Application and Admission

FAQ

For additional information on Admissions, please visit the University of Florida Graduate Admissions page.

Are you accepting students for the fall/spring?

  • We typically do admit new students each year, and only for the fall term.

Do I have to have an M.S. Degree to apply for the Ph.D. program? What sort of education do I need to have in order to be eligible to apply?

  • No, you can apply for the Ph.D. program without having earned an M.S. degree first. Admissions requires applicants have a baccalaureate, a graduate/professional degree from a regionally accredited US institution, or a comparable degree from an international institution.

If I send you my CV/test scores/letters of achievement in an email, can you tell me if I will get in?

  • Unfortunately, we cannot evaluate your chance for admittance before you submit an application. Because our program is very competitive, we take into account a lot of different factors when we select a student for admission and cannot evaluate an individual’s chances without seeing their entire application.

What are the admission requirements?

  • Please see our admissions requirements page. To view the minimum admission requirements for all graduate students at the University of Florida, please see the Graduate School website.

What test scores do I need?

  • Grade Point Average (GPA):
    • We require our students to have a GPA of at least 3.0 on a 4-point scale.
  • Graduate Record Examination (GRE):
    • Our students usually have GRE scores above 155 in both verbal and quantitative domains. We also like to see a writing score of at least 3.5. However, many variables factor into student selection and it’s difficult to evaluate the chance for admission without a complete application.
  •   Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL):
    • The TOEFL-iBT is the preferred test, with a score of 25 or higher for each score on the reading, writing and listening sections. A score of 28 or higher is required for the speaking section of the TOEFL-iBT.
    • Answers to questions about waiving the TOEFL can be found in the International Students section of the FAQs.

I got my degree in the US. Do I need to turn in a GRE score?

  • We require every applicant to submit a GRE score without exception.

I got my degree in the US. Do I need to turn in a TOEFL score?

  • We ask that all international students submit TOEFL scores, regardless of the length of time they have spend in the U.S. The submission of TOEFL scores cannot be waived for those wanting to be considered for funding or employment.

Do you accept the GMAT?

  • Unfortunately, we do not.

My GRE score is over 5 years old/I only have a photocopy of my GRE scores. Will you still accept it?

  • Unfortunately we do not accept expired GRE scores. Additionally, we only accept official ETS scores, and for formal admission purposes, the University will not be able to take a photocopy of any test scores.

Will my application be dismissed if my scores are lower than what you suggest?

  • We evaluate every student on an individualized basis.Because of this, we do not immediately dismiss any application that comes to us. Each person is rated on their whole application and not on individual portions of it. However, our program is very competitive, and many will retake tests that do not meet our recommended scores.

Will you take transfer credits from my previous degree?

  • We may be able to transfer one or more of your courses, which is generally permitted by the University of Florida (UF) graduate school. The decision will be up to your supervisory committee here at UF, and will be based on the syllabi and the committee’s assessment whether you are ready to start with a more advanced course (where applicable). Also, some advanced courses might have prerequisites which can only be waived by the instructor (who may not be faculty in our department).
  • In faculty’s experience, course work has never been the component that has defined students’ time to graduation. It is usually the development and conduct of the dissertation that takes much longer than expected. This said, we will certainly not have you repeat didactic content that you have already successfully completed.

Can I get a conditional admission?

  • We do not provide conditional letters of admission without an application.

Can you make an early admission decision if I turn in my application earlier than the deadline? 

  • Unfortunately, we are unable to make an early decision on an individual applicant before the application deadline. However, you may want to let us know when you need a decision because you have alternative offers that require your decision.

What is the application deadline?  When is the soonest I can send my application materials to you?

  • We ask that a completed application package be in our office by January 1. We usually reach our decisions by March.

How do I apply?

Where can I find the online application?

What do I need to include in my application packet?

Who do I send my transcripts to? What if I’m still in school and they won’t be ready by the deadline?

  • Please send transcripts directly to the University of Florida Office of Admissions. If you are graduating this semester and will not have your completed transcript until after our deadline, please submit your official transcripts to date. Please note that the transcript should reflect that you are close to finishing your degree.
  • Students must submit two copies of their transcripts, as one copy stays with the department and the other goes to the Office of Admissions.

I only have a student copy of my transcript. Is it okay to send that to you instead?

  • Unfortunately we cannot accept this as an official transcript. If your institution cannot send an original copy of your transcripts, please contact us for directions.

Can I email you a copy of my transcripts? They have my institution’s official seal on them.

  • Unfortunately we cannot accept any transcript that does not come in a sealed envelope directly from your institution. Original transcripts must be submitted to the University prior to enrollment.

Can I send the letters of reference in my packet to you? Can I send them to you by email?

  • We ask that you do not send us your letters of reference, but that they come directly from your recommenders. Letters should be submitted online. If this is not possible, recommenders can complete the paper form and mail the recommendation directly to us in the department.
  • Directions for completing the on-line recommendation appear on the on-line application. Traditional letters of recommendation (printed on letterhead) need to be signed by the recommender on the back of the sealed envelope.

Should I choose a specific research interest when I apply to the program?

  • If you know the area of research in our department that you want to focus on, please indicate this and explain the reason for your interest. If you are uncertain about the specific area, state that you have not decided which area is of interest, but go on to list areas that you think may be of interest to you and why. Our students are not required to choose their area of specialty until the end of the first year of their study.

Where do I send my application packet? What is your mailing address?

How can I check to see if you’ve received my test scores/letters of recommendation/transcripts? How can I check the status of my application?

  • To check the status of your application, visit the UF Admissions website. You can also check your status at the bottom of the Graduate Admissions Apply page. This will prompt you to log on with your GatorLink account, where you can check your status. Remember to use your GatorLink User ID and password, not your temporary user ID or UFID.

My application status hasn’t been updated in the system. When will that happen?

  • Your application status will change once all the materials have been delivered and verified. If your application status has not changed within two weeks of submission, please contact us.

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