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The Graduate School administers the application, admission, and readmission process for all degree-seeking and non-degree seeking graduate students. We are happy to help guide you through the graduate application process.

Application Process


1. Select a Graduate Program.

2. Review Admission Requirements.

3. Submit Online Application.

4. Submit required Application Materials.

5. Check Application Status.


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What type of application should I choose?

This is the application most students will complete. Select this application if you are seeking to earn a master's, specialist, or doctoral degree.


Express Admission

If you have been offered Express Admission, please do not submit a regular application. You will need to contact the department chair or program director and they will start your express admission application.

This application should only be submitted by applicants who are not seeking a degree. This includes those wishing to pursue a certificate program without also pursuing a degree.

Graduate students not in attendance during three or more academic semesters (including summer semester), but less than five years, must complete the Readmission Application to the same program in which you were previously enrolled and provide any required documentation. Students seeking admission for a different program must submit a new degree-seeking application.

Graduate students who last attended their graduate programs over five years ago must reapply to their program by submitting a graduate degree-seeking application.

This does not apply to current or former undergraduates wishing to pursue a graduate degree.

Please do not submit multiple applications to the same program for different semesters, as this may cause processing issues. Please submit an application for your earliest preferred start semester. If you would like to defer your starting semester, please fill out the term change form.


Review Process

Initial Evaluation

Once all application materials are submitted, the Graduate School will complete an initial evaluation and forward your application to the department for an admission decision. Incomplete applications will not be considered for admission or may be denied admission.

Decision Notification

The Graduate School will notify the applicant of the admission decision through email. Admission to the University is often contingent upon the subsequent receipt of satisfactory and official college or university transcripts and verification of baccalaureate degree. Failure to submit such documents before the end of the second week of class of the initial semester of enrollment may result in the cancellation of admission.

Important Notes

  • If you are physically outside the state of Florida AND plan to apply for a fully online program, please review your state authorization status.
  • In accordance with the requirements of Florida law (Section 119.071, Florida Statutes), the University of West Florida collects social security numbers only if specifically authorized or required by law, or if imperative for the performance of the University's duties and responsibilities. Learn more about the collection and use of Social Security numbers.
  • If you are not taking any face-to-face courses at a UWF campus or location, visit our Immunization Waivers and Exceptions page. If you are enrolled in a face-to-face course, you will be required to submit the proper immunization documentation through Med+Proctor. Visit Create an Account with Med+Proctor for more information.