THEM M.S. Degree Program Admissions Requirements

Tourism and Hospitality Management (30-credit thesis/30-credit non-thesis options)

Application Deadlines

Admission for Spring: October 1 (May 1 for non-US Residents)

Admission for Fall: April 15 (January 15 for non-US Residents)

Late applications may still be considered for review depending on program availability. Admission decisions will be released by late March for fall applicants who apply by the deadline and November for spring applicants. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Admissions Requirements

  • A recognized baccalaureate, graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution.
  • For applicants with a bachelor's degree only, a minimum grade point average of B (3.0), calculated from all grades and credits after the semester in which the applicant reached 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours.
  • While we are no longer requiring the GRE or GMAT, we will still be assessing your verbal and quantitative abilities.
    • For verbal assessment we will consider:
      • TOEFL scores (if applicable)
      • Statement of Purpose
    • For quantitative assessment we will consider grades in:
      • Math-based natural science courses (e.g. Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy, etc.)
      • Applied and Theoretical Math courses (e.g. Accounting, Finance, Statistics, College Algebra, etc.)
  • For applicants from countries where English is not the official language, UF requires proficiency in spoken and written English and accepts the results of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    • Minimum scores acceptable for admissions are:
      • TOEFL: 550 (paper test); 80 (internet based)
      • IELTS: 6
    • International applicants are exempt from the English proficiency requirement if enrolled for one academic year in a degree-seeking program at a recognized/regionally accredited university or college in a country where English is the official language prior to your anticipated term of enrollment at UF, or if you are from one of the following countries.
  • Satisfactory conduct record
  • Proof of medical immunization
  • If you have already attended the UF Graduate School but not enrolled for two or more consecutive terms, which includes summer sessions, you must apply for readmission whether to the same or a different graduate program.

Applications are evaluated individually by a faculty review committee. Admission to the program will be based upon the following criteria:

  • Verbal and quantitative ability, undergraduate grade point average, TOEFL score (if applicable)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Compatibility of applicant’s education, experience and research interest with the mission of the program

Any specific questions regarding the application process should be directed to the graduate coordinator:


How to Apply

  • Submit an online application which will include:
    1. Statement of Purpose
      • Tell us why you want to attend our graduate program, what you want to do after your degree and any relevant experience you have.
    2. Transcripts
      • Arrange to have official transcripts sent to the UF Office of Admissions from each postsecondary institution attended.
        • Mail original transcripts to Graduate Admissions located at 201 Criser Hall, PO Box 114000, Gainesville FL 32611-400.
        • If you attended UF as your postsecondary institution, you do not have to order a transcript from the Office of the University Registrar.
        • International applicants must submit official transcripts, mark sheets, and examination certificates in the native language for all secondary and/or postsecondary coursework, along with certified, literal English translations for documents not originally issued in English.
    3. Test Scores (GRE, GMAT or TOEFL)
      • Arrange to have the testing facility send official test scores to institutional code 5812.
      • GRE/GMAT scores are only valid for five years from the date they were taken.
      • TOEFL scores are only valid for two years from date they were taken.
    4. Letters of Recommendation (3 required)
      • The department prefers that at least 2 of these letters of recommendation come from academic sources. The third letter can be from someone known to you in a professional or academic capacity.
      • Letters can be submitted electronically through the online application or mailed directly to the department.
        • If sending letters directly to the department, please use the recommendation form here.
    5. Resume or Curriculum Vitae

To expedite your application process, e-mail unofficial copies of application items listed above (e.g. unofficial transcripts, letters of recommendation, GRE scores) as attachments to

Financial Support

Stipend and tuition support are not provided to students enrolled in the MS degree program. For more information on federal, state and university aid programs and a limited number of privately funded scholarships, visit The Office for Student Financial Affairs at UF.

While we do not provide assistantships for Master’s level students in our Department, the organizations below offer Graduate Assistantships on campus:

Admitted Students - Next Steps

Welcome to UF! We look forward to your arrival for the upcoming term. Below are a few items to complete in the meantime to make sure your enrollment goes smoothly!

Health Insurance

All entering students are required to purchase the University’s Student Health Insurance Plan unless proof of comparable coverage is provided. Students are required to show proof of adequate health insurance as a condition of enrollment. More information, including insurance coverage guidelines, frequently asked questions, and how to submit one’s insurance information can be found at

Proof of Immunization

The University of Florida, in compliance with Florida Statute (1006.69) and Florida Administrative Code (6C-6.001-5), requires that all new students show proof of the immunization prior to registering for classes. A University of Florida immunization form must be completed and returned to the University’s Student Health Care Center prior to registration. Students will not be allowed to register without proof of immunization. The University of Florida will accept State of Florida immunization records issued by local health departments and doctor’s offices. For additional information, and to download the immunization form, please visit

For more information on the cost of tuition and related fees across the College of Health and Human Performance M.S. degree programs, click HERE.

Contact Information

THEM Department


International students should refer to the UF International Center for information regarding the I-20 process.