Application Process


We STRONGLY RECOMMEND submitting your early to be competitive for the limited number of interview slots!!

Beginning Fall 2023, neuroscience will no longer be associated as one of the concentrations of the BMS Program. More information on the Neuroscience Ph.D. Program and application process can be found by clicking on the respective hyperlink.


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


Step 1: Apply via the University of Florida Graduate School

How to find the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences in the application system:

  • For your ‘Program of Study’, choose ‘College of Medicine’
  • Choose ‘Medical Sciences, Degree Name – Doctor of Philosophy’
  • Select Term ‘Fall 2023’ from the drop-down, then click ‘save and confirm’ and you will be routed to the next page in the application where you will choose your concentration  **** Please note we only enroll students in the FALL semester each year; we do not have rolling admissions ****
  • Choose your PRIMARY concentration of interest from the drop-down list under ‘Additional Information’
  • You can leave the ‘Program Specialization’ and ‘Department Contact’ sections blank

Step 2: Transcripts – Two Ways to Submit

Official transcripts ARE NOT REQUIRED with your application submission.  Unofficial transcripts are accepted for the admissions committee review process; please upload them in the appropriate area of the application.  If you have received a degree from UF or are currently enrolled in a degree seeking program at UF, you MUST upload an unofficial copy of those transcripts to your application.  The UF Graduate School application system is outsourced to a third-party company, therefore UF transcripts WILL NOT automatically be combined/connected to your application.  Candidates who receive and accept a program offer will be required to submit official transcripts PRIOR to fall enrollment.  Official transcripts must be submitted directly to the University of Florida, Office of Admissions by all undergraduate and graduate institutions you have attended.

If your institution(s) MAIL official transcripts OR you are going to MAIL your official transcripts, mail them to:

University of Florida, Office of Admissions
201 Criser Hall, P. O. Box 114000
Gainesville, FL  32611-4000

If your institution(s) send official transcripts electronically, you must send them directly to the University of Florida, Office of Admissions – DO NOT SEND ELECTRONIC TRANSCRIPTS TO OUR OFFICE/EMAIL ADDRESS AS WE ARE UNABLE TO CERTIFY TRANSCRIPTS AS OFFICIAL.  Please use the following address to send your transcripts electronically:

Step 3: Statement of Purpose **REQUIRED**

The statement of purpose carries great weight with the admissions committee.  Your statement of purpose should describe your research experience, research interests and your purpose for pursuing graduate school.  It is also recommended that you list graduate faculty whose research interests you.  Please note, there is NO WORD LIMIT on the statement of purpose.  We are aware that the UF Graduate School Application indicates that there is a word limit, however this is NOT the case.  We strongly encourage you to NOT limit your statement of purpose so that our admissions committee can ‘get to know you’ well.

Step 4: Three (3) Letters of Recommendation **REQUIRED**

Must contain a letter from any/all research mentors who oversaw your research

Recommendation letters must be submitted online via the University of Florida Application System.  Paper letters will not be accepted.  Currently, the application system DOES NOT interact with Interfolio for recommendation letters.  Please be sure to complete the recommenders section within the application in order for your recommenders to submit their letters via the link they receive via email.  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; applications without a letter from your research mentor will be placed on hold until their letter is submitted via the online recommendation letter system.  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 5: GRE and English Proficiency


The Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences NO LONGER REQUIRES A GRE SCORE FOR ADMISSION.  Please note, all GRE scores will be removed from the application before being reviewed by the admissions committee.  

English Proficiency

All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit official evidence of English language proficiency.  Acceptable tests are the TOEFL and IELTS; no other proficiency test scores will be accepted.  Unofficial test scores are accepted for the admissions committee review process.  Candidates who receive and accept a program offer will be required to submit official English proficiency test scores PRIOR to fall enrollment.     

The University of Florida’s school code for test score submission is 5812

Step 6: Application Fee

A nonrefundable application fee of $30 must be paid online at the time you submit your application.

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

Once you have submitted your application, you may view the receipt of your application and status of your letters of recommendation by logging in to the application portal