Ph.D. Program

How to Apply How to Apply

Applying for graduate admission can be a little complicated. These instructions should help simplify the process.

Phase 1: Fill out the Online Application

1. Go to http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/start.html

  • Scroll down to Graduate and click Apply

2. Complete all of the Personal Information

3. On the Academic Program Information page, under Primary Program:

  • Select the semester when you plan on starting
  • For “Degree Goal”, select PhD
  • For “Program of Study”, select Mass Communication

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4. Complete the rest of the online application

5. Pay with a credit card before submitting application.  If  you don’t submit payment during the application process, you will have to pay by check or money order which will delay processing.

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

  • Download this form and submit with a $30 application fee if payment was not made during the online application process.
  • 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.
  • International applicants must also take the speaking portion of the TOEFL iBT and score a 26 or higher or take the IELTS and score an 8 or higher.  The 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.

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 Goals: You will need to submit your statement of goals during the online application process, send by mail to the address above or send as a pdf file to Sarah G. Lee 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. Send to the address above.
  • Summary Form. This form must be filled out completely. This form will be used when the committee evaluates your file. Send by mail to the address above or as a pdf file to sglee@jou.ufl.edu .

Instructions for International Students

If you are an international student, additional steps include:

  • Submit the official TOEFL score report to the address under Phase 2 above.
  • 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.)