Admission Requirements

If you meet the criteria listed below, learn how to apply.

  • Bachelor’s or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  • International applicants: English proficiency examination. For a list of countries exempt from this requirement, please visit here.

Application Requirements

  • UF Graduate School Application: The application will require input of personal information, previous coursework, and other information.
  • C.V./Resume: The CV/Resume should contain all pertinent information regarding education, work experience, research experience, publications/presentations, and service and leadership roles.  There is no page limit for the CV/Resume.
  • Statement of Purpose: The statement of purpose should outline your career objectives and detail how you believe those the philosophy and focus of the program you have selected will help you achieve these goals.  If applying to the PhD program, you should also indicate your research interests and faculty you are interested in working with.  The statement of purpose should not be used to repeat information that is already available on your CV unless it helps to explain why you think our program is a fit for you. The statement should be no longer than one page, single spaced, 11 point font, 1 inch margins.
  • Statement of Previous Training and Preparation (PhD applicants only): The statement should summarize the skills you have obtained during your preparation for your selected graduate degree that will enable you to succeed in our program. This should not be a list, but a narrative that describes your previous training and experience and how you can apply your skills to your graduate program.  Experiences can include, but are not limited to, specific coursework, research experience, previous work experience, and other additional trainings. The statement should be no longer than one page, single spaced, 11 point font, 1 inch margins.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Arrange to have 3 reference letters submitted. At least two should be from former professors. If you have been out of school for over 5 years, 3 letters from employers are acceptable.
  • Official Transcripts: Send Official Transcripts to UF. Note: International applicants who have received degree from outside of the US and Canada must utilize the WES Evaluation in lieu of submitting official transcripts (see below). 
  • WES Evaluation (International Applicants Only): World Education Services (WES) ICAP Course-by-Course evaluation of academic records from institutions outside the U.S. and English-speaking Canada (if applicable) in lieu of official transcripts. in lieu of official transcripts. This is a requirement and will not be waived.
  • TOEFL/IELTS Scores (International Students Only): To send IELTS scores to the University of Florida Graduate School select E-download option and select The University of Florida.  An institutional code is not required for submitting IELTS scores.  To submit TOEFL scores please use the University of Florida institutional code: 5812.  Note: International applicants whose country’s native language is English or who have attended a college or university in the United States full-time for at least one year, are not required to submit TOEFL scores. For a list of countries whose citizens are exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement that most non-US applicants must meet, go to the Graduate School English Language Testing Exemptions. For more information, please visit the UF Graduate School Admissions site here.

International Applicants


All international applicants must submit a World Education Services (WES) evaluation, in lieu of official transcripts.

English Proficiency:

International applicants must provide proof of English proficiency in addition to the requirements above. To meet this, applicants may submit one of the following: 

  • Minimum TOEFL scores of 550 paper‐based, 213 computer‐based, or 80 Internet‐based
  • Minimum IELTS  score of 6
  • Minimum MELAB score of 77


International students whose native language is English or who have attended a college or university in the United States for at least one year are not required to submit TOEFL scores. For a list of countries whose citizens are exempt from the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) requirement that most non‐US applicants must meet, go to the Graduate School English Language Testing Exemptions. .  Please consult with the Academic Program Specialist, Victoria Houghton, if you are uncertain whether you need to take an English proficiency examination.

Academic units may, at their discretion, conditionally admit non-U.S. applicants who do not yet have admission exam scores and IELTS, MELAB or TOEFL scores because they need to improve their English fluency before enrolling. These applicants apply through the regular application process and submit all application materials except the admission exam and English testing scores. If the academic unit accepts them, it issues an acceptance letter stating that before enrolling as graduate students, they must first complete the UF English Language Institute (ELI) program and submit satisfactory scores before their first semester; if they do not successfully exit the UF ELI program, they must also submit satisfactory IELTS, MELAB or TOEFL scores. The department must send a copy of this conditional admission letter to UF ELI so they can handle all visa, immigration and ELI enrollment procedures for these applicants.

Online Program Tuition Waiver Policy

The online Master of Health Science in One Health program is a self-funded program and traditionally does not accept UF EEP, UF Teaching Assistantships, or State Tuition Waivers. The online program reserves the right to allow EEP and waiver use on a case-by-case basis, depending on space. Please contact Victoria Houghton at for more information.

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