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Master’s Degrees

  • M.A. in American Studies

    Overview: This degree offers students the opportunity to study the social relations and cultural patterns that have both unified and divided Americans over time. Topics include popular and elite cultures; the material and technological foundations of American society; cultural heroes and heroines; and the values, ideals, and lifestyles of ordinary people as well as those of recognized historical figures. Students learn how to analyze a broad range of texts, including literature, art, film and material culture, for evidence of these patterns in American life and culture.


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    Visit the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Applied Anthropology

    Overview The M.A. program in applied anthropology trains students in the application of all fields of anthropological scholarship to human problems, leading to careers in practice and/or preparing them for further study. It stresses rigorous education in theory and practice, and the development of applied research skills.


    Specializations: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology


    Visit the Department of Anthropology for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Applied Linguistics/ESL

    Overview This degree prepares graduates to teach ESL/ESOL/EFL to adults or children. Our alumni have taught in six continents, in public and private institutes, here in the Tampa Bay area and around the world.


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    Visit the Department of World Languages for degree requirements.

  • M.S. in Biology (Integrative)

    Overview The thesis-based Master of Science in Biology requires successful completion of the following: structured coursework, an oral qualifying exam, research thesis, and comprehensive final defense of thesis examination.


    Specializations: Ecology and Evolution, Environmental and Ecological Microbiology, Physiology and Morphology
    Visit the Department of Integrative Biology for degree requirements.

  • M.S. in Biology (CMMB)

    Overview This degree will prepare students for professional careers in academia, the government or industry in the areas of cell biology, microbiology and molecular biology.


    Specializations: Cell and Molecular Biology (non-thesis program), Microbiology (non-thesis program), Cell and Molecular Biology, Microbiology


    Please visit the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Chemistry

    Overview The Master of Arts (M.A.) degree requires 26 hours must be in formally structured courses approved by the student committee. Students are required to prepare a review paper on a topic approved by the supervisory committee.
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    Visit the Department of Chemistry for degree requirements.

  • M.S. in Chemistry

    Overview The Master of Science (M.S.) degree requires: 20 hours of formally structured courses approved by the students committee. Students must conduct a research project resulting in a written thesis. An oral thesis defense will serve as the final comprehensive examination required by the Graduate School.
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    Visit the Department of Chemistry for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Classics

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    Visit the Department of World Languages for degree information.

  • M.A. in Communication

    Overview Communication focuses on the concepts, theories, and practice of human communication. Students apply their understanding of communication research and principles to personal, professional, and community relationships and concerns. The M.A. has a thesis and non-thesis option, both of which require 36 credit hours.


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    Visit the Department of Communication for degree requirements.

  • M.F.A. in Creative Writing

    Overview The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a graduate-level program offering concentrations in fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry. The program emphasizes the craft of writing and concentrates on the student's original work. The M.F.A. requires 45 hours of coursework and typically will take three years for the student to complete. Our goal is to help M.F.A. students to produce publishable theses and secure teaching or editing positions upon graduation.


    Specializations: Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
    Visit the Department of English for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Economics

    Overview The Master of Arts in Economics is a non-thesis degree designed to prepare students for positions in business or government or for further graduate work in an economics Ph.D. program. The program consists of 30 hours of coursework plus the successful completion of an oral exam given before a committee of three members of the faculty.
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    Visit the Department of Economics for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in English

    Overview The M.A. in English has two different options. Students can focus on literature and develop literary, critical and creative knowledge that will prepare graduates for a variety of professional careers and/or further graduate study. Rhetoric and Composition specialization requires a minimum of 33 hours of coursework.


    Specializations: Literature, Rhetoric and Composition


    Visit the Department of English for degree requirements.

  • M.S. in Environmental Science and Policy

    Overview The Master of Science degree in Environmental Science and Policy is a unique interdisciplinary program that incorporates courses from various colleges across USF. Although there are courses in the core of ESP, the degree also offers students the opportunity to choose an area of concentration.


    Specializations: Ecology, Environmental Policy and Management, Urban Environment


    Visit the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in French

    Overview: This degree offers students solid academic and practical training in the language, literature and culture of France and the French-speaking world. Graduates will be prepared for a number of professional possibilities including advanced academic study, business applications, and enhanced classroom teaching.

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    Visit the Department of World Languages for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Geography

    Overview This degree provides the theoretical foundation and methodological expertise necessary to conduct publishable-quality geographic research, as well as hands-on experience for real-world professional opportunities. Course offerings emphasize human geography, environmental geography, and geographic information science (GISc) and spatial analysis.


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    Visit the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning for degree requirements.

  • M.S. in Geology

    Overview Tremendous opportunities exist for graduate students in Geology at USF. Our students travel the world pursuing the highest levels of research in geology, and we provide students with excellent facilities at USF for getting the job done. USF Geology faculty are committed to helping our graduate students progress through the program rapidly so they can move on to successful careers in industry, government, and academia.


    Specializations: Hydrogeology, Ecohydrology and Environmental Geochemistry; Karst Research; Structural Geology and Tectonics; Volcanology; Coastal Research; Environmental Geophysics; Geoscience Education; Paleobiology
    Visit the Department of Geology for degree requirements

  • M.A. in History

    Overview The Department of History offers a Master of Arts degree organized around areas of specialization that cover a number of fields, including Colonial through Modern U.S.; the Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern Worlds; Modern Europe; and Latin America.


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    Visit the Department of History for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Latin American, Caribbean and Latino Studies

    Overview The master’s program in Latin American and Caribbean Studies offers an interdisciplinary approach to students with interests in academia, the private sector, government service and international development agencies. The program nurtures analytical, multicultural and problem-solving skills through exposure to perspectives, methodologies and theories of several disciplines. Each student’s degree, tailored to individual needs and interests, prepares graduates for professions that require an understanding and appreciation of multicultural and Latin American and Caribbean settings.


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    Visit the Institute for the Study of Latin America and the Caribbean for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Film Studies

    Overview The Master of Liberal Arts (M.L.A.) in Film Studies helps students to develop the knowledge and critical skills needed to address film as a unique artistic medium and form of cultural expression. Coursework includes both classes devoted exclusively to film and classes examining film in a broader interdisciplinary context. The program requires a total of 33 credit hours, including 27 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis.


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    Visit the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Humanities

    Overview:The Master of Liberal Arts (M.L.A.) in Humanities is an interdepartmental program that offers students an interdisciplinary approach to the study of European, American and Latin American cultures. Classes integrate interpretations of the literature, arts and music of each cultural period with an understanding of their social and historical contexts. The program requires a total of 33 credit hours, including 27 hours of coursework and 6 hours of thesis.


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    Visit the Department of Humanities and Cultural Studies for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Library and Information Sciences

  • M.A. in Linguistics

  • M.A. in Mass Communications

    Overview: The Master of Arts in Mass Communications degree requires 39 credit hours, including at least 30 hours of class work, and successful completion of an integrated comprehensive examination as a prerequisite to the final academic project. This program is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).


         Specializations: Media Studies, Strategic Communication Management


    Visit the School of Mass Communications for degree requirements.

  • M.S. in Materials Science and Engineering

    Overview This program is jointly administered in the College of Engineering and the College of Arts and Sciences. The field of Materials Science and Engineering applies the fundamental principles of physics and chemistry to engineering materials, with a focus on the interrelationship between material structure, their properties, and the means by which they are processed. MSE impacts multiple facets of our economy, such as aerospace, electronics, transportation, communication, construction, recreation, entertainment, environment and energy. 


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    Visit the Department of Physics for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Mathematics

    Overview The general requirement to earn an M.A. in mathematics is satisfactory completion of 30 hours of Mathematics graduate coursework at the 5000-level or higher. Up to 6 hours of 4000- or higher-level courses, from either our department or others, may be counted toward the 30-hour requirement with the prior approval of the mathematics graduate program director.


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    Visit the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for degree requirements.

  • M.S. in Microbiology

    Overview: The master’s in microbiology requires 30 credit hours, including 8 hours of thesis research.


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    Visit the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Philosophy

    Overview This degree requires at least 30 credit hours. Students can select either a thesis or non-thesis track. Students must demonstrate reading proficiency in one of the following languages: ancient Greek, Latin, French or German.


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    Visit the Department of Philosophy for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Philosophy and Religion

    Overview This degree requires at least 30 credit hours and students have the option of a comprehensive exam or thesis. Students can select courses in a variety of areas: philosophy and religion in antiquity, philosophy and religion in the medieval and modern periods, ethics, politics and culture, and world religions and non-Western philosophy.
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    Visit the Department of Philosophy for degree requirements.

  • M.S. in Physics

    Overview Students can choose either a thesis or non-thesis option. The student, as part of their elective work or thesis, or through previous course work, should demonstrate either laboratory or computational experience.


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    Visit the Department of Physics for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Political Science

    Overview This degree enables students to research and analyze politics at the local, national and international levels. In an increasingly globalized world, a thorough understanding of politics and government is an essential ingredient for success in both the public and private sectors. This degree prepares students for positions in government, business and education. This degree also serves as a foundation for students who wish to pursue their doctoral studies in government, political science or international relations.


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    Visit the Department of Government and International Affairs for degree requirements.

  • Master of Public Administration

    Overview The Public Administration Program offers a multi-disciplinary course of study leading to the Master of Public Administration degree. This degree is primarily designed to prepare individuals for successful leadership roles and management careers in the public sector. Students enrolled in the MPA Program pursue careers in local, state, or federal agencies of government, non-profit organizations and special service districts. Additionally, the MPA degree prepares individuals for further academic study leading to the Doctorate in Public Administration or the Ph.D. in public policy and administration, as well as in a variety of other disciplines.


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    Visit the School of Public Affairs for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Religious Studies

    Overview This degree provides opportunities for students with backgrounds in the scholarly study of religion to expand their knowledge of the social, cultural, intellectual and historical contexts of religion, to develop a greater in-depth knowledge of particular religious traditions, and to acquire proficiency with a variety of pertinent methodologies and theoretical perspectives. The degree serves the needs of students who pursue careers in health professions in education, journalism, law, business, politics and social work. It will be of special value to those interested in pursuing a doctorate in religious studies.


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    Visit the Department of Religious Studies for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Sociology

    Overview Typically requiring two years (four semesters) of full time study, this degree includes core requirements (Sociological Theory, Research Methods, Statistics) and electives, some of which can be graduate-level classes taken from departments other than Sociology. The capstone experience is a thesis, which is an independent empirical research project, designed, conducted and written by the student with the assistance of faculty who are thesis committee members.


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    Visit the Department of Sociology for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Spanish

    Overview The master's program in Spanish will give students the opportunity to deepen their understanding of literature in the Spanish language (from both Spain and the Americas), increase their knowledge of the Spanish language and its origins, and gain insights into the cultural manifestations of the Spanish speaking world.


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    Visit the Department of World Languages for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Statistics

    Overview Students must complete at least 30 credit hours for an M.A. degree. Students can choose either the thesis or non-thesis option. Students will study mathematical statistics, probability theory, linear statistics, nonparametric statistics and multivariate analysis.


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    Visit the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Urban and Regional Planning

    Overview The Masters of Urban and Regional Planning is a 48 credit-hour professional degree program that prepares students for careers or advanced research and academic pursuits in urban and regional planning. Graduates can expect employment in transportation, regional planning, housing and community development, land use planning, environmental planning, and international development inter alia. Graduates may also opt to embark on work leading to the Ph.D. or other advanced degrees in these fields.


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    Visit the School of Public Affairs for degree requirements.

  • M.A. in Women’s Studies

    Overview The M.A. in women's studies requires the completion of 36 credit hours and has two tracks, a research option that requires a thesis and an applied option that requires an internship and subsequent analytic report on the internship experience. This format was designed to serve the needs of a variety of different categories of students desiring a graduate degree in women's studies. The thesis option is recommended for students who intend to go on to pursue a doctoral degree either in women's studies or in a disciplinary field. The internship option is recommended for students who seek the M.A. as a terminal degree.


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    Visit the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Applied Anthropology

    Overview The doctoral program in Applied Anthropology trains students in the application of all fields of anthropological scholarship to human problems, leading to careers in practice or academia. It stresses rigorous education in theory and methods, development of an individualized research program, and opportunities to teach and participate in professional activities.


    Specializations: Archaeology, Biological Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology


    Visit the Department of Anthropology for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in Applied Physics

    Overview This program emphasizes the interdisciplinary training of applied physicists for the practical, engineering applications of theoretical, fundamental physical concepts. The program encompasses the areas of laser physics, materials physics, computational physics, environmental physics and sensors, biomedical physics and imaging science.


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    Visit the Department of Physics for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in Biology (Integrated)

    Overview Students pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy in Biology can choose from three areas of specialization. Doctoral students are encouraged to gain teaching experience in at least two undergraduate courses in the department.


    Specializations: Ecology and Evolution, Environmental and Ecological Microbiology, Physiology and Morphology
    Visit the Department of Integrative Biology for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in Biology (CMMB)

    Overview This degree focuses on cell biology, microbiology and molecular biology.


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    Visit the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in Cancer Biology

    Overview This degree trains the next generation of cancer researchers. Studies of cancer require specific knowledge in multiple fields that have traditionally been independent. This program is a joint effort with the renowned H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and eliminates these boundaries.


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    Visit the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in Chemistry

    Overview The recently adopted, restructured Ph.D. program features minimal, flexible course requirements and an emphasis on research.


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    Visit the Department of Chemistry for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in Communication

    Overview This degree requires a minimum of 45 credit hours. Students are encouraged to examine the pragmatics of rhetorical and communication theory in such settings as business and industry, government, education, medicine and health care, media, the arts and the family.


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    Visit the Department of Communication for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in Economics

    Overview The Ph.D. in economics program at the University of South Florida allows students to specialize in health economics as well as in other applied areas of microeconomics. This degree prepares students for careers as professional economists in academia, business and government.


    Specializations: Health Economics
    Visit the Department of Economics for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in English (Literature, Rhetoric and Composition)

    Overview The Ph.D. is designed to produce teacher-scholars who have a good general knowledge of critical theory, literature, and composition, as well as a specialized knowledge in their field of concentration.


    Specializations: Literature, Rhetoric and Composition
    Visit the Department of English for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in Geography and Environmental Science and Policy

    Overview The Ph.D. degree in geography and environmental science and policy is an interdisciplinary program. Emphasis is placed on providing theoretical rigor and methodological skills enabling the students to make significant and original research and policy contributions in an interdisciplinary environment. In addition, the degree has a very strong applied component emphasizing working on solutions to real-world geographical and environmental problems.


    Specializations: Geography, Environmental Science and Policy


    Visit the Department of Geography, Environment and Planning for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in Geology

    Overview Students can study a variety of geologic topics such as: hydrogeology, ecohydrology and environmental geochemistry; karst research; structural geology and tectonics; volcanology; coastal research; environmental geophysics; geoscience education; and paleobiology.


    Specializations: --


    Visit the Department of Geology for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in Government

    Overview This program focuses research and teaching in the area of sustainable communities in a globalizing world. More specifically, the doctoral program addresses the impact of the globalization process on public policy and political communities. Regardless of students’ career goals, this Ph.D. in government will enable graduates to conduct sophisticated research and contribute to policy making in the field of international relations, comparative politics, American government, political theory and public administration.


    Specializations: Public Affairs, Sustainable Political Communities


    Visit the Department of Government and International Affairs for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in History

    Overview Our Ph.D. program features an innovative model of doctoral education designed to insure broad interdisciplinary connections with the related disciplines of anthropology, English, geography, sociology, political science, and international relations. This degree trains  students to be scholars and teachers at all levels of education, while also offering preparation for careers outside academia in government agencies, historical societies, libraries and museums.


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    Visit the Department of History for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in Mathematics

    Overview This program will cover algebra, analysis, mathematical statistics and topology.


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    Visit the Department of Mathematics and Statistics for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy

    Overview This degree program includes courses in areas such as history of philosophy; metaphysics, epistemology and logic; and value theory.


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    Visit the Department of Philosophy for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in Philosophy and Religion

    Overview Students can select courses in a variety of areas: philosophy and religion in antiquity, philosophy and religion in the medieval and modern periods, ethics, politics and culture, and world religions and non-Western philosophy.

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    Visit the Department of Philosophy for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in Psychology

    Overview This program trains graduate students to be independent scholars as they affiliate with one or more of the broad spectrum of research programs carried out by our faculty. By emphasizing the importance of research, teaching, and other scholarly endeavors, we hope to instill in our graduates a firm commitment to the pursuit of knowledge as well as a strong determination to find solutions for pressing human problems.


    Specializations: Clinical; Cognition, Neuroscience and Social Psychology; Industrial Organizational


    Visit the Department of Psychology for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition/Instructional Technology

    Overview This program is a unique cooperative effort of the College of Education and College of Arts and Sciences. Its goal is to prepare students both for careers in academia and in the instructional technology industry. Besides its areas of emphases, the program provides a curriculum in statistics, research design, educational foundations, linguistics, and curriculum and instruction.


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    Visit the Department of World Languages for degree requirements.

  • Ph.D. in Sociology

    Overview This program is unique in that it emphasizes multi-disciplinary research, teaching, and scholarship related to the study of identity, community and sustainability. Building upon faculty strengths, the program is designed to prepare students to engage in research and teaching that focus on post-industrial global and urban environments.


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    Visit the Department of Sociology for degree requirements.