Postbaccalaureate study is for students who already have received a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution. The university has limited space available for postbaccalaureate studies. Applicants should communicate their intentions with their proposed academic unit before they apply.
Options for Postbaccalaureate Studies
Applicants must select a specific purpose; options are limited and are not available in all colleges and schools.
- Certificate program / state licensure
- Teacher certification
- Prerequisites for graduate study
- Distance learning
Transfer credit - Postbaccalaureate students can enroll in graduate courses, but graduate credit is not generally accepted by the Graduate School for transfer. It is possible to transfer up to 15 semester credits of graduate coursework earned with a grade of A, B+, or B by petition in clearly justified cases and in conformance with regulations on courses and credit.
Teacher certification - Only students who have completed a baccalaureate degree in the College of Education may be admitted to postbaccalaureate status for the purpose of completing a teacher certification program. Other applicants may be admitted to postbaccalaureate status only for a limited time to fulfill prerequisites for admission to a master's program. Applicants with degrees in other fields who are seeking teacher certification, should apply for admission to a master's program in the College of Education.
Distance Learning Certificate and Licensure Programs - UF colleges grant certificates in specialized subjects after students complete a specific number of college level courses. Areas include building construction, education, engineering, forensic science and geriatric care management. Noncredit professional certifications and continuing education credits are available in environmental occupations training, health and fitness, health professions, high school home schooling, and law and insurance.
Applications may be submitted up to one year in advance. Applicants are urged to apply as early as possible, and many departments have earlier deadlines than the general university deadlines. All applicants should verify their program's deadline with their academic unit and they should also pursue financial aid opportunities as early as possible.
- A recognized baccalaureate degree (or higher) from a regionally accredited college or university, or an international equivalent based on a 4-year curriculum.
- A minimum C (2.0) GPA on all junior and senior year undergraduate work, as computed by UF.
- Proficiency in the English language is required of applicants from countries (including Puerto Rico) where English is not the official language. These applicants must submit official scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). This requirement may be waived if you have been enrolled in a degree-seeking program for one academic year (in a country where English is the official language) prior to your anticipated term of enrollment at UF.
- A satisfactory conduct record; major or continuing difficulty with school or other officials may make an applicant ineligible, regardless of academic qualifications.
- Proof of immunization for measles and rubella or a tuberculosis skin test is required before registering for coursework. Students registering for online classes are exempt from this requirement.
- Transcripts - Applicants must ensure that official transcripts are sent to the Office of Admissions from each postsecondary institution attended. Applications will not be reviewed until transcripts have been received by the Office of Admissions.
- Complete the postbaccalaureate application (PDF).
Application Review and Admission Notification
Applications meeting minimum requirements are reviewed by the Office of Admissions. This review includes:
- Validation of transcripts and degrees,
- Receipt of official test scores from the testing agency,
- Determination of satisfactory conduct record, and
- Determination of residency status. (Residency info)
Following the review process, the application is referred to the academic unit for admission decision. Applications will not be referred to the academic unit until all materials and transcript(s) have been received by the Office of Admissions. The academic unit will mail the admission notification directly to the applicant.