Admission Requirements

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No GRE or Other Standardized Tests Required

Admission standards are set by the University of Florida Graduate School, the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, and the concentration 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 upper-division undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
    • Grades will be verified through a 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
    • Pursuant to Florida Statute, your application requires inclusion of all post-high school education and employment, as well as information about ongoing international affiliations and research funding. Please ensure this information is included on your curriculum vitae (CV) or résumé.

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.

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 if applicable. The admissions committee carefully reviews all of the evidence and data points.

It is an applicant’s duty to ensure that materials submitted for the application packet are complete, accurate, display the candidate’s 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.

Additional Instructions for International Students:

Minimum scores acceptable for international admissions are:

  • TOEFL: 550 (paper test); 90 (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:

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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, 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, fellowships, or the Santa Fe College waiver (Florida).