Graduate Admissions

Master's Admissions Process

This process is for on-campus programs only.

Due to current admission examination testing difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic our College, in sync with the UF Graduate School, is waiving the GRE  requirement for applicants seeking Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer A/B/C 2021, or Fall 2021 admission. This temporary emergency waiver applies only to admission for those four semesters.

Fall Semester

  • 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 Semester

  • 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 (waived for Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer A/B/C 2021, or Fall 2021 admission )
  • 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


GRE scores are valid for five years. Historically our most competitive applicants achieved scores in the range of 156 Verbal and 146 Quantitative. Work experience cannot be substituted in place of the GRE.

UF CJC practices a holistic review admissions process. We consider a broad range of factors including undergraduate performance, resume, depth of the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation and performance on standardized tests. The admissions committee carefully reviews all of the evidence and data points. Admissions decisions are made on a rolling basis.

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
CN 6004
Princeton, NJ 08541-6004

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.