Admissions

General Requirements

Admission decisions within the Educational Leadership program rest on a number of factors. Program faculty carefully read through the submitted writing sample to determine evidence of ability to write at a graduate level. Undergraduate and any previous graduate transcripts are carefully examined to determine if a student has demonstrated a historical record of academic success. Department faculty carefully weigh student personal statements and goals against program missions to determine if an appropriate fit is evident. Finally, letters of recommendation are read for external evidence of graduate potential.

Admission standards are set by the Graduate School of the University of Florida, the College of Education and the program area to which application is being made. This web page provides Graduate School, College of Education and Educational Leadership program minimum admission requirements for all applicants.

A bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral degree from an accredited United States college or university or a degree deemed equivalent by the University of Florida Office of Admission is required.  Other requirements include:

  • A minimum grade point average of 3.0 upper-division (last 60 credits) undergraduate work.
  • An acceptable grade point average for previous graduate work.
  • An acceptable score on the General Test of the Graduate Records Examination (GRE). We will consider applications from individuals who have acceptable scores on both the verbal and quantitative sections.  All applicants must have a recent (i.e. less than 5 years old) GRE score on file in order to be considered for admission. The University of Florida Office of Admissions will only accept scores sent directly from ETS.

All candidates for the Ed.S., Ed.D. and Ph.D., degree programs may be subject to a personal interview for further evidence of program fit and scholarly potential.

Please ensure all admission material, including official transcripts, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, resume, scholarly paper and department program application, is submitted to the School of Human Development & Organizational Studies in Education, Educational Leadership program by the posted deadlines.

 

Deadlines for our On-Campus degree programs:

All application material must be received by the application deadlines.

  • Application material for admission consideration for the Ph.D. beginning each Fall term must be received on or before January 15th.
  • Application material for admission consideration for the M.Ed.; Ed.S.; Ed.D. beginning each Fall term must be received on or before March 15th.

Please note that the financial aid process can take up to several months from submission to approval and disbursement.This should be incorporated into the student’s plan for admission and done well in advance of acceptance and the begin date for the program. http://www.sfa.ufl.edu/applying/timeline/


Admission Term Deadline to Submit All Application Materials Degree Program
Fall (only) January 15th Ph.D. (on-campus)
Fall (only) March 15th M.Ed., Ed.S., Ed.D. (on-campus)

For additional question or concerns not addressed on the webpage or to check on the status of your application please e-mail Angela Rowe at angela@coe.ufl.edu

The University of Florida and its graduate programs do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, or gender.

These instructions pertain to Educational Leadership degree programs. Please submit your admission material to the School of Human Development & Organizational Studies in Education by the posted deadline.

To apply, please complete the steps below.

1. University of Florida Graduate School Application:

Transcripts and GRE scores should be sent to:

University of Florida
Office of Admissions
PO Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

*Readmission (former UF Graduate students): http://admissions.ufl.edu/apply/readmission

*NOTE: If you have previously earned a graduate degree from the University of Florida or have previously been admitted to Graduate School at the University of Florida, you should mark the readmission box on the application. Applicants for Readmission should not need to resubmit transcripts or GRE scores to the Office of Admissions.

  • Applicants for Readmission must submit the required supporting application material noted below to the School of Human Development & Organizational Studies in Education, please email these documents to Angela Rowe.

 

2. Program Application and Supporting Application Material:

Please upload the departmental program application material along with your UF online application.(An “upload other” button under the Upload Resume section of the UF on-line application will allow you to upload the writing sample and departmental application. If you cannot upload as separate documents, please combine into one document and then upload the required additional application materials.)

All application material  must be received by the posted deadline. If you can not submit these documents with your online application you may email these documents to Angela Rowe. 

  • Program Application (doc | pdf)
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Résumé
  • Scholarly Paper (more information)
  • Three (3) Letters of Recommendation. Submitted via the On-Line Application. Letter of Recommendation may also be sent by email or mailed directly to the program.
  • Copies of Transcripts
  • Graduate Records Examination visit ETS for additional information. All applicants must have a recent (less than 5 years old) GRE score on file in order to be considered for admission. Test scores are valid for five years after the testing year.
  • Application for Fellowship or Assistantship: (Ph.D. applicants only):  fellowship-assistantship form

If you need to mail any documents please submit directly to:

University of Florida
School of Human Development & Organizational Studies in Education
Program Assistant – Graduate Records
Attn: Educational Leadership
1215 Norman Hall
PO Box 117049
Gainesville, FL 32611-7049

3. Interview:

All doctorate candidates may be subject to a personal interview following the preliminary approval of all application materials. Generally interviews are in person on campus with one or two faculty members in the student’s concentration field. Interviews may be conducted by phone when circumstances prevent an on campus visit.

4. Immunization / Health History (This section only applies if you are admitted to UF)

Upon admission, all new students must provide proof of immunizations. However, students enrolled in the online master’s (M.Ed) program do not need to provide proof of immunizations. Requirements are as follows:

On-Campus programs – immunization required

Blended/Online Ed.D. program – immunization required

Online Master’s (M.Ed) program – immunization is not required


The University of Florida and its graduate programs do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, or gender.

College of Education
College-Wide Minimum Graduate Admissions Requirements

Admission to graduate programs in the College of Education is based on a comprehensive review of all application materials. We will consider applications from individuals who have acceptable scores on both the verbal and quantitative sections. Programs give strong consideration to the statement of purpose, letters of recommendation, relevant work and/or life experiences, performance in prior undergraduate and graduate coursework (GPA), and scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Admissions decisions are based on selecting outstanding applicants who demonstrate great promise for not only completing their degree, but for becoming a competent professional as well.


Please Note
:
As of August 1, 2011, the GRE is switching to a new scoring system.  The “old” verbal and quantitative GRE scores ran from 200 to 800, with 10-step increments over a range of 61 points.  The “new” verbal and quantitative GRE scores will run from 130 to 170 with one-point increments over a range of 41 points.  “New” GRE score reports will be delayed beyond the customary 10 to 15 days after the test date.  This means that August, September, and October scores will not be made available until November 2011.  After a brief “catch-up” period, GRE scores will resume reaching colleges and universities 10 to 15 days after the test date.  The Educational Testing Service (ETS) has provided a brochure of these changes, which can be found here:

http://www.ets.org/Media/Tests/GRE/pdf/14521_0ETSS036_supplement.pdf

Minimum requirements for the Masters (M.Ed.) degree:
An earned bachelors degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution. Applicants must have a minimum grade average of B for all upper-division undergraduate work and scores that are acceptable for the program to which the student is applying on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores are used in the context of a holistic credential review process. Exceptions to the above requirements are made only when these and other criteria, including letters of recommendation, are reviewed by the academic unit, recommended by the college, and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Minimum requirements for the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) and Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degrees:
An earned bachelors and masters degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution. Applicants must have a minimum grade average of B for all upper-division undergraduate work and scores that are acceptable for the program to which the student is applying on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). These scores are used in the context of a holistic credential review process. Exceptions to the above requirements are made only when these and other criteria, including letters of recommendation, are reviewed by the academic unit, recommended by the college, and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.

Minimum requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree:
An earned bachelors and masters degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution. Applicants must have a minimum grade average of B for all upper-division undergraduate work and scores of at least 440 Verbal or at least 530 Quantitative on the GRE. These scores are used in the context of a holistic credential review process. Exceptions to the above requirements are made only when these and other criteria, including letters of recommendation, are reviewed by the academic unit, recommended by the college, and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.

  • All applicants must submit a recent (less than 5 years old) GRE score on file in order to be considered for admission. The University of Florida Office of Admissions will only accept scores sent directly from ETS.

GRE Institution Codes:

  • University Code: 5812
  • Educational Leadership Code: 3001
  • Higher Education Code: 3502

The University of Florida and its degree programs do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, or gender.

This information pertains to degree programs in Educational Leadership.

The scholarly paper requirement provides a measure of your potential and current ability to write at the graduate level. While student skills will increase through exposure to our program, we seek evidence that you can coherently present a thesis, develop an idea, and present your ideas on paper. Students may write on any topic in the general field of K-12 or Higher Education learning, teaching, critical issues or leadership the student deems important. Regardless of topic, the paper must include citations and a reference list.

The length of the paper is dependent on the degree you seek as follows:

  • M.A.E. or M.Ed.: no more than 3-5 pages
  • Ed.S.: no more than 5-7 pages
  • Ed.D.: no more than 7 – 10 pages
  • Ph.D.: no more than 10 – 20 pages

The University of Florida and its graduate programs do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, national or ethnic origin, disability, or gender.

International applicants online application.

When applying, international applicants must submit official TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB scores. Minimum scores required for admission are: TOEFL (computer): 213, TOEFL (Internet): 80, and TOEFL (paper based): 550; IELTS: 6, MELAB: 77.

Official GRE & TOEFL scores must be sent to the University of Florida (institution code 5812).

  • Results of their Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL)
  • Results of their Graduate Record Examination (GRE)
  • Submit your college records to the Office of Admissions and to the department. If you are attending a foreign university, you must submit transcripts and degree/diploma statement in the native language with a certified, literal (exact) English translation (if applicable). If you are attending a U.S. college/university, you must also submit those transcripts.
  • Review the Application Procedures – How Do I Apply page for additional supporting application material required.

We strongly encourage international applicants to apply well in advance of the application deadline in order for degree verification to occur in a timely manner. Please consult the UF International Students website for additional information.

Following the preliminary approval of all application materials, international applicants may be subject to an interview, which may be by telephone or Skype.

Once officially admitted, international applicants are required to document proof of financial support for the first year. The International Student Advisor at the University of Florida International Center (UFIC) will only contact admitted student via email to request this information. The Certificate of Financial Responsibility form will be provided at that time for completion and proof of financial support will also be requested. Electronic copies of the financial support documents is encouraged.

Additional information about the I-20/DS-2019 Process as well as further resources can be found at the UFIC website at: http://www.ufic.ufl.edu/iss Or at the International Admissions information page at: http://www.admissions.ufl.edu/

Start the admissions process by reviewing the information noted above