Application Process

The next term for which applications for admission to the Biomedical Sciences Program will be accepted is fall 2019.  The Biomedical Sciences Program only admits students each fall semester.

The Application Deadline for Fall 2019 admission is November 1, 2018!!

The admissions committee will begin meeting in October; early application submissions are welcome and strongly encouraged!!

Applicants must meet the minimum requirements for the University of Florida Graduate School:  Junior/Senior GPA > 3.0 and a score on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) of 1000 combined verbal and quantitative for the old scale, and a minimum score of 300 for the new scale. Note that for students accepted into the 2017 Biomedical Sciences Program the average GPA is 3.5 and our average GRE is 310 (new) or 1220 (old).

STEP 1:  Apply via the University of Florida Graduate School web page.

Go to the University of Florida Graduate School application page.


Here are some helpful steps for completing and submitting your application to the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences:

For your ‘Program of Study’, choose ‘College of Medicine’ as shown below:


Choose ‘Medical Sciences, Degree Name – Doctor of Philosophy’ as shown below:

Select Term ‘Fall 2018’ from the dropdown, then click save and confirm program as shown below:

Choose your PRIMARY concentration of interest from the dropdown, as shown below:

Type in your PRIMARY concentration of interest in the ‘Program Specialization’ field, as shown below:

Please Note – Your application is NOT considered complete until all required documents have been received, including the minimum of 3 recommendation letters.


STEP 2:  Official Transcripts.

Official transcripts must be submitted directly to the University of Florida, Office of Admissions by all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended. All transcripts submitted by the student will be considered unofficial.  Unofficial copies will be accepted for initial review purposes, but official documents will be required before an admission decision can be made.

Official transcripts should be mailed directly to :

University of Florida, Office of Admissions

201 Criser Hall, P. O. Box 114000

Gainesville, FL  32611-4000



STEP 3: Three (3) Letters of Recommendation – REQUIRED.

Letters must be submitted online via the University of Florida Graduate School application system.  Paper letters will not be accepted.  The most useful letters come from faculty members who know you well.  If you performed research, we expect a letter from the faculty member who oversaw your research.  Letters from employers who are not faculty members are generally not helpful for graduate admission.  Letters ideally are from faculty who hold a doctoral degree (i.e., teaching assistants are not appropriate).


STEP 4:  Official Test Score Reports.

Official GRE (everyone) and TOEFL (international applicants) score reports must be submitted directly to:

University of Florida, institution code 5812

GRE: department code 0609 “Medical Sciences”

TOEFL (international applicants): department code 45 “Biomedical Sciences” 


STEP 5: Application Fee.

(nonrefundable application fee, submitted online or mailed by check or money order payable to “University of Florida”). There is absolutely no provision for waiving or deferring the application fee.

We recommend that you walk through these steps carefully, taking the time to read all of the additional information provided.

Please note, after you have submitted your application online, you may view the receipt of your application, application fee, test scores and transcripts, and status of your letters of recommendation by going to this web page:

Please check this page first before asking our staff to check for you.  We will be glad to clarify any issues.