University of San Francisco (USF)2 of 578 print.aspxUniversity of San Francisco 2011-2012 CatalogThis catalog was developed for you, our students. It provides important information tohelp you plan your education at USF.The catalog includes information about courses, campus resources and student services, programdescriptions, degree requirements and information about college policies and procedures. Regulations9/21/2011 1:13 PM

University of San Francisco (USF)3 of 578 print.aspxthat relate specifically to graduate degree programs, and graduate program information and coursedescriptions, appear separately for convenient reference. The focus of this catalog is on your success. Itprovides you with the information you will need to be a successful student.Every student is held responsible for knowledge of the regulations and information contained in this publicationas well as for changes promulgated by the University.AdmissionAcademic AdvisingAcademic advising begins at Orientation when the student meets with a faculty member, professionaland/or peer advisor. Upon enrolling in a major or professional program, the student is assigned a facultyadvisor from the appropriate department or school. Undeclared majors in the College of Arts andSciences will be assigned an advisor by the College. In some cases, students may be temporarily assignedto an advisor other than the one they have been assigned to for their academic career at USF.Academic advising is a continuing process of assisting students in course selection and academic and career exploration. Students meet withtheir advisors at regular intervals and prior to semester registration. Registration cannot be completed without the signed approval of the facultyadvisor, department chair, or representative of the dean. The school or college should be consulted regarding the specifics of the advisingprocess. The deans of each school or college are available to assist students.Academic advisors contribute to each student's academic career by assisting him or her tounderstand USF, its mission, goals, standards, policies and procedures, and resources for students;meet the challenge of being a University student by establishing a clear relationship between the University programs and the individualstudent's needs;understand and appreciate his or her abilities, strengths, and interests; andselect and make progress toward a career by integrating information about the world of work and occupational choice with an appropriateacademic program.In addition, assistance in developing time-management or test-taking skills or changing study habits is available through the Office of AcademicSupport Services. The office also provides testing accommodations and support services to students with disabilities.Testing and Academic PlacementUpon admission to the University of San Francisco, new undergraduate students (except College of Professional Studies students), freshmen andtransfers may need to take placement tests for placement in the appropriate mathematics courses. Students are encouraged to take these testsprior to enrolling at USF.The SAT writing score is used to place freshmen in writing courses. All transfer students who have completed a college-level writing course willtake a special writing course designed for them.There is also a foreign language placement test for College of Arts and Sciences students and a calculus readiness test for students planning to9/21/2011 1:13 PM

University of San Francisco (USF)4 of 578 print.aspxtake calculus at USF. Students are placed in the level of courses indicated by the results.Mathematics courses are required for some, but not all, majors. Check with your advisor before enrolling in a mathematics course. It is notpossible to succeed in any mathematics course without sufficient preparation.Placement tests may be taken only once. Students may not re-take these exams.For further information, please refer to descriptions of the:Rhetoric and Composition Program, and theDepartment of Mathematics.Admission of Graduate StudentsFor more information, please visit domestic applicant for admission as a graduate student must have a bachelor's degree or its equivalent (and a master's degree for the Ed.D.program) from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning. The student's academic record must give evidence of the ability andpreparation necessary to pursue graduate work. Ordinarily the minimum GPA requirement for admission to regular graduate status is a record of3.0 (B) in all upper division major courses and 2.70 (B-) overall average for upper division courses.The applicant whose undergraduate preparation does not include a proper foundation for graduate work in the field of his or her choice may berequired to take some specified undergraduate courses.Applicants to graduate programs should consult the appropriate college section of this catalog for additional information concerning specificprogram requirements. Separate admission standards apply to the School of Law. Please contact them directly for a catalog and admissionmaterial.To ensure the proper processing of applications for admission, applicants must:1. Observe all guidelines and application deadlines for the graduate program to which the student is applying.2. Submit an application form with the 55 non-refundable application fee for that graduate program. Applicants may request a paperapplication by contacting the appropriate Graduate Admission Office or by downloading a PDF of the application. Applicants may alsoapply electronically, which is the preferred method to apply. To secure a paper application or access the online form go Submit all required materials to the appropriate Graduate Office. For a list of Graduate Admission Offices go to Request letters of recommendation from two persons (three for the Doctor of Nursing Practice program) who are familiar with theapplicant's academic and personal achievements. Certain programs require only one letter of recommendation.5. Ask the registrar of each university attended to send one official copy of all transcripts directly to the appropriate Graduate AdmissionOffice.6. For purposes of admission, the University normally disregards any failing grades that applicants may have received ten years or moreprior to their application to USF.Some graduate programs require additional information such as a statement of purpose, official test scores, and a resume.Transfer of Credit9/21/2011 1:13 PM

University of San Francisco (USF)5 of 578 print.aspxIn exceptional cases, graduate course work taken at other colleges or post-baccalaureate courses completed at USF may be accepted in partialfulfillment of the graduate program requirements. The student must petition the dean through his or her faculty advisor and the programchairperson, if applicable. The petition must contain justification and explicit approval of the advisor and the chairperson, if applicable. Credit istypically limited to six units - eight units, or two courses. Doctoral students may transfer up to 12 units. (General Education core requirementsmay not be satisfied by transfer of credit for School of Education students.)To be acceptable for transfer of credit, courses must:be regular graduate or post-baccalaureate level coursesbe taken at an accredited institution of higher learning, or an institution that is a candidate for accreditation, within the last seven yearsnot be supervised field work, directed study, or field practice, andhave an earned minimum grade of "B".The School of Education does not accept transfer of credit for Extended and/or Continuing Education courses. An official transcript record of thecourse work and course descriptions must accompany the approved transfer petition and should be sent to the Office of the University Registrar.International Applicants to Graduate ProgramsThe international applicant for admission to USF master's level programs and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program must have a bachelor'sdegree from an accredited institution of higher learning. Three year undergraduate (bachelor's) degrees within the Bologna Process signatorycountries will be accepted by the following University of San Francisco School/Colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Nursingand Health Professions, the School of Management, and the School of Law (for the LLM program).The School of Education will review 3-year bachelor's degrees from countries within the Bologna Process on a case-by-case basis, as Californialicensure and/or credential requirements may limit or prohibit acceptance into some School of Education programs based on these degrees.Three-year undergraduate degrees from all other countries (e.g., in Africa, Bangladesh, India, and Pakistan) will be reviewed on a case-by-casebasis by all schools and colleges at the University of San Francisco.In all cases, the University of San Francisco will only accept degrees from colleges and universities that are recognized by a governmentalministry of education (or its equivalent) as a degree-granting institution for the country within which the institution of higher learning is located.Applicants for admission to graduate programs must request that official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions attended be sent directlyto USF. Applicants who attended institutions that do not issue complete academic records in English must submit official copies of native languagerecords and literal translations prepared by an appropriate university or government official. Official transcripts must show all courses andsubjects taken and all grades (marks) received. If the degree conferral date or graduation date is not posted on the transcript, additionaldocumentation, such as degree and graduation certificate or a copy of the diploma must be submitted.Diploma supplements must accompany transcripts from European institutions.International students seeking an F or J visa must submit a Certification of Finances and supporting documentation of financial support for thefirst year of study at the University. In addition to the admission requirements specified by the individual graduate programs elsewhere in thiscatalog, and the general requirements stated above, an official TOEFL or IELTS score report is generally required of all non-native speakers ofEnglish before evaluation of academic credentials will take place. Official TOEFL or IELTS score reports must be forwarded directly to the Officeof Graduate Admission by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) at the time of application.TOEFL RequirementsEach school or program has its own minimum TOEFL Requirements that every applicant must meet.9/21/2011 1:13 PM

University of San Francisco (USF)6 of 578 print.aspxPlease see the specific program description elsewhere in this catalog, and on the application for admission, for further details.ApplicationApplicants are encouraged to apply online at Paper application forms for specific graduate programs may also beobtained at this same web address.Please contact one of the following Graduate Admission offices for more information:Office of Graduate AdmissionUniversity of San Francisco2130 Fulton StreetSan Francisco, CA 94117-1046(415) 422-2090email: [email protected] of Arts and SciencesOffice of Graduate Programs, Harney 141University of San Francisco2130 Fulton StreetSan Francisco, California 94117-1080(415) 422-5101email: [email protected] of ManagementGraduate Admission OfficeSchool of Management2130 Fulton StreetMasonic 108San Francisco, California 94117-1080(415) 422-2221School of EducationAdmissions Coordinator, School of EducationDean's Office - Room 107University of San Francisco2130 Fulton StreetSan Francisco, California 94117-1080(415) 422-6525School of Nursing and Health ProfessionsCowell Hall, Room 102University of San Francisco9/21/2011 1:13 PM

University of San Francisco (USF)7 of 578 print.aspx2130 Fulton StreetSan Francisco, California 94117-1080(415) 422-6681Procedures for Obtaining and Maintaining Student Visa Status for Graduate StudentsAll admitted students of graduate programs at the University who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. and plan to study at USF withan F or J Visa must obtain an I-20 form (Certificate of Eligibility for Student Visa) from the Office of Graduate Admission before entering theUnited States or transferring from another school within the United States. The I-20 form will be provided only to those students who havesatisfied the admission requirements stated above and are accepted into a graduate program.The I-20 form must be presented to an American Embassy or Consulate abroad in order to obtain a student visa (F-1) or, if the prospectivestudent is already in the United States studying at another U.S. school, he or she must have his or her SEVIS record transferred to USF by theinternational advisor at the current institution. Students accepted by more than one school must present the I-20 form of the school they wish toattend at both the American Embassy and border crossing point. It is essential that admitted students of USF declare their intention to study atUSF before leaving their own country and not expect to change their visa status after arrival in the U.S.Anyone holding a B-2 (tourist) visa who wishes to attend USF will be mailed an I-20 form only to an address outside the U.S. and only prior toregistration for classes. The University does not offer legal assistance to anyone attempting to change from tourist to student status.The United States Immigration and Naturalization Service requires that all international students maintain a full-time program of study (at least 8units for Master's students in Management, Education, and Nursing and for students in the Juris Doctor program in the School of Law; 10 units forLLM students in the School of Law; and 6 units for Master's students in Arts and Sciences and Professional Studies and for doctoral students inEducation and Nursing), attend classes regularly and maintain normal progress toward completion of the degree objective. Additional informationregarding INS regulations is available from the USF Office of International Student and Scholar Services.Admission of Undergraduate StudentsThe University of San Francisco welcomes applications from students who are qualified toachieve the University's educational goals. In particular, the University seeks students whogive promise of distinction in academics, in the quality of their personal lives, in service tothe community, and in leadership in their chosen field of studies.To this end, the University invites applications from men and women, regardless of race, age, handicap,religion, sexual orientation, or national origin, to study for undergraduate and graduate degrees and toenrich their personal lives by joining a Catholic, Jesuit University learning community.Admission is selective, and each student's entire application is individually reviewed. Candidates are expected to present a record of academicachievement that is above average. Evidence of academic preparation and personal achievement, letters of recommendation, and national testscores are given careful consideration in the determination of an applicant's eligibility. The University welcomes, but does not require, a personalinterview with applicants.Freshman AdmissionFor additional information, please visit: 1:13 PM

University of San Francisco (USF)8 of 578 print.aspxApplication ProceduresTo ensure the proper processing of applications for admission, all candidates applying for freshman standing as full and part-time students should:Secure an application form for undergraduate admission in one of the following ways:Contact the Office of Admission, University of San Francisco, 2130 Fulton St., San Francisco, California 94117-1046. Telephone (415)422-6563 or (800) CALL USF (outside California)Apply on-line, or download a PDF file at: may also apply using the Common Application, a form used by more than 300 selective colleges and universities for admission to theirundergraduate programs. The Common Application is available in a traditional paper format, or on-line at the completed application form and essay, along with the 55 application fee, to the Office of Admission.Request that their high school counselor or an appropriate teacher complete the letter of recommendation form (for on-line applications, thisform may be downloaded and printed) and mail it directly to the Office of Admission.Request that their high school send an official transcript of all previous academic work directly to the Office of Admission. For Early Actioncandidates, the transcript should include their work through the end of the junior year. For Regular Action candidates, the transcript shouldinclude their work through the Fall semester. At the end of the year, a final transcript showing the graduation date is required to complete theapplicant's file.Arrange for SAT or ACT scores to be sent to the Office of Admission.Information about SAT may be obtained from the Educational Testing Service or at about ACT may be obtained from the American College Testing Program at is recommended that this test be taken no later than December for the subsequent Fall semester or no later than November for the Springsemester.In addition to the requirements listed above, applicants who are not residents of the United States must observe the admission standards andprocedures for international students.See the special section on admission of international students.CalendarThe Admission Office at the University of San Francisco offers both an Early Action program and a Regular Action program for freshmenapplicants.Regular Action:Review of Regular Action applications begins after January 15. You will be notified of a decision by mid-March assuming that all of the requiredmaterials, including Fall grades for your senior year, have been received in a timely way.Early Action:The University of San Francisco's Early Action program allows excellent students, who consider USF their highest admission priority, theopportunity to receive an early evaluation of their application. The Early Action program does not offer either an advantage or a disadvantage ingaining admission to the University. Students admitted under the Early Action program are under no obligation to enroll at the University of SanFrancisco and have until the Common Candidates Reply Date (May 1) to confirm their intent to enroll at the University.Early Action applicants are notified as follows:Admit: You are admitted to the University of San Francisco and have until May 1 to confirm your intent to enroll.9/21/2011 1:13 PM

University of San Francisco (USF)9 of 578 print.aspxDefer: Your application will be considered with the Regular Action candidates upon receiving your Fall senior-year grades and any additionaltest scores (if applicable).Note: For both Regular Action Candidates and Early Action Candidates, Financial Aid Award Notices will be mailed in early April.Important DatesNovember 15: Early Action Deadline for Fall applicants. To be considered under the Early Action program you must have a completed applicationon file in the Admission Office by November 15 and must take either the SAT or ACT no later than the November test date. The Admission Officewill make every effort to notify you of its decision by late December. If you wish to be considered for financial assistance, you must submit theappropriate financial aid forms to the processor by February 1.December 15: A freshman wishing to begin in the Spring semester must submit all required material by this date.January 15: Regular Action deadline. You should submit your application and all supporting materials, including your Fall senior year grades, bythis date. If your Fall senior grades are not available by January 15, you should still submit your application form and request that your grades besubmitted as soon as they are available. If you wish to be considered for financial assistance, you must submit the appropriate financial aid formsto the processor designated on the form by February 1.If you apply by the priority deadline, you will receive first consideration for admission and financial aid. If you are applying after the January 15priority filing date, you will be considered as space permits.Applications for Professional Studies programs are accepted on a year-round basis.Secondary School Course RequisitesFor an applicant to be considered for admission to one of USF's Schools or Colleges, the applicant usually is expected to have, upon completionof secondary school, the number and distribution of units listed by School or College in the "Secondary School Course Requisites" chart found inthis section.Tuition and Housing DepositsStudents who apply by the priority deadlines also receive priority for Financial Aid consideration and on-campus housing. Upon admissionstudents are expected to submit a 250 tuition deposit. (USF complies with the National College Board's May 1 notification deadline for thosestudents seeking admission to other colleges/universities.) Students who wish to live on campus must submit an additional 300 housing depositto insure that space is reserved for them.Transfer AdmissionApplication ProceduresFor additional information, please visit fall and spring semester the University accepts transfer students, provided that they are in good academic standing with the last collegeattended and that they meet the University's admission standards. To ensure proper processing of applications for admission, candidates applyingas transfer students must provide the following items:A completed application form with essay.An official transcript from each college attended, submitted at the time of application. Failure to submit all transcripts may result in a change ofadmission status. No credit will be granted for any transcript received after the initial admission decision.An official high school transcript is required of students with less than 24 semester or 36 quarter units of transferable work.One letter of recommendation (from an academic source).9/21/2011 1:13 PM

University of San Francisco (USF)10 of 578 print.aspx 55 application fee (non-refundable).CalendarThe Office of Admission has a rolling Admission process for transfer applicants, except for Nursing applicants who must adhere to the stateddeadlines. Your application will receive a decision approximately four to six weeks after all required material has been received. Notification ofSpring applicants will begin in October; notification of Fall applicants will begin in January. These dates do not apply to Professional Studiesprograms. Applications for Professional Studies programs are accepted on a year-round basis.Important DatesNovember 1: Priority deadline for Spring semester.January 15: Priority admission deadline for those students applying for admission and financial assistance for the Fall semester. You shouldsubmit your application for admission by January 15 and file the appropriate financial aid forms with the processor designated on the form byFebruary 1.Those students applying by the priority deadline will receive first consideration for financial aid and admission. Students applying after theJanuary 15 priority filing date will be considered as space permits.Policy on Recognition of Degrees and Acceptance of Transfer CreditThe University of San Francisco welcomes applicants for admission from regionally accredited post-secondary institutions and frompost-secondary institutions which are candidates for accreditation (as defined in the Handbook of Accreditation, Accrediting Commission forSenior Colleges and Universities, Western Association of Schools and Colleges). Applicants are reviewed on the merits of their prior academicachievements and potential for achieving the goals and objectives of the program to which they seek admission. The University of San Franciscoshall not refuse, on the basis of policy, to recognize the degrees or accept the transfer of credits from a regionally accredited, post-secondaryinstitution or a post-secondary institution which is a candidate for accreditation. Courses from regionally accredited four-year post-secondaryinstitutions or from such institutions that are candidates for accreditation are generally transferable, as are courses from regionally accredited,two-year post-secondary institutions, or such institutions that are candidates for accreditation. Courses from non-regionally accreditedinstitutions are not transferable to the University of San Francisco.A USF student who has previously been awarded an undergraduate degree from an accredited institution may receive credit for the University'sCore Curriculum requirements following review of the student's transcripts. In such cases the University will judge the appropriateness andadequacy of the core curriculum at the school from which the student transfers, even though specific courses may differ from those offered at theUniversity of San Francisco.The University accepts credit from other institutions under guidelines set down by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars andAdmission Officers (AACRAO) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).Guidelines for Transfers from Two or Four Year InstitutionsTransfer candidates are eligible to transfer from a two- or four-year institution with a record of achievement in college or university parallelcourses.After a potential transfer student has applied to the University, all prior course work will be reviewed by a University Evaluator to determinetransferable credit.To be considered for admission, a student must be in good academic standing at the last institution attended. Students who would not have beenadmissible to the University based upon their secondary school records must normally complete at least 24 semester or 36 quarter credits oftransferable academic coursework, and admission will be based on their achievements at a two-year or four-year institution of higher education.Note:9/21/2011 1:13 PM

University of San Francisco (USF)11 of 578 print.aspxAn applicant cannot disregard his or her college record and apply for entrance to freshman standing. Complete official transcripts must bepresented from all secondary schools and colleges attended.Certain USF colleges and programs may require different academic averages for admission than are regularly required.For purposes of admission, the University disregards any failing grades applicants may have received ten years or more prior to theirapplication to USF.Students transferring to USF with less than 24 semester credits or 36 quarter credits are required to submit official copies of transcripts fromall secondary schools attended, as well as SAT or ACT scores.Completion of all the requirements in either the UC or CSU version of the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC) willpermit a student to transfer from a California Community College to the University of San Francisco without the need, after transfer, to takemost of USF's Core Curriculum requirements. Documents of IGETC completion from the community college must be submitted prior to thestudent's initial enrollment at USF. Completion of the IGETC will only require the following courses at USF: one course in advanceduniversity-level English composition; one course in Public Speaking; Topics in Philosophy (not including Critical Thinking/Logic); one course inTheology; and one course in Ethics. The student must also fulfill the Service Learning credits component.A maximum of 70 semester or 105 quarter credits are transferable from two-year institutions.The University will accept a maximum of 9 semester credits in Physical Education activity courses including credit granted for intercollegiateathletics.New transfer students should consult with an advisor in the office of the appropriate dean for program planning. While transferable credit willcount toward the baccalaureate degree, some of that credit may not satisfy the requirements for the student's major or the Core Curriculum.Further information on transferring to USF may be obtained by asking the Office of Admission for a transfer brochure.Transfer Applicants to the School of Nursing and Health ProfessionsAcceptance as a transfer student into the School of Nursing and Health Professions is based on academic achievement and available clinicalplacement.In addition, students desiring a career in Nursing may take courses such as Anatomy, Physiology, and Microbiology plus Labs, and GeneralPsychology, prior to application to USF. These courses may be transferred into the Nursing program providing the student has earned a grade of"C" or better in each course. If the student completes these courses, the course of study here at USF for a BSN could be as little as sixsemesters. If, however, a student earns below a "C" in any one of these courses, the student must earn a "C" or better when the course isrepeated.Transfer Applicants to the College of Professional StudiesFor more information, please visit: and the undergraduate Profes

University of San Francisco 2130 Fulton Street San Francisco, CA 94117-1046 (415) 422-2090 email: [email protected] . College of Arts and Sciences. Office of Graduate Programs, Harney 141 University of San Francisco 2130 Fulton Street San Francisco, California 94117-1080 (415) 422-5