Master's Admissions Process
This process is for on-campus programs only.
- Domestic student application deadline is April 1. Applications may be considered after the April 1 deadline for domestic applicants only, if space is available.
- International student application deadline is January 30.
- Assistantship/Fellowship applications deadline is March 15.
- Spring admissions is only for two-year program students.
- Domestic student application deadline is September 15.
- International student application deadline is July 15.
Minimum Requirements for Acceptance
- Applicants must have a baccalaureate degree
- An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or better
- GRE scores (see below)
- For international students, TOEFL scores (see below)
The Graduate School, University of Florida, requires both a minimum grade average of 3.0 for all upper-division undergraduate work and a minimum verbal-quantitative total score on the General Test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). 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 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.
Test Score Requirements
Scores after August 2011
156 Verbal/146 Quantitative
GRE scores are valid for five years. Exceptions to minimum scores are considered based on entire packet of application materials. Some applications with scores slightly below the minimum will be considered. GRE writing scores are subject to consideration.
The GRE codes are 5812 for the University of Florida and 4503 for the College of Journalism and Communications.
To obtain information on the GRE or to request that official scores be sent to the university, write:
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08541-6004
For International Students
International students may take either the TOEFL or IELTS tests. Requirements for each are:
IELTS: 6 (6.5)
TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years.
The TOEFL code is 83
Communicating for Success
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.