Application Deadline & Process

Application Deadline: February 1st


*Both the Recommendation Letter and the Fellowship/Assistantship Application form can be found on this site:


Below is a detailed check-list of how to apply to the Master of Arts graduate degree program at the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research. Please also see the UF Graduate school application information webpage  and the  Graduate Admission webpage from the UF Office of Admissions. If you are a degree-seeking student in another department or program at UF and are interested in doing the graduate certificate or concentration, please see those webpages for application information.

What should be mailed to the UF Office of Admissions:

  1. All applicants must take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam through Educational Testing Service), and have the official results forwarded to the University of Florida. Minimum GRE scores are determined by the program to which the student is applying. These scores must be used in the context of a holistic credential review process. Many of the Center’s faculty are skeptical of excessive reliance on the GRE and are flexible in their judgments; nonetheless the University itself depends heavily on these scores both for admissions and for fellowships. You are urged to prepare and do well on the exam, whatever your opinion of its worth.
  2. All international students seeking admission to the Graduate School must submit satisfactory scores on the GRE General Test, or GMAT for selected programs. International students must submit a satisfactory score on the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language: computer=213, paper=550, web=80), IELTS (International English Language Testing System: 6), MELAB (Michigan English Language Assessment Battery: 77) or successful completion of the University of Florida English Language Institute program. Students who meet the following conditions may be exempt from the English language test requirements: a. International students whose native language is English  b. International students who have spent at least 1 academic year in a degree-seeking program at a college or university in a country where English is the official language, if their attendance was in the year immediately prior to UF admission  International students with unsatisfactory scores on the TOEFL, IELTS, or MELAB; unsuccessful completion of the University of Florida English Language Institute program; or an unacceptable score on the verbal part of the GRE must achieve an acceptable score on an essay administered by the Academic Written English program at UF. If English skills are not acceptable, then performance on the essay will be used to place students in appropriate courses that will not count toward a graduate degree.
  3. All applicants must fill out the Online Application available from the UF Office of Admission. See the Office of Admisssions check list  for list of accompanying documents to be submitted with online application.
  4. All applicants must have two official copies of all your transcripts sent  to the admissions office. For admission purposes, the University requires a GPA of 3.0 for junior and senior years as an undergraduate. Women’s Studies, however, requires 3.2. The University requires transcripts of all your work but looks only at the undergraduate GPA. Faculty in the Center will look carefully, in addition, at your GPA for any graduate work which you have done. If transcripts are not in English, send official English translations of them in addition to the originals.

All of the above should be submitted to UF Office of Admissions. It may take six to nine weeks for the Admissions Office to forward your application to the program. The deadlines which we list are deadlines for the Center not for the Admissions Office to receive your materials.

Note: The published deadline is for a completed application package to be received in the Women’s Studies office. Sending the Department Copy of your application to Women’s Studies will help insure that you meet the deadline.

What should be mailed to the Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research:

  1. All applicants must mail a copy of all of the application materials to Women’s Studies! To avoid delays in processing, when you send in the materials to UF Office of Admissions, please send Women’s Studies a copy of everything as well. This includes your complete GRE scores with the essay score and a copy of your application form. In this way we will be able to process your application even though the materials have not yet formally reached us from Admissions.
  2. All applicants must prepare a statement of intellectual purpose. There is no requirement as to length or content, but two pages single-spaced is a rough guideline. The statement should tell us something about your background, why you wish to pursue a graduate degree in Women’s Studies, and what topics you wish to explore.  Let us know about your research interests, your long term career plans, and how these correspond to the research specializations of our Center. Please be as precise as possible. To admit you to the degree program, we need to be sure that you would find among our faculty members a good match to supervise your work toward the MA in Women’s Studies.
  3. Solicit three letters of recommendation (print and mail) and have them mailed to Women’s Studies. You may also send them to the UF Graduate Office of Admission electronically.
  4. Submit one copy of your transcript(s) to Women’s Studies.
  5. Submit a writing sample of up to 25 pages.
  6. Complete the Fellowship/Assistantship Application Form (print and mail), even though you may not be applying for a specific fellowship. We need one of these on record for possible future funding.

Materials should be sent to:

Donna Tuckey & Graduate Admissions Committee Center for Women’s Studies and Gender Research P.O. Box 117352, Ustler Hall University of Florida Gainesville, FL 32611

If you have decided to apply, we thank you for your interest and assure you that your application will be given careful consideration.