University of San Francisco - College of Arts & Sciences

Introduction

About the College

As one of the country’s premier Jesuit Catholic universities, the College of Arts and Sciences pairs a rigorous academic curriculum with an urban, global perspective. The college's vision of success involves both the head and the heart, with outstanding faculty members giving students the skills and compassion to fashion a more just and humane world.

In recent years, our teacher-scholars have garnered unprecedented national recognition: winning national awards, receiving major new grants and prestigious Fulbright scholarships, and premiering in major art venues and film festivals around the globe.

Our students have published their research alongside our faculty, won prizes for their writing, received highly competitive fellowships, and been accepted at top graduate schools. They are also engaged in the community and they are making a difference. From building a library for street children in Zambia to bridging the digital divide in Peru, to fighting against modern-day slavery right here in the U.S., our students are changing the world for the better.

The College of Arts and Sciences offers a wide variety of educational options imbued with a mission to provide not only the knowledge and skills needed to succeed as persons and professionals but also the values and sensitivity necessary to be men and women for others.


Marcelo Camperi, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences

Our Programs

With over offers 60 majors and minors, many with specialized concentrations, The College of Arts and Sciences is at the center of USF's undergraduate life.

In this city of innovation, entrepreneurship, and culture, USF offers 16 unique Master's programs in its College of Arts and Sciences.

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Programs

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MA

M.A. in Asia Pacific Studies

Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 USA San Francisco

The Master in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program develops valuable cultural competency of the Asia Pacific region. Reflecting the diversity and innovative spirit of San Francisco, the program offers a wide range of courses in the history, literature, politics, business, and culture of Asian regions. [+]

Program Details

Our two-year, 28-unit program provides knowledge and analysis of the societies, history, literature, economics, and politics of the world's most dynamic region. The 28 credits typically consist of five to six core courses, a capstone project, and two elective courses.

Classes are held in the late afternoon or evening, Monday through Thursday, which provides students the flexibility to balance their graduate studies with work and personal responsibilities.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students completing the MAPS Program will be able to demonstrate:

an ability to apply research tools and methods to analyze critically topics within class disciplines and contemporary interdisciplinary fields of Asia Pacific Studies. an understanding of sociocultural histories and traditions, political and economic patterns of development, organizational practices and behaviors, and contemporary events as evidenced in the Asia Pacific region. oral and written proficiency in an Asian language corresponding to the fourth semester of USF undergraduate courses, or the equivalent level in languages not taught at USF. practical experience in Asia-Pacific related contexts via opportunities for academic and professional development such as internships, fieldwork, conferences, symposia, public programs, class excursions and other types of experiential learning. Program of Study ... [-]

M.A. in International Studies

Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 USA San Francisco

USF’s Master of Arts in International Studies is a two-year program, which provides students with in-depth, interdisciplinary knowledge of the issues and challenges that face the global community. Our curriculum focuses on the development and the environment, political and economic aspects of globalization, human rights, peace and conflict resolution, and international law and organizations. [+]

Program Details

Starting Fall 2018, the Master of Arts in International Studies will be a 34 unit program completed in two years and will include areas of concentration and an internship.

Program Learning Outcomes (Fall 2018)

Students will:

Understand the major structural, cultural, and relational shifts that have emerged in response to globalization from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, with a special emphasis on non-state actors identify key organizations, institutions, and global and regional norms and how they interact with sub-state forces to shape policy, advocacy, and social movements develop an understanding of the diverse aspects of global civil society and the political, economic, legal, environmental, social and cultural forces that are shaping contemporary global issues through the local-global connection. demonstrate an ability to critically engage categories of cultural difference and diversity and evaluate their influence on a contemporary phenomenon utilize mixed research methodologies, an interdisciplinary perspective, and community engagement skills to analyze key issues in international studies Core Concentrations (Fall 2018) ... [-]

MA in Professional Communication

Online & Campus Combined Full time 2 years August 2019 USA San Francisco

The Master of Arts in Professional Communication (MAPC) provides the knowledge and training for superior oral, written, and visual communication skills. Our program is designed for people who seek the techniques and knowledge required to be communication specialists in a wide range of fields in an ever-shifting 21st-century workplace. [+]

Program Details

The Master of Arts in Professional Communication is a 30-unit program that can be completed in two years. Students complete four core and six elective courses that are three units each. Full-time students enroll in courses each fall and spring semester. Courses are also available in the summer. The degree culminates in either a capstone or a directed study and culminating project, such as a reflective portfolio, internship-related project, analytical paper, or academic research project.

Students can enroll in the general track in professional communication, which combines courses in strategic and technical communication for a blended specialty in the industry and organizational communication. This broader focus gives students valuable knowledge toward launching or furthering successful communications careers in a variety of fields and organizations.... [-]


Master of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs

Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 USA San Francisco

The Master of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs trains students in public policy, urban studies, and grassroots organizing, examining ways policy and community engagement can effect positive change. [+]

The Master of Arts in Urban and Public Affairs trains students in public policy, urban studies, and grassroots organizing, examining ways policy and community engagement can effect positive change.

Our program combines graduate seminars in urban studies, politics, sociology, and public policy with hands-on experience in community-based research, policy design, policy analysis, advocacy, and implementation. Graduates are uniquely equipped to formulate policy and initiatives for more equitable and vibrant urban areas, inspired by thoughtful engagement with the theory and practice of social justice.

Internship – Gain hands-on experience in the field and build a network of professional contacts Career Opportunities – Supported by academic and field mentorship, and leadership development Distinguished Faculty – Comprised of both leading academics and accomplished professionals and practitioners in the field Flexible Schedule – Our full-time program offers courses in the afternoons and evenings. Students can also explore part-time options. Learning Outcomes ... [-]

MSc

M.S. in Computer Science

Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 USA San Francisco

The Master of Science in Computer Science (MSCS) program provides students with a broad background in software development and other core disciplines of computer science, ranging from systems, networking, and distributed programming to algorithms and theory. [+]

Program Details

The program requires two years (four semesters) of full-time study and follows a cohort model during the first year in which all students take the same set of core courses. During the second year, students may choose from a rotating selection of graduate electives based on their interests and goals. Students develop several large software projects throughout their degree, including a substantial capstone project during their second year.

Core Courses

The program begins by providing students a broad, advanced background in software development and other core disciplines. All students in the same cohort take the core courses together.

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M.S. in Data Science

Campus Full time 1 year July 2019 USA San Francisco

The Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) is a full-time, one-year program housed at USF’s downtown San Francisco campus. The 35-unit program features a modern, open-source-focused curriculum for students who seek the technical expertise required to become data scientists and analysts, and the business skills to apply this knowledge effectively and strategically. [+]

Program Details

The Master of Science in Data Science (MSDS) is a full-time, one-year program housed at USF’s downtown San Francisco campus. The 35-unit program features a modern, open-source-focused curriculum for students who seek the technical expertise required to become data scientists and analysts, and the business skills to apply this knowledge effectively and strategically.

Courses Include

Application Development Machine Learning Statistical Modeling Natural Language Processing Business Strategy Design of Experiments Distributed Computing Deep Learning Data Visualization Business Communication Data Science Boot Camp

The boot camp is an intensive introduction to, and review of, the foundational knowledge and skills required for sophisticated business analysts and data scientists. Students will take two out of three intensive courses in probability and statistics, computation for analytics, and linear algebra. Additionally, all students take a course in exploratory data analysis, which serves as our program’s formal introduction to the R programming language.... [-]


M.S. in Environmental Management

Campus 2 years August 2019 USA San Francisco

USF’s Master of Science in Environmental Management (MSEM) trains students for careers in environmental agencies, consulting firms, and nonprofit organizations. Incorporating a comprehensive mix of science and policy courses, our program gives students the background they need to develop solutions to environmental problems. [+]

Program Details

Our program integrates scientific, technical, regulatory, and public policy knowledge across a range of environmental issues. Graduates from the program are able to assess, analyze, and manage issues from both a theoretical and practical point of view.

The program consists of 13 courses (two units each) and a master's project (four units) for a total of 30 units. There are four required courses: Ecology, Environmental Chemistry, Quantitative Methods, and the master's project. Each student — in consultation with a faculty adviser — develops a program of study for the remaining courses that best suits their desires for professional and intellectual development. Students typically take four courses per semester. Classes are offered on Saturdays and weekday evenings to allow students to work full-time while earning their degree.... [-]


M.S. in International and Development Economics

Campus Full time Part time 2 - 3 years August 2019 USA San Francisco + 1 more

The rapid pace of globalization has increased the demand for professionals with training in international economics and economic development. Our one of a kind Master of Science in International and Development Economics (IDEC) provides students with the knowledge and skills to understand how market forces can be harnessed to empower developing countries to break from cycles of poverty. [+]

Program Details

The Master of Science in International and Development Economics is a two-year program in which students take three to four classes each semester, including an overseas field research project over the summer. Students desiring to go part-time can complete the program by taking two classes per semester for three years, undertaking their summer field research between the second and third years of the program.

Program Learning Outcomes Understand the application of modern micro and macroeconomic theory to the key problems of economic development, trade and finance, including the analysis of market failures, poverty traps, the structure of incentives, the use of game theory to model institutional behavior, and open economy models of trade, migration, foreign direct investment, financial markets, and exchange rate determination. Design and carry out a fieldwork-based research project, including the formation of an original research question, planning of an effective methodology, development of field protocols/survey instruments, and data collection in a developing or transition country. Conduct original quantitative empirical analysis of an international or development economics problem. Specifically, students should be able to express an economic theory in terms of an observable model; determine the appropriate estimation method for the empirical model; utilize statistical software to conduct such estimation, and meaningfully interpret the results. Effectively communicate research finding both in writing and orally, including the compilation of a professional literature review, clear presentation of theoretical and empirical models, econometric analysis, and the relevance of the study's principal findings and implications for international and/or economic development... [-]

Master in Energy Systems Management

Campus Full time 18 - 24 months August 2019 USA San Francisco

Electric energy systems are rapidly transforming, making jobs in the energy sector among the fastest growing in the U.S. Our program equips students for energy management positions in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors to support a low carbon future. [+]

Program Details

Students gain an understanding of the grid, historically and today; electricity markets; electricity production, efficiency, and conservation; governance, risk, and compliance (GRC); environmental impacts and constraints from energy; and the policy environment. They develop skills in strategic management, communication, change management, stakeholder engagement, and critical and systems thinking.

Our interdisciplinary program features small class sizes and opportunities for research, internships, and professional engagement.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will be able to:

utilize principles and processes of whole systems to understand how the energy system impacts and is related to the ecological system and the social system. demonstrate an understanding of the energy policy and market environments and their impact on energy consumption and production. demonstrate an understanding of the human dimension of energy systems including managing for change, stakeholder engagement, and customer engagement. communicate skillfully through written reports and oral presentations in styles relevant to the energy field. utilize critical analysis to understand why the current electricity generation and distribution system evolved and how to move it towards the 21st-century grid. Program Highlights Classes are taught by full-time faculty, as well as by part-time faculty who have experiential knowledge in the energy sector. We host guest speakers representing many aspects of the industry-government, utilities, NGOs, private firms. Evening classes are held at USF’s downtown San Francisco campus at 101 Howard Street. Saturday classes are held at the main campus. OFFERED IN ... [-]

Master

M.A. in Museum Studies

Campus Full time 16 months August 2019 USA San Francisco

The University of San Francisco offers a unique master’s degree in museum studies where students prepare for leadership positions in artistic, cultural, and heritage organizations that operate in a constantly changing social dynamic. [+]

MA in Museum Studies

Designing spaces for community engagement and public dialogue. The University of San Francisco offers a unique master’s degree in museum studies where students prepare for leadership positions in artistic, cultural, and heritage organizations that operate in a constantly changing social dynamic.

Our sixteen-month curriculum is flexible, providing students with the comprehensive knowledge and hands-on experience to assume a variety of roles within cultural, artistic, and heritage organizations.

The program prepares students for positions of leadership in artistic, cultural, educational and heritage organizations and for long-term professional growth. The curriculum consists of core seminars, hands-on practica, one-on-one advising and mentoring, electives tailored to students' interests and a full-time summer internship in an institution of the student's choice.... [-]


Master in Biotechnology

Campus Full time 2 years January 2019 USA San Francisco

Our program is a two-year, four-semester interdisciplinary program that provides students with a multi-disciplinary background that integrates scientific, business, and ethical aspects of biotechnology. The program is intended for students who do not wish to pursue a Ph.D. but still seek a career in the industry. The curriculum focuses on a combination of biotechnology-related and MBA-level business courses. Students can start the graduate program each year in the fall or spring. [+]

Program Details

Our program is a two-year, four-semester interdisciplinary program that provides students with a multi-disciplinary background that integrates scientific, business, and ethical aspects of biotechnology. The program is intended for students who do not wish to pursue a Ph.D. but still seek a career in the industry. The curriculum focuses on a combination of biotechnology-related and MBA-level business courses. Students can start the graduate program each year in the fall or spring.

Program of Study

The program of study is planned by the student in collaboration with his or her faculty adviser during the first semester of studies.

THE CURRICULUM

Our curriculum integrates the fundamentals of molecular biology, technology, and business to build a comprehensive program that fully prepares graduates for jobs in the industry.... [-]


Master in Economics

Campus Full time Part time 2 years August 2019 USA San Francisco + 1 more

The Master of Arts in Economics consists of a foundation program (waived for students who have completed equivalent coursework), economics core, a research project in your chosen concentration area, a master’s thesis, and opportunities for internships. [+]

Program Details

The Master of Arts in Economics consists of a foundation program (waived for students who have completed equivalent coursework), economics core, a research project in your chosen concentration area, a master’s thesis, and opportunities for internships.

Full-time students complete the program in two years. A flexible format is available to meet the needs of part-time students.

Learning Outcomes Understand modern micro and macroeconomic theories and their applications to contemporary economic problems including decision-making in conditions of risk and uncertainty, and the role of information; open economy macroeconomics and its application to exchange rate movements and financial crises; efficiency wage models, real business cycles; and endogenous growth. Conduct original quantitative empirical analysis of a relevant economic problem specifically, students should be able to express an economic theory in terms of an observable model; formulate a strategy for collecting the data necessary to estimate a well-specified empirical model; determine the appropriate estimation method for the empirical model; utilize statistical software to conduct such estimation; and meaningfully interpret the results. Carry out independent economic research including development of an original research question, a compilation of a professional literature review, the specification of a theoretical and testable empirical model; econometric analysis; and effective communication of the study's principal findings and policy implications. Curriculum ... [-]

Master in Migration Studies (MIMS)

Campus Full time 2 years August 2019 USA San Francisco Mexico Buenavista + 2 more

The Master of Arts in Migration Studies is a two-year, 31-unit program that begins each fall. Students are given the option to study at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City (classes are conducted in English) during the second semester, but an identical curriculum is offered at USF. Students who study in Mexico City return to USF for their second year. The program consists of five core courses, four special topics courses, and four research seminars. Summer fieldwork and immersion trips are available, including opportunities offered worldwide by the more than 200 Jesuit universities and Jesuit-affiliated institutes and social service agencies. [+]

Program Details

The Master of Arts in Migration Studies is a two-year, 31-unit program that begins each fall. Students are given the option to study at the Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City (classes are conducted in English) during the second semester, but an identical curriculum is offered at USF. Students who study in Mexico City return to USF for their second year. The program consists of five core courses, four special topics courses, and four research seminars. Summer fieldwork and immersion trips are available, including opportunities offered worldwide by the more than 200 Jesuit universities and Jesuit-affiliated institutes and social service agencies.

Program Timeline Learning Outcomes ... [-]

Master in Sport Management

Campus Full time 23 months January 2019 USA San Francisco Orange + 1 more

The sport management program serves the needs and schedules of today's busy students. The curriculum consists of 36 units and classes meet one evening per week from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., allowing students to complete their master’s degree in just 23 months. [+]

Program Details

The sport management program serves the needs and schedules of today's busy students. The curriculum consists of 36 units and classes meet one evening per week from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m., allowing students to complete their master’s degree in just 23 months.

San Francisco and Southern California Campuses

Identical curricula and the same full-time faculty are available at our locations in Southern California and San Francisco. Additionally, local industry professionals teach electives that allow students to specialize and gain the necessary depth within their chosen area of expertise.

Program Learning Outcomes recognize, classify, and demonstrate knowledge of the breadth and depth of the sport marketplace, including the development of leadership, communication, decision-making, problem-solving, and networking skills recognize, discuss, and demonstrate knowledge of globalization, themed entertainment, culture, sociology, and commerce on the sport marketplace with the development of critical thinking skills demonstrate skills in business writing, research, and qualitative and quantitative analysis demonstrate practical management and leadership skills within the industry recognize the role of economics, accounting, finance, marketing, strategic management, law, and business research methods in sport, and demonstrate and apply the tools of those fields to issues in sport demonstrate relevant knowledge by creating a business plan, team financial plan, marketing plan, cultural analysis, team management plan, stock portfolio prospectus, strategy plan, career plan, legal analysis, research prospectus, and Master's Project demonstrate knowledge of specific components of sport management such as public relations, facilities management, fundraising, and brand management Professional Opportunity ... [-]

Master of Fine Arts in Writing

Campus Full time 2 - 3 years August 2019 USA San Francisco

The two-and-a-half-year program begins each fall, with courses on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. On Tuesdays, workshops in each genre (fiction, poetry, and nonfiction) focus on student manuscripts in a peer set of supportive critique. On Thursdays, literature seminars focus on traditions, styles, craft elements and developments, and literary models. [+]

Program Details

The two-and-a-half-year program begins each fall, with courses on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 9:15 p.m. On Tuesdays, workshops in each genre (fiction, poetry, and nonfiction) focus on student manuscripts in a peer set of supportive critique. On Thursdays, literature seminars focus on traditions, styles, craft elements and developments, and literary models.

Program of Study

All courses are taken within the MFA program, with classes of three units each, for a total of 33 units during a two-and-a-half-year course of study.

Because cross-fertilization enriches creativity, students are free to take courses outside their primary genre and sample a range of cross-genre literature seminars. Because the depth of understanding is crucial to successful writing, students also take seminars and workshops that focus exclusively on one genre — long fiction, short fiction, poetry, or nonfiction. Students’ work culminates in a creative thesis — a book-length manuscript that is conceived, composed and revised with extensive faculty mentoring. Students work one-on-one with a faculty mentor who provides extensive feedback on their work in a series of scheduled meetings. The thesis may be a novel, a collection of stories, a poetry collection, a collection of creative nonfiction, or a purposeful combination of these genres.... [-]


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Address 2130 Fulton Street San Francisco, California, United States
94117 San Francisco, California, USA
Website https://www.usfca.edu/arts-sciences
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