Online Master's Degree Application Information

Web Design and Online Communication

Deadlines (complete applications) 

The application dates and deadlines are:

Summer 2015*: April 1, 2015
Fall 2015: July 15, 2015
Spring 2016: November 15, 2015

*We only accept and offer courses for Summer C term


Application Requirements

  • Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree. Admitted students typically have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Test Score Requirements: The program typically admits students with a 550 / 156 verbal and 550 / 146 quantitative GRE score. GRE writing scores are subject to consideration.

International Applicants Only

  • Official TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) score report: Contact the Educational Testing Service and have them send your official report. A score of at least 550 (paper-based), and 90 (internet-based) is required to be considered for admission. We also accept IELTS scores with minimum of “6”. This requirement applies only to applicants from countries in which English is not the official language and include U.S. territories and protectorates where English is not the primary language. You will not be required to submit a TOEFL score if you have spent at least one academic year at a college or university in a country where English is the official language. Intensive English language programs are excluded from the year of study provision. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. Send originals to Address #1.
  • Certification of Financial ResponsibilityAll admitted International students who have accepted our admissions offer, are required to submit this form. The International Student Services Office will send you the form via email with instructions. Without it, the University of Florida will not issue an I-20 (Certificate of Eligibility).

The Graduate School, University of Florida, requires both a minimum grade average of B for all upper-division undergraduate work and a minimum verbal-quantitative total score on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination.

Direct admission to the Graduate School is dependent upon presentation of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Two copies of the official undergraduate transcript should accompany all applications—one for the department and one for the Registrar. These transcripts must be received directly from the registrar of the institution in which the work was done. Official supplementary transcripts are required as soon as they are available for any work completed after application for admission has been made.

Admission is determined by several factors beyond the application material including space availability, and supervisory availability particularly in specialized areas. Meeting the minimum application requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Professional and respectful treatment of our admissions and other staff members, faculty and administrators is required.  Unprofessional or disrespectful treatment will result in denial of admission.


Application Materials

Graduate Application: Online Submission – When submitting your application online, notify Amanda Cheng at You must submit contact information for references during the online application process. References will be automatically contacted and letters of recommendation will be requested by the Graduate Admissions Office.

  • Letters of Recommendation: Three Letters of Recommendation – You will be asked to provide contacts for your letters of recommendation during the online application process. University forms (Download form) must submitted with your letters by your recommenders. Written letters should be on letterhead and attached to the forms. The same letters of recommendation may be used for both admission and financial aid applications. You may ask authors of your letters to send them directly to Address #2 or send as a pdf file to
  • Statement of Goals:  You will need to submit your statement of goals during the online application process. Describe your career plans following completion of your master’s degree. Tell what experiences have led to your goals and how you think graduate study will help you prepare for the career. Minimum length is 300 words. Title this document “Statement of Goals” and be sure to include your name and date. You may send to Address #2 or send as a pdf file to
  • Supplemental Application for College of Journalism:  (Download form).  Send to Address #2.
  • $30.00 Application Fee: Make Check or money order payable to the University of Florida. Send your application fee to Address #1. Please used Fee Payment Cover Memo (Download form) if paying by check or money order.
  • Two Official Transcripts from ALL post-secondary institutions: Contact all colleges and universities you have attended and listed on your application form and have them send certified official transcripts in your original language as well as translated into English. An average grade of “B” for the last two years of undergraduate studies is required. Send one original to Address #1 and one original to Address #2.
  • Official GRE (Graduate Record Exam) Scores: Contact the Educational Testing Service and have them send your official report. A verbal and quantitative score of at least 550 is strongly preferred. Some applications with scores slightly below the minimum will be considered. Applications with GRE verbal scores below 400 will not be processed. Self-reported scores are accepted temporarily to help speed up processing. GRE scores are valid for five years. Send to Address #1.
  • Resume: You will need to submit your resume during the online application process List all work positions held. Include names, addresses, and telephone numbers of supervisors. Also, remember to include your name, email address, mailing address, and telephone number(s). You may send to Address #2 or send as a pdf file to

Important Addresses:

Address #1:
University of Florida
Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL
Address #2:
Div. of Graduate Studies
College of Journalism and Communications
University of Florida
2013 Weimer Hall
P. O. Box 118400
Gainesville, FL 32611-8400

Contact Amanda Cheng at 352-273-1486 if you have any questions regarding your application.


Deadline Policy

All application materials must be submitted by the application deadline of the term you are applying for. Any incomplete applications or late materials will not be considered. You may request to defer your application to a later term if you do not complete your application.

Distance programs in the College of Journalism and Communications are not eligible for the University of Florida Employee Education Program (EEP).