Frequently Asked Questions about the On-Campus Program

Official GRE scores must be sent to both UF Graduate Admissions and the SPHE department. Here are the codes:

  • University Code: 5812
  • Higher Education Code: 3502

A minimum grade point average of 3.0 upper-division (last 60 credits) undergraduate work.

Acceptable GRE Scores (In Fall 2013, for accepted and newly enrolling students, the average GRE scores were: Verbal 151 and Quantitative 151. The low and high ranges were: Verbal 140-161, Quantitative 143-159.). This particular program does not require you to submit a score for the Analytical Writing section.

Anyone can attend Visitation Days. This is a time to meet the students and faculty, get a feel for campus and the program, and interview for assistantships. If you are planning to attend Visitation Days, it is recommended that you submit your graduate school application, program application, and graduate assistantship application by the priority deadlines. Don’t forget to register for Visitation Days, too! Once all of these materials are submitted, you will be assigned to one of our current students who will contact you, and who can answer your questions about travel arrangements, accommodations, the schedule, etc. If there is an issue with any of your application materials, you will be contacted directly by the program coordinator.

You can list as many assistantships/positions as you want.  Once your electronic assistantship application is received, it will be shared with the hiring supervisor(s) of the position(s) you preferenced.  The supervisor will then determine which candidates to interview.  If you are attending Visitation Days, you will receive your interview schedule on the day prior to interviews.  If you are not able to attend Visitation Days, you may be contacted to set up a telephone or Skype interview.

We know that not every candidate is able to travel to Gainesville for Visitation Days. It is not unusual for a candidate to be contacted by an interested superivsor to set up a telephone or Skype interview for an assistantship/position.

Graduate Assistantships cover 9 credit hours of tuition for fall and spring, pay a stipend, and include some health insurance. Graduate Positions are funded differently than assistantships and vary in the type of remuneration package offered. All positions include a stipend. Make sure you read the position descriptions carefully to see what is included.

No. If you receive a waiver, it will cover 9 credit hours for fall and 9 credit hours for spring, each year you have the waiver. For at least one semester, you must register for a 3-credit practicum and 1-credit group supervision course. These 4 credits are not covered by your tuition waiver. During the summer between your first and second year of the program, you are required to register for a 5-credit internship and the 1-credit group supervision course. Since you are not employed in your assistantship during the summer term, your tuition waiver does not cover these 6-credit hours.  Therefore, you are responsible for paying for those hours. (Note for Out-of-State students: If you have an assistantship, and therefore, a tuition waiver, you will be able to pay in-state tuition for the 3-credit hour pracitcum and 1-credit hour group supervision if you register for those 4 credit hours during a fall or spring semester, while in your assistantship.)

Admission to the program is a collaborative decision between the program faculty and assistantship/position supervisors. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis, typically beginning around the second or third week of March. Decisions will continue to be made through the spring semester until all spaces in the program and/or assistantships/positions have been filled. If you receive an initial congratulatory e-mail about your admission to the program, you can be sure that an offer (or offers) for an assistantship/position is not far behind!

Please e-mail Dr. Porter-Roberts at for more information.