Frequently Asked Questions
What are the application deadlines?
For most graduate programs, the deadline is June 1 for the Fall semester, October 1 for the Spring semester, and March 1 for the Summer semester. Some programs have earlier deadlines. Contact your department of interest or view the graduate program page for individual program deadlines.
What is the application process, and how long does it take to get an admission decision?
Once the application, processing fee, and transcripts are received, we can start evaluating the file. After the initial evaluation in the Graduate School is complete, the application materials are sent to the department for an admission decision. We do not wait for required test scores before sending the file to the department. Most departments meet in committees to review admission files. Departments can take as long as it deems necessary to review the file, and the Graduate School has no control over this length of time. The department may choose to withhold a decision until test scores or other departmental materials arrive for review. Once the department makes a decision, the Graduate School is notified, and we then notify the applicant. Most applicants can expect to receive an admission decision within about a month from the time all application materials are received. Applicants are welcome to review their Admission Status app in MyUWF or call or email the Graduate School at any time to inquire about their application status.
What are the admission requirements?
The University requires*:
• Submission of the Graduate admission application and the $30 application processing fee
• Official transcript from every college or university attended
*International applicants may have additional requirements.
Departmental requirements vary based on each program. Check with the prospective department or view the program page to find out what materials may be required (ex: letters of recommendation, letter of intent, etc.).
What are the minimum test score requirements?
There is no university minimum for graduate admission tests. Applicants should check with their prospective departments to find out if they have a minimum required test score.
Does the GRE/GMAT/MAT have to be taken at the time of applying?
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 or MAT one year prior to desired admission. Departments have the option of provisionally admitting applicants without test scores. The applicant would then have until the middle of the first semester of graduate work to submit test scores. However, some departments place great weight on the test score, so the applicant should contact the department to find out if they require the test score to make an admission decision. Other departments allow for a graduate admission test waiver. Review your eligibility for an admission test score waiver (link here).
Do we ever accept unofficial transcripts or test score reports?
Graduate Admissions does not accept unofficial transcripts or test score reports, however, some individual departments will accept them for review if a applicant wants to get a preliminary idea of their chances of success in the program. The applicant is still required to submit official documents when the application process is started.
If coursework from all colleges shows up on the transcript for one college, can I just submit the transcript from the one college?
No. We require an official transcript from every institution ever attended regardless of whether or not a degree was earned.
What if the applicant’s GPA is below a 3.0?
For master's programs, the University requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4-point scale, or a 3.0 on a 4-point scale on the last 60 hours of coursework in the baccalaureate degree. For specialist programs, the University requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 on a 4-point scale. For the doctoral program, the University requires a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.5 on a 4-point scale.
Applicants who do not meet the minimum GPA requirements for regular admission may be admitted by a department on a conditional basis. In order to be considered for conditional admission, applicants must submit all required admission materials. Applicants admitted on a conditional basis are permitted to register for up to 12 semester hours identified by the department as appropriate to the degree. Admission on a conditional basis is not routine. The applicant should contact the department to find out how frequently they offer conditional admission and if that applicant’s GPA is one they might consider.
How do I cancel an active application?
We must have a request in writing in order to process the cancellation. Applicants who wish to cancel an application that we are processing must email email@example.com and request that their application be cancelled (include full name and UWF ID).
Can I make changes to my application after I have submitted it?
Yes, applicants have 30 days after they submit their application to change their program of interest or semester of entry. If it is past 30 days, applicants will need to submit a new application to make the change. Applicants normally have longer than 30 days to change other information on their application such as departmental documents (ex: letter of intent, letters of recommendation) or their previously attended institution list.
What is the basic way to qualify for Florida residency for tuition purposes?
Independent applicants must submit information for two of the following documents: Florida driver license, Florida vehicle registration, or Florida voter registration. The information must be at least one-year-old to qualify. The original issue date, not the renewal date, should be used. We can accept residency information in person at the Graduate School in Building 11 on the UWF main campus, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax at (850) 473-7714. Copies of documents are not necessary, just the information from the document is needed.
What is non-degree seeking status, and how is it different from degree-seeking status?
Non-degree students are students who are taking courses but are not working toward a degree. Applicants interested only in a certificate program or taking courses for personal interest can apply as a non-degree seeking student. Non-degree applicants complete a non-degree seeking application and are NOT required to submit the application processing fee, transcripts, test scores, or departmental requirements. Residency is required for non-degree seeking applicants. Non-degree seeking applicants are also usually cleared to register for classes within 2 business days. Non-degree students can, at the department's discretion, also transfer up to 12 credit hours of non-degree coursework toward an applicable degree program if they decide to become degree-seeking in that program. Non-degree students do not qualify for financial aid, so these students must pay for their courses out of pocket.
Can I change my program once I’m a graduate student?
Students in a program with multiple specializations may change specializations by submitting a Graduate Major Track Change form. Students wishing to change departments entirely must submit a new graduate admission application, pay another application processing fee, and reprove Florida residency, if claiming it.
Example: Changing from Psychology-General to Psychology-Counseling =Track Change form
Changing from Psychology-General to Social Work=New graduate admission application, processing fee, and departmental documents
How many semesters can I go without being enrolled before I have to reapply?
Students who have not enrolled for more than three semesters but fewer than five years must submit a Graduate Readmission Application if they wish to reenroll in their same graduate program. Students who have not enrolled for more than five years must submit a new graduate application, application processing fee, and transcripts if they attended another institution during non-enrollment at UWF. These students should also check with the department to see if they need to resubmit department materials. Students who want to enroll in a different program must submit a new graduate admission application.
Does the new Post-9/11 GI Bill cover graduate courses?
For all questions regarding the GI Bill, please contact the Office of Veterans’ Affairs. You may call them at (850) 474-2262.
What is a graduate assistantship, and how do I get one?
Many graduate students at UWF are funded through assistantships. There are different types of assistantships available. Graduate Assistants (GA) provide support for academic departments, programs, faculty, or personnel and perform professional or service duties outside of teaching or research. Teaching Assistants (TA) often assist a professor with teaching a course or solely teaching a lower-level undergraduate course. Research Assistants (RA) often engage in research for professors in an academic department. Assistants are granted tuition waivers as well as a stipend. Most assistantships (GA, TA, RA) are offered through academic departments. Available Graduate Assistantships will sometimes be listed on the HR website. Students should contact their academic department to find what types of assistantships are offered and how to go about obtaining them.
How many hours is full-time status and part-time status?
Full-time enrollment for a graduate student is 6 credit hours per semester or more. Part-time status is 3 credit hours or less. For the purpose of government loans, graduate students need only be enrolled in 6 credit hours.