SPHE Online M.Ed. Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the GRE required?

The Student Personnel in Higher Education master’s program does NOT require a submission of Graduate Records Examination (GRE) scores, effective for Fall 2020 admissions.

What is the cost of attending?

The current graduate tuition and fees for the University of Florida can be found here.

Applications are not currently open. Is there anything I can do ahead of time?

Students should start gathering materials like recommendation letters and official transcripts, and they can start updating their resumes.

Will any in-person meetings be required?

While this is a fully online program, we highly encourage students to attend orientation, capstone presentation, and graduation. Additionally, we encourage students to attend at least two professional association conferences as well during their 2 years of study.

When will admission decisions be made?

The next cohort for the SPHE Online M.Ed. will begin in Fall 2020. Applications for admission will be due March 1, 2020 and selection will take place within one to two months of the deadline.

Will I be able to interact with my classmates and the instructor?

Courses will be dynamic in nature: no “discussion boards only” type classes. There will be videos of lectures and discussion boards between students and instructor about the readings and lectures. Most courses are asynchronous, meaning you can log on and view whenever works best for your schedule, while some courses have lectures held synchronously.

Since the classes are online, how will I be able to ask my instructors questions?

Instructors will post office hours when they can be reached online or by phone. Students will also have the ability to email the instructors questions outside the scheduled office hours via the Canvas website.

I work at UF/Santa Fe. Are courses covered by EEP?

Most of the courses are covered by the Employee Education Program, or EEP; however, for 3 semesters students will take 7 hours so they will have to pay for one credit each of those semesters. Additionally, the practicum course in the second summer is not covered by EEP. So total, you would have to pay for 6/39 hours out of your own pockets. For more information, visit the EEP website.

Where can I find information about the courses?

For more information about the program courses, visit the Program Course Requirements.

To view syllabi from previous semesters, visit the College of Education syllabus website.

As an out-of-state student, where can I found out if my state allows me to take online UF courses?

Approved in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, District of Columbia, Delaware, Georgia, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.

Prior approval needed for Arkansas, Maryland, and Minnesota.

Due to the practicum/internship requirement, we are unable to enroll students from Iowa, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Washington, and Wyoming.

Approval is currently pending for Kansas, Michigan, New York, Oregon, and Rhode Island.

For more information and an up-to-date state-by-state discussion of approved online programs, visit the Online/Distance State Authorization Process website.

Is there financial aid available for this program?

Students are encouraged to apply to the UF Office for Student Financial Affairs for assistance with loans, grants, and fellowships.

Students are also able to apply for College of Education scholarships here.