How to Apply
Phase 1: Fill out the Online Application
- Go to http://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/graduate/ and click on “Apply”. You will need to create an account if you have not done so already.
- Once your account is set up, click on “Apply Online” and then log in.
- Complete all of the personal information, disclosures and application information.
- On the Program of Study page, select “College of Journalism and Communications”. On the drop-down menu, select “Degree Name – Master of Arts in Mass Communication” and then select the term/semester that you would like to begin.
- In the specialization field, please list one of the following areas: Advertising, International Communication, Journalism, JD/MAMC, Mass Communication Law, Public Relations, Science/Health, Telecommunication. The department contact name is not required.
- Complete the rest of the application including academic background, activities, test score information and letters of recommendation.
- Payment by credit card is required before submitting your application.
Phase 2: Send Information to the University of Florida Office of Admissions
- Transcripts: For purposes of the admissions review process, official transcripts are not yet required. Applicants may submit their unofficial transcripts including their name, institution’s name, and any relevant demographical information directly into the application portal. Please note that if offered admission into the program, official transcripts will be required. Those may also be submitted electronically through their undergraduate institution’s transcript delivery service. If one is not available, you may also have your school email them directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. This is the most efficient way and our central admissions office will ensure transcripts are routed directly to the applicant’s official application.
- UF Transcripts: Please note that students who attended UF for undergrad are not required to submit transcript records. A copy of those can be obtained from our internal student database.
- International Transcripts: International applicants may also use unofficial transcripts through the initial application review process. In the official transcript tab within the application portal, International applicants are required to submit a 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. Upon admissions, it is advised that applicants present their official documents to the central Office of Admissions upon relocating to Gainesville for their studies in order to be properly evaluated. Please note that if you are mailing official documents to the office of admissions, their website advises, that those documents do become the property of the university.
- GRE: The GRE is not required for master’s programs at the College of Journalism and Communications.
It is a requirement for admission to the CJC Ph.D. program.
If you have already taken the GRE, you can submit your scores for consideration through the application portal.
- TOEFL: If you’re an international student, submit your official TOEFL scores through the application portal. The TOEFL Home Edition is accepted. The University of Florida school code for submission of TOEFL and TSE scores is 5812.
- Note: 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 A/B/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:
- Contact the Educational Testing Service and have them send your official report. A score of at least 90 on the exam is required to be considered for admission. We also accept IELTS scores with a minimum of 6.5. 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. (For information on the College’s English-language enhancement program, click here.)
Phase 3: Send Information to the College of Journalism and Communications
- Three letters of recommendation
- Our Admissions Committee requires three letters of recommendation. All letters may be uploaded directly into your application portal. As you are applying, you will enter your recommender name and email address. They will be prompted to complete the letters on your behalf and upload them directly into the provided link. This will ensure that letters are uploaded directly into the system.
- Statement of Purpose/Goals
- You will need to submit your statement of purpose/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. Maximum length is 500 words. Please do not center text. Title this document “Statement of Purpose” and be sure to include your name and date. Submit directly through the application portal or send as a pdf file to email@example.com .
- Resume (if not submitted in online application under Phase 1)
- Optional: Application for a graduate assistantship
- Optional: Samples of your work
Instructions for International Students
If you are an international student, additional steps include:
- Submit the official TOEFL score report through the application portal
- Submit a 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). (Do not send CFR form and bank documents to our office. The International Student Services office will contact you via email with instructions.)