Online Master's Degree Application Information

Specialization in Web Design and Online Communication

Deadlines (complete applications):

Summer 2016*: April 1, 2016
Fall 2016: July 1, 2016

*We only accept and offer courses for Summer C term
All the materials identified below must be received by the University of Florida prior to these deadlines if you want to be considered for the specified enrollment period.

The first step in applying for admission in the Web Design and Online Communication program is submitting your application through University of Florida’s online system.

In addition to the online application form, you must also submit the following:

Program Notification

Immediately after submitting your application online, email Susan Gebhardt at Susan and others in the Graduate Admissions Office will help collect and organize your application materials to ensure your application process remains on track.


Letters of Recommendation

Letters of recommendation from three separate individuals are required. They should be written on letterhead and must be accompanied by a completed copy of the University Letter of Recommendation form.  Letters and forms should be submitted via email as PDFs directly from the authors to Susan Gebhardt at Alternatively, they can be mailed to Address #2 below.

Statement of Goals

Describe your career plans following completion of your master’s degree. Tell which 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. Email the document to Susan Gebhardt at Alternatively, they can be mailed to Address #2 below.

Supplemental Application for College of Journalism

You must download this form, complete it and mail to Address #2 below.

Application Fee

The graduate program application fee is $30. Make check or money order payable to the University of Florida. Download the Fee Payment Cover Memo, complete it and mail along with your payment to Address #1 below

Two Originals of All Official Transcripts

Two original transcripts are required from ALL post-secondary institutions you attended. 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 if applicable). An average grade of “B” for the last two years of undergraduate studies is required. Mail one original to Address #1 and one original to Address #2 below.

Official GRE (Graduate Record Exam) Scores

Contact the Educational Testing Service and have them send your official report. A verbal score of 550/156 and a quantitative score of 550/146 is strongly preferred. Some applications with scores slightly below the minimum will be considered. Applications with GRE verbal scores below 400/140 will not be processed. Self-reported scores are accepted temporarily to help speed up processing. GRE scores are valid for five years. Mail to Address #1 below.

Scores prior to August 2011:  550 Verbal/550 Quantitative

Scores after August 2011:  156 Verbal/146 Quantitative

Self-Reported GPA

Applicants for graduate study at the University of Florida are required to compute their college-level junior and senior year grade point average, unless your institution uses a non-traditional grading system. This GPA will be verified by the university. An accurate self-reported GPA will help to expedite the processing of your application. (GPA Worksheet)


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). Email the document to Susan Gebhardt at Alternatively, they can be mailed to Address #2 below.

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 includes 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. Mail originals to Address #1 below.

Certification of Financial Responsibility

All 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).

Important Addresses:

Address #1:
University of Florida
Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL
Address #2:
ATTN: Susan Gebhardt
College of Journalism and Communications
University of Florida
1060 Weimer Hall
P. O. Box 118400
Gainesville, FL 32611-8400

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.

See our Admission Requirements to ensure you meet all the standards for possible admission.

Contact Susan Gebhardt at 352-273-1486 if you have any questions regarding your application.

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.

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