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Application Requirements and Checklist

COVID-19 UPDATES

August 14, 2020 update

In light of possible continued testing difficulties here and abroad amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are allowing temporary emergency English test policy adjustments for applicants seeking to start degree programs Spring 2021, Summer C 2021, or Fall 2021 only. We will accept the following alternative indicators of English language proficiency in lieu of IELTS and TOEFL scores if both tests are unavailable to the applicant:

  • Duolingo scores (click for details: Duolingo)
  • TOEFL ITP Plus for China scores (click for details: TOEFL ITP China)
  • Pearson PTE Academic scores (click for details: PTE Academic)
  • English3 (click for details: E3PT)

June 24, 2020 update
The temporary waiver of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) requirement for all CJC graduate programs has been expanded to include the Fall 2021 semester.


Posted on June 19, 2020

In response to limited testing options resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications is temporarily waiving the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) requirement for all graduate programs for the Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 semesters. This change affects almost all applicants, both on-campus and online, whose scores have not been received as of June 2020.

The College of Journalism and Communications prioritizes the health and overall well-being of applicants and students during these challenging times, and the temporary waiver serves to better accommodate those who may be struggling.  

If you have already taken the GRE, you may still submit your GRE score for consideration during the application review process.

The application deadline for the Fall 2020 semester will be extended until July 15.

Application and Admissions Requirements

In order to be considered for admission to a UF CJC Online graduate program, an applicant must have:

  • Obtained a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Achieved an upper-division undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Completed an Application Packet including:
    • UF Application and Fee
    • Resume
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Official Transcripts From All Post-Secondary Institutions Applicant Graduated From
    • Three Letters of Recommendation*
    • GRE Scores*
    • English Proficiency – International Applicants

*GRE scores and letters of recommendation are only required for master’s applicants.

All academic credentials become the property of the university. They will not be returned to you or forwarded to a third party. Credentials of applicants who do not enroll will be destroyed.

Master’s Application Packet Requirements

Master’s Application Packet Materials

1. Completed Online Application

The UF application is conveniently located online for you to complete at your own pace. There is a $30 non-refundable fee for submitting an application. Please note that a small fee may be charged for credit card payments. Applicants should check for recommendation completion and reminders using the UF online application portal.

If you are submitting an application for the summer semester, you must select Summer C as your term.

START YOUR APPLICATION

2. Resume

Submit a resume showcasing your accomplishments, work and education history, skills, etc.

3. Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose is an opportunity for the applicant to express his or her goals and reason behind pursuing graduate education. The Statement of Purpose is a personal reflection that provides the admissions committee with a more robust understanding of the applicant. The Statement of Purpose should be at least 300 words.

The following questions can provide talking points for your Statement of Purpose:

  • What interests you about the field of study for which you are applying and how did you learn about it?
  • What are your relevant work experiences (if any)? Previous work experience is not required.
  • What are your career goals? How will this program help you achieve your career goals?

4. Three Letters of Recommendation

The online application will ask you to provide contact information for three recommenders. Contact your recommenders before saving your application so they are aware to check their inbox for an electronic request with instructions for submitting a recommendation. Alternatively, recommenders can email the Enrollment and Admissions Coordinator directly at onlineadmissions@jou.ufl.edu with the subject line of “Letter of Recommendation for Applicant Name.”

Recommendations should be completed by individuals who can attest to your professional abilities and skills. Recommenders can be former professors, colleagues, supervisors, etc. Family members cannot submit a letter of recommendation for an applicant.

5. Official Transcripts From All Post-Secondary Institutions Applicant Graduated From

UF CJC Online requires official transcripts only from the institution that has conferred your undergraduate or, in applicable situations, your master’s degree.  

The most efficient way to submit copies of your official transcripts from your school’s option is via electronic transmission and by selecting the University of Florida. If your institution does not include the University of Florida as an option and instead requires an email address, please have them sent to te@admissions.ufl.edu. Please remember that transcripts must come directly from the institution to be deemed official.

International applicants are required to submit an official copy of each transcript, mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate from each university or college attended. All documents must be in their native language. If their native language is not English, a certified English translation is required.

We request that applicants send all documents directly to our offices using a trackable shipping method including a self-addressed paid envelope that we will use to return documents to applicants after they have been evaluated by our international admissions team.

The appropriate shipping address is included below:

University of Florida

College of Journalism and Communications

Attn: Distance Education

1060 Weimer Hall

PO Box 118400

Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

6. GRE Scores

COVID-19 UPDATES
Posted on June 19, 2020

In response to limited testing options resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications is temporarily waiving the Graduate Records Examination (GRE) requirement for all graduate programs for the Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters. This change affects almost all applicants, both on-campus and online, whose scores have not been received as of June 2020.

The College of Journalism and Communications prioritizes the health and overall well-being of applicants and students during these challenging times, and the temporary waiver serves to better accommodate those who may be struggling.  

If you have already taken the GRE, you may still submit your GRE score for consideration during the application review process.

The application deadline for the Fall 2020 semester will be extended until July 15.

The University of Florida requires GRE General Test scores for all master’s applicants. The GRE General Test features Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning and Analytical Writing sections that the admissions committee uses to evaluate an applicant’s readiness for graduate education. GRE scores are valid for five years.

*Applicants with a previous graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution may be exempt from the GRE.

Historically our most competitive applicants achieved scores in the range of 156 Verbal and 146 Quantitative.

To allow for ample processing time, schedule your GRE exam no later than 4.5 weeks BEFORE the application deadline for the semester in which you’re applying.

GRE Resources

7. English Proficiency – International Applicants

UF requires proficiency in spoken and written English and accepts the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The university’s TOEFL code is 5812 and the department code is 83. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.

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.

TOEFL Requirements
90 Internet-based
26 Speaking
27 Writing

IELTS Requirements: 6 (6.5)
7.5 Speaking
6.5 Writing

 

Certificate Application Packet Requirements

Certificate Application Packet Materials

1. Completed Online Application

The UF application is conveniently located online for you to complete at your own pace. There is a $30 non-refundable fee for submitting an application. Please note that a small fee may be charged for credit card payments. Applicants should check for recommendation completion and reminders using the UF online application portal.

If you are submitting an application for the summer semester, you must select Summer C as your term.

START YOUR APPLICATION

2. Resume

Submit a resume showcasing your accomplishments, work and education history, skills, etc.

3. Statement of Purpose

The Statement of Purpose is an opportunity for the applicant to express his or her goals and reason behind pursuing graduate education. The Statement of Purpose is a personal reflection that provides the admissions committee with a more robust understanding of the applicant. The Statement of Purpose should be at least 300 words.

The following questions can provide talking points for your Statement of Purpose:

      • What interests you about the field of study for which you are applying and how did you learn about it?
      • What are your relevant work experiences (if any)? Previous work experience is not required.
      • What are your career goals? How will this program help you achieve your career goals?

4. Official Transcripts From All Post-Secondary Institutions Applicant Graduated From

UF CJC Online requires official transcripts only from the institution that has conferred your undergraduate or, in applicable situations, your master’s degree.  

The most efficient way to submit copies of your official transcripts from your school’s option is via electronic transmission and by selecting the University of Florida. If your institution does not include the University of Florida as an option and instead requires an email address, please have them sent to te@admissions.ufl.edu. Please remember that transcripts must come directly from the institution to be deemed official.

International applicants are required to submit an official copy of each transcript, mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate from each university or college attended. All documents must be in their native language. If their native language is not English, a certified English translation is required.

We request that applicants send all documents directly to our offices using a trackable shipping method including a self-addressed paid envelope that we will use to return documents to applicants after they have been evaluated by our international admissions team.

The appropriate shipping address is included below:

University of Florida

College of Journalism and Communications

Attn: Distance Education

1060 Weimer Hall

PO Box 118400

Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

5. English Proficiency – International Applicants

UF requires proficiency in spoken and written English and accepts the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). The university’s TOEFL code is 5812 and the department code is 83. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.

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.

TOEFL Requirements
90 Internet-based
26 Speaking
27 Writing

IELTS Requirements: 6 (6.5)
7.5 Speaking
6.5 Writing

Checking Your Application Status

You can check the receipt of materials by the Office of Admissions by clicking the Check Your Status button. The Office of Admissions’ Online Status page will only reflect information concerning materials forwarded directly to the Office of Admissions and does not include materials that are required to be sent directly to your academic unit. Please refer directly to your Enrollment and Admissions Coordinator for specific questions about your application.

How to Check Your Status

Within 24-48 hours after submitting your online application, your 8-digit UFID will be available on the status of your application. Please use the same username and password used to submit your CollegeNET application.

This number is unique to you and should be used in all e-mail communication and any subsequent applications submitted. It is critical that you do not submit additional applications without using your assigned UFID as that can significantly impact the matching of test scores, transcripts and financial aid information to your academic record.

Store your UFID number somewhere that’s secure so you can refer to the number regularly as it will be your unique identifier throughout the application process and during your time in the graduate program if accepted for admission.

Confirm Your Application Packet is Complete

Once you submit the aforementioned application packet materials, email your Enrollment and Admissions Coordinator to confirm that your packet is ready for review by the admissions committee.

Complete application packets are reviewed on a rolling basis by the admissions committee. All application packets will be reviewed holistically.

It is an applicant’s duty to ensure that the materials he/she submits for the application packet are accurate and display their full potential as a prospective admitted student.

 

Do you have any questions? Review our FAQ page for assistance or contact an Enrollment Coordinator for specific questions.


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Application Deadlines

Fall Semester
July 1

Spring Semester
November 1

Summer Semester
April 1

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