This course may be taken prior to or during the same term.
The Graduate School administers the application, admission, and readmission process for all degree-seeking and non-degree seeking graduate students. It also assists prospective graduate students in obtaining information about UWF.
The University of West Florida encourages applications for admission from qualified students regardless of gender, culture, religion, ethnic background, age, marital status, or disability. Students with documented visual impairments, hearing impairments, motor impairments, or specific learning disabilities may petition for substitution of admission requirements provided such substitution does not significantly alter the nature of the program for which admission is being sought. For more information about the University's admission requirement substitution policy contact the Graduate School.
Admission of students to the University of West Florida is within the jurisdiction of the University, but subject to the minimum standards adopted by the UWF Board of Trustees and the Florida Board of Governors.
Conditions of Admission
The Graduate School will notify the applicants of the admission decision. Admission to the University is often contingent upon the subsequent receipt of satisfactory and official college or university transcripts and verification of baccalaureate degrees. Failure to submit such documents may result in the cancellation of admission. Refer to Provisional Admission for more information.
Ownership of Submitted Documents
All credentials and documents submitted become the property of the University of West Florida. The originals or copies of the originals will not be returned to the applicant or forwarded to another institution, agency, or person.
If it is found that an applicant has made a false or fraudulent statement or a deliberate omission on the application for admission, the residency statement, or any other accompanying documents or statements, the applicant may be denied admission. If the student is already enrolled when the fraud is discovered, the case will be adjudicated using the procedures specified for violations of the UWF Student Conduct System as contained in the Student Handbook.
The University shall evaluate an applicant's previous conduct to determine whether offering the applicant admission is in the best interest of the University. Applicants with a record of previous misconduct at an educational institution or criminal conduct will be evaluated during the admission process in accordance with UWF/REG 3.003.
Request for Admission for a Later Semester
Applicants are admitted to the University only for the semester for which they apply. Students who do not enroll in the semester for which they have been admitted and want consideration for a different semester must reapply for admission and pay another application processing fee. Applicants will be considered for admission under the policies in effect at that time. Admission is not automatic. If an applicant has attended, or is currently attending, another collegiate institution since the submission of the previous application, the applicant must indicate the institution on the new application and provide an official transcript of all work attempted.
Admission Documents Required
Applicants for graduate admission must provide the Graduate School with the following documents:
Application for Admission
Applicants must apply for graduate level admission online. The application for admission and a non-refundable, non-deferrable $30 processing, fee payable to the University of West Florida, should be submitted six to nine months prior to the semester for which admission is requested. It is the policy of the University not to defer or waive the application for admission and the application processing fee. The application processing fee must be in U.S. currency and drawn from a U.S. bank. There is an option to pay via credit card when the web application is submitted.
Applicants must submit one official transcript from each college and university attended to the Graduate School. Applicants who received their undergraduate degree from UWF do not need to provide UWF transcripts. Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to the Graduate School and bear an official seal and signature. Transcripts bearing the statement "Issued to Student," faxed transcripts, or transcripts submitted by the applicant are not considered official. Original documents, or signed officially certified photocopies of original documents, may be submitted by the applicant only when institutions outside the U.S. will not send academic records to other institutions. The verifying signature should preferably be that of an officer of the institution attended. All academic records that are not in English must be accompanied by certified English translations.
Official test results from a nationally standardized graduate admission test are required for all applicants unless otherwise specified by the graduate program to which the applicant is applying. Applicants should contact the graduate department for which he/she applied to inquire as to which test is acceptable for that program or if it may be waived. The University of West Florida accepts the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), and the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT). For the majority of departments, it is recommended that the graduate admission test be taken no later than April for the fall semester, August for the spring semester, or January for the summer semester. Applicants should contact the specific department for departmental deadlines for admission tests. Applicants to the Ed.D. program should take the GRE, MAT, or GMAT one year prior to desired admission. The test scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Graduate School from the testing agency. Examinee copies are not considered official. The GRE, GMAT, and MAT are offered several times a year at numerous testing centers in the U.S. and abroad. Advanced registration is required. Registration forms, as well as detailed information on the availability and character of the examinations, may be obtained from the UWF Testing Center.
Some departments have additional admission requirements such as auditions, portfolios, goal statements, letters of recommendation, departmental applications, writing samples, personal interviews, and diagnostic testing. Applicants should contact the department directly regarding any departmental admission requirements.
Deadlines for Applications and Supporting Documents
The final deadlines for applications and supporting documents for graduate applicants are:
Because some departments have earlier deadlines, applicants should contact the specific academic departments for departmental deadlines. It is in an applicant's best interest to apply early. Files completed after the published deadlines may not be processed in time for the applicant to be considered for enrollment in the desired semester.
Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's Programs
The Accelerated Bachelor's to Master's (ABM) programs allow high-performing undergraduate students at the University of West Florida an opportunity to complete the requirements for both the bachelor's and master's degrees at an accelerated pace. Undergraduate students in this program may apply up to 12 graduate (5000-6000 level) credit hours toward the completion of both the bachelor's and master's degree requirements.
Criteria for Admission to the ABM Program
Admission to the ABM program, which allows undergraduate students to begin taking approved graduate courses, is contingent on meeting the following eligibility requirements at the time of entering the ABM program:
- Students must have completed a minimum of seventy-five (75) credit hours in their undergraduate programs, including credits earned from advanced placement, prior to submitting the ABM Program Application.
- Transfer students must have completed a minimum of two semesters at the University of West Florida and meet in residence credit hour requirements established by the department and approved by the Graduate School.
- Students must have a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.25 and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in their major at the University of West Florida.
- Admission to an ABM program does not guarantee admission to the Graduate School. Students must apply directly to the master's program.
Application to the ABM Program
There are two separate application processes: (1) submission/approval of ABM Program Application (allows undergraduate student to begin taking pre-approved graduate-level courses) and (2) submission/approval of graduate admission application (officially admits student into the master's program).
- A prospective student who meets the eligibility requirements must schedule a meeting with his/her undergraduate advisor and graduate advisor to develop a degree plan for his/her bachelor's to master's degree programs. The degree plans must clearly indicate the courses (a maximum of 12 graduate semester hours at either the 5000 or 6000 level) that will be applied to both the bachelor's and master's degrees. Undergraduate courses cannot be used to meet graduate degree requirements.
- The prospective student must be given a copy of these guidelines.
- The prospective student must submit an ABM Program Application. The application must be approved by the department chair(s) and a copy must be submitted to the Graduate School.
- Before the student can persist to the master's degree, during the semester prior to undergraduate graduation, students must submit the standard graduate application for admission (or the express admission application) to the Graduate School including:
- The application processing fee (unless submitting the express admission application)
- Official copy of all non-UWF transcripts
- Acceptable graduate admission test score. If submitting an express admission application, students should check with their department to make sure a graduate admission test score is required.
- Students who are a part of the ABM program cannot be conditionally admitted into the graduate program; they must either be provisionally or fully admitted into the graduate program.
Express Admission to a Master's Program
Express admission is a special admissions procedure to quickly admit current UWF undergraduate students to our master's programs. Express admission allows for high-performing, currently enrolled UWF undergraduate students to continue their graduate study at UWF by going through a shorter application process, eliminating the formal graduate admission application submission, the application processing fee submission, and some, if not all, departmental admission requirements submission. Some graduate departments waive the graduate admission test requirement. Students should check with the graduate department to see if the graduate admission test is required. Admission to the master's program is valid only for the semester indicated on the express admission application.
Criteria for Express Admission
- Applicant must be nominated by the chairperson of the proposed master's program and be approved by the respective college dean.
- Applicant must be a candidate for graduation from UWF.
- Applicant must be an undergraduate student either within the same department as the proposed master's program or in a department that has established a cross-discipline express admission agreement with the proposed master's program.
- Applicant must maintain continuous enrollment at UWF, which means the applicant cannot wait a semester after graduation to enroll in the master's program, except for the summer semester (e.g., an applicant graduating in the spring semester may opt to start her/his master's program in the summer or fall semester of the same year of graduation. A fall graduate must attend the following spring semester; and a summer graduate must attend the following fall semester).
- Applicant must meet published UWF graduate admission criteria.
- Admission of a UWF undergraduate is provisional upon the awarding of the baccalaureate degree prior to commencement of graduate study.
- The application for express admission must be completed and received by the Graduate School at least one month prior to the start of graduate classes for the requested semester. The application must be submitted via the College Dean to the Graduate School.
Non-Degree Seeking Applicants
Graduate non-degree seeking applicants must complete the online graduate non-degree seeking application. Non-degree seeking applicants do not need to pay an application processing fee, nor do they need to submit a graduate admission test, official college transcripts, or departmental admission requirements. The non-degree classification at the graduate level is used only by those students who have completed a baccalaureate degree. Non-degree seeking applicants whose native language is not English or applicants from a country in which the primary language is not English, must submit acceptable scores on an English Proficiency Test to be considered for non-degree seeking status.
For enrollment information, see the Non-Degree Seeking Status section of the Catalog.