The University of South Florida does not distinguish between full-time and part-time students during the admissions process, nor does it make that distinction at any other time. The MBA is a flexible program in which students may switch between full-time and part-time study as needed from semester to semester. A graduate student is considered full-time, academically, if he or she is enrolled in at least nine credit hours.
In order to apply to the MBA program at USF, prospective students need to submit information on both their academic and professional backgrounds. As a rule, most students have strong academic backgrounds with a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4.0-point scale, along with at least five years’ worth of professional work experience. However, the admissions committee bases its decision on the application as a whole, and an excellent academic background might compensate for a shorter work history or vice versa. The College of Business also requires GRE or GMAT scores, with the latter strongly preferred; in recent years, the average GMAT for admitted students has been about 560. Finally, the program requires two recommendation letters from employers or supervisors as well as a statement of purpose.
On average, most admitted students can plan on completing their degrees in two to three years, though full-time students can finish the program in as little as 18 months. The maximum time permitted to complete the MBA is five years.