 academic year. This catalog includes all policies, procedures, and major and course descriptions in effect at the time of publication. USF reserves the right to repeal, change, or modify the policies, procedures, majors, and course descriptions at any time.

The University of South Florida is committed to the principles of equal education, equal access, and equal employment opportunities without regard to race, color, marital status, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, or Vietnam or disabled veteran status as provided by law and in accordance with the University’s respect for personal dignity. These principles are applied in the conduct of University programs and activities and the provision of facilities and services.

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Office of Graduate Studies Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Graduate Studies is to serve as the center of leadership for graduate education at the University of South Florida.

Office of Graduate Studies Diversity Statement

The Office of Graduate Studies at the University of South Florida is committed to the full engagement, empowerment and encouragement of all of the members and constituents we serve; these include students, faculty, staff, academic departments, aspirants, and affiliates.

In recognizing that a university serves a diverse population, we strive not only to serve, but also to lead the future in which we “stimulate, encourage and support graduate education efforts that build national distinction…” We understand that in order to realize this future, we must remain steadfast to the policies and practices that emphasize achievement, equal opportunity, trust, respect, and collaboration. Hence, equity and excellence are not merely espoused, but rather are the “lived” values that we strive for and advocate for members of the community of universities and a global workforce.

USF’s Office of Graduate Studies Administration Policy Statement

For information on the University’s Policy on the Office of Graduate Studies Administration, Refer to USF Policy 11.001, at


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.