Admissions

January, June, and August start dates available.

Individuals with business degrees are not eligible to apply. Refer to other Specialized Master’s programs designed for business majors.

If you are an out-of-town applicant who will be in the Gainesville area, we invite you to Hough Hall to meet with program staff and current students and take a tour of Hough Hall and the main campus. Applicants who would like to schedule a campus visit are asked to email the MSM office, so arrangements can be made.

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Traditional Master’s

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited institution
  • Non-business major (business minors may apply)
  • 3.0 upper division undergraduate GPA (U.S. degrees only)
  • Strong GMAT or GRE score
  • No professional work experience required

We review each application holistically, and consider all applicants based on individual experiences and skills. There are no guaranteed admissions, even if the minimum requirements are met.

Spring (January)Complete file deadline (tests included)Applicant notified by
International Deadline*Aug 1Oct 1
Early DeadlineAug 1Sep 1
Final DeadlineOct 1Nov 15
Summer B (late June)Complete file deadline (tests included)Applicant notified by
International Deadline*Jan 1Apr 1
Early DeadlineJan 15Feb 15
Final DeadlineApr 15May 15
Fall (late August)Complete file deadline (tests included)Applicant notified by
International Deadline*Jan 1Apr 1
Early Deadline 1Jan 15Mar 1
Early Deadline 2Apr 15May 15
Final DeadlineJun 1Jul 1

The only difference between the “Early” and “Final” deadlines is the date the decision letter is sent. There is no difference in the way applications are reviewed for each deadline.

*The international applicant deadline is strict due to the significant amount of time required for the UF Office of Admissions to review foreign credentials and for the UF International Center to issue the I-20 document to admitted students (required for student visa application).

If you cannot finalize your application under the deadline, please contact us to determine if we can accept late applications. Incomplete applications will be denied.

Admitted applicants will be asked to accept their admission offer within two weeks of receiving their offer letter.

Questions about applications can be emailed.

Online Application

Complete the online application and pay $30 application fee.

When selecting your program, please complete the information as follows:

  • Intended term and year: Spring (January), Summer B (June) or Fall (August)
  • Degree goal: Master’s
  • Program of study: Management (listed under Business Administration)
Statement of Purpose Essay

The essay should be completed as part of the online application. Please emphasize:

  • Your motivations for applying to the program
  • Why you think you are a good candidate for the program
  • How the program fits into your future goals

Use the essay as an opportunity to highlight what you think we cannot assess from the other application materials. Ideal length is between 400-600 words.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

The résumé helps us get a complete picture of each applicant. Please elaborate on duties and responsibilities as well as leadership activities and time commitments outside of the classroom.

Two Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of two recommendations from someone who has supervised the applicant (professor, employer, adviser, volunteer coordinator, etc.) are required. Please note: Recommendations from family members or family friends are only acceptable if the applicant has actually been employed by them otherwise they will not be considered. Recommendations from student/peer leaders will not be accepted.

To submit recommendations, list the name and contact information for your recommenders in the online application. Those individuals will then receive an automatic email, after you submit your online application.

Official Transcripts

Official undergraduate transcripts from all institutions attended are required. Official transcripts from all institutions attended must be sent to:

MSM Program
1384 Union Rd
Bryan Hall 125
P.O. Box 117164
Gainesville, FL 32611

UF undergraduates do not need to send copies of UF transcripts or those transcripts that are included in the UF transcript.

Official GRE/GMAT Test Scores for Graduate School Admission

We accept either GRE or GMAT test scores. We have no preference as to what test applicants choose to take. Test scores will be used as part of the holistic application review process.

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; Ph.D., JD, MD, DVM, DDS.

GMAT: A GMAT score between 550 – 620 is considered good. The minimum required score is a 465. We do not consider the writing or integrated reasoning sections.

GRE: We consider a 302-308 (old scale: 1100-1200) a good score range; there is no UF mandated minimum GRE score. We do not consider the writing section.

International Applicants
English Proficiency Requirements

International applicants are required to submit English proficiency (TOEFL/IELTS/MELAB) scores. For exam minimum scores and exemptions, refer to the English Proficiency Requirements section of the Graduate Application Details.

International applicants who took the GRE must also have scored a verbal section score of 140 or higher.

Interview

International applicants from non-US institutions are interviewed as part of the admissions process. Applicants are reviewed and those qualified applicants who are selected to interview will be invited by email. For those invited to interview, it is considered a mandatory part of the application process.

2018 in-person interview schedule (tentative):

  • January 26-28, 2018: Beijing, China
  • February 1-3, 2018: Shanghai, China

International applicants from other countries will be contacted to schedule an interview in mid-January 2018.

Diploma and Degree Certification

International applicants must submit a diploma and degree certification, in English and native language. Applicants who have not received their diploma must submit a letter from their institution stating the program of study and expected graduation date.

Policy for 3-Year Bachelor’s Degrees

The UF Office of Admissions will not recognize 3-year bachelor’s degrees from India, Australia, Bangladesh, Canada (excluding Quebec), Nepal and Pakistan. Three-year bachelor’s degrees from other countries are reviewed on an individual basis.

If a 3-year bachelor’s degree is considered not equivalent to a U. S. bachelor’s degree, an applicant has the option to obtain an evaluation from a professional credential evaluation service. If the credential service determines the degree is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree, the applicant must submit a copy of the credential evaluation report to the department for reconsideration. Credential evaluation reports will be accepted from members of NACES or AACRAO.

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Combined Degree

Admission to the combined option is more selective and is considered a “honors” path for high-performing University of Florida students. Meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission.

  • 3.2 cumulative UF GPA (listed on top of transcript)
  • Completed 90 credit hours, including AP, IB and dual enrollment, before beginning the program.
Graduate Admission Requirements

To be completed in your bachelor’s degree graduating term with your MSM advisor.

Admission to the Combined Option does not constitute admission to the UF Graduate School. To continue with the program after earning the bachelor’s degree, combined students must meet the Graduate School’s admissions requirements. To be eligible for graduate admission, students must:

  • Earn a bachelor’s degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or above
  • Complete the online graduate admission application and pay the application fee by posted deadline
    • The graduate admission application should be completed after the bachelor’s degree application has been submitted.
  • Have no conduct flags that disqualify them from graduate admission
  • Submit valid test scores that meet the program and Graduate School’s minimum requirement (note: test scores are only valid for 5 years)
  • Submit all required combined degree paperwork by posted deadlines
  • Earn at least a “B” or better in any graduate course in order for it to count toward their master’s degree.

Note: All applicants will be required to submit the Information for Residency Classification when they apply to Graduate School. Learn more about Establishing Residency for Tuition Purposes.

Spring (January)Complete file deadline (tests included)Applicant notified by
Early DeadlineAug 1Sep 1
Final DeadlineOct 1Nov 15
Summer B (late June)Complete file deadline (tests included)Applicant notified by
Early DeadlineJan 15Feb 15
Final DeadlineApr 15May 15
Fall (late August)Complete file deadline (tests included)Applicant notified by
Early Deadline 1Jan 15Mar 1
Early Deadline 2Apr 15May 15
Final DeadlineJun 1Jul 1

The only difference between the “Early” and “Final” deadlines is the date the decision letter is sent. There is no difference in the way applications are reviewed for each deadline.

Admitted applicants will be asked to accept their admission offer within two weeks of receiving their offer letter.

After you complete the Combined Application Notice, you will receive detailed application instructions. Email if you have any questions.

Application materials be can submitted:

  • By email (preferred)
  • By mail:
    • MSM Program
      1384 Union Rd
      Bryan Hall 125
      P.O. Box 117164
      Gainesville, FL 32611
  • In-person: Hough Hall 220
Combined Application Notice

Please complete the Combined Application Notice form online.

Combined Bachelor/Master Planning Form

Print this planning form and meet with your undergraduate academic advisors. Complete your portion of the form. The advisors must fill out the form and sign.

Statement of Purpose Essay

The essay should be completed as part of the online application. Please emphasize:

  • Your motivations for applying to the program
  • Why you think you are a good candidate for the program
  • How the program fits into your future goals

Use the essay as an opportunity to highlight what you think we cannot assess from the other application materials. Ideal length is between 400-600 words.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

The résumé helps us get a complete picture of each applicant. Please elaborate on duties and responsibilities as well as leadership activities and time commitments outside of the classroom. Résumé is not limited to one page.

Two Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of two recommendations from someone who has supervised the applicant (professor, employer, adviser, volunteer coordinator, etc.) are required. Please note: Recommendations from family members or family friends are only acceptable if the applicant has actually been employed by them otherwise they will not be considered. Recommendations from student/peer leaders will not be accepted.

Recommenders should submit letters directly to program in the following ways:

  • Email
  • In Person: 220 Hough Hall
  • Mail:
    • MSM Program/University of Florida
      1384 Union Rd
      Bryan Hall 125
      P.O. Box 117164
      Gainesville, FL 32611
Official Transcripts

UF undergraduates do not need to send copies of UF transcripts or those transcripts that are included in the UF transcript.

Official GRE/GMAT Score

We accept either GRE or GMAT test scores. We have no preference as to what test applicants choose to take. Test scores will be used as part of the holistic application review process.

GMAT: A GMAT score between 550 – 620 is considered good. The minimum required score is a 465. We do not consider the writing or integrated reasoning sections.

GRE: We consider a 302-308 (old scale: 1100-1200) a good score range; there is no UF mandated minimum GRE score. We do not consider the writing section.

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Dual Degree

Master’s / Ph.D. / Professional

Spring (January)Complete file deadline (tests included)Applicant notified by
Early DeadlineAug 1Sep 1
Final DeadlineOct 1Nov 15
Summer B (late June)Complete file deadline (tests included)Applicant notified by
Early DeadlineJan 15Feb 15
Final DeadlineApr 15May 15
Fall (late August)Complete file deadline (tests included)Applicant notified by
Early Deadline 1Jan 15Mar 1
Early Deadline 2Apr 15May 15
Final DeadlineJun 1Jul 1

The only difference between the “Early” and “Final” deadlines is the date the decision letter is sent. There is no difference in the way applications are reviewed for each deadline.

Admitted applicants will be asked to accept their admission offer within two weeks of receiving their offer letter.

Admission is separate for each degree program. Applicants should refer to each department’s admission requirements. Questions about applications can be emailed.

Current graduate students who previously completed the online UF Graduate School application do not need to reapply.

Professional degree students must complete the UF Graduate School online application.

If you previously submitted transcripts, reference letters, GRE/GMAT scores, etc. to the UF Graduate Admissions, please email us.

Please complete the Dual Degree Application Notice form online.

Statement of Purpose Essay

The essay should be completed as part of the online application. Please emphasize:

  • Your motivations for applying to the program
  • Why you think you are a good candidate for the program
  • How the program fits into your future goals

Use the essay as an opportunity to highlight what you think we cannot assess from the other application materials. Ideal length is between 400-600 words.

Résumé or Curriculum Vitae (C.V.)

The résumé helps us get a complete picture of each applicant. Please elaborate on duties and responsibilities as well as leadership activities and time commitments outside of the classroom. Résumé is not limited to one page.

Two Letters of Recommendation

A minimum of two recommendations from someone who has supervised the applicant (professor, employer, adviser, volunteer coordinator, etc.) are required. Please note: Recommendations from family members or family friends are only acceptable if the applicant has actually been employed by them otherwise they will not be considered. Recommendations from student/peer leaders will not be accepted.

To submit recommendations, list the name and contact information for your recommenders in the online application. Those individuals will then receive an automatic email, after you submit your online application.

Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from all institutions attended are required and must be sent to:

MSM Program
1384 Union Rd
Bryan Hall 125
P.O. Box 117164
Gainesville, FL 32611

UF Undergraduates: you do not need to send copies of UF transcripts or those transcripts that are included in the UF transcript.

Official GRE/GMAT Test Scores for Graduate School Admission

We accept either GRE or GMAT test scores. We have no preference as to what test applicants choose to take. Test scores will be used as part of the holistic application review process.

GMAT: A GMAT score between 550 – 620 is considered good. The minimum required score is a 465. We do not consider the writing or integrated reasoning sections.

GRE: We consider a 302-308 (old scale: 1100-1200) a good score range; there is no UF mandated minimum GRE score. We do not consider the writing section.

Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Admissions

Do you offer conditional admission?

No. All applicants must apply fully to the MSM program and may not take MSM classes unless they are officially admitted to the program.

Can I receive admission to the MSM program if I have more than 2 years of work experience?

Yes. The classroom curriculum, discussions, assignments, and career workshops within the program are tailored to students who have received their Bachelor degrees within the past two years. However, if you have more than 2-3 years of post-bachelor’s degree work experience, we suggest you also research the Florida MBA programs. Each application package is reviewed individually and in some cases, MSM is a better fit than MBA. Where the average age of the MSM student is 22-23 years and they have an average of .2 years full-time work experience, the MBA students are, on average, 27 years old and have 3.5 years of significant, full-time, post-bachelor’s degree work experience. The MSM program provides outstanding experiences and a high quality education with the same faculty members who teach in our MBA programs, but the class peer group is distinct from MBA. Also, recruiters who come to UF know that the MBA students have professional experience, so they intentionally target those students for the more advanced, higher-paying jobs. Admission to MSM is decided on a case-by-case basis.

Once my application is complete, how long will it take to receive an admission decision?

The deadlines for applications and the expected dates for an admission response are located on the page of each program option. The committee reviews within the given timeframe and all decisions are sent by email. No admissions decisions will be given over the phone when you call us. If you have questions about your application please email with the Subject: Application Status.

Do you allow deferred admission? That is, can I defer my admission from one year to another?

A student may defer up to one calendar year from the term that they received admission (e.g. admission to fall 2017 could defer to spring 2018, summer B 2018 or fall 2018). Deferment past one year requires that the applicant re-apply to Graduate School and the MSM program.

My recommenders want to send in their letters. Do they have to do the recommendations online?

Yes and No. The MSM office is making every effort to become “paper-less”. We prefer that recommendation letters be submitted online with the application. There is a section for you to enter their contact email and an email request will be sent to them to request the letter of recommendation for you. If the recommender has already written a letter, they can scan and email the letter to our MSM email. If a recommender doesn’t have access to complete the recommendation online, in that case, we will accept a paper recommendation. In the end, we do want the process to be convenient and easy for the recommender since s/he is doing you a favor by writing the recommendation.

What is the difference between a “resume” and a “CV?”

A resume is limited to one page in length and is used throughout the business world. A CV or Curriculum Vitae is a type of resume used in academic settings and typically includes detailed information such as research and publications and consists of multiple pages.

For admissions purposes, we prefer a CV type resume that gives us a broader picture of the applicant. It allows students to include brief descriptions of ALL types of activities since the beginning of college such as sports, fraternity/sorority, study abroad, internship, employment, volunteer work, club/organization participation, awards/recognition and positions of leadership within these settings instead of just a bulleted list in a typical one-page resume. Once admitted to the program, MSM’s will receive one-on-one counsel as how to best present a one-page resume in the typical business/corporate format.

What if I am not accepted? Can I re-apply?

Students who are denied may reapply if they so choose. Usually they do so only if information or test scores change from their original application package. Transcript information is unlikely to change if it was submitted after graduation from a bachelor’s degree. Students who do wish to reapply must resubmit all of their materials through the online application process and send new a test score if applicable. Old materials are moved to storage and are not easily accessible.

I want to “walk-in” and talk about the program. Can I come in anytime?

We love to meet with students and welcome further discussion about our MSM program. We accept walk-ins generally from Monday – Friday between 10 AM and 3 PM. There are times when we are in meetings or may not be available so we encourage appointments so that you can prepare with specific question based on what you have already read on the website. Further, setting an appointment will guarantee that a representative is in the office and able to meet with you when you come. Any special office closures outside of normal holidays will be announced on the home page of the web site. We encourage students to attend live or online information sessions to have an opportunity to gather more information and meet staff and MSM ambassadors.

When on the MSM home page, use the menu located on the left-hand side of the web page to navigate and locate information regarding requirements, eligibility, curriculum, how to apply, tests/scores, timelines, costs, financial aid, study abroad, career resources, events and other important details on each page of the site. In addition, click on the links and .pdf files that are contained there. Most of your questions will be answered as you continue through the material.

I am want to apply to the Combined Option. Do the grades from the graduate business courses count towards my undergraduate GPA?

Yes. All graduate business coursework grades taken while an undergraduate will count in your undergraduate GPA. This includes ‘double-counted’ courses taken toward both the bachelor’s/master’s degree as well as courses that are only counting toward the master’s degree.

GMAT/GRE

My GMAT/GRE is low, but I have a strong GPA and other experiences (or the reverse situation with a low GPA and high test score). Do I still have a chance for admission?

We ask for a variety of application materials for a reason. We review every applicant file on an individual basis. We review the application materials in the context of all of the materials in a holistic manner. A file will not be reviewed by the committee until it is complete. The test score is one piece of the file and gives valuable information about the potential of an applicant to perform well in Graduate School. The committee carefully takes all aspects into consideration. So it is possible that the committee could recommend to hold and application and request the applicant to retake the test. It is also possible on rare occasions that we are asked to interview an applicant. Admission for the MSM program is based on highly selective (not so much competitive) criteria, thus students with low test scores should attempt a re-take.

If I have a great GPA, can I waive the test?

No. The Graduate School and the MSM department require either a GRE or GMAT test score for admission, the exception being if the applicant has achieved a terminal degree from a US school. (e.g. Ph.D., JD, MD, DDS, DVM)

I’ve taken the test and did not do as well as I wanted, should I re-take the test?

If you’ve taken the GRE or GMAT and your score was not in the median range for that particular test but your score is close (GRE: 302-308 or GMAT: 550-600), you could wait to see if the committee feels your application package was strong enough for admission. If necessary, you will be asked to retake the test. However, if your score is far below the range, retaking the test is recommended. We do not average your test scores. We will take your highest composite score as your true score and will use that score in the admissions process. Ultimately, the decision to retake the test is up to you.

Please keep in mind that it can take up to 3 weeks for new official scores to be sent. Please be aware of this if you are planning on retaking the test. In addition, be aware there is no minimum total GRE score for the graduate school although there is a requirement of a minimum of 140 on the verbal portion for international students. On the other hand, the GMAT has a minimum total requirement of 465 for the Graduate School. A score below that will be denied by the Graduate school. If you take the GMAT and receive a score below 465 and decide to take the GRE and do well, the Graduate School will still look at the GMAT score and would only allow a conditional admission. We strongly suggest that if you have to retest, retest with the same exam to avoid problems.

How long does it take for UF to receive my scores?

It takes two to three weeks for your official scores to be received and matched with your application. If you are taking the test at a later date or retesting and your program starts soon, we suggest you scan and email your unofficial score. We can use your unofficial score to evaluate your application while waiting for your official score to arrive and be posted.

Which test should I take - the GMAT or the GRE? How and how long should I prepare? Do I need to do the writing portion?

The MSM program has no preference as to which test you take. It is up to your personal taste, budget, time constraints and plans. We suggest that you check out both test websites and determine which one is right for you. Links to each of the websites are located on each of the Program Option pages. If your plans include another master’s degree or further non-business education, you might want to consider GRE. If your plans see you looking toward an MBA or another graduate business degree, you might want to consider GMAT. Both tests have a 5 year validation period.

Preparation for GRE/GMAT, like any standardized test, is very individual. Some students prefer to use the websites, some prefer books and some prefer prep-courses. Some want to take a long time to study and others want to cram. It depends on the individual and what works best for you. You know yourself better than anyone and know how you best prepare for standardized tests. With regard to the writing section, the MSM program does not consider the score in their admission decision at this time, so it does not matter to us whether or not you do this section. We have reports from other students that the writing section came first and it exhausted them before the verbal and quantitative sections. We do not encourage students to skip the writing portion because if they apply to another program that does require the writing section, they automatically will have to take the test again to obtain a writing score. We leave the decision entirely up to the student to do what is best for them.

International Applicants

As an international student, how long will it take for me to get a decision regarding my application to the program?

For international applicants who earned a bachelor’s degree from a non-U.S. institution, once we have received your application materials in our department, the materials are copied and placed into your file and the originals are walked next door to graduate admissions. Your official transcripts and documents must be certified by UF Graduate Admissions if they are not from a U.S. college or university and this is a very lengthy process. Because of large number of international applicants to UF, it can take up to 2 months or more. We cannot give you a decision until they have concluded their review. This is why the international applicant deadline is so far in advance of the actual start date.

If you are admitted to the program, you will be notified by email and given the volume of international applicants we have to our MSM program, we will not be able to request that our UF International Center create an I-20 document for you until we have received the positive program response and the professional development fee payment.

Once officially admitted, international applicants are required to send documentation proof of financial support for the first year. The International Student Advisors at the University of Florida International Center (UFIC) will only contact admitted students via email to request this information.

Additional information about the I-20/DS-2019 process as well as additional resources can be found at the UFIC website or at the International Admissions information page.