Applications & Admissions
How to Apply

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To Start:

• Prepare your CV and a Statement of Purpose

• Arrange to have three official letters of recommendation that can be sent to UF

• Arrange to have your official test scores and transcripts sent to the UF Office of Admissions

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University of Florida (UF) application:

Apply to the UF Graduate School for admission

• Pay the application fee (UF will not process an application until this fee is paid.)

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College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) application:

Indicate your interest in a M.S. or Ph.D. program within the CVM by submitting the following items to Ms. Sally O’Connell in the Office of Research and Graduate Studies (full contact information is below.)

• A copy of your application to the UF Graduate School

• A list of people who will write letters of recommendation on your behalf

• Your reason for pursuing graduate studies in Veterinary Medical Sciences

• The particular CVM graduate program in which you are interested

• The term (semester) in which you plan to start your training

• Your specific area (s) of interest, (e.g. aquatic animal health, immunology, parasitology, shelter medicine, etc.)

• Names of potential faculty mentors for your research

• An overview of your credentials

Ms. O’Connell provides day to day management of the CVM’s graduate program, including admissions, course registration, tuition payments, and processing college-level graduate assistant-ships and fellowships.

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

Semester Application Deadlines

  • Spring semester: November 1st
  • Summer C semester: March 1st
  • Fall semester: July 1st

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS: Please submit applications 30-days prior to posted deadlines to insure time to properly process your application.

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):

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:

Most admissions will be for students pursuing the non-thesis, self-funded options. Admissions for thesis option are limited due to availability of faculty mentors and lack of graduate assistant ship/fellowship opportunities.

The major determinants for admission include:

  • Identifying a faculty member who agrees to mentor a new graduate student for a thesis 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.
  • Identify Funding for Training

The majority of CVM graduate students are self-funded with personal funds and/or external sources of student financial aid and scholarships.  Visit the UF Student Financial Affairs Office for more information about financial aid for graduate studies.

For more information about the UF Graduate School and its programs, or visit UF Graduate School,164 Grinter Hall, Gainesville, FL 32611-5500 • Telephone 352 392 6622 • Fax 352 392 8729 • E-mail

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