Application FAQs


Application deadline for the PhD Program 

Graduate Students in the PhD program begin in the Fall semester, and we don’t actively recruit a Spring Class.

Applications should be submitted with a priority date of December 1.  For full consideration, materials must be received by December 15.  Applications received thereafter will be reviewed, but may not receive full consideration due to space constraints.

Application deadline for the MS Program 

Although MS degrees can be obtained en route to the PhD, we don’t recruit an annual class of MS-seeking students.

GRE Exam

Is a GRE score required for admission?

The GRE scores are no longer required for admission. However, if you have taken the GRE, you may still submit your scores and they will be included with your application.

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English Proficiency

What are the minimum English proficiency requirements?

The TOEFL exam is required of applicants from countries where English is not the primary language. International students are exempt from the English proficiency requirement if you are from one of the countries listed here:

The minimum acceptable TOEFL is 80, with a speak score of 23 or greater. International Applicants currently enrolled in graduate programs within the United States must still submit GRE and TOEL scores.


All students in good standing are supported through teaching and research assistantships. Details will be provided in your offer of admission letter. International students must demonstrate English Proficiency to receive a teaching assistantship by either scoring a 23 or higher on the speaking portion of the TOEFL or by passing the UF SPEAK test, which may be administered in an online format to students who are offered admission to the program.

Can the application fee be waived?

The application fee is required by the university and cannot be waived by the department.

Does your department require the fellowship/assistantship application form?

No. Students admitted to our program will receive a graduate stipend (with the exception of those who come with their own funding, i.e. government scholarships, etc.).

Are master’s students supported?

Although MS degrees can be obtained en route to the PhD, we don’t recruit an annual class of MS-seeking students.

Do I need to provide a certificate of financial support when I submit my application?

No certificate of financial support is required with your application.

Application Supplements

How many transcripts should I provide?

Please provide one official transcript to:

University of Florida,
Department of Admissions Office
PO Box 114000,
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000.

For priority shipping, please mail to:

University of Florida
Department of Admissions’ Office
201 Criser Hall
Gainesville, FL 32611.

Do I send a copy of my transcript to the department?


Can I call to check to see if my transcripts have arrived?

Please allow 4-6 weeks for the Admission’s Office to process your transcripts. You can review the missing items by returning to your online application. You can obtain confirmation from your carrier (Federal Express, DHL, etc.) that the transcripts and supporting material have been received. If you have questions regarding your transcripts, please click on the “Contact Us” button in your online application.

Can recommenders send letters directly to the department?

Yes, however, it is preferable that they submit their letter to your online application.

Can I submit other supplements online along with the required statement of purpose?

Yes, you can now submit a PDF version of other documentation you would like reviewed along with your application.

Faculty Support

Do I need to contact faculty and indicate my interest in their group?

No. Support from an individual faculty member is not required for admission.  The department has a graduate selection committee that reviews all applications.  You are welcomed and encouraged to contact the faculty if you are interested in their research.

Can I call the department to check the status of my application?

The recruiting season is a very busy time for our office. We prefer that you monitor the status of your application through the application website.