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Qualifying for Admission


Admission to graduate studies at the University of Florida is a collaborative process involving the graduate faculty of the academic unit, the Office of Admissions and the Graduate School. Each academic unit has a graduate coordinator who will provide you detailed information about entry requirements, research opportunities and resources.

Prospective applicants should contact their academic unit of interest for specific admission requirements and deadlines. All applicants must satisfy the requirements of the academic program and the Graduate School.

Program requirements are often more rigorous than the minimum admission requirements set by the Graduate School. Some academic units require a reading knowledge of at least one foreign language. Because of resource limitations, most academic units cannot accept all qualified applicants.

The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award bachelor, master, specialist, engineer, doctoral and professional degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of the University of Florida.

Requirements for Admission

The following minimum criteria must be fulfilled for admission consideration:

  • A recognized baccalaureate, graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited (e.g. SACS) college or university, or an international equivalent based on a four-year curriculum.
  • Applicants with bachelor's degrees only must present a minimum grade point average of B (3.0) for all 3000-4000 level course work and an official Graduate Record Examination (GRE) score or 465 on the Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) for the MBA.
  • An undergraduate major acceptable in content and quality to the department selection committee.
  • For applicants from countries where English is not the official language (including Puerto Rico), applicants must present a minimum score of 80 on the Internet version (550 paper) of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a 6 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) or a minimum score of 77 on the Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Applicants required to submit these test scores also need to have verbal GRE scores of at least 320 (scores before August 1, 2011) or 140 (scores from August 1, 2011 onward).
  • A satisfactory conduct record.
  • Proof of immunization for measles and rubella, and a tuberculosis skin test, if required, prior to registering at UF.

Transcript Requirements

  • The Office of Admissions must receive official transcripts from each postsecondary institution you attended. You must also mail a copy of each transcript to your academic unit. It is your responsibility to make the appropriate arrangements.
  • Currently enrolled applicants at other institutions must send updated transcripts as soon as grades for that term are available.
  • If you have attended the University of Florida, you do not need to order a transcript from the Office of the University Registrar. The academic unit will have access to your UF transcript.

Test Score Requirements

Official test scores must be reported to UF directly by the Educational Testing Service. If you did not specify the University of Florida (institution code 5812) as a recipient when you took the test, then you must contact the Educational Testing Service to request that your scores be sent to the university.

While copies of score reports are useful to the academic unit for informal evaluation, your official score must be sent to the Office of Admissions before you can be admitted.

    • Some MFA or MM performance majors within the College of Fine Arts do not need GRE scores. Contact your academic unit for specific requirements.
    • Applicants with a previous graduate or professional degree from a regionally accredited U.S. institution may be exempt from the GRE. Contact your academic unit for specific program criteria.
    • Some departments may require scores on one or more GRE advance subject tests. Contact your academic unit for specific requirements.
    • Applicants to the Warrington College of Business Administration can substitute satisfactory GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test) scores in lieu of GRE scores.
    • MBA applicants must submit satisfactory GMAT scores.
  • 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.
  • Exceptions to any admission requirement will be made only when these and other criteria, including letters of recommendation, are reviewed by the academic unit, recommended by the college and approved by the Dean of the Graduate School.