Graduate Admissions

Master's Admissions Process

This process is for on-campus programs only. For more information regarding admission into the online master’s program, please visit:

Admission into our on-campus master’s programs (both Research & Theory and the Professional Master’s programs) is for fall semesters only. The official application deadline is March 1 for both domestic and international students. Our faculty and staff strongly encourage all applicants to submit required application materials by February 15 (or earlier). This will allow time for any missing materials to be identified and for additional materials to be submitted, if necessary. After March 1, no additional application materials or revisions will be accepted.

We expect admission decisions to be released between April 15 and April 22. Please note that in some cases the availability of admission decisions is affected by UF’s central offices. If you have not received an admissions decision by April 22, please contact our admissions team at

Minimum Requirements for Acceptance

  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
  • Conferred baccalaureate degree
  • For international students, TOEFL scores (see below)
  • GRE no longer required

The University of Florida Graduate School requires a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all upper-division undergraduate work. Applicants are also expected to have received a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all core courses within the Journalism and Mass Communications area and their areas of special interest.

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.

Direct admission to the Graduate School is dependent upon the presentation of a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. For purposes of the admissions review process, applicants may submit unofficial transcripts including their name, institution’s name, and any relevant demographic information, directly into the application portal. See How To Apply for details. Please note that if offered admission into the program, official transcripts will be required before registration. Official transcripts must be received directly from the registrar of the institution from which the credits or degrees were earned.

For International Students

International students may take either the TOEFL or IELTS tests. Minimum expectations for each are:

90 Internet-based
26 Speaking
27 Writing

IELTS: 6 (6.5)
7.5 Speaking
6.5 Writing

TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.

The TOEFL code is 83

Communicating for Success

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Communicating for Success is designed to help non-­English speakers improve their language skills to qualify for admission to our College. Through an interactive, immersion-style learning environment, students will gain essential skills to enhance their ability to write and present with a high level of proficiency, as well as gain the cultural awareness necessary to become effective communicators. The course will also help students become familiar with the many standards and guidelines set forth by journalism and communication industries.

Overall, this practical, hands-­on course lays the groundwork to help non-­native speakers prepare for the intensity of their UF Master of Arts in Mass Communications Program, as well as their future careers.

International Master’s applicants who are conditionally admitted to the program with TOEFL scores that are below the minimum expectations must attain a passing grade of B or better at the end of the class. If the student does not pass with the minimum grade they will not be admitted to the Master’s program.