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Graduate Students

How to apply for graduate students.

Graduate Application Deadlines
Student Type Application Deadlines
Graduate Degree Seeking - MA in ESE

Spring - November 15
Summer - April 15
Fall - July 15
Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Spring - November 15
Summer - April 15
Fall - July 15

Degree Seeking Students

MA in Exceptional Student Education with Specialization in ABA

To pursue a Masters degree with BCBA and QBA or IBA coursework, submit a graduate application for the Master's in Exceptional Student Education program. Then choose the Applied Behavior Analysis specialization.

Admissions requirements

Letter of Intent Rubric

Graduate Application

Non-Degree Seeking Students

Graduate ABA, QBA, and IBA Certificates

Apply to UWF as a Non-Degree Seeking graduate student. Use the link below to apply as a Masters level student for the semester that you plan to enroll (Spring, Summer, or Fall). Make sure to select "Pursue a Certificate Program" and then "Graduate ABA Certificate" (for BCBA coursework), "Graduate QBA Certificate", or "Graduate IBA Certificate" depending on which program you plan to pursue.

Non-Degree Seeking Graduate Application

Watch the step-by-step video below for help completing your application.

Graduate Non-Degree Seeking Application Instructions
  1. Follow the Non-Degree Seeking Graduate Application link above.
  2. Select "Apply for (Year) Graduate Admissions"
  3. Create an Account: 
         a. Make sure to use an e-mail address you can easily access
         b. You will need to create a new account even if you have an undergraduate application account. They do not crossover.
  4. Answer the questions about your possible credits (you can select unsure) and select your expected entry term.
  5. Temporary PIN Page:
         a. A PIN was sent to the email address you provided. The sender will be “UWF Graduate School and the Subject line will be “University of West Florida- Application Portal Account Ready for Activation”
         b. Copy and Paste the temporary code into the Temporary PIN field. There is no need to click the activation link unless you exited out of the screen.
         c. Verify birthday
  6. Set password to what you like. We recommend using a strong password.
  7. Applications Page:
         a. Click “Start New Application” (Blue link below “Your Applications”)
          b. A box should pop up. If it does not, check your security and pop-up blocker settings.
         c. Select entry term. This will be the term in which the class starts.
         d. Select non-degree seeking (term should match).
         e. Click Open Application after verifying the information is correct on the “Application details” pop-up
  8. Fill out the application:
         a. Fill out all Personal questions on Page 1
         b. On Page 2 (“Non-degree Academic Interest”):
              i. Certify that you have a bachelor’s degree and then make sure to select “Pursue a certificate program” as your academic intent.
              ii. Select “Graduate BCBA Certificate- Online” or "Graduate QBA Certificate - Online" as the option.
              iii. Note: If you are intending on pursuing the BCaBA sequence only, you will need to apply as an undergraduate student. 
             iv. Use the drop down to select/verify the correct entry term.
             v. For “immunization Waiver” select “Waive the requirement as an online student.”
             c. Continue filling out the application. Don’t forget to review and “sign” the application so that you can submit. You can also ‘Save for Later” if you need to come back.
  9. Let us know you applied and how we can help you! We look forward to working with you.

It usually takes at least 24 hours for that application to process. Once it has processed, you will be sent a UWF ID# from Admissions. Once you have your UWF ID, you can log in to the myUWF portal and complete the remaining tasks:

  1. Follow the instructions to remove the financial responsibility hold.
  2. To remove immunization hold, you will need your UWF ID. Immunization records are required of all students, but you have the option to decline or exempt yourself from the immunizations since you will be an online student.
  3. Follow the registration instructions to enroll in classes. Refer to the Graduate Course Schedule for Course Reference Numbers (CRNs). 

Transfer Students

We encourage you to please reach out to our office at or 850.474.2704 with questions at any time.