Application Process

The next term for which applications for admission to the Biomedical Sciences Program will be accepted is Fall 2021.  The Biomedical Sciences Program only admits students each fall semester.

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. The mean GPA for successful applicants for our 2020 program cohort was 3.6.  The mean GRE scores for successful applicants for our 2020 program cohort was 310 on the new scale

STEP 1:  Apply via the University of Florida Application System

Go to the University of Florida Application System.

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 2021’ from the drop-down, then click save and confirm program as shown below:

Fall 2021


Choose your PRIMARY concentration of interest from the drop-down, as shown below:

2021 Concentrations


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: 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.  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:  Official Test Scores

Due to current GRE admission testing difficulties amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences will provide a temporary GRE score waiver for applicants seeking Fall 2021 admission. 

TOEFL (international applicants):  Department Code 45 “Biomedical Sciences” 


STEP 6: Application Fee

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

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, test scores and transcripts, and status of your letters of recommendation by going to this web page:

Please contact Amy Davis should you have any questions or problems navigating the application system.