A graduate certificate is a shorter term of study where students complete four courses or 12 to 14 credit hours in a communication specialization of their choice. UF CJC Online graduate certificates feature introductory and core courses that give students the opportunity to learn new skills. The certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the four courses. Certificate courses can sometimes be used to satisfy degree requirements for a master’s degree dependent upon the institution’s requirements. Learn more…
A master’s degree is a longer-term of study consisting of at least 30 credit hours. Students who complete all degree requirements in a UF CJC Online master’s specialization graduate with a Master of Arts in Mass Communication degree with a specialization in the area of their choice. Learn more…
Key differences include:
There are three enrollment periods each year in Fall (August class start date), Spring (January class start date), and Summer (May class start date). Apply early to ensure you meet all application requirements and satisfy all deadlines. For specific application information, review the application checklist.
Incomplete applications will not be reviewed and we encourage applicants to submit their materials well before the application deadline. Our course registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, so staying responsive and replying to any admissions communications early may result in a greater number of course options for your first semester.
Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to be considered for either the certificate or master’s degree program:
Additionally, applicants for the master’s program must:
All applications are reviewed holistically. Meeting the minimum application requirements does not guarantee acceptance.
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:
The upper-division division GPA usually includes classes completed after the first 60 credit hours of a degree. Typically, these courses are completed during the applicant’s junior or senior year. To help you calculate your self-reported GPA for the UF Application, please use the GPA Calculator. For applicants with a nontraditional GPA, the UF Office of Admissions will calculate an equivalent GPA.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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 submission should be at least 300 words.
The following questions can provide talking points for your Statement of Purpose.
Once completed, send your Statement of Purpose to an Enrollment Coordinator at email@example.com.
The Resume/CV is an opportunity to tell the admissions committee about your professional accomplishments. The Resume/CV should include your education history, internships, jobs, awards, skills, etc. Prior communication experience is not required. Our applicant pool often features diverse backgrounds and accomplishments. Unique perspectives and life experiences enrich the online learning experience.
Once completed, send your Resume/CV to an Enrollment Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Letters of recommendation can be from current or former instructors, supervisors, employers, coworkers, professional connections, etc. You will need the recommender’s full name, title, company/institution, mailing address, telephone number, and email address.
Recommenders can submit their letters of recommendation by uploading the information into UF application system or by emailing a PDF attachment with “Letter of Recommendation” in the subject line to email@example.com.
To be a competitive applicant, you must meet the minimum academic and application requirements.
Your application is reviewed holistically by our admissions committee. Where one segment may be weak, other segments may compensate for the weakness.
You do not need prior experience or a degree in communications in order to be successful in the program. Students from various backgrounds succeed in our online programs because each degree plan starts with foundational courses that teach introductory skills. As the students advance through the degree plan, they learn more advanced digital storytelling skills and competencies.
Admission decisions are released after the admissions deadline for each enrollment period. Our goal is to have a decision for all applicants 4-6 weeks after the application deadline but there are sometimes extenuating circumstances that would delay the release of an admissions decision. To prevent some of these delays, we encourage you to submit all of your application materials early and to ensure you have met all application requirements, refer to the application checklist.
Master’s students, with the approval of the UF CJC Online Director and the CJC Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, may petition the Graduate School for permission to transfer credits to be applied towards their master’s degree. The following policies set forth by the Graduate School will apply:
Petitions for transfer of credit for a master’s degree must be submitted during the student’s first term of enrollment in the Graduate School.
No assumptions regarding the transferability of past coursework should be made. UF CJC Online staff cannot offer opinions on the likelihood of transfer credits to be approved.
Transfer credits are not accepted towards Graduate Certificates.
Materials needed for submission include:
Tuition varies by specialization and number of credit hours associated with the degree plan. UF CJC Online master’s specializations range from $17,441 – $34,545. You can find the per credit hour tuition amounts on each specialization page or in the Information Packet.
Current online students may review financial obligations through MyUFL. Student Financial Services handles student financial matters including payment deadlines and online billing and fees. Financial aid funds are not disbursed until after Drop/Add. Students can check fund disbursement and tuition payments prior to the fee payment deadline in MyUFL.
Submit general questions through our Contact Us form. An enrollment coordinator will respond via email. You may also call an enrollment coordinator at 352-273-3412 Monday-Friday.
UF CJC Online transforms lives through graduate education founded in theory and influenced by industry. We offer the most comprehensive, digitally focused online graduate programs in the world. Choose from 7 master’s specializations and 4 graduate certificates that offer unparalleled opportunities for professional growth and advancement. UF CJC Online’s flexible programs are demanding by design and competitive by nature. Equipped with the skills needed to move communication forward, UF CJC Online graduates are an unstoppable force for the Gator Good.
To ensure our graduates are always on the cutting edge, we’re proud to offer Master Access, a one-of-a-kind benefit to our students. Master Access allows our graduates to audit as many courses as they’d like in order to gain skills in specialized areas. For example, a Web Design graduate can audit Digital Strategy and Audience Analytics courses for the low annual subscription cost of $500.
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