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 either “Clinical and Translational Science” or “None”.
  6. In the specialization field, please list one of the following areas: International Communication, Journalism, JD/MAMC, Mass Communication Law, Public Relations, Science/Health, Telecommunication. The department contact name is not required.
  7. Complete the rest of the application including academic background, activities, test score information and letters of recommendation.
  8. Payment by credit card is required before submitting your application.

Phase 2:  Send Information to the University of Florida Office of Admissions

Send the items listed below to this address:

For courier (such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL) delivery:

University of Florida 
Office of Admissions 
201 Criser Hall 
Gainesville, FL 
32611-4000

For US Postal Service delivery:

University of Florida 
Office of Admissions 
201 Criser Hall
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 
32611-4000

  • Have official transcripts sent from all post-secondary institutions. (A copy will also need to be sent to the College of Journalism and Communications.  See below.)
  • 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 will be considered. Applications with GRE verbal scores below 400/140 will not be processed. GRE scores are valid for five years. 
    • If you’re an international student, submit your official TOEFL scores to the address above.
      • Contact the Educational Testing Service and have them send your official report. A score of at least 90 on the exam and 26 or higher on the speaking portion is required to be considered for admission. We also accept IELTS scores with minimum of 8 on both the exam and the speaking portion. 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. Intensive English language programs are excluded from the year of study provision. TOEFL and IELTS scores are valid for two years. (For information on the College’s English-language enhancement program, click here.)

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

E-mail the items below to sglee@jou.ufl.edu or mail to:

For courier (such as FedEx, UPS, or DHL) delivery:

Division of Graduate Studies
College of Journalism and Communications
University of Florida
2013 Weimer Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-8400

For US Postal Service delivery:

Division of Graduate Studies
College of Journalism and Communications
University of Florida
PO  Box 118400

2013 Weimer Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611-8400

  • 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 sglee@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 Sarah Johnson at sglee@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?
  • Supplemental application for the College of Journalism and Communications
  • Have official transcripts sent from all post-secondary institutions (to both UF and to the College of Journalism and Communications).   Transcripts should be sent as hard copies.
  • Resume (if not submitted in online application under Phase 1)
  • Optional: Application for graduate assistantship
  • Optional: Samples of your work

Instructions for International Students

If you are an international student, additional steps include:

  • Please send one transcript in your native language and one transcript translated to English
  • 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.)