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Application Deadline & Checklist

Application Deadline: February 1st, 2021

***Due to current admission examination testing difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic our Center, in sync with the UF Graduate School, is waiving the GRE requirement for applicants seeking Fall 2020, Spring 2021, Summer A/B/C 2021, or Fall 2021 admission. This temporary emergency waiver applies only to admission for those four semesters.***

RECOMMENDATION:  Read this first. It contains helpful information and advice for how to create a great Women’s Studies application from the National Women’s Studies Association

Application Checklist

(Submit through online application portal)

Center Supplemental Application Materials

(Submit by email to Donna Tuckey at

  • Statement of purpose – can be same as submitted to admissions or a bit longer (see directions below)
  • Writing sample
  • Additional forms
    • Fellowship/assistantship application form


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 web pages for application information.

What should be submitted to the UF Office of Admissions

  1. All applicants must fill out the Online Application available from the UF Office of Admission.
  2. All applicants must take the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) through Educational Testing Service, and have the official results forwarded to the University of Florida. All international students seeking admission to the Graduate School must submit satisfactory scores on the GRE General Test, or GMAT for selected programs. The program to which the student is applying determines minimum GRE scores. 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. These scores must be used in the context of a holistic credential review process.If scores cannot be sent electronically, they should be addressed to UF Office of Admissions, PO Box 114000 (201 Criser Hall), Gainesville, Florida 32611-4000, U.S.A
  3. International students must also 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.
  4. All applicants must have two official copies of all your transcripts submitted 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 a 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. English translations of non-English transcripts are required in addition to the originals.

All of the above should be submitted to UF Office of Admissions.

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

  1. While the online application requires you submit a short statement of purpose, the Center prefers to have you submit a slightly longer 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. Please be as specific as possible about your research interests, your long-term career plans, and how these correspond to the research specializations of faculty members in our Center. Your admission to the MA degree program is dependent upon finding a faculty member who is a good match to supervise your work.
  2. Submit a writing sample of up to 25 pages. (We suggest a paper written for a class or undergraduate thesis.)
  3. Complete the Fellowship/Assistantship Application Form (PDF) ,even though you may not be applying for a specific fellowship. We need one of these on record for possible future funding.

All of the above should be sent electronically to Donna Tuckey.

You can check on the status of your application by clicking on this link. 

For more information on graduate admissions, visit the UF Graduate Admissions Website.

If you have decided to apply, we thank you for your interest.  The admissions committee assures you that your application will be given careful consideration.