Applications and Admissions

When to Apply

  • We accept applications year-round and review them within a month after the CVM receives the complete application packet from the UF Graduate School.
  • We encourage you to apply at least one to two months before the registration deadline for the semester in which you would like to begin the program. Please allow longer for international students.
  • You can check the completion status of your UF application on the UF Admissions website.

Major determinants for admission include identifying a faculty member who agrees to mentor a new graduate student for a thesis or dissertation with your interests and credentials, and identifying a source of continual financial support for tuition, living and research expenses for the duration of the training. Admissions consideration for an applicant can proceed once an applicant has a faculty mentor and funding confirmed.

The UF College of Veterinary Medicine offers graduate assistantships that cover stipend and/or tuition expenses. Graduate assistants are engaged in teaching and/or research tasks; the stipend is $31,000 to $45,000 per year, depending on available funding. Designated mentors can offer additional funding to students with exceptional credentials.

Health insurance and tuition waivers are available for students on assistantships. All students are required to pay nonacademic fees. For new students who may need a cash advance when arriving on campus, there is a graduate student revolving loan fund at the college.

Application Deadlines

  • Spring semester: August 1st
  • Summer semester: December 1st
  • Fall semester: March 15th (December 15th for Fall PhD Block Grant Applicants)
  • International applicants must submit applications 30-days prior to posted deadlines to ensure time to properly process your application. Please contact an advisor at UFIC for any questions.

How to Apply

  • You will need to prepare and upload your CV, a statement of purpose, and identify three references. In addition, please arrange to have your official test scores, and both unofficial/official transcripts sent to the UF Office of Admissions. Please request transcripts be sent directly from the respective institution electronically or mail them to:

The UF Office of Admissions
P. O. Box 114000
Gainesville, FL 32611-4000

  • Pursuant to Florida Statute, your application requires inclusion of all post-high school education and employment, as well as information about ongoing international affiliations and research funding. Please ensure this information is included on your curriculum vitae (CV) or resume.

If you need guidance and assistance, please contact Sara Rubinstein at or by phone at 352-294-4241. 

International Applicants

The Office of Admissions requires both unofficial and official copies of transcripts and diplomas in both native language and English. The student can upload copies of these documents online in their application for initial review, but once admitted into the college they are required to provide physical copies of these documents to the Office of Admissions. Official transcripts can be sent to UF in two ways: [1] Paper transcript received by UF in a sealed envelope or electronic transcripts sent from your institution directly to UF. [2] Electronic transcripts through FASTER, Parchment, National Student Clearing House, ScribbleSoft, e-Scrip Safe, Credential Solutions, SCOIR or Transcripts Plus. The email address for electronic transcripts is

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

Applicants with coursework taken outside the United States should apply far in advance of the stated deadlines of your intended program of study due to the time it will take to process international credentials. If your post-secondary educational history includes coursework from outside the United States, you must submit the following documentation.

  • A course-by-course credential evaluation, with grade point average (GPA) calculation included, for all non-U.S. coursework. UF accepts an evaluation from any member of the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services.
  • All transcripts and examination certificates of non-U.S. secondary and/or post-secondary coursework in the native language of instruction and a word for word certified, literal (exact) English translation (if applicable). Unofficial transcripts are accepted electronically for the review process, while official transcripts and translations are required upon enrollment.

English Proficiency

UF requires proficiency in spoken and written academic English. Proficiency can be shown through one of two ways: 1.) Coursework done in the United States or a country with English is the official language; or 2.) Examination.

Countries exempt from English Proficiency

College Coursework

  • Must have successfully completed one full-time academic year in a degree-seeking program at a recognized/regionally accredited university or college in the United States or a country where English is the official language
  • Student holds an earned equivalent of an associate degree from a recognized/regionally accredited college or university in the United States or country where English is the official language.

Minimum Admission Criteria for Degree-Seeking Students

Acceptance into the graduate degree programs is competitive and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee acceptance.

Minimum requirements for acceptance to the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Graduate Studies Program include (individual departments might have higher criteria):

  • GRE scores are no longer required for the application as of Fall 2020
  • GPA: 3.0 or above, with particular attention paid to the grades in upper division science and math courses (usually taken in the last 60 hours).
  • International Applicants: Satisfactory Scores on one English Language Exams:
  • IELTS (The International English Language Testing System): Minimum score required = 6
  • TOEFL (Internet-Based): Minimum score required = 80
  • TOEFL (Paper-Based): Minimum score required = 550

UF is registered to receive IELTS scores using the IELTS Results Service E-Delivery. Scores should be sent to the University of Florida, which only accepts scores from this E-delivery service. UF does not accept paper Test Report Forms or unofficial copies of IELTS Test Report Forms from students. Applicants should contact the IELTS test center where they took the IELTS to request their official test results be sent to our account name: The University of Florida; An institution code is not required.

Score reports are valid for two years from the date of testing and must be reported electronically to the University of Florida. UF’s TOEFL school code is 5812.

For more information about UF CVM MS and PhD programs’ application and admission, please contact Sara Rubinstein via email at or by phone at 352-294-4241. Information about the UF Graduate School and its programs is available at the school’s website


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