Interested in biomedical research training? Ready to start planning your application? Please read the following for all you need to know about admissions including requirements, processes and timeline.

Admissions Standards

Please note: the following paragraphs clearly delineate the admissions standards for the graduate program in Biomedical Sciences. If you meet our minimum requirements outlined and believe that our program offers the education and training that fit your career development, we encourage you to apply.  Due to the large number of applications, we cannot reply to emails that inquire about requirements already listed.

You must select one advanced concentration of interest. This selection will be used to match applicants with potential faculty for interviewing purposes.  Students admitted to the graduate program in Biomedical Sciences do not select their mentor until the end of the spring semester of their first year. Faculty members are not allowed to make arrangements with applicants to join their laboratories before they are admitted and perform laboratory rotations.  herefore, it is not appropriate for potential applicants to ask faculty members if they can join their research team. However, it would be appropriate to ask if they plan to take new students in the upcoming year.  Because joining a specific faculty member’s laboratory cannot be guaranteed, we highly recommend that potential applicants examine our faculty database.

  • Research Experience. An essential factor for admission to our Ph.D. program is prior research experience. Most applicants have a year or more of undergraduate research experience. If you are studying at an institution with limited research opportunities, you should seek a summer research experience. UF has several options. Research experience is initially evaluated based on a personal statement and letters of recommendation. Although some of our admitted students have earned a Master’s degree, most students are admitted after earning their Bachelor’s degree.
  • GPA. The minimum requirements for graduate admission at the University of Florida include a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and a minimum grade point average of 3.0 for all upper division (Junior/Senior) courses. Please use the “Self-Reported GPA Computation and Worksheet for Graduate Applications” to calculate your upper division GPA. Although the university minimum GPA for admission is 3.0, the average GPA of entering classes of our program is 3.5.
  • Additional course requirements: Applicants must have taken general biology and chemistry including organic chemistry and biochemistry. Applicants with weak undergraduate academic performance should consider pursuing a year of postbaccalaureate studies or obtaining a master’s degree before applying. Biochemistry is core to the biomedical sciences, we usually do not consider an application if the student will not have completed undergraduate biochemistry by graduation.
  • GRE. Applicants must submit a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) general exam. Subject exam scores are not required. Mean GRE scores for successful applicants for 2017 were 314 on the new scale. GRE exam must be taken within the past five years. (Code: 5812)

Applications are evaluated based on an overall assessment of research experience (personal statement and letters of recommendation), undergraduate course load, GPA, and GRE scores. Selected domestic applicants will be invited for personal interviews and students overseas will be interviewed by Skype in February and March.

International students – Please see the International Student page in the left sidebar for relevant information.


We only accept and consider online applications. Paper applications will not be accepted, and the only paper documentation accepted is transcripts directly from institutions. Letters of recommendation, C.V.’s, personal statements and all other materials must be submitted online via the University of Florida application system.
The first step is applying to the University of Florida Graduate School. The Applications Process link in the left sidebar walks you through the process.

Please note, after you have started the process to submit your online application, you may keep track of the status of materials via

  • If you are currently a graduate student enrolled at UF in another graduate program (master’s), please contact Amy Davis at
  • Prior graduate students (not enrolled for two consecutive terms) must complete the online application for readmission: SUBMIT TO:  (readmission form, personal statement, letters of recommendation) Your undergraduate transcripts and GRE scores are already part of your online record. You will need to provide new personal statements and letters of recommendation and other information that has changed since you enrolled as a graduate student.
  •  If you are a UF undergraduate student, you submit an online application.

Transfer Students

The graduate program in biomedical sciences generally accepts transfer students only when they are accompanying a faculty member who is moving to the University of Florida. All other applicants must apply for regular fall semester admission and provide a letter from their current adviser or program director stating that they are in good academic standing and the reasons for seeking a transfer. Transfer of credits from another institution to count toward a UF Ph.D. degree is subject to the limits and conditions set forth by the UF Graduate School.

Application Status

This page will allow you to view the receipt of your application, application fee, test scores and transcripts. It will also show you the status of the letters of recommendation.  Please remember that the University Graduate Admissions Office is very busy and will update the applications as they receive the information, so please allow time for this.

Once you have submitted your application, please allow time for your application to be reviewed. If you are selected for an interview and we require additional information, we will contact you.

Admissions Procedure

Completed applications undergo a preliminary review by a subset of the Admissions Committee. The application is presented to the committee and a decision is made to reject, hold or grant the applicant an interview. Domestic applicants who pass the preliminary review are invited to Gainesville for an all-expenses-paid interview visit (Sunday – Tuesday). Selected international applicants residing outside of the United States are interviewed by video call (Skype); however, please read the page linked to the left for international students.

The invited applicants will interview with four faculty members. Every effort is made to ensure that applicants can meet with faculty representing their concentration of interest. The interview process provides an excellent opportunity for applicants to obtain a first-hand perspective on the faculty and students, UF and Gainesville.

UF Graduate School

For general information about admission to the UF Graduate School and links to the UF Graduate Catalog, please see the Graduate Admissions webpage.