Traditional (Full-time) Student Option
January, June, and August start dates available.
The Traditional MSM option allows any non-business major with a Bachelor's degree from an accredited university the opportunity to obtain a Master of Science with a major in Management.
Courses and Curriculum
If pursued full-time, the MSM Program can be completed in as little as ten months. It is a 32-credit hour curriculum comprised of twelve required courses (22 credits) and five elective courses (10 credits).
The program is structured in a modular format, consisting of four (4) eight-week periods (2 during spring and 2 during fall term) plus one summer six-week term. Students take a limited number of courses each module, allowing more intense concentration on the subject matter at hand. Two graduate business modules are contained in one UF semester. More information on courses, electives, and schedules can be found on our Courses and Curriculum page.
We consider all applicants based on individual experiences and skills. This is a difficult and time-consuming program and we seek to admit students that indicate through the application process that they can succeed in the MSM program and work well in academic groups. There are no guaranteed admissions, even if minimum requirements are satisfied. We do not offer conditional admission.
Our office makes a concerted effort to use as little paper as possible. Thus, we have an e-file on each applicant and prefer to receive all materials online or by email. Rather than submitting materials all at once, please submit materials as they are ready so we can compile an admission file early and maintain the database throughout the process.
|Start term||Deadline||Applicant can expect response by:||Admitted applicants must reply and submit professional development fee by:|
|Early Deadline||Aug 1||Sep 1||Sep 15|
|Traditional Deadline||Oct 1||Nov 1||Nov 15|
|Summer B (late June)|
|Early Deadline||Dec 1||Jan 15||Feb 1|
|Traditional Deadline||Apr 1||May 1||May 15|
|Fall (late August)|
|Early Deadline||Jan 15||Mar 1||Mar 15|
|Traditional Deadline||Jun 1||Jul 1||Jul 15|
Deadlines are set early for a reason. If admitted, much happens to prepare the candidate for entry into our program. We begin planning for new students and the orientation several months in advance. If you absolutely cannot finalize your application under the deadline, please contact us and we will consider extending the deadline for you, depending on what is still missing from your file. A candidate who is not in contact with us will eventually be reviewed for a decision. If materials are missing, the likely decision will be a denial as we cannot appropriately judge your eligibility for admission.
Summer B begins late June.
Spring begins early January.
Fall begins in late August.
Eligibility and Requirements
You must have, or will soon receive, a Bachelor's degree from an approved institution. We will not accept students who majored in a business subject, but a business minor can qualify for admissions review.
PERSONAL CHARACTER & PROFESSIONALISM
The applicant's essay, resume, and recommendations provide the best opportunity to convey one's unique background, personality, leadership skills, professionalism, and ability to add to the diversity of the MSM program. Involvement in extracurricular and community activities is also looked upon favorably since it provides additional insight into the interests and social awareness of the applicant. Candidates may be offered the opportunity to complete an admission interview.
The MSM program does not require professional work experience and the majority of in-program students have little or no post-Bachelor's professional experience. Applicants who do have significant work experience may want to research the UF MBA Programs.
The minimum materials required to apply for the program are as follows:
Complete the online application.
Both UF Graduate Admissions and the MSM Program will have access to your completed application. You will be required to pay a $30 non-refundable application fee to the University of Florida. When selecting your program, please list the Warrington College of Business Administration (BA), major (Management) and degree type Master's (M) on your application. Do not list a specialization since we do not have any "official" specializations.
Minimum GPA: 3.0 upper division* on a 4.0 scale (computed only for U.S. institutions)
*The online application has a worksheet on which you can compute your upper division GPA. Please have your unofficial transcripts nearby as you complete the application. The upper division GPA is essentially the final 60 credits of your undergraduate degree.
We look at all courses taken and all grades earned when we review transcripts for admission consideration. The major, credit load, attended institutions, and non-academic activities are considered when we are judging your qualifications for admission.
Statement of Purpose Essay
The essay should be completed as part of the online application or emailed (msm at warrington.ufl.edu) to us. Please emphasize:
- Your motivations for applying to the MSM program
- Why you think you are a good candidate for MSM
- How you would be a good MSM team member
Use the essay as an opportunity to highlight what you think we cannot assess from the other application materials. This is also the place you may wish to clarify or elaborate on something specific within your application package.
Resume or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)
A typical business resume is kept to one page, however, for admissions purposes we encourage applicants to not limit their resume to one page. Since we rarely interview applicants, it is important for us to get a complete picture of each individual to determine if MSM is a good match for them. Please elaborate on duties and responsibilities as well as leadership activities and time commitments outside of the classroom.
Coming in October 2010, there will be capability to add your resume to the online application. Until that time, please email (msm at warrington.ufl.edu) your resume as an attachment.
Letters of Recommendation
A minimum of two letters of recommendation should highlight your talents and ethics, based on your academic, volunteer/community involvement or work history. Recommendations should be submitted via the online application. Your recommenders will not be notified about the online recommendation until AFTER you complete your application and select "submit." An email will be automatically generated to your recommenders. The recommender is sent the standard recommendation in electronic form as well as the option to upload a written statement. Once they select submit, the recommendation will be sent back and attached to your online application.
However, if a recommender does not wish to use the online submission and prefers to send their letter directly to us, we request they scan/email (msm at warrington.ufl.edu) the recommendation. You may also provide them a standard recommendation form that they may use in lieu of, or in addition to, a letter.
If you are a current or former UF undergraduate student, you do NOT need to send copies of UF transcripts or those transcripts that are included in the UF transcript.
Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be sent to:
PO Box 117164
Hough Hall, Suite 220
Gainesville, FL 32611
Official GRE/GMAT Test Scores for Graduate School Admission
Applicants are required to take either the Educational Testing Service (GRE) or Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) exam. The test scores must be submitted electronically directly to the University of Florida from the testing organization, to be considered official.
Review the Frequently Asked Questions about the GRE Revised General Test for more information on this delay.
It is in the applicant's best interest to plan ahead in order to prepare for and schedule a test. The test scores are good for five years, so don't hesitate and take it long before you plan to apply. When scheduling the test, keep in mind that you have to wait 30 days before retaking the test. You may want to take the test early enough so that you have the opportunity to retake it if you do not do well.
Exemption from GRE or GMAT: The ONLY applicants who are exempt from submitting a GRE or GMAT score are those who have already completed and have been conferred a terminal degree; PhD, JD, MD, DVM, DDS.
GRE: UF does not mandate minimum GRE scores. GRE test scores will be used in the context of a holistic credential review process. Below are the test score ranges which are considered good (verbal and quantitative sections). Scores below or above this range are considered weak or excellent, respectively.
- GRE (score before August 1, 2011) = 1100 - 1200
- GRE (score after August 1, 2011) = 302- 308”
Use code: UF: 5812
GMAT: The minimum required score for Graduate School Admissions for the GMAT is a 465. A minimum score of 20 in the verbal section is needed. The score range considered good for the GMAT is 550 – 600. Scores below or above this range are considered weak or excellent, respectively.
Use code: J7Z-5J-64
Above average performance on the subtests of the GRE or GMAT will be looked upon favorably.
Upon receiving application materials, the MSM office will send one email regarding the status of your file. Further correspondence must be applicant initiated.
Prior to the beginning of the program, all MSM's are required to participate in a mandatory orientation which is generally held no more than a week before the start of courses. Specific orientation dates are available several months in advance and no excuses are accepted for a lack of attendance. If you are unable to attend orientation, you should defer to the next available start date.
Computer Requirements and Skills
The Hough Graduate School of Business and Warrington College of Business Administration require its students to have unrestricted access to a notebook computer. This is mandatory—no exceptions! Either a PC or Mac notebook will do, however, since the MSM program primarily relies on Microsoft Windows and Microsoft Office, anyone bringing a Mac must have that capability. Computers will be used for completing and submitting assignments; communication with faculty, staff, and classmates; statistical analysis; research, and in some cases, tests. Proficiency with word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, and Internet software is essential. Specifically, students should know how to use Excel and PowerPoint, and should complete a self-tutorial prior to the program, if necessary. Please see the Computer Requirements for more information.
If you still have questions after reviewing all information available and examining the MSM Frequently Asked Questions page, please do not hesitate to email (msm at warrington.ufl.edu) us.