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Application Requirements and Checklist

 

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 undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Completed an Application Packet including:
    • UF Application and Fee
    • Resume
    • Statement of Purpose
    • Official Transcripts From All Previously Attended Institutions
    • 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 CHECKLIST

Certificate APPLICATION CHECKLIST

Click on the buttons below to view the specific application packet requirements for master’s and certificate programs.

Master’s Application Packet Requirements

Master’s Application Packet Materials

Download the Master’s Application Checklist to prepare for the application process.

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 a 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 distancesupport@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 Previously Attended Institutions

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions in the United States, where credit has been earned, should be mailed to both the University of Florida Admissions Office AND the UF CJC Online Department. Transcripts must be received directly from the institution in order to be considered official.

If you attended UF as your postsecondary institution, you do not have to order a transcript from the Office of the University Registrar.

Send the following materials ONLY after you have completed the application and PAID the fee. Mail official transcripts to both the College of Journalism and Communications and the Office of Admissions from ALL institutions you attended. Transcripts must come directly from the institution.

Mail to both:
University of Florida
College of Journalism and Communications
ATTN: Distance Education
1060 Weimer Hall
P. O. Box 118400
Gainesville, FL 32611-8400

AND

University of Florida
Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL
32611-4000

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.

International Applicants:

Graduate applicants must submit to the Office of Admissions an official copy in the native language of each transcript, mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate from each university or college attended, along with certified, literal (exact) English translations for documents not originally issued in English. The admissions department will determine if your bachelor’s degree is equivalent to a 4-year degree from a recognized/regionally accredited university. International applicants should include a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope if they wish for their materials to be returned.

6. GRE Scores

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.

GRE Score minimums for the UF CJC Online program include 156 verbal/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

Download the Certificate Application Checklist to prepare for the application process.

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 a 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 Previously Attended Institutions

Official transcripts from all undergraduate and graduate institutions in the United States, where credit has been earned, should be mailed to both the University of Florida Admissions Office AND the UF CJC Online Department. Transcripts must be received directly from the institution in order to be considered official.

If you attended UF as your postsecondary institution, you do not have to order a transcript from the Office of the University Registrar.

Send the following materials ONLY after you have completed the application and PAID the fee. Mail official transcripts to both the College of Journalism and Communications and the Office of Admissions from ALL institutions you attended. Transcripts must come directly from the institution.

Mail to both:
University of Florida
College of Journalism and Communications
ATTN: Distance Education
1060 Weimer Hall
P. O. Box 118400
Gainesville, FL 32611-8400

AND

University of Florida
Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL
32611-4000

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.

International Applicants:

Graduate applicants must submit to the Office of Admissions an official copy in the native language of each transcript, mark sheet and diploma/degree certificate from each university or college attended, along with certified, literal (exact) English translations for documents not originally issued in English. The admissions department will determine if your bachelor’s degree is equivalent to a 4-year degree from a recognized/regionally accredited university. International applicants should include a self-addressed, postage-paid envelope if they wish for their materials to be returned.

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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