TRSM M.S. Degree Program Admissions Requirements

The Master of Science Degree awarded in the Department of Tourism, Recreation & Sport Management, referred to in general terms as the M.S. degree, includes two primary degree options:

Application Deadlines for On Campus Programs

Fall 2018 Admission: March 1, 2018 (December 1, 2017 for non-US Residents)
Spring 2019 Admission: October 1, 2018 (May 1, 2018 for non-US Residents)

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

Admissions Requirements

  • A recognized baccalaureate, graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution or a comparable degree from an international institution. 
  • A minimum grade point average of B (3.0), calculated from all grades and credits after the semester where the applicant reached 60 semester hours or 90 quarter hours.
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
    • Non-thesis Master’s applicants may submit GMAT scores in lieu of GRE scores.
    • All international applicants seeking admission must score at least 140 on the GRE verbal section.
  • 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) the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    • Minimum scores acceptable for admissions are:
      • TOEFL: 550 (paper test); 80 (internet based)
      • IELTS: 6
      • MELAB: 77
    • 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.

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

  • GRE score, 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 the

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:

Joint Degree - Juris Doctor/M.S. Sport Management

The Joint Degrees Program is a credit-sharing arrangement that allows qualified students to combine their legal studies with graduate work, resulting in two degrees earned in a reduced amount of time. Candidates must take both the LSAT and the GRE, and apply for and gain admission to both the Levin College of Law and the Graduate School. Enrollment in one program may precede enrollment in the other according to timelines set by the programs.

The faculties of the College of Law and the College of Health and Human Performance have prepared a joint degree program culminating in both a Juris Doctor degree, awarded by the College of Law, and a Master of Science in Sport Management, awarded by the Department of Tourism, Recreation and Sport Management. Under this joint degree program, a student can obtain both degrees in approximately one year less than doing both programs sequentially, if both degree programs are pursued simultaneously. Students need to propose and obtain approval (from both programs of study) to share 12 of the same credits, to count towards both individual program degree plans of study.

Click here more information about the Juris Doctorate joint degree.

Contact Information

TRSM Department


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