Admissions

On-Campus


January, June, and August start dates available for all on-campus options.

Individuals with business degrees are not eligible to apply. Please refer to the College’s other Specialized Master’s programs designed for business majors.

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)DeadlineApplicant notified by
International Applicant DeadlineAug 1Oct 1
Early DeadlineAug 1Sep 1
Final DeadlineOct 1Nov 15
Summer B (late June)DeadlineApplicant notified by
International Applicant DeadlineJan 1Apr 1
Early DeadlineJan 15Feb 15
Final DeadlineApr 15May 15
Fall (late August)DeadlineApplicant notified by
International Deadline*
*Priority (for admission/scholarship consideration)Jan 1April 1
*Final (based on space availability/no scholarship consideration)Feb 15May 15
Early Deadline 1Jan 15Mar 1
Early Deadline 2Apr 15May 15
Final DeadlineJun 1Jul 1

Domestic applicants: 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.

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

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

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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.

Please register with the MSM program by filling out the MSM Application Notice to indicate the program format and option to which you intend to apply. This should be completed before you submit the Graduate School Application and any additional application materials. If you are uncertain, please contact our office.

Questions about applications can be emailed.

Graduate School Application

Complete the Graduate School Application and pay the 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 Graduate School 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 Graduate School application. Those individuals will then receive an automatic email, after you submit your application.

Transcripts

Transcripts from all institutions attended are required.

Please submit (upload) transcripts through the Graduate School application or Application Checklist. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for admission processing. If admitted, official transcripts from all institutions must be submitted during first term of study.

You can check your application status and upload transcripts on UF Admissions.

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. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing organization to UF.

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 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

All international applicants 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.

2020 in-person interview schedule (tentative):

  • Beijing, China; to be announced
  • Shanghai, China; to be announced

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

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 Bachelor’s/Master’s Degree

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

  • 3.2 cumulative UF GPA
  • Completed 90 credit hours, including AP, IB and dual enrollment, before beginning the program
Graduate Admission Requirements

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 Graduate School 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.

Combined Application Notice

Please register with the MSM program by filling out the Combined Application Notice to indicate the program format to which you intend to apply. This should be completed before you submit any additional application materials. If you are uncertain, please contact our office.

After you complete the Combined Application Notice, you will receive detailed application instructions, however this is not an automatic reply. 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 Bachelor/Master Planning Form

Print this planning form and meet with your undergraduate academic advisor(s). Read and follow the directions on the form. Sign and complete page one. Your undergraduate advisor(s) must fill out page 2 and must sign off on the form.

Statement of Purpose Essay

The essay should be completed as part of the Graduate School 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. Test scores must be sent directly from the testing organization to UF.

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 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

  • Current UF Master’s, Ph.D. or Professional degree student
  • Non-business major undergraduate or graduate majors
  • Strong GRE or GMAT test score (cannot be waived for a Professional test; LSAT, MCAT, etc.)
  • Must have support from the current degree program
  • Good academic standing

Please register with the MSM program by filling out the Dual Degree application notice to indicate the program format to which you intend to apply. This should be completed before you submit the Graduate School application and any additional application materials. If you are uncertain, please contact our office.

Current graduate students (Master’s and Ph.D.) and Professional degree students (JD, DDS, DVM, MD, PharmD) must complete the Graduate School application.

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

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

Statement of Purpose Essay

The essay should be completed as part of the Graduate School 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. Recommendations from student/peer leaders will not be accepted. Reference letters from family friends who have not supervised the applicant will not be accepted.

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

Transcripts

Transcripts from all institutions attended are required.

Please submit (upload) transcripts through the Graduate School application or Application Checklist. Unofficial transcripts are acceptable for admission processing. If admitted, official transcripts from all institutions must be submitted during first term of study.

You can check your application status and upload transcripts on UF Admissions.

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.

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.

  • Use code: UF 5812
  • For more information on the GMAT, please visit Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

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

  • Use code: UF 5812
  • UF students: The UF Teaching Center and Writing Studio offer GRE preparation workshops and tutoring each semester.
  • For more information on the GRE please visit Educational Testing Service (GRE).

Frequently Asked Questions

Application and Admissions

Do you offer conditional admission?

Yes, on a case by case basis after the committee review process has been completed. 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 a bachelor’s degree 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 UF MBA programs. For many applicants, MSM is a better fit than MBA. MSM graduates who do have professional experience can expect more substantial job offers upon graduation due to prior experience.

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. Deferment past one year requires that the applicant re-apply to Graduate School and the MSM program.

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 Graduate School 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. However, there are times when we are unavailable so we suggest making an appointment so that you can review the website, bring specific questions and guarantee that a representative is in the office and available to meet with you. We encourage students to attend live or online information sessions to have an opportunity to gather more information and meet staff and MSM ambassadors.

I 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 review every applicant file individually and all of the contents of that file are scrutinized. Most important to us in admissions are: undergraduate academic performance, quantitative ability, prior internship or professional work experience, extracurricular activities (show social consciousness, ability to cooperate, and leadership abilities), and outstanding recommendations. We also interview random applicants and assess interpersonal and communication skills. Because the admission process for MSM is selective, students with very 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 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.

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.

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 research both test websites and determine which one is right for you. 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. Even though MSM doesn’t review the writing score, if you plan to use the test for another application, you should complete the writing portion of the test.

Preparation for GRE/GMAT, like any standardized test, is very individual.