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 and Theory and the Professional Master’s programs) are fall 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 Feb. 15 (or earlier), to facilitate the most careful and complete review of the application. This also will allow time 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 are affected by UF’s central offices. If you have not received an admissions decision by April 22, please contact our admissions team at:

The deadline for assistantship/fellowship applications is March 15.

Minimum Requirements for Acceptance

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

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

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.

For International Students

International students may take either the TOEFL or IELTS tests.

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:

  • Duolingo scores (click for details: Duolingo)
  • TOEFL ITP Plus for China scores (click for details: TOEFL ITP China)
  • Pearson PTE Academic scores (click for details: PTE Academic)
  • English3 (click for details: E3PT)

Requirements 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 an effective communicator. The course will also help students become familiar with the many standards and guidelines set forth by the 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 required minimum must attain a minimum passing grade of B at the end of the class. If the student does not pass with the minimum grade he/she will not be admitted to the Master’s program.