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Admission Requirements

 

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Admission standards are set by the University of Florida Graduate School, the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, and the specialization area to which you are applying. The minimum requirements to be considered for admission to a UF CJC Online graduate program include:

  • A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A minimum overall or upper-division undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Grades will be verified through review of official transcripts
    • Applicants who have earned their undergraduate or graduate degree(s) at the University of Florida do not need to submit official transcripts as those records are on file
  • A submitted UF application
    •  All applicants must complete, submit the application and pay the application fee
  • A Statement of Purpose
    • Write a statement explaining why this certificate or master’s degree would enable you to achieve your personal and/or professional goals and how this specific graduate program will allow you to best reach those goals.
    • Please use this statement as a place to include any additional information you would like the Admissions Committee to consider in support of your application.
  • A current resume

Additionally, applicants for the master’s program must:

  • Submit three letters of recommendation
    • Letters can come from supervisors, co-workers, instructors or any person you feel can speak to your ability to succeed in your graduate studies.
  • Submit official GRE Scores
    • GRE scores are valid for five years. 
    • Historically our most competitive applicants achieved scores in the range of 156 Verbal and 146 Quantitative.
    • Applicants with a previous graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution may be exempt from the GRE. 
    • Work experience cannot be substituted in place of the GRE.

UF CJC Online practices a holistic review admissions process. We consider a broad range of factors including undergraduate performance, professional resume, depth of the Statement of Purpose, letters of recommendation and performance on standardized tests. The admissions committee carefully reviews all of the evidence and data points. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

It is an applicant’s duty to ensure that materials submitted for the application packet are complete, accurate, display the candidates full potential as a prospective admitted student and are submitted by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.



Professional and respectful treatment of admissions and other staff members, faculty and administrators is required. Unprofessional or disrespectful treatment will result in denial of admission.

For admissions questions, please review our FAQ page or contact an Enrollment and Admissions Coordinator.

To help you complete your application, download the application checklist.

Additional Instructions for International Students:

Minimum scores acceptable for admissions are:

  • TOEFL: 550 (paper test); 80 (internet-based)
  • IELTS: 6
  • MELAB: 77
  • Verbal GRE: 140
  • Please note: The TOEFL ITP is not accepted for admission purposes.

International applicants are exempt from the English proficiency requirement if enrolled for one academic year in a degree-seeking program at a recognized/regionally accredited university or college in a country where English is the official language prior to your anticipated term of enrollment at UF, or if you are from one of the following countries.

 

Application Deadlines:

Fall Semester:
July 1
Spring Semester:
November 1
Summer Semester:
April 1

 

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Financial Assistance

Financial aid may be available for full-time and part-time students enrolled in a UF CJC Online master’s program. To be eligible for financial aid, students must demonstrate financial need as determined by results from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). For more information, visit our financial aid page or refer to the UF Financial Aid Office for specific questions.

Federal financial aid is not available for certificate students. If a certificate student applies to a UF CJC Online master’s program and is accepted, he or she is then eligible to apply for financial assistance.

UF CJC Online programs are not eligible for graduate assistantships, Employee Education Program (EEP), fellowships, scholarships, state tuition waiver, or the Santa Fe College waiver (Florida).


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