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Admission Test Score Waivers


Admission test score waivers apply to applicants who meet the department's waiver criteria. The graduate admission test requirement will not be waived until the applicant is offered admission.

The graduate admission test score checklist item will remain 'outstanding' and you will continue to receive admission missing documents emails until an admission decision has been made and the department has indicated that they would like the graduate admission test waived.

Test Score Waivers
Test Score Waiver Requirements
DepartmentProgramsThe waiver will apply to applicants who meet these criteria:
Accounting and Finance Professional Accountancy, M.Acc.
  • UWF B.S.B.A. in Accounting with a GPA of 3.25 or higher
  • Individuals who have passed all four parts of the CPA examination as documented by the National Association of State Board of Accountancy (NASBA)
  • Individuals who have earned a business related master's degree from an AACSB accredited institute
Administration and Law Public Administration, M.S.A. The requirement for submission of one of the graduate admissions tests will be waived by the department for those students with a minimum of a 3.25 cumulative undergraduate GPA.
College of Education and Professional Studies, Ed.S. Program Curriculum & Instruction, Ed.S. Applicants must have a master's degree with a GPA of 3.75 or higher.
College of Education and Professional Studies, Ed.D. Program

Curriculum & Instruction, Ed.D.

Applicants must have a master's degree with a GPA of 3.75 or higher.
College of Education and Professional Studies, Ed.D. Program

Instructional Design and Technology, Ed.D.

Applicants must have a GPA of 3.75 or higher on the most recently completed graduate degree.
Communication Strategic Communication & Leadership, M.A. Applicants must have a bachelor's degree in Communications with a GPA of 3.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or have made at least an A in 9 or more credit hours of graduate coursework in our department either as non-degree seeking students or as a student in another graduate program.
Earth & Environmental Sciences GIS Administration, M.S.

GAT waiver will apply to the following:

  • UWF Graduate GIS Certificate holders with a Certificate GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • UWF undergraduate GIS Certificate holders with a Certificate GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Students who have earned previous master's degrees
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 or higher
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 and at least three (3) years relevant work experience in an organization (for-profit or non-for-profit) that would normally require an undergraduate degree or experience at running an entrepreneurial business
  • Undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 2.75 and at least (8) years of relevant work experience with increasing levels of responsibility

The credentials of applicants who do not meet minimums for these criteria are reviewed
further to determine if other factors are sufficient to warrant admission.

Engineering Engineering, M.S.

Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Exercise Science & Community Health Health Promotion & Worksite Wellness, M.S.
  • If the applicant has a 3.25 undergraduate GPA or higher
  • If the applicant has a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or higher and three years of relevant work experience in health promotion that would normally require a bachelor's degree
Exercise Science & Community Health Physical Education & Human Performance, M.S.
  • If the applicant has a 3.25 undergraduate GPA or higher
  • If the applicant has a 3.0 undergraduate GPA or higher and three years of relevant work experience in training, coaching, or teaching (e.g. sport, physical activity, physical education) that would normally require a bachelor's degree
Health Sciences & Administration Healthcare Administration M.H.A.

The test requirement may be waived if one of these conditions is met:

  • The applicant has a 3.5 GPA or higher
  • The applicant has a 3.0 GPA and three years of relevant work experience in a healthcare organization that would normally require an bachelor's degree
  • The applicant holds a terminal degree (Ph.D., J.D., Ed.D., etc.) or an advanced professional degree (M.S., M.A., etc.) from an accredited program
Instructional Design & Technology Instructional Design & Technology, M.Ed. Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.25 or higher.
Master of Business Administration (MBA) Business Administration, M.B.A.
  • GPA of at least 3.25 or higher
  • GPA of at least 3.0 and at least three (3) years relevant work experience in an organization (for-profit or non-for-profit) that would normally require an undergraduate degree to obtain or experience at running an entrepreneurial business
  • GPA of at least 2.75 and at least (8) years of relevant work experience with increasing levels of responsibility
  • Passed all four parts of the CPA examination as documented by the National Association of State Board of Accountancy (NASBA)
  • Completion of the UWF Graduate Business Foundation Certificate with a cumulative GPA of 3.25 or higher

Professional experience is determined on a case-by-case basis using a resume, and any requested supporting documents.  Our admissions committee evaluates an individual's accomplishments, roles, and responsibilities to determine the total number of years of professional experience.  Normally, professional experience begins at the point of graduation; however, the University of West Florida may consider prior work experience based on type of experience.

Mathematics & Statistics Mathematical Sciences, M.S. Applicants must have a B.S. or B.A. degree in Mathematical Sciences with at least a 3.0 GPA.
Mathematics & Statistics Data Science, M.S. The graduate admission test may be waived for the following:
  • A bachelor of science (B.S.) or bachelor of arts (B.A>) degree in a related field with at least a 3.0 GPA
  • A graduate degree in any of the sciences
Public Health Public Health, M.P.H. A waiver of the GRE or Admission Test Scores for prospective students with undergraduate GPA of 3.20 or higher
Reubin O'D. Askew Department of Government Political Science, M.A.

Applicants must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.25 or higher in the Political Science, Political Science-Pre Law, or International Studies / Affairs major.

School of Nursing Nursing, M.S.N. Applicants must have earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.) from a NLN- or CCNE-accredited nursing program with a minimum overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale OR a 3.0 (GPA) on a 4.0 scale in the last 60 hours of coursework on the B.S.N.
Social Work Social Work, M.S.W The graduate admission test may be waived for applicants who have an institutional undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher.
Teacher Education & Educational Leadership

Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed.

Educational Leadership Certification, M.Ed.

Exceptional Student Education, M.A.


Reading, M.Ed.

Applicants must have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher from an accredited institution.

 

 

COVID-19 Temporary Test Score Waivers

Due to COVID-19, the following programs/colleges will waive GRE/GMAT/MAT requirements for the terms listed.

Test Score Waivers due to COVID-19
College/ProgramsTerms Waived
College of Business, all programs Summer 2020 2nd term
Fall 2020
Spring 2021
Summer 2021
Hal Marcus College of Science and Engineering,
all programs
Fall 2020
Spring 2021
Summer 2021
Usha Kundu, MD College of Health, following departments:
Movement Science and Health, Health Sciences and Administration, Public Health
Fall 2020
Spring 2021
Summer 2021
Psychology - Licensed Mental Health Counseling Fall 2020
Spring 2021
Fall 2021
Psychology - Industrial/Organizational
(will provide option for GRE or a structured interview with the department)
Fall 2021
College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities,
all programs
Fall 2020
Spring 2021
Summer 2021
College of Education and Professional Studies, following programs:
Administration and Law
Criminal Justice
TEEL - M.Ed. C&I, M.Ed. Educational Leadership, M.Ed. Reading, M.A. Exceptional Student Education
Spring 2021
Summer 2021
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