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     Year 2004/2005
     Fall Semester 2004
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University Mission
Degrees, Areas of Specialization,

After Admission
Financial Assistance
Student Activities
Student Services and Resources
Tuition and Fees
Military and Veterans Information
Registration and Records
Academic Policies
Graduation and General Degree

Public Service and Research Centers
College Mission Statements
Undergraduate Degree Programs
Master's Degree Programs
Specialist Degree Programs
Doctoral Degree Programs
Course Numbering System
Course Listings and Descriptions
Admission by Transfer
Admission from Secondary School
Appeal of Admission Denial
General Policies
General Readmission
Graduate Admissions
International Student Admission
Admission to a specific degree program is a selective process and is governed by college and departmental requirements which may exceed the University-wide standards. In addition to the numerical requirements of grade point average and test scores, other factors which predict probable success may be considered. These factors include: the quality of the student's undergraduate preparation, determined by the nature of the undergraduate institution attended and performance in specific courses; student motivation and attitude, determined from letters of recommendation written by undergraduate instructors and/or a personal interview; and miscellaneous factors which might be relevant such as personality, creativity, temperament, and innate talent (music, art, etc.). Preference for admission to any semester will be given to those students whose credentials indicate the greatest promise of academic success in their chosen course of study.

Documents submitted by applicants are evaluated and processed by the Office of Admissions and forwarded to the appropriate academic departments for review. The academic departments make the decision to admit or deny admission and forward the decisions to the Office of Admissions.

International students also should refer to the section on International Student Admissions.

Required Documents
Applicants for graduate admission must provide the Office of Admissions with the following documents:

The application for admission and a nonrefundable $30 fee payable to the University of West Florida should be submitted six to nine months prior to the semester for which admission is desired. It is the policy of the University not to defer or waive the application fee. The $30.00 application fee must be in U.S. currency, drawn on a U.S. bank. This fee may also be paid via MasterCard or Visa by calling toll free 1-888-529-1763 or locally at 474-3036.

It is the responsibility of the applicants to have submitted to the Office of Admissions two official transcripts from each college and university attended. Graduates of UWF already have these on file if they have not attended other institutions since graduation. Transcripts are considered official when they are sent from a college or university directly to the Office of Admissions and bear an official seal and signature. Transcripts bearing the statement "Issued to Student," faxed transcripts, or transcripts submitted by the applicants are not considered official.

Original documents or signed, officially certified photocopies of original documents may be submitted by the student only when institutions outside the U.S. will not send academic records to other institutions. The verifying signature preferably should 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 the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) are required for all applicants except for those students requesting admission to the College of Business. Official test results from the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) are required for applicants to the College of Business. It is recommended that the GRE or GMAT be taken no later than April for the fall semester, October for the spring semester, or December for the summer semester. The GRE or GMAT scores are considered official only when they are sent directly to the Office of Admissions from the Educational Testing Service. Examinee copies are not considered official. Applicants to the Ed.D. program should take the GRE one year prior to desired admission.

The GRE and GMAT are offered several times a year at numerous testing centers in the U.S. and abroad. Advance application is required. Application forms, as well as detailed information on the availability and character of the examinations, may be obtained from the UWF Testing Office or by writing: Educational Testing Service, Graduate Record Examinations, Box 6000, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6000, www.gre.org; or Educational Testing Service, Graduate Management Admissions Test Program, Box 6103, Princeton, New Jersey 08541-6103, www.gmat.org.

Some departments require additional information such as auditions, portfolios, goal statements, letters of recommendation, departmental applications, personal interviews, and diagnostic testing. Applicants should contact the department directly regarding any special requirements. These items should be sent directly to the department.

Deadlines for Applications and Supporting Documents
The final deadlines for applications and supporting documents for graduate applicants with U.S. citizenship or permanent resident status are:

Fall Semester             June 1
Spring Semester         October 1
Summer Semester      March 1

Because some departments have earlier deadlines, applicants should contact 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 student to be considered for enrollment in the desired semester.

Admission Policies
Admission to graduate study involves acceptance by the department or college in which the applicant expects to study. Final admission to the University is subject to approval by the department or college. While there are minimum University admission requirements, the departments may set admission standards significantly higher than these minima. Applicants must meet any departmental requirements and the following criteria to be considered:

  1. Have earned a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university. Applicants must hold, or be candidates for baccalaureate degrees from regionally accredited institutions. Approval of applications from undergraduate seniors is conditional upon the awarding of the baccalaureate degree prior to commencement of graduate studies. Students who have graduated from recognized, although nonaccredited, institutions may apply for study as graduate students. See the subsection on Conditional Admission;

  2. Be in good standing at the institution of higher learning last attended. Students who, for academic or disciplinary reasons, are not eligible to register in the college or university last attended will not be admitted for graduate study;

  3. Meet at least one of the following three criteria:

    1. Have earned a minimum 3.0 GPA in the last 60 semester hours of course work attempted in earning the bachelor's degree;

    2. Submit GRE scores (College of Business applicants must submit GMAT scores in lieu of GRE). A minimum score of 1000 on the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the general aptitude test of the GRE (minimum GMAT score is 450) is required if the undergraduate GPA is below the minimum 3.0; or

    3. Have earned a graduate degree from an accredited institution; and
  4. Be approved by the department or college of their intended major.
Although applicants may be admitted to graduate programs on the basis of their GPA, GRE scores are required. GMAT scores are required for business majors.

If students do not meet the above criteria but are recommended by the appropriate department of UWF, applicants may be admitted on a conditional basis. Also, students who have graduated from a non-regionally accredited institution may be admitted on a conditional basis and are required to earn at least an average grade of "B" during the first 12 semester hours of graduate study at the University. Students admitted on a conditional basis who fail to achieve the stipulations of their admission may be suspended from the program.

Applicants must meet the minimum standards for admission to graduate studies. In addition, individuals must meet the following requirements to be considered:
  1. Have earned a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university;

  2. Meet two of the following:

    1. Composite score of 1000 on the combined verbal and quantitative portions of the GRE, and

    2. Master's degree GPA of at least 3.25, or

    3. GPA of at least 3.0 on the last 60 semester hours of the bachelor's degree;

  3. Submit a letter of intent with the names and addresses of three professional references. At least two of the references should be persons who are in positions to comment about the candidate's academic capability and leadership potential. One of these references must be an instructor in the candidate's master's degree program; and

  4. Submit a letter describing academic background including scholarly and research interest. This letter should also include objectives while in the program.
Preference for admission to the Ed.D. program will be given to those students whose credentials indicate the greatest promise of academic success in their chosen course of study.

Individuals who seek admission to the Ed.D. program must meet the following entrance requirements to be considered:
  1. Have a master's degree from a regionally accredited college or university (some specialization areas require a master's degree in the field of study);

  2. Submit official GRE scores;

  3. Meet at least two of the following:

    1. Total quantitative and verbal GRE score of 1000 or higher, and

    2. A master's degree GPA of at least 3.5, or

    3. GPA of at least 3.0 on the last 60 semester hours of the bachelor's degree;

  4. Submit three letters of recommendation from persons in positions to comment about the applicant's academic capability and leadership potential;

  5. Submit a written statement to be reviewed by the department in which the applicant states personal career goals and the way in which the Ed.D. will help achieve those goals; and

  6. Attend an orientation session.
Documents are submitted to the Office of Admissions for initial evaluation and processing. The applicant's file is then forwarded to the College of Professional Studies for review by the appropriate specialization admissions committee. The committee makes the decision to admit or deny admission and forwards that decision to the Office of Admissions.