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

  • SOPHAS and UF Graduate School Applications: The SOPHAS 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 (one to two pages, single spaced): Professional statement outlining objectives that match the philosophy and focus of the program and the concentration area you have selected.  Additionally, please be sure to identify any advisors that you have conversed with or would prefer to work with.
  • Quantitative Experiences Statement (PhD applicants only; one to two pages, single spaced): Please summarize the strength of your quantitative and analytical skills by (a) referencing your grades in key math and science-related coursework and (b) discussing specific details of any research or work experiences that involved quantitative and analytical tasks. The information provided will contribute to our holistic review process.
  • 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. You only need to request your letters of recommendation for your SOPHAS application.
  • Official Transcripts: Send Official Transcripts to SOPHAS and 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 SOPHAS select E-download option and select SOPHAS. 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 exempt from providing proof of English proficiency. 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.