Ph.D. Admissions

How to Apply

Phase 1: Fill out the Online Application

  1. 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.
  2. Once your account is set up, click on “Apply Online” and then log in.
  3. Complete all of the personal information, disclosures and application information.
  4. On the Program of Study page, select “College of Journalism and Communications”. On the drop-down menu, select “Degree Name – Doctor of Philosophy” and then select the term/semester that you would like to begin.
  5. On the next screen, click on “Concentration” and select “None” (unless you are applying specifically for the Clinical and Translational Science training program as as a concentration in partnership with the UF CTSI).
  6. Complete the rest of the application including academic background, activities, test score information and letters of recommendation.
  7. Payment by credit card is required before submitting your application.

Phase 2: Transcript and Test Score Submission 

Have official transcripts sent from all post-secondary institutions. 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 the institution’s transcript delivery service. If one is not available, applicants may also have their school email transcripts directly to te@admissions.ufl.edu. 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 prior degrees are not required to submit transcript records for those degrees. A copy of UF transcripts 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: Contact the Educational Testing Service and have them send your official GRE scores. A verbal score of 550/156 and a quantitative score of at least 550/146 are strongly preferred. Some applications with scores slightly below the minimum may be considered. Applications with GRE verbal scores below 400/140 will not be processed. GRE scores are valid for five years. Contact the Educational Testing Service and have them send your official GRE scores.

TOEFL: If you’re an international student, submit your official TOEFL scores through the application portal. Contact the Educational Testing Service and have them send your official report. The TOEFL Home Edition is accepted. The University of Florida school code for submission of TOEFL and TSE scores is 5812.

  • A score of at least 90 on the TOEFL exam is required to be considered for admission. We also accept IELTS scores with a minimum of 6.5.
  • A verbal score of 550/156 and a quantitative score of at least 550/146 are strongly preferred. Some applications with scores slightly below the minimum will be considered. Applications with GRE verbal scores below 400/140 will not be processed. GRE scores are valid for five years. 
  • 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. Exemptions are granted if applicants:
      • Have successfully completed one academic year in a degree-seeking program at a recognized/regionally accredited university or college in the United State or a country where English is the official language.
      • Hold an earned equivalent of Associate’s, Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D. degree from a recognized/regionally accredited college or university in the United States or country where English is the official language.
      • See https://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/graduate/international for details on English Proficiency requirements and exemptions allowable by UF.

Phase 3: Send Information to the College of Journalism and Communications

E-mail the items below to gradapps@jou.ufl.edu.

  • Three letters of recommendation, using this form.

Written letters should be on letterhead and attached to the forms. The same letters of recommendation may be used for both admission and financial aid applications. Ask authors of your letters of recommendation to send them directly to the address above or send as a pdf file to gradapps@jou.ufl.edu. If you submitted your recommenders’ e-mail addresses on the online application, they do not have to send hard copies.

  • Statement of Purpose/Goals

You will need to submit your statement of purpose/goals during the online application process or send directly to Address #2 or as a pdf file to gradapps@jou.ufl.edu . If you submitted your statement of goals on the online application, you do not have to send a hard copy. Title this document “Statement of Goals” and be sure to include your name and date. Please do not center text. Describe your career plans following completion of your doctoral degree. Tell us what experiences have led to your goals, and how you think graduate study will help you prepare for the career. Please address the following questions.

    1. In one or two sentences, please state your short-term and long-term career objectives. How have your prior professional, academic and personal experiences influenced your career plans? Specifically, how will your participation in this doctoral program contribute to your career objectives.
    2. What unique personal qualities or life experiences distinguish you from other applicants?
    3. Why are you interested in this program? How will it help you achieve your goals?
    4. What subjects are you interested in teaching? What, if any, prior teaching experience do you have?
    5. As specifically as you can, please discuss your research focus. In addition, which faculty member(s) do you feel closely align with your area of research interest?
  • Please submit a current resume or CV highlighting both your professional and academic accomplishments.  Writing samples are optional but are strongly encouraged.
  • Application for a graduate assistantship is optional.

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.)