Admission Requirements

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 undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Grades will be verified through review of official transcripts
  • A submitted UF application – all applicants must complete, submit the application and pay the application fee
  • A Statement of Goals – Write a statement explaining why this certificate or master’s degree would enable you to achieve your career goals and how this specific graduate program will allow you to best reach those goals.
  • A current resume

Additionally, applicants for the master’s program must:

  • Earn suitable scores on the General Test of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) 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.
    • All applications are reviewed holistically. Exceptions to minimum scores are considered based on the entire packet of application materials.
  • Submit three letters of recommendation – Letters can come from supervisors, co-workers, instructors, etc.

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

The admissions committee evaluates each applicant’s application packet holistically. Each piece of data included in an admissions packet is considered one data point. The committee carefully reviews all of the evidence and data points before making an admissions decision. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

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.


Application Deadlines:

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




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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