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A Message from the Dean  

At UNF, you join 1,700 graduate students pursuing masters and doctoral degrees in 50 different programs. With almost 500 faculty members, you receive a level of attention, guidance, and opportunity that would be hard to find at a much larger university. And, you have access to the tremendous resources of Jacksonville and the Northeast Florida region: a rich and complex natural environment; a deep human history from the earliest indigenous inhabitants through the Civil Rights movement; a vibrant economy built around logistics, transportation, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing; and a diverse urban center with all the exciting dynamics and compelling challenges you'd expect from a major modern city. This is what makes UNF a regional university of international quality.  


Because of its many strengths, graduate education at UNF is widely recognized as among the best. In addition to the many programs that receive top accreditations, UNF has received numerous other honors. U.S. News & World Report names UNF on its list of Best Graduate Schools, including recognition as a Best Online Graduate Education Program. UNF's Coggin College of Business is considered a Best Business School by Princeton Review, with the Master of Accountancy ranked in the Top 30 Affordable Masters programs. The School of Nursing received Stellar School Recognition by the National Student Nurses' Association, and the MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Doctor of Physical Therapy degrees are on the top-25 lists at And that's just a small sampling of our many accolades. 


Graduate students from UNF are highly successful, both during their time on campus and in their career placement. One testament to this is how well our students perform on certification tests.  In 2013, for example, certification scores for nurse anesthetist students far exceeded the national mean in every category. And UNF graduate students, with the assistance of our graduate award opportunities and other internal support, travel across the country to present their work at professional conferences and publish in high-impact professional and scholarly journals.


To achieve all this, we challenge you to think in novel and creative ways, to enrich your talents at communicating and thinking critically, and to discover a wealth of new knowledge and skills. We are here to help you succeed. Reach out to us; we are here for you!


Renowned journalist Sydney J. Harris noted that "the whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." A graduate degree from UNF takes the strengths and talents you already possess and opens up a world full of possibility, opportunity, and success.

John Kantner, PhD RPA
Dean of the Graduate School
Associate Vice President for Research